This has to be the biggest surprise I've ever had make-up wise, because I have never imagined that a $7 foundation could perform tons better than quite a lot of high end ones!
Hard Candy is a brand that never appealed to me, and the little I tried from it was just subpar.
But I have been looking for a daytime foundation and didn't want to pay $50+ , and after some trial and error I came across reviews on this one. I figured for the price, it was ok if it didn't work, so I bought the shade Ultra Light to try.
Except for the fact that it's a bit too light for my NW15 skin, it's seriously almost perfect! Very similar, in finish, with my HG ELDW, which I only use when I go out at night or when I need extended wear (24 hrs).
Application is easy, I only tried a damp sponge but I think it will be ok with a brush as well. Smooth, not streaky, medium coverage and skin-like finish. Even without using a primer, it stayed on intact for the duration of my work day (so about 9 hours in total), and showed no signs of rubbing off, fading, separating, sinking into pores/lines, etc.
I did get a tiny bit dewier than I get with ELDW, but a quick blot fixed it, and the foundation looked just as good afterwards.
I liked it that much, that I went and got the shade Vanilla as well, hoping for a better match - although the shade looks lighter than Ultra Light in the bottle, I'm hoping on the skin it is a bit darker).
I am not extremely crazy about the doe foot applicator, but it's not a big deal, and I guess it keeps things less messy.
It does have a bit of a chemical scent, but it's not overwhelming or anything.
I hope hope hope it doesn't break me out, or gives my skin a reaction or something, because it is seriously one of the best cheap foundations I have ever come across!
EDIT - Shade Vanilla is even lighter than Ultra Light :( They really need to work on those shades....
EDIT 2 - Unfortunately it's a no go for me, it breaks me out :( I only wore it 3 days in a row, and I now I have a few welts on my face, the type I get with most cheap(er) products, be it foundation, cleanser, etc. I am not happy, as I liked everything about this foundation.