Review of Hard Candy Glossaholic - Sequin Saturated Shine Lip Gloss in Rise & Shine by BeautyLoverRN
Got Rise & Shine (as well as a few others), and this one was the only miss for me.
The smell was absolutely nauseating for me...like coffee mixed with novacaine and chemicals or something, and I am not one easily put off by scents. I tried to wear it anyway, but it just wasn't pretty enough to put up with that smell, it didn't seem to go away!
Also, although you get a ton of product, the packaging is strange, and has really strong suction w/ perhaps too small of an opening to pull the wand through; product always squirts up all over the top of the wand and lip of the bottle no matter how carefully/slowly/sideways I try to take it out. I've seen reviews on YouTube where they take the wand out and gloss flies across the room. I store these upright because I'm paranoid of the "leakage" another reviewer talked about.
The price of these babies are great ($5 for a TON of product--0.38 oz.), and I suppose the large applicator is cool (although, I might be the only pessimist on here who realizes that the bigger the wand, the less room for product, lol), but Rise & Shine is the only one that went back to the store.
The other shades I got are gorgeous (Fireball (light cherry red w/ large gold glitter), Fabulous (brownish-red w/ large gold glitter), Lush (peach w/ gold/peach fine glitter), and Confection (opaque, cool-toned baby pink w/ fine gold glitter)! The gloss is super-plush (thick, but not sticky! Confection is my favorite; it's one of the "newer" colors, and it's a pretty cool-toned baby pink that is opaque with very pretty glitter. I love that with these glosses, your lips don't feel "glued together"), and the scent is like vanilla cupcakes, which I love. I also really like the large chunks of glitter flecks (you can barely feel them; I wouldn't say it's uncomfortable or "gritty"), but some may be annoyed by that, and the fact that if you wipe the gloss off, the glitters stayed glued to your lips, and unless you feel like tearing them and ripping them up, you might as well leave it there.
Overall: Bad rating for Rise & Shine (would NOT buy again!), nearly excellent rating for the others (minus the goofy packaging). I want more!