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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Review and Swatchfest: Hard Candy Hide and Glow Cheek

Cream blushes are great for giving your skin a healthy, dewy glow for summer without necessarily having to wear an illuminator. Unfortunately, not all cream blushes are created equal. The textures vary wildly from brand to brand and sometimes it takes work to find the one that's right for you.

While at Walmart a while back, I was grazing in the Hard Candy section (like a moth to a flame, the colorful packaging get's me every time) and I saw that they had a line of cheek tints. At $6 for two colors, I couldn't say no!

Hide and Glow Cheek Tint in "In Love"
Nameless, but I'll call it a peachy color that leans orange
Also nameless, so it is a lighter, golden peach
The orange-y color is swatched on top, the lighter one on bottom.
As far as texture goes, I thought it might be too tacky for my liking, but as it set (around 3-4 minutes) it seemed to blend in with my skin rather than sit on top of my skin. Test one: passed! The colors pay off isn't as great as I would have hoped. The darker, more orange-y color takes a few good swipes to get it to look like the swatch above. The lighter is really more of a sheen that, once dried, doesn't look like much of anything. Test two: barely passed. At $6 for .28 oz. you are paying about $21 an oz. If I only use one color (and I probably will unless this somehow looks better on my winter white skin) then it is about $42 an oz. Mid range brands, like Tarte, retail their cheek stain for $30 an oz.

Bottom line: unless you find a duo with two colors you will wear, it would be worth it, to me at least, to go for the seemingly more expensive product.

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