Hard Candy Lash Ink - 4 Day Lash Stain

2.6

59 reviews

44% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.4

Price: $$

INGREDIENTS



on 4/23/2014 4:02:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Other, Warm

Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Hard Candy Lash Ink is great for darkening and defining your eyelashes. There's a learning curve. Practice until you find a technique that works for you. Lash Ink is ideal for those who dislike the severe, caked-on look of most mascaras. With one or two coasts, lashes look slightly longer and thicker. I create a more dramatic look by adding multiple coats, allowing each coat to slightly dry in between coats. I also use a metal-toothed lash comb to separate my lashes in between coats. Make sure not to wait until lashes are completely dry to comb them because they'll be very hard to separate. I'm Asian and my lashes are stick straight and long, but sparse. I use a regular eyelash curler before mascara, then a heated eyelash curler to get a strong, lifted curl. Although it takes time to do these steps, I really like the result: long, natural, defined, slightly glossy black lashes that stay curled. The slight shine is a subtle, but important. I dislike the matte look of some mascaras. It looks like mud! Also, there are no tiny clumps or flaking, something I find in most mascaras. The best feature is that is rarely smudges! Mascaras always smudge on me, even waterproof versions. Lash Ink stays put for most of the day. I prefer to take it off at the end of the day. The times I left it on overnight, I'd wake up with my eyelashes all stuck to each other. One last tip, when newly opened, there may be too much mascara on the brush. I use a clean piece of paper (Post-It sized) to blot the brush. You'll have the perfect amount of mascara left on the brush. Don't use a tissue or the tissue fibers will get all over the brush. Overall, this mascara is great for beautiful, natural looking eyelashes that don't smudge!

8/8/14 Update: I bought a new tube of Lash Ink a couple months ago and discovered that Hard Candy changed the brush! It's now a plastic comb type brush and it's awful. There's so much product on the brush that you end up with wet, spiky lashes. It's a huge mess and I nearly threw it away. Since I still had my old tube of Lash Tint, I washed the old brush and was able to use it with the new tube. This works perfectly! If I didn't like the formula so much, I wouldn't go to all this trouble. I'm now downgrading my ratings and only recommend Lash Stain if you have the patience to either replace the brush with the old brush like I did or use disposable brushes with it.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.



on 4/6/2014 3:01:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

Lash Ink I thought would be perfect. I don't need length so lets just dye my lashes and that would be that... or so I thought. Nice idea but a failed gimmick.

PROS:
- Unfortunately, the classy packaging does not reflect the product. The packaging is sleek and well designed.

CONS:
- The mascara is super light and think like an ink but unfortunately it runs like ink too.
- The mascara doesn't stain... so not long lasting at all.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I tried hard to like this product. I have very watery eyes so I am always trying to find the "perfect" mascara solution for my bottom lashes. Let me say that this is not really a mascara, just a stain. It will do NOTHING for length, volume or curl. I used it for a couple of weeks and noticed that it did not last for an entire 4 days. It did not smear or run, but it was kind of flakey. It was possible to remove it with makeup remover. I tried to use it to color my upper lashes as well and found that it was just a mess. The formula is very liquid-y, and when I tried to wipe the excess product from the brush it made a huge mess by spashing everywhere. It is not buildable. Even if you let the first layer completely dry the second layer will clump like you woudn't believe. Also, I am a belly sleeper and when I woke up my eye lashes were mangled in a curly/clumpy mess from this product. It is not worth messing with.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


on 2/6/2014 5:24:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Grey

This stuff gives you zero length or volume. It just darkens your lashes, which is what I expected, but since it said it was a "stain," I thought it would be a very thin liquid type consistency, but of course it has the consistency of a mascara, so you look like you have mascara on but your eyelashes are super short and thin and get clumpy if you use too much.
Not impressed.


on 11/16/2013 2:43:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium Brown, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I'm back! So last night I went to the Marine Corps Ball and I wore lash ink and false lashes. my eye makeup stated so perfect. I didn't feel the drying like I did the first time nor itchiness. after doing they eye-shadow I placed the false lashes and then used the lash ink. my husband said he didn't notice I was wearing it until I asked and it looked beautiful. the package is Ok I guess they want to distinguish it from their other mascara products.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.


on 9/22/2013 8:10:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

I think this product definitely has its place in the market. The idea of a lash stain is fairly new to me. I think I tried Neutrogena's one years ago and wasn't very impressed. I think anyone trying this product has to keep in mind that you really shouldn't compare it to mascara, because they have different purposes. This product is not meant to build a lot of length or volume, it is meant to darken your existing lashes. Now that I've said that piece, I will get on with it.

I absolutely loved this product!!! I am a girl who wears makeup whenever I leave the house for anything. But I also like to do outdoorsy stuff and I feel like carrying around a bunch of makeup while camping, backpacking, etcetera is really silly. As I was preparing for a 4-day backpacking trip, I was looking for options in makeup that would allow me to pack as little as possible and I came across this product. I didn't have time to do a test drive, so I just went for it. Reading all the claims on the packaging about its longevity and indestructible nature made me think there is no way it is going to do all that, but it actually did.

Application: After curling my lashes, I used a clean Q-tip to wipe my lashes the best I could. (I read that any oils or lotion can prevent it from adhering to your lashes properly.) I applied this with a gentle hand and more in straight strokes than the typical wiggle back and forth method like you would a mascara. I then used a clean wand from an old mascara to comb it out and separate the lashes. After doing both eyes this way I did it again the exact same way for a second coat. Make sure to wipe off any product you get on your skin immediately as it is hard to get off. My lashes are pretty light in color naturally, so this product just made it look like I had natural looking long, dark lashes. I wasn't trying to look like I had tons of mascara on, so this was perfect.

Testing it out:
Day 1: drove 2 hours with the windows down, then hiked up a very steep mountain with lots of bush-wacking with a pack on. By the time we got to the top I was super sweaty. I wiped my face down with a makeup wipe that night.
Day 2: Woke up in the morning to nice, dark looking lashes. NO flaking at all. More hiking. Went to a waterfall. Stood under the water in the waterfall for quite a while, then went swimming. The lash tint stayed put. No running or flaking off. Then more hiking/sweating. Wiped face down with a makeup wipe before bed.
Day 3: More hiking/sweating. Lashes looking a little less perky than day 1, but still dark and no flaking under the eyes.
Day 4: Came home from backpacking and drove with the windows down for 2.5 hours. Lashes starting to look a little dry like they would if you slept in mascara, but nothing horrible. The stain had worn off of the tips of the lashes, but still looked dark at the base. I still haven't noticed any flaking.
*I never reapplied the product after day 1 and never used mascara over the top.

While I wouldn't compare this to a great mascara in terms of great looking lashes, I love this for low maintenance beauty. I would highly recommend this for anyone who wants dark looking lashes for camping, going to the beach or gym, running a race, etc. This would also be great for staying over at your boyfriend's (or girlfriend's) place if you don't want him/her to see you with no makeup on. This way you could wash your face and still look a bit put together with just tinted moisturizer and lip balm/gloss.

For anyone who has naturally dark lashes that are long or thick, I don't think you will get anything out of this, so don't waste your money. Just enjoy your naturally amazing lashes.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I think my expectations for the product were too high. I thought I was going to get luscious lashes for days, but really it's more like my lashes were just darker for 1 day 1/2. I have naturally dark lashes, so it wasn't a huge change. A friend of mine has very light brown almost blonde lashes and she really loves this product. Although, we both agree it didn't last for four days. But it did last longer thank waterproof mascaras. I wore it under heavier mascaras and they seemed to work well together. For your money I would recommend this product. I still use it, I just lowered my expectations.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This product in OK, and I think it performs as advertised. If you have used the Tarte lash stain, this is the exact same thing but with a cheaper price tag. If you liked the Tarte, you will like this HC one.

This is not like getting you lashes tinted at a salon. This coats you lashes and darkens them, and as advertised, does last for 4 days. However, it does not leave them as "you natural lashes but darker" as the tint at the salon does, but instead leaves them sort of coated in dark lash stain. Hard to describe, but it basically sits on your lashes until it comes off or you take it off (you can remove this with eye makeup remover).

It does not perform as a mascara, meaning, there is no volumizing. I find it does lengthen just a bit. If you are not careful, your lashes can clump when you apply, esp. if you coat on too much.

Overall, for what this is, I do like it; you just have to come in with the right expectations. It is not going to look like you have on the world's best mascara for 4 days. It looks like you have darkened lashes.

I find it a bit hard to apply mascara over this, but if you try, you can. The impact won't be the same as bare lashes bc this stain does stick to your natural lashes and coats them.

The color is a nice, rich black.

I find that it lasts as advertised (4 days). I do notice some smudging when I wake up in the morning. I sleep with my face in my pillow, but I think if you are a back sleep, you wouldn't notice any smudging. I have noticed some minor eye irritation when I wake up because I sleep face down.

I would recommend this to someone who wants very dark lashes but is not expecting more than that. I think it would be great if you were going camping, swam a lot, worked out a lot (Especially in the morning and didn't want to look horrible) or had some job where you were outdoors and wanted a natural look without worrying about mascara all over your face. It does not come off with soap and water in the shower.

I would buy it again. I don't use it often, but when I have, I like it. I do like the look of the salon tinting more than this, but that is very expensive. I would never buy the Tarte again- this really is the exact same.

Just know what you are expecting when you buy this. I love the packaging, the wand brush is small and easy to use. Hard Candy is a great brand and the price is so reasonable!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Blue

I had such high hopes for this product! Let me start off by saying, this is NOT a stain! I was expecting a light consistancy, but this is just a wet, thick, sticky mascara. It is very hard to apply because it dries so fast. It is very clumpy and I didn't have time to fix them because it dried so fast! All of my lashes stuck together and it took forever to get off, even with makeup remover! It dried out my lashes and left them very brittle. I have heard horror stories of girls who used this product and it broke their lashes off! Overall this is a terrible product and you should not waste your money on it! Stick to a water proof mascara, lash gel, or even dye your lashes! Just make sure whoever is dying them uses special lash dye, not the same dye used for hair, and get them dyed professionally! I hope this helped!


on 3/25/2013 10:34:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

First off, this isn't really a "stain", it's a very wet mascara. It darkens your lashes- it's not build-able for volume, BUT it gets sticky fast if you try more than a coat or two. It's very, very waterproof- more waterproof perhaps than anything I've tried and I've tried a lot. If you want a foolproof mascara to swim in, this is it! However, it still comes off reasonably well with a soak in my Neutrogena waterproof makeup remover. I like it overall for days when my mascara is really put on trial. As for it's 4 day claim? You'll sleep in it once, wake up and realize that yep, it's still mostly there- but your lashes will feel sticky and sorta eww and you'll definitely want to take it off and start fresh!

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.




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