Sunday, October 4, 2009
Review: Hard Candy Foiled Again Metallic Shadow Sticks
Obviously, I couldn't wait to crack some of the products open. The thing that caught my eye at the store (other than the pretty baked shadows/blushes) were the shadow sticks. I think it's because MAC's greasepaint sticks have been all over makeupalley and blogs lately. I, of course, gravitated towards the more neutral colors though the line has some crazy colors, including highlighter yellow which I'm sure will be a big hit among MUFE and MAC lovers.
Well, I figured these would be similarly shaped to other brands (pencil-like). Was I ever wrong. I popped off the cap and lo-and-behold what looks like a lipstick is under the cap! This is not necessarily a bad thing but really limits the ability to do anything eyeliner-like with this stick without the help of a brush. Don't they remind you a little of L'Oreal Colour Juice Sticks?
From top swatched on NW10 skin: Celestine (white shimmer), Soiree (neutral brown), Ecstasy (copper)
How's the staying power of these? Well, it's hard to know without doing an eye look (and I always use a base as it is), but after applying a few swipes of this on bare skin, I took it off with a kleenex (rubbed several times) and you can still see remnants of the shadows (granted not anything like your waterproof eyeliners or apparently greasepaints but for $6 not too bad)! So, that bodes well for the product, though as I said, no promises on the eyes!
So, after posting this, I applied Soiree (the brown shade) all over my lid (without UDPP) and some Stila eyeshadow to set it. I then went and started organizing my closet and doing some general cleaning. My face is now a sweaty mess but my eyeshadow looks exactly the way I applied it! No creasing. I am thrilled! I wish they made even more neutral colors of these like a taupe and maybe also black (you listening Hard Candy?)! So, so far...
applied at ~3:30pm (no base!)
now it is 5:00pm
(will update in a couple hours after I cook dinner over a hot stove!)
It is now 7:30pm and after cooking pasta with meat(less) sauce here is the status report. We have some very minimal creasing exactly on the crease (you can basically see a brown line where my crease is) but otherwise it doesn't look too bad. My lid is still as vibrant as it was at 3:30pm and unless you literally stretched the lid so you can see the whole thing, it's not very obvious. So that's 5 or so hours without UDPP. I bet the lasting power is even more awesome over it.
This is the last one I promise. So, before I took a shower this evening (wow, I feel like I'm twittering - you guys get to read about my every last move), I used one of my handy make up removing wipes to get off this stuff. Well, it took several strong wipes to get the majority of it off, but there was still remnants of it on my lid and especially around my lash line, which makes me think that this will work awesome as eyeliner! We'll see if it's eyeliner brush friendly.