Product: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops. Don’t want to spend the money for Cover FX Custom Cover Drops? With this Hard Candy dupe (almost), you don’t have to!
Overall Rating = 4 Stars – Excellent
Cost: $7.00 (.5 fl. oz.) ($14.00 per fluid ounce) Price Category: Inexpensive
Container: Glass bottle, twist-off cap with attached dropper. As with the Cover FX product, the packaging is not ideal. A squeeze tube would have been better.
Description: I previously reviewed Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops is almost a duplicate product. This is a small bottle of pure pigment in liquid form. The concentrated drops allow you to increase the coverage or alter the color of any liquid or cream foundation. You can also add color and/or coverage to a colorless sunscreen or moisturizer.
Formula: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops is a thin liquid. This formula is slightly thinner and less pigmented than the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops. The tinted liquid is not intended to be used by itself. It must be mixed with another product. On its own, the formula has a matte finish, but not as matte as the Cover FX drops. Shockingly, I actually prefer this formula to the more expensive Cover FX drops, as it blends easier.
Vegan Friendly: Yes. This product is free from animal ingredients.
Cruelty Free: Yes. Hard Candy does not test on animals. This product is made in the USA. Despite the fact that the brand is now exclusively sold at Walmart, I have not found any evidence that the brand is sold in China.
Sensitivity: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops is free of fragrance, alcohol, gluten, mineral oil, parabens, phthalates, sulfates and talc and is appropriate for those with sensitive skin. ALLERGY WARNING: This does contain a small amount of mushroom extract, so stay away from this if you are allergic to mushrooms.
“Highly concentrated liquid pigments that allow you to customize any face product for coverage or shade.
Squeeze the dropper and add drops to any daily moisturizer or primer to create a custom foundation.
The more drops you add, the higher the coverage. You can also add light or dark drops to any liquid makeup to custom match your skin tone.”
Discussion: If you haven’t tried this brand that is exclusively sold at Walmart, you may be pleasantly surprised by some of their products. The quality and performance of many of their products rival other brands that cost significantly more. I’m looking forward to exploring this line further. I picked up several different items and will be reviewing more of them soon.
The only downside to Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops is that Hard Candy developed these to compete with Cover FX. It is a shame Hard Candy chose to copy the FX bottle because it is the bottle that is the worst characteristic of the product. Hard Candy could have produced a far superior product had they not copied the inferior bottle and dropper delivery system.
If you have a bit of mad scientist in you, then you will have fun custom mixing these drops into many different products. For clients, they afford me customization in mixing foundations for superior matching. For personal use, I can make my own BB and CC creams with these drops.
Colors: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops comes in ten colors: Fair 1, Fair 2, Light 1, Light 2, Light 3, Light 4, Medium 1, Medium 2, Medium 3, and Deep 1. I have fair skin and usually buy the lightest or second lightest shade in any foundation. In this product, I bought Light 1. Fair 1 and Fair 2 were too light for me. Light 1 corresponds to N25 in the Cover FX drops. For all of you porcelain girls that can’t ever find anything light enough, Fair 1 may be just what you need to lighten up all of the foundations that are too dark. For professional makeup artists, buy a Fair 1 and a Deep 1 to customize perfect matches for your clients.
Finishes: Hard Candy also makes Liquid Radiant Turn Me Bronze, Turn Me Radiant, Turn Me Matte and Look Pro! Illuminate and Strobing drops to compete with the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops. With all of these choices, you can completely customize your products to suit your needs.
Daily Review: The wear that you will achieve from using Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops depends purely upon the medium that the drops are mixed with. I do have to use more of the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops to achieve the same tint or coverage that I would get with the Cover FX drops. If I normally use one drop of Cover FX, I will use two drops with Hard Candy.
- Shake the bottle well to mix the contents as separation will occur.
- Load the dropper while the cap is still on the bottle.
- Begin with two drops and add more as needed.
- Mix the drops with whatever you are tinting on a small sterilized palette or something similar.
- Mix the drops with whatever you are tinting before applying to the face. If you try to blend these on the face, they will streak.
- To avoid air bubbles, don’t empty the dropper back into the bottle prior to replacing the cap.
- Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
- If the product gets too thick, it is time for a new one. It is not a good idea to add water to these. If you need to dilute them, add a drop of sterile eyedrops.
Overall Review: I was pleasantly surprised that the Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops performed as well as the Cover FX Custom Cover drops. This is a useful product at a great price.
Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops serve many purposes:
- Correct foundations that are too light or too dark
- Add color to a ghostly-white sunscreen
- Allow you to make your own tinted moisturizer
- Achieve a match for hard-to-match skin tones
- Add coverage to a foundation that is too sheer
- Mixes well with a variety of products
- Provides customization for many skin tones
- Not as many colors available as the Cover FX drops
- The bottle and dropper are messy, expose the contents to air and potential bacteria, and cause the product to dry out faster. A squeeze tube would have been a superior delivery system.
Suitability: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Pigment Drops is suitable for the following users:
- All users
Daily Rating = 4 Stars;
Average from Other Testers = 4 Stars;
Value Rating = 4 Stars;
Overall Rating = 4 Stars = Excellent.
Would Buy Again? Yes.
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Ingredients: Dimethicone, Water, Isododecane, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Polymethyl Methacrylate, HDL/Trimethylol, Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Silica Silyate, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fomes Officinalis (Mushroom Extract), Silica. May contain: Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
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