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Hard Candy make several different types of lipstick and have different shades available in different ranges. I've never heard of them before but have looked online this morning and can see at least six or seven different types of Hard Candy lipstick, they seem to be available mainly in Walmart for $6 (that is the equivalent of about £4) so they're cheap to buy compared to most lipsticks.
The Shimmer Lipstick I have has the name Flirt and it's a pearly pink colour with coral tones. It's not sheer but doesn't cover my lips in block colour so is perfect for me because I like to keep my lips natural most of the time and don't think bright or dark colour lipsticks suit my colour.
This is quite a dry lipstick when you first take the lid off the tube but it goes softer as I start to apply it and then the colour goes onto my lips smoothly and comfortably. I use a nude lip liner first and after using this lipstick once without lip liner I'll never forget it again because it bleeds off my lips and onto my skin very quickly, luckily it didn't make too much of a mess because of the lipstick having such a pale colour but it made me feel very self conscious that day because I had an important meeting to go to and had to go into that without make up on after making a bit of a mess of removing the bleeding parts and having to take everything off with no time to apply more!! The bleeding does not happen when I use a lip liner so it's a necessity to use both products when wearing this lipstick.
It's not creamy in feeling but it feels quite moisturising on my lips, that's something I'm grateful for because I suffer with dry lips and some lipsticks make the problem much worse. This doesn't smooth my lips like a good lip balm would but it prevents them getting dryer even if it doesn't repair the dryness that is already there, the Shimmer lipstick is suitable for you to apply lip balm over the top through the day but I have noticed that if I use lip balm first the lipstick does not apply properly over the top.
A while ago, Hard Candy launched their ‘coffee’ inspired lipsticks where each lipstick is supposedly made to taste like coffee, apparently to kick your addiction to caffeine! It is these kind of gimmicks that make gullible consumers like me buy their products! The taste of the lipstick is sweet, but definitely not coffee-like. The colour which I bought was called café latte, a sheer, glittery nude lipstick. It is rather too retro for my taste, so I usually apply it on top of my usual lipstick to make my lips pout. Other than that, there’s nothing that special about this product unless you like glitter and metallic-sheened lipsticks. The packaging is very simple and cheap looking with a heart on the cap. Looks very similar to the silver packaging of Next's lipsticks! Nothing beats my Lancome Rouge Magnetic!
These are my all-time favourite lipsticks - extremely high quality, excellent and unusual colours and glamorous and practical packaging. It's the metallic colours that totally do it for me though. I've never found a brand with such vibrant shades, such a totally unusual effect or, very importantly for me, great staying power without being overly drying. Best is probably Tramp, a deep dark blood-red with a very metallic sheen that stays on all day and never ever bleeds. If you're looking for something really unusual but not too 'weird' how about Squeeze - it's a darkish cool brown metallic shot with purple and green. Yes green. It doesn't look at all green once it's on though, just very shiny and definitely different. Another favourite is Sky, a pale pale baby blue. Yes I wear it on its own (a very 60s look that's surprisingly wearable), but it's also great to but a dab of in the centre of your lips to lighten and brighen just about every other shade and give a 'pout' effect without using gloss (which wears off very quickly). Hard Candy also do non-metallics which are very nice and moisturising, again in some great colours. If you've always wanted a totally true red, check out Pyro. Another great thing about these is the scent, which does last. It's not at all 'perfumey', but smells just like old fashioned vanilla cake mix. The only downside is that this American range isn't widely available in this country. I get friends going abroad to pick me some up (where it's much cheaper); but the best UK place to buy is Selfridges in London