It's no secret: We're aging, and it's showing up on our faces.
Thankfully, there's a beauty product to mask it, better known as Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer ($8.00 at Walmart).
The deets? It claims to add a natural, ageless glow to your skin without making it greasy; you can also apply it anywhere (within reason). It's also super super pink, so think twice about buying it if you have dark skin--light pink luminizers are best suited for paler complexions.
ApplicationFor the price, you're getting a lot of product here--sometimes even too much. The tube deposits a big dollop of luminizer--this in cream form--that can easily cover your face and then some. To highlight cheekbones, the cupid's bow, and the bridge of your nose, you just need a pea-sized amount, applied with fingers or a small concealer brush.
|Seriously pink stuff.|
Because of its somewhat sticky, cream formula, I had no trouble spreading this out. I like how it looks on my skin compared to powder highlighters; it doesn't emphasize dry spots and blends into foundation or blush in a snap. When my skin is too parched for matte foundations, I like to mix a dab of Hard Candy luminizer with two squirts of foundation for a more luminous finish.
|Left: Me, wearing makeup, no luminizer. Right: Luminizer added to chin, cheeks, and nose. It's subtle, but it's there...|
WearWear-wise, Hard Candy is fairly long-lasting--even more so if you add a powder highlighter on top to set it. During a typical day, the luminizer retains its glow for a good 6-8 hours. After the 8 hour mark, the shine fades away slowly, and by hour 12, there's hardly any left. After a full day of wear, I also notice it makes my skin feel greasier.
|Wearing my Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer, camera flash on for more visibility. I'm totally looking at a squirrel.|
ColorPersonally, I feel that Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer would be a more appealing product if it wasn't so pink. This color truly only works with specific skin tones, and is extremely unflattering on darker skin tones--perhaps a more golden color would work better.
I truly do love how this mixes effortlessly into foundation and gives me a subtle glow, but it really only works with people with similar complexions, and I think I'm half vampire or something...
For a cheap cream highlight, I'd definitely consider a repurchase. My skin is absolutely parched right now (thank you winter), so adding a dab of Hard Candy Face & Body Luminizer helps liven up my skin...makes it look less "dead." I wish it had more of a translucent, neutral color, though.
Would I Repurchase?