Along with MAC's new Careblend powder, this is one of my favorite finds in the powder category in recent history. In my neck of the woods, it's not easy to find - even with a few Walmarts within (reasonable) driving distance, only one carries the full Hard Candy line. When I found this, I snapped it up, based on the raving reviews.
The packaging isn't the most sturdy, but it's not as flimsy as those of the other Walmart standby, Wet n Wild. Although sealed, mine didn't actually come with a sponge (oops, quality control!) but I don't mind; I generally don't use sponges anyway. The powder itself is almost creamy, but doesn't cake up, not even on my combination/oily skin. It mattifies like nobody's business, and despite its chalky appearance, doesn't come off white or ghostly, at least not on my golden toned NC25 skin.
I'm really astounded by the high quality of this $7 gem; it performs just as well, if not better, than its higher priced counterparts. In fact, I've yet to find a high end blotting powder that gives me the same lasting effect that this does. At half the price of MAC's Blot Powder, once on of my holy grail products, it's not just a decent alternative - it's better.