Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Hard Candy, Part III of III... finally.

With a couple of exceptions (Hot Pants which was just sad and Date Night which clashed incredibly badly with my skin), I'm very happy with my selections from this collection. When are they going to release more? $5 each plus $1 shipping from not too shabby. The cremes and shimmers from these collections are beautiful, vivid and pigmented.

Hard Candy Frenzy

Turquoise creme. Maybe a touch greener IRL. Two coats, completely opaque, very glossy. So very easy to apply: I don't have the world's best application skills -- I always have a messy gap -- but good polishes are good at compensating for skill and care. ;) I don't know why it's named "Frenzy": I think it's such a happy and calming color.

Hard Candy Splendid

It's like cheer in a bottle! If you've read this blog for awhile, you know I'm nutsy about yellows. Bright, strong medium yellow, definitely not pastel. Streaky during coats one and two (par for course for yellows), evens out just beautifully by coat number three. No weird bald spots! :)

Hard Candy Lava

This was the biggest surprise of the collection for me. It looks like it's bright red shimmer with tons of gold shimmer but when you put it on, it's sparkling burning orange embers all the way. Very light-catching. Heck, very eye-catching! I got so many compliments on this one. One woman commented it looked like I had Christmas ornaments on my fingers. It sounds like a weird compliment but really, she said it so enthusiastically it was hard not to interpret that as a REALLY nice thing to say about a manicure. Pictures do NO justice to this manicure at all, especially when there's no sun out to help it out. I almost didn't buy it because it looked like your run-of-the-mill-red-shimmer-with-gold-shimmer but I was looking for a replacement for my long lost Hard Candy Stop... I thought maybe this would be a dupe. Alas, it is not Stop (for which I am desperate, for sentimental reasons) but it's beautiful and I'm glad it was what it is.

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Aurora's Nails said...

I love all three of these! They look great on you!

jaljen said...

Lava is incredibly rich! Love it.

Antonea said...

I love em all! I just may pick them all up if i ever see them in person... All the closest walmarts here don't have it. Argh
I just hate pay for shipping.
But this Lava has me interested now. It doesn't look too special in pictures but everyone says it is amazing.

gildedangel said...

I love all of these!!!

swedishfishing said...

I passed on the yellow at first because I was afraid of a terrible formula (I've been scarred for life by SOPI Cab Fare) but if it's not horrible, I think I may get it. It looks so happy! I wish Wal-Mart weren't so scary

Papaya Bunny said...

Frenzy is definitely disgustingly beautiful. I feel like I should be appalled by it, but now I want to go buy it!

amusedPolish said...

I've got Lava and it looks really stunning in real life but it doesn't suit my skin-tone(somehow i've got an orange ton) :(

Lucy said...

I haven't seen these three before. That last one is an amazing looking polish. The yellow is very cheerful indeed. Love it. The turquoise creme is gorgeous also.

kellie said...

Has anyone ever tried Hard Candy - The End? I can't find ANY reviews or swatches of it!!

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