Cruelty-free drugstore brands are hard to come by these days. So while browsing Walmart’s beauty section, I was reminded of Hard Candy.
Subconscious: “That’s some trendy packaging right there. Don’cha want bold lashes too?”
Moi: “Stop it, I’m on a no-buy mission today. I came to Walmart to check out the optical services”
Subconscious: “I thought you need felt tip eyeliner?”
Moi: They don’t have black eyeliner!
Subconscious: Dark blue is a nice substitute lady!
Freak! An hour later, I left with makeups, new jammies, craft supplies and a prescription for contacts. Story of my life, bow!
Swing to reality. Experience taught me that the best mascara is still in oblivion. Bold tarantula-like lashes are nothing but Photoshop manipulation. Ostentatious brand names don’t translate to actual claims. So I had no great expectations when I picked up Hard Candy Lashaholic Super Volume Mascara Biggest Baddest Lashes. I just like the FabZilla vibe of this mascara’s packaging. Naughty & nice to put it bluntly.
At $6.60, this is quite a steal. The barrel container and shocking pink tube can pass for some mid-end, if not high-end department store brands. The bristles are slightly concave which I don’t think helped in the application at all. The formula is a tad dry. It’s not really smudge-proof because I noticed smearing at mid-day. Oh well, this humid weather ain’t helping either. While it did give my lashes some volume, it can’t be any badder! One coat produced nicely separated lashes, two coats made it clumpy. But I expect that from a lot of mascaras anyway. Overall, it’s a good everyday mascara but as in usual, ditch the marketing claim.
Next is Stroke of Gorgeous Felt Tip Eyeliner ($6.00). I am a pencil and cream eyeliner user so I want to try this formula. Black is sold out so I settled for “In the Navy”, a deep blue shade.
Hmmm, I’m not happy with this. It’s a weak blue in my pigment dictionary. I lined my lash line a few times to get a decent amount of color. While it didn’t make me teary (I have sensitive eyes), I. don’t. like. this. at. all. No further elaboration needed.
Have you tried these yet?