Monday, July 9, 2012

Hard Candy Shadow Duos!


Hey friends!
Thought I'd share a little review/current obsession with you!
It's a product I've been accumulating slowly, and the more I try, the more I love them!
They're $6 at Wal-Mart, and I'm thrilled with the quality... they're pigmented, easy to blend, and have the most beautiful metallic finish. And I don't mean they're loaded down with flaky glitter-- they just have a pretty shine that I love! 

I have quite a few neutral shades- but they each have their own look... and I think wearing neutral colors with a metallic finish is a fun twist on a "natural" eye look. 
Also, this might sound common sense, but I like that one shade is light and the other is dark. For some reason I run across a lot of duos that don't have enough contrast between the shades. With these, you can easily pop the lighter shade on your lid and brow bone, and use the darker shade in the crease. You can also wear these wet for even more impact, though I think they're great dry!


Secret Rendezvous



This was the first duo I ever picked up from this line (I bought it when Hard Candy first came to Wal-Mart). It's a light metallic pink and gorgeous cranberry/burgundy shade. The swatch is a bit washed out... this color is really deep and pretty. Reminds me of MAC Cranberry-- a much-loved shade!


Rush Hour



This bronzy-brown combo is a summer must-have. Picture tan skin, a golden/bronze gloss, and these eyeshadows-- love! Fans of the rose-gold look will like this one. And the brown has a subtle coordinating sparkle that's really pretty. 


Peace



This was a recent buy- I decided to pick it up after seeing one of my YouTube favorites- LolaMarie7- use it in a recent tutorial! As you can see, it's a classic neutral duo- shimmery champagne & medium brown. Can't wait to use this one!


High Maintenance



I wore this duo today!! I recently picked it up- along with Peace. The light color is a bit cooler than the light shade in Peace, and the deeper color is a gorgeous taupe with a slight hint of plum! I am kicking myself that I forgot to take a picture of this before my shower. The light color looks great around the inner corner, and the deeper color blends so easily into the crease, for a dark (but not too dark) effect.


So there's my review on these baked duos from Hard Candy! I really don't have any complaints-- other than the fact that I'd like to see even more colors. It's clear that Hard Candy knows how to do metallic... but some matte colors would be nice! Also, have you tried any of the Meteor Eyes shadows? They're more sparkly and just have one color. Curious about the quality of those!

Daily Nuggets...
  • I have been editing my buns off this afternoon for a new video and I'm STILL not done. 
  • Cupcake slept that whole time- in case you were wondering. 
  • The heat wave in our neck of the woods is finally calming down. Thank Goodness!
  • Are you on Pinterest? A couple of my favorite boards are Got It, Love it! and Want it! 

46 comments:

  1. Love your blog. Any tips or tricks on nail polish storage?

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  2. yes! check out this post: http://www.beautybroadcast.net/2011/11/new-nail-polish-storage.html

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  3. I had High Maintenance and loved it, but it fell on the floor and shattered. :( I never go to Walmart, but now I need to go pick up High Maintenance and some others.

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  4. I had High Maintenance and loved it, but it fell on the floor and shattered. :( I never go to Walmart, but now I need to go pick up High Maintenance and some others.

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  5. These are so pretty. They remind me of the Maybelline Marbleized Eyeshadows. Does anyone know how they compare?

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  6. I have Peace and High Maintenance, and I love them both. I´m glad you liked them too. :)

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  7. I am so in love with secret revendouz! It looks gorgeous. I might just have to go out and purchase it.

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  8. I have the purple duo of this and they are amazing!! I find the light color is better to go on a little wet

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  10. The swatches are so pretty!! Love the colours & shine it gives..

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  11. Can't wait to pick one of these up and try them... Thanks for the review!

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  12. I have all of these except Rush Hour and now I need it! I love these shadows too.

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  13. I love these Hard Candy duos! Especially when I use them with a wet brush. It's SOOO awesome!!

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  14. You are an absolute mind reader! I was literally looking at these today and wondering if I should pick up that first duo you swatched. The colours look really beautiful. I think I will pick one of these up after all!
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  15. Love your blog! Those dous look nicely pigmented.
    Xo,
    Missmelissafashionandbeautyblog.blogspot.com

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  16. Ohh, reading your blog is so not good for my wallet. My wishlist now grew a bit longer :P

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  17. They look very pretty and pigmented, though perhaps the colours are too similar between them.

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  18. I have none of these but after looking at all these swatches, peace has jumped to the top of my to buy list! I love!

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  19. I had High Maintenance and loved it but, my Mom, yes my MOM stole it from me! haha. Great product!

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  20. Wow.
    I love the rush hour and high maintenance.
    I need to go Wal Mart tomorrow!!

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  21. Ooh.I love these colors. Would love to try some of them out.
    xo
    lilithfashion.blogspot.com

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  22. Just discovered you blog and I love it!
    Newest follower - hope you can follow me back : )

    allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com

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  23. Can you do a tutorial using one of these duos?

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  24. Hi! I like your blog, it's so cute!
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    Love&kiss!

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  25. Hopefully I get to try them out, but HC is always sold out at the Walmart I go to! I'm still trying to purchase vampire bite and the concealer palette.Its been over 3 months now!

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  26. Rush Hour and the cranberry in Secret Rendezvous are so beautiful! Thanks for the review, I might go and buy them now.

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  27. I love these colors! Will you be posting a tutorial on them?

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  28. I LOVE these! Mine is in "high maintenance" and it's my everyday shadow. One thing that bothered me is that the container broke after some use.
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  29. Emily, I wanted to say that the taupe-y bronze in the peace duo is pretty much identical to 'between the sheets' by Victoria secret. I went to walmart to get peace after watching her (lola?) video too. I was so excited and swatched it on my hand as soon as getting to the car. As a part of my errands, had planned to hit up VS for BTS because I've heard amazing things about that eyeshadow. Completely forgetting about my earlier swatch, I swatched BTS at VS and it was identical. So I left with out buying it. Such a pretty color and even better it's a dupe!

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  30. I wish we could get HC in the UK :( I may have to get my friend to buy some for me ;D

    http://smithamanojmakeup.blogspot.co.uk/

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  31. Elf has new baked shadows,blushes,bronzers not I just got them and haven't tried them out yet.

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  32. How do you find your shade in
    foundation in department stores?

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  33. wish i have hard candy in my country :(

    anyway, love you Emily xx



    please check my blog everyone! :)

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  34. I've owned a couple of these for years and the lighter sides are worn down at least flat, but I've never really used the darker sides. I will definitely have to pull them out and try again now that I see how beautifully these swatched.

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  35. Wow these are gorgeous! I love the 3rd one :) Would anyone like to check out my new beauty blog? I am planning on having a GIVEAWAY when I reach 100 followers :)

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    Sophie xx

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  36. These are to pretty to pick just one.

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  37. Could you make a video of your favorite Hard Candy products? Love your video. They are very helpful.

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  38. Can you get them in the UK? I can imagine they last a very long time, and the colours are gorgeous!

    Lauren,
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  39. This definitely encourages me to buy some of the Hard Candy eyeshadows! I always seem them and think they look great, but I figured they had a lot of glittery fallout, so I didn't want to waste my $$. Maybe I'll try them out now, thanks! :)

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  40. I've been wanting to try these for a while, thanks for your input!

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  41. I'm really excited to pick up Secret Rendezvous, looks stunning!


    <3
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  42. So gorgeous!

    Sophie xx

    I am having a GIVEAWAY when I reach 100 followers! - http://luckybeauty07.blogspot.com.au

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  43. I'm so glad I started following your blog, I'm a subbie on your YouTube channel and I'm so glad you have a blog too!!
    Check out my blog if you get a chance :)
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  44. Have you tried the Hard Candy shadow palettes? I am curious to see if they are as good as the duos.

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