This is the only thing I have from Hard Candy, and it isn't bad. I'm not a fan of the bulky, clear plastic packaging it comes in--sort of shaped like a clear hockey puck, just not as hefty--but it usually takes more than packaging to make me not like something. As others have noted, it's more of a highlighter than a blush. Use a VERY light hand, as what it lacks in pigmentation it more than makes up for with shine! I use e.l.f.'s Studio Complexion Brush, which is a loose-bristled, largeish, paddle-shaped brush. Touch the tip very lightly to the surface of the blush and sweep gently across a cheekbone--that's it. It leaves a soft peachy glow that is lovely in judicious amounts, but can quickly get frosty and sweaty-looking when overdone. I have noticed that the lasting power isn't awesome, but that may be because I have oily skin that I attack with oil-blotting sheets after lunch (my blush color usually stays on fine--it's just Honeymoon that comes off). I guess I'd buy it again if I ever ran out; even if I have to take care when using it, and even if it doesn't survive the oil-blotter, it's still lovely when worn right. Long story short, if you are looking for a highlighter, this is a good one to pick up for about $8 or so. Just be gentle when using it!
I want to like this but I'm struggling. If you have very pale skin, this may be a nice peachy color on your face. For anyone who isn't pale though, this really doesn't go on like a blush. The color is too light and not pigmented enough to be used as a blush. It works a lot more as a highlighter on my NC25 skin. Out of all the 'baked blushes' Hard Candy offers, the only one that really seems to work as a blush (in my opinion) is Living Doll. These may work if you layer them over other blushes, but on their own they're lackluster. I haven't applied it wet yet, I'll update this review when I do.
But even as a highlighter, not sure if I love it. You get a beautiful strong glow when applied dry to the cheekbones (probably even more intense when used wet) but it looks glittery. Maybe it doesn't have glitter in it, but the shimmer doesn't look smooth to me. It's not a natural glow at all. It doesn't look smooth. It makes my pores look big, and usually that is not an issue for me. I bet this is great for nightime and you're going to a club or somewhere with little lighting. But during the daytime it might be too much. The longevity of this blush isn't great either, I have normal to oily skin so that could be why it doesn't last long, but it stays on my cheeks only about 2-3 hours.
The packaging is cute though although albeit childish. It is a little chunky and wide, so it's not really travel friendly and doesn't fit into my current storage as well. The purple veining is pretty although doesn't do much. I find the name adorable as well, the Baked Blushes names - Bombshell, Pin-Up, Honeymoon, and Living Doll - are just adorable and memorable. I paid $7, which is quite reasonable for a baked blush.
Overall the product reminds me of a drugstore MSF. If you like MSF and are accustomed to them being glittery, you might really like this. But I doubt I will be repurchasing.
I am an asian NC35 with slight olive undertones, and I LOVE this as a highlighter. Its a light peachy pink with lavender veins running through it. It has no glitter in it and it's extremely pigmented. I use a skunk brush and put it on over my blush for a really subtle and pretty glow. Even though I have oily skin, this never seems to make me look oily, just healthy and glowing. I like the peachy pink color since it just brightens my face a little bit and looks really flattering. I also love that it's only $8 for 8g and it lasts the whole day for me!
If you have lighter skin, this would work great as a blush, but for darker skin, this is beautiful as a highlight! It was completely worth the hype.
This blush is okay. I expected it to be more of a light pink, but honestly it almost matches my skin tone so it's more of a highlighter than anything else.
I don't think I would repurchase if I had the chance to..
Edit: I've started using this more and am really liking it as a highlight. It's really pretty on my PPP skin. But, the packaging sucks. When I wsa at Walmart trying to decide what blush to buy I dropped one and it shattered.. not so good!
This blush is great, although I expected it to be peachier on the skin (it was more light pink) I wasnt dissapointed. This reminds me A LOT of mac's LE moon river blush. A LOT. if you missed out on that, get this which is SUPER similar. and only $7!!
on me nc30-35 it acts more like a highlighter cuz it is a very light pink, but on someone fair, this must look gorg.
I actually like this blush. I spray the blush with water and the color comes off better I wear it over Melba blush to give me a more shimmer look :). If your having a hard time with this blush showing up on your face try spraying the blush with water and apply the blush to your face wet it gives off more color doing that.
I gave this product a 4 stricly as a highlighter. As a blush, I only rank this a 1. The color in the container is a very pretty pale peach w/ purple veining. I'm NW20-25 and this only came across as a shiny peachy highlighter on my cheeks w/ very little pigmentation. Use this lightly as you would a highlighter because this will put your pores in center stage if you apply it like a blush. I got this to work well by applying this as a highlighter paired with a nude eye, no bronzer or blush and a bold lip.
This should be called a highlighter, not a blush. I bought it bc it looked so pretty in the package..It's way to light to use as a blush. It does work as a decent highlighter, but you have to be careful or it will highlight your pores! Also, mine broke completely in half then crumbled..I have barely even handled it! I will not repurchase, better off spending more for a product that works better and doesn't fall apart.
This is a pretty shade of light shimmery pink- however, the shimmer in this is super visable on the skin, so I have to use a light hand when applying it, which in turn makes for not much color payoff on my light-med skin. I was hoping it would come off as more of a peach, as that was what I intended to get when looking & this is my first time trying out an HC blush. Their color options do not include any true peach colors (at least not that Iíve seen in store), just pinks & bronzes, which was alittle disappointing. I thought this color could work for me, but I just end up looking shiny w/ huge pores when I apply enough to actually show up, which I try to avoid due to my oily skin. Also- this blush somehow broke inside the compact on my trip home from the store- I was careful, as I always am with my makeup, didnít bang it around or anything, so I guess it could be chalked up to the dry baked formula. Very fair skinned girls may find this useful, but Iíll have to set it aside to use as a highlighter when my others are used up. Overall, this product didnít work for me, at least not for itís intended use. Will not repurchase.
The golden-with-a-touch-of-pink color works wonderfully as a highlighter or over a matte blush to add a shimmery quality, however, if you are wanting a true BLUSH...this isn't it. Get Hard Candy's "Pin Up" or "Living Doll" for that.