Saturday, September 26, 2009

Hard Candy! Walmart! Pictures! Swatches!

*runs in*runs out*flails*

I'm sure by now you've heard the news of Hard Candy resurrecting at Walmart. The word is that the brand would start showing up this week, however, my store wouldn't be carrying it until sometime next week (I just called and spoke to someone in Cosmetics, they were actually very helpful!!). I was out and about today and decided to peep inside another store in a near-by city. I certainly wasn't expecting for them to have it- but to my surprise, there was the brand new display of Hard Candy- like it hadn't even been touched yet. There were one or two products that had not come in yet (I overheard two girls that were stocking the shelves).

Without further's my little (pic heavy!!!!) haul......

The loot: "Walk The Line" liquid eye liner, "In The Shadows" shadow trio, "Sheer Envy" tinted moisturizer, and 3 gorgeous nail polishes.

Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer in Fair

I was actually in the market for a new tinted moisturizer, as I will be going on vacation (details soon) and needed something quick and easy for the road. This TM looks rather good- there were 5 color shades to choose from and it has SPF 15 (that will serve me good while I'm driving!). I haven't tried it on yet, but just from testing it on my arm, the color match is good. Can't wait to try this out!

Walk The Line liquid eyeliner in Praline

I was so overwhelmed with the amount of liner- there were at least 8-10 different liquid liners, plus two (or maybe three?) types of other pencil liners. I'm a self-proclaimed liner hoor, but I don't have as much liquid liners as I pencil. I decided to try one of these and pick out the most neutral one.

I have to say- these little suckers are quite good. The following swatch was done a few hours ago and it hasn't budged. I've washed my hands 3 times since and the color is still solid. The brush is nice too, thin and easy to handle.

The shade, praline, is a gorgeous hybrid of brown, bronze and taupe. It dries fast to a metallic finish and, as previously stated, stays put. I'm currently trying to rub the swatch and it's not moving, still- not even a flake!

In The Shadows eye shadow trio in Flower Girl

Are you not surprised I picked the taupe trio? No, you shouldn't be by now. There was a nice selection of eye shadows in different forms- trios, quads, glitter shadow, shadow sticks and dome-style baked shadows.

Flower Girl is a trio of neutrals, a shimmery taupe, satin/matte chocolate brown, and a shimmery champagne. What is also pretty nifty is that it comes with a little black kohl eyeliner, that is attached to the top of the packaging by a little band. The quads come with a little tube of eye shadow primer.

The pigment is pretty decent and better than I expected- these were done dry with no primer. I know with a base the color will stand out a little more. But- on their own this is perfect for a low-key, natural look.

I have to say, I was so excited for the nail polishes. If I didn't think about it, I probably could have walked out buying each color. I left with three, but I'm definitely going back for more!


Hypnotic is a pretty, sheer pink with a gold sheen to it. The pink gives it a safe, neutral feel, but the gold flash gives it a little punch.


Envy is breathtaking! A blackened green shimmer.

Mr. Wrong

Ladies, if you only get one polish, it has to be Mr. Wrong. This is a delicious blend of purple/lavender/gold/silver shimmer. It's gorgeous- I couldn't take enough photos to show you how gorgeous it really is.

Mr. Wrong, Hypnotic, Envy

Believe me, there are many, many, many more items in the line. This is a pretty impressive and major comeback for the brand. I admit, I was a late-admirer of the "former" line, so I can't say how this compares to it. Some items may be directed towards a younger age demographic (body glitter and shadow, "eye shadow tattoos", etc.), but I think "older" customers can find some definite winners. What's the best thing about this line is everything is under $10. What's not to love about that? I believe the line was supposed to start appearing in stores this past week- but some stores may have different dates, so call your local store(s).


I can't believe I forgot this picture!!! Each nail polish comes with a cute little ring, as you can see in the photos above. It's a definite reminder of the Hard Candy of yore. I believe the old rings were made of a "jelly" while the new ones are plastic. It's very cute- but, one size does not fit all....



Askmewhats said...

the polish shades are super pretty :)

Nanzy said...

agree with Nikki, the polishes look awesome esp the last one! thanks for sharing.

Trisha said...

OMG I cant wait till these show up in my Walmart. Thanks for the post :)

Amethyst said...

Wow, thanks for posting :)
I looked for them at my wal-mart, but they weren't there yet :'(

Recessionista! said...

Ooooh! Aaaah! I love what you got!! The Walmart in my area is the worst in terms of getting new product, so hopefully I'll see these on the shelf before the end of year. :(

Love your review! xo

Vanessa M. said...

woop woop!!

Rae said...

Whoo! I wonder if Hard Candy will be coming to Canada... that liquid liner is gorgeous!

Thanks for the review hon :)

Kendra said...

Great swatches! Do you know if they'll be coming to Canada Wal-Marts or not? Because I definitely wanna try out the tinted moisturizer and the eyeshadows. I unfortunately never got to try out the original line because I only got into makeup recently, and being a teenager I don't have as much money to spend as I'd like, so the fact that they're in Wal-Mart is great. =P

Tanya @ The Pink Train Case said...

@Kendra - No, I'm sorry! I don't know if Hard Candy will be making it's way to Canada :( I hope that it will!!!

Recessionista! said...

I got Mr. Wrong totally because of your post! :)

Anonymous said...

I actually just picked up four of the products, two tubes of mascara, a lip plumper, and an eye liner, from Walmart but have yet to try them out. Very cool stuff, if we are going to judge solely on packaging. It's funny: I think I heard that originally Urban Decay and Hard Candy were under the same roof. I have always thought Decay should reign as the Sephora/over priced department store brand, and that, contrastingly, Candy should find its place on the shelves of a Target. So it was Walmart. Close enough.

Anonymous said...

For those who were asking, I heard from a user on a different forum I frequent that Hard Candy was at her Canadian walmart, so hopefully it will soon be at every walmart in Canada! Love the nail polish colours btw and your blog - I will be back, thats for sure!:)