While I have taught myself a lot about makeup, I still am at that point where I would rather try out drugstore brands to see what works for me before I buy pricey/high-end makeup products. So far I have found some good makeup in Hard Candy.
Hence I decided to test Hard Candy's mascara. For this mascara, I got the Carbon Black one.
For the packaging, someone noted in their review that "anyone could try this on in the store and you wouldn't know." I do not agree with that. The mascara comes in a tube, with a plastic label cover. The plastic cover is there for sealing purposes - if you see that it has been torn or it is missing, it is easy to tell that someone opened it. Or perhaps someone made a mistake when packaging the products. Regardless, always check the packaging on the makeup before you buy something.
My eyelashes are rather sparse, so I was a bit happy to see how the mascara applicator reached all spots and added volume to my eyes. It does work better than other mascara I have tried under different brands. I also really like how this mascara curled my eyelashes slightly, so if I am in a rush, at least I will not need to worry about using an eye curler.
Another pro here is that it did not clump - even when I added another layer after the mascara dried. It may be good for layering here.
However I do not like how it was messy to apply. I would rather not have to clean under my eyelashes with a Q-Tip every time I apply the mascara. The mascara also is not waterproof - I was fully aware of this when I made the decision to buy it, because the mascara was clearly not labelled as waterproof. However it still sucks, and I will still count that as a con here. The mascara came off my eyes so easily with just water - that's right, no soap, no makeup remover, nothing else. This mascara is not good news for anyone with watery eyes (which I am cursed with) or anyone who goes outside in hot weather, participates in sports like swimming, and so on.
At least this tube of mascara was cheaper than other brands in Walmart. $6 really isn't bad if you are only testing the makeup like me.
Overall I would say this is a sort of a miss rather than a hit. There were some positives, but I would say that the cons outweigh the pros here for me. The only reason why I am keeping this in my collection is because I am interested in the hobby of makeup art and creative modelling/photography, and if I need something that would run easily (i.e. for a crying or gothic shot), it'd come in handy then. Otherwise I will not use this everyday or buy it again.
I'd give this a 2.5 if I could, but I'm being nice and bumping it up. This isn't the worst mascara ever, but I do have a few issues with it.
I originally bought this to pair with a lengthening mascara I had to help give me more volume. I did like it for that purpose...It layered well and does give a nice amount of volume. When my lengthening mascara ran out, I started using this on it's own, and I started liking it less and less.
My first problem with this that I've had from the get-go is that this formula is THICK. It's heavy and veryyyy inky. I do like that it gives a deep, solid black color, but it makes my lashes feel heavy and I always makes a mess all over my eyes, no matter what I do to try to prevent it. This stuff is just so gloopy and it ends up everywhere. I end up having to clean up with a Q-tip which isn't always a step I want to have to add in the morning. It also takes forever to dry and I hate that wet lash feeling.
Like I said, this is a nice mascara for layering, but on its own it's pretty lackluster. It gives OK volume, OK length, OK separation...I don't find it to be outstanding in any aspect. I like dramatic lashes, and this just didn't give me what I was looking for. I started using it when I did more minimal makeup for a more natural look.
Also, removing this is a pain. It's not waterproof, but you'd think it is when it comes time to take this off! I've used many different methods, from creams, to makeup wipes, to oil-based waterproof eye makeup remover. Every time I'll think I have all the product off, only to have black smears all over my eyes after I wash my face later, and then having black smudges all over my eyes again when I wake up in the morning! I told you, this stuff is thick and inky, and it just doesn't want to come off! At least it doesn't smudge throughout the day on me.
Overall, not impressed with this stuff. If you want a good Hard Candy mascara, get Flat to Fab. That stuff is awesome.
I bought this mascara on a whim and like it very much. I got it in "carbon black," a very rich, dark, glossy black. The "blackout" is more of a soft black color. It goes on smoothly, lengthens and separates lashes, with no clumping, blobs or flaking. It adds a minimal (not Ginormous) amount of volume, which I happen to like, but some prefer a thicker lash. I find high volume mascaras like Dior, look like too much makeup. This also washes off with just soap and water. Can't beat it for 6 bucks!!
I really LOVE this product hard candy has always been a good product I like how this mascara dosent flake dosent have clumps the brush is fairly big which is great for my many lashes it also seperates every lash makes them look long but natural dosent really need a lot to look your best I also love that this mascara has enough liquid and the tube is big . There's no doubt that I'm going to buy this again! (:
My friend gave this one to me, so I don't know what the original packaging is like. Let's just say I really won't spend any money on this...
I do like how this formula is practically 100% clump free, to the extent when it's like... watery almost. It takes forever to dry, and I don't find my lashes any more voluminous than it was before, and I have really less lashes. It kinda sticks all my lashes together, and it makes it all black... It doesn't layer on very well, and it feels like hair gel, but for your lashes...
I find this formula really easy to smear and come off as well. I was expecting the mascara to stay on, but it ran off the moment it touched any form of water/sweat/snow... It was a mess!!! I want to be able to wear a mascara without having to stress about the weather.
Not very happy with it, but if you want one just to fool around, go ahead :P
This has become my HG mascara. It lenghtens beautifully, separates, and does not clump at all. It last all day, does not Flake, but comes off with a swipe of baby oil on a cotton swab..also inexpensive! All in all, this mascara is the sh*t!
I also have curl up dye, and was very sad to see the bad reviews because I love that one as well. :/ it thickens more than ginormous lash, and comes with alot of product. Once again, i love me some HARD CANDY!
I have had the hardest time finding great brown mascaras, heck, even good brown mascaras. This stuff in Mudslide is great. I love how volumizing it is. This mascara doesn't flake or smudge on my oily skin in this humid climate. It can clump some, but I simply wipe the excess on a tissue. I'll then apply what's on the brush, add a little of the excess back on my wand, and put on another layer. I do this a couple of times. The look it gives is just fantastic. The price of this mascara is great, especially when you consider how big the tube is compared to other drugstore brands for higher prices. If you're in the market for a volumizing mascara in brown, I say give this one a try!
First of all, the packaging is super cute. The mascara does exactly what it advertises - it lengthens your lashes like CRAZY. My lashes are the longest I have ever seen them with this, and this mascara also curled them too! It also doesn't clump at all, which is great, but I would never just wear this by itself because it doesn't give enough volume. Also, the wand is so big that it's hard to get the smaller lashes without making a mess. Overall, the mascara is good, not great, and does what it advertises it does.
This mascara made my eyelashes look crazy perfect, I'm serious. Freakishly long and thick. The only catch is that the packaging SUCKS. When it rolls, it falls, then it cracks and breaks instantly.I love this mascara but the only reason that I haven't repurchased it is because of my own clumsiness after breaking THREE tubes. I'm so shocked that it's not raved about like l'oreal or maybelline mascaras. This stuff made my lashes look way better than any other.
This is a great mascara to use if you like to layer coats. It's not too wet, so it really helps thicken and lengthen lashes. Loved it!