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Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush – A Review

I’ve had these Hard Candy blushes for quite some time now. I bought them individually as I liked each one I tried. There’s a trick with them, as you have to apply them with a more dense brush, like a mini kabuki brush.

Hard Candy Blush Crush Baked Blush Shades:
127 Honeymoon – light peach
125 Living Doll – light pink
126 Pin Up – light tan leaning peach
128 Bombshell – light brown

Price:
$7 for 8 g ( .28 oz)

This is a shimmery peach with a bit of gold scattered throughout, which works as a highlighter or blush shade on me. It would probably work well as a highlighter on darker skintones.

This is a shimmery pink with a touch of gold to it and it’s very flattering on my skintone.

This is a light tan shade with a touch of gold shimmer. It’s a very good nude blush. I’ve used this to contour a bit, as well as as a blush.

This is a darker bronzey brown blush with a touch of pink and gold. I find it hard to wear this unless I use a very light hand with application. It’s better suited as a contour shade on my skintone.

Here are the colors swatched:

I really do like all four of these colors. After you get the trick down for application, I find these to be great for applying a sheer blush or building it up for a stronger shade. I do believe that these can be used wet as well as dry, but I’ve never tried them wet.

Would I purchase again?
Considering that I started by purchasing one and then kept going back to buy the rest of the shades over the past 8 months or so, yes I would. I liked Honeymoon so much it made me go and buy Living Doll, etc. If I ever run out of these, I’d be likely to repurchase them. I like their finish as they’re shimmery without being glittery. I like that it’s easy for me to apply these colors without going overboard and ending up with too much product on my cheeks. I think they’re a great buy at $7, and I’ve even seen them on sale at Walmart for $5.

Products were purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

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    • http://eyelinerandspraypaint.blogspot.com robyn

      Living Doll and Bombshell look lovely. There’s a very similar range of drug store baked blushes out in the UK now which made me a very happy bunny!

      • Phyrra

        I hope they work well for you :)

    • http://shopmystash.blogspot.com Darcey

      Living Doll is one of my favorite blushes! I was really sad when I dropped it and it shattered. :( But I still have the chunks in a jar, I’m still going to use it, darnit! :D

      • Phyrra

        Aww, I’m glad you’re still able to use it.

    • http://libbyspinkvanity.blogspot.com/2010/10/vampy-giveaway.html Kimberly

      I can tell that Living Doll would go well with my complexion. I like blushes that build up slowly. I think I have the tendency to put too much blush on. There’s just a point where if I don’t put on enough, I look dead. But too much and I look like a caricature.

      • Phyrra

        Oh you gotta try it then! It’s really pretty!

    • http://www.annamaxblog.blogspot.com Annamax

      I totally agree, I love mine! I only have Pin-Up but I think I need Living Doll…I don’t like to wear a whole lot of blush because I’ve got red in my skin, so I like that they are pretty sheer and able to be built up. Who knew a Walmart brand would be so awesome?

      • Phyrra

        Yeah I’d recommend Living Doll. I have a lot of pink overtones, so I used to completely cover that up. I’m trying to do that less these days.

    • http://cosmeticviking.blogspot.com Brian

      I LOVE Hard Candy blush. I only have Living Doll but I wish they would come out with more shades, it’s depressing.

      • Phyrra

        You might like Pin Up. The past few days I’ve used Pin Up a lot as either a nude blush or to contour. Living Doll is definitely great :) It’s so pretty!

    • Lucy

      I’ve only tried the mascara and an eyeliner. Good to know about the blush. Looks pretty and not to glittery.

      • Phyrra

        I think I really like their pressed powders:
        The Crush Blush
        The Welcome Matte Mattifying Powder
        The Moon Glow Luminizing Powder

        but I HATED their baked eye shadow duos and their eyeliners disappeared on me after like 20 mins.

    • http://jeanrosebrock.tumblr.com Jean

      Ooo – I like Honeymoon and Pin Up (I recognize Pin Up from your past looks). Plenty of shimmer – I think I don’t do enough of that. Must add shimmer!

      • Phyrra

        Definitely add some!

    • eRiN

      Ooh, Honeymoon and Pin Up look great on your skintone, and I’m pretty pale too so I might have to try those out! I don’t own a highlighter yet :O 1 million eyeshadows, but no highlighter!

      • Phyrra

        You can always use an eye shadow as a highlighter, too :)

    • http://beautifulwithbrains.com gio

      Living Doll looks very pretty!

      • Phyrra

        It is :) Have you tried any of these?

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    • http://cosmeticsandcats.blogspot.com/ Minou

      I bought Moon Glow, Welcome Matte and Living Doll today, I blame it on you :P

      • Phyrra

        Hehe! I will take the blame! I love all 3.

    • sarah

      I’ve really been impressed with Hard Candy so far- I’ve used their mascara primer, their Plexi-Gloss, and their plumping gloss (which does nothing on me, really, but it’s so pretty!) and my only gripe is that the Pelxi-Gloss tastes a bit like the coating on the outside of Tylenol. It’s a gorgeous color, it just tastes funny.

      • Phyrra

        I love their mascara primer, the Hard Candy 1000 Lashes stuff. It’s amazing for me.

    • http://silhouettescreams.blogspot.com SilhouetteScreams

      I’m such a sucker for baked blushes, especially the Physician’s Formula ones – which aren’t half as pretty in the pan, but I still love them nonetheless. I love the look of Honeymoon and Living Doll!

      • Phyrra

        What are your favorite Physicians Formula ones?

    • eRiN

      Are these discontinued? I can’t find them :(

      • Phyrra

        I’m not sure :( I saw them on the Hard Candy website, but I purchased them from Walmart in store, not online.

    • Vulcan_Butterfly

      Thanks for the review on these! I hardly ever buy blushes and these were a great way to add a few inexpensively to my stash. After trying them out, I personally wouldn’t recommend wearing them wet. While they can be applied wet as they are baked, they apply very unevenly and don’t look as nice as if applied dry.

      • Phyrra

        I’m glad that they worked dry for you. I had never tried them wet, mostly because I didn’t like the idea of wet.