Hard Candy has released a ton of new products in their 2017 collection, I have a demo and review of a bunch of items on my YouTube Channel. Included in this review is the new Hard Candy Prismatic Highlighter. This retails for around $6-$8 at Walmart, depending on if you live in Canada or the United States. Either way, super affordable, Hard Candy has stuck to their original drugstore prices unlike some brands that are really creeping up there.
The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Prismatic Highlighter has "light reflective pearls that accentuate the high points of your face and cheekbones", it also claims to be flattering on all skin tones. I've had a hard time finding a prismatic/duochrome highlight I love, my skintone is so warm and yellow that the cooler toned duochromes just feel so odd on my skin. The tone of this seems quit purple and not too cool so I had high hopes.
Unfortunately, this did not work out for me for a number of reasons. On my first touch, I could tell the texture was chalky and powdery. A little powder kick up or an odd texture can however be deceiving at times once swatched on the skin or diffused with a brush. I tried a few ways to make this work, as you'll see in my video. First I used my typical highlighting brush, it just left flecks of tiny micro glitter on my cheeks and no real sheen. Secondly, I went in with a more dense brush that I use to apply really stiff highlights in the hopes of concentrating the application. This still didn't do much. Lastly, I dowsed my brush in setting spray and applied the highlight which I had basically transformed into a cream highlight at this point. For me this was the best application but still did not give me the result I was hoping for.
For me this was a miss. It's just not what I look for in a highlight. If you have more fair skin perhaps, or don't mind some micro glitter this could be an option. Overall I found this left me with more glitter on the cheeks then a prismatic glow.
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