Monday, October 12, 2015

Hard Candy Just Glow! Baked Illuminating Duo - 1st Impressions


I thought I'd do a quick makeup first impressions post on a Hard Candy product I picked up recently.  I haven't purchased much from the brand for quite a while, but while I was browsing the other week, this product caught my eye.  I'm talking about the Hard Candy Just Glow! Baked Illuminating Duo in Candle Lit #1063.  It's been a little while since I purchased it, and it's not on Walmart's site yet, but I think I paid around $8.  There are 2 of these duos available, but I think the other has more glitter/shimmer in it.
Candle Lit
There's a darker side and lighter side to the duo.  I feel that the darker side has a strong pink sheen to it, almost a duo-chrome.  Even if I don't like this as a face highlighter, this will be a pretty eye shadow.  The lighter side has more of a yellow look, but still has a pink "flash" to it.

For my swatches, I really swirled my fingers on the product but only did one swipe across an un-prepped hand.  These do feel on the dry side, but it is a baked product so that could be making it feel different than other highlighters.
I'm looking forward to trying these out on the face to see how they look when applied with a brush.  I have seen one video featuring this product - I don't remember if it's the same shade or not - and she didn't care for it.  But a lot of times things that people do like I don't and vice versa.  As I mentioned above, even if I don't like it for the face, they will make pretty eye shadows.

I thought I'd mention the brush as well.  The bristles felt stiff and scratchy, plus it seems really small.  Weirdly, while the bristles felt stiff, the overall feel of trying to use it on my hand gave the impression of being floppy.  It's definitely a different shape, as well, since it's round.  The included mirror is so small that it's essentially pointless.  I think I would have preferred the duo to have been packaged as 2 individual compacts...kind of like their Fierce Effects shadow duos...and skipped the brush and mirror altogether.

What was the last thing you purchased from Hard Candy?  Have you tried the Just Glow! Baked Illuminating duos?

**all items purchased by me
**my opinions are my own
**not sponsored/affiliated


  1. I bought this tonight and was wondering if it's similar to Laura Gellers French vanilla highlighter since it's semi matte

    1. I wish I knew the answer, but I don't have the Laura Geller French Vanilla Highlighter to be able to compare them. Sorry