Thursday, May 2, 2013

Hard Candy Glitter Top Coats

**The product in this post was provided to me by the manufacturer for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**

**WARNING PICTURE HEAVY**

Hard Candy recently sent me a couple of the new line of polishes to review. I was so excited to try them out. I had previously purchased a few, but ended up giving them away and never got a chance to get more. After trying out the two glitter top coats that Hard Candy sent me, I really want to go back and get a few more of the other types of polishes they have. 

I really loved the formula of the older Hard Candy polishes so I was really curious to see how the new ones compared. I didn't have any glitters of the older ones, so I didn't have anything to compare the new top coats to. So we will jump right in!

Hard Candy - Party Central and Masquerade 



Party Central is a clear base filled with several sizes and colors of hex shaped glitter.

I knew off the bat that I had to carefully choose what colors to put Party Central over because it's full of all the different colored glitter. I had just purchased/received some new beauties so I picked a lot of those.

Left to right: China Glaze - Flip-Flop Fantasy, SinfulColors - SinfulShine - Tan Lines, SinfulColors - Endless Blue, SinfulColors - Pistache and Zoya - Rocky.

As seen above from pinky to thumb.

This is one coat of Party Central over two coats of China Glaze - Flip-Flop Fantasy. Flip-Flop Fantasy is beautiful bright neon coral/peachy/pink creme. This pairing couldn't have been more perfect! Flip-Flop Fantasy held it's own, but really let Party Central shine bright. None of the glitters were taken over by it. You see each speck clearly. All the colors pop off it. 

This is one coat of Party Central over two coats of SinfulColors - SinfulShine - Tan Lines. Tan Lines is a dusty rose tinted nude that dries with a super gloss. This was a more subtle pairing. Tan Lines is more of a nude, but it doesn't take away from Party Central. Party Central really proves it can stand on it's own.

This is one coat of Party Central over two coats of SinfulColors - Endless Blue. Endless Blue is a beautiful blue that bears a striking resemblance to the gentlemen in the Blue Man Group. Even though some of the blue glitter ended up blending in, I really liked this pairing! It's bright and vibrant!

This is one coat of Party Central over two coats of SinfulColors - Pistache. Pistache is the perfect shade of pistachio pudding, just a bit off from a minty green. As much fun as I thought this pairing would be, Pistache didn't do anything for Party Central. Just fell flat. Both are great, but without the other. 

This is one coat of Party Central over two coats of Zoya - RockyRocky is a beautiful blue cream. I had to try a blue that wasn't and dark as Endless Blue. This pairing was perfect! You see the dark blue glitter that had blended in with Endless Blue in that pairing. Both were great, but if you want to see all the glitter, go with a lighter blue.

My favorite combo of the previous five.


This is two coats of China Glaze - Flip-Flop Fantasy and one coat of Hard Candy - Party Central with Cult Nails Get It On base coat and Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.


I just HAD to do a full mani with this. It was so much fun and put me in such a cheerful mood! 


It almost broke my heart to take this mani off. On the plus side, it all removed easily. I just let a soaked cotton ball sit on my nail for a moment before removing and it didn't give me any problems.





Masquerade is a clear base filled with black micro hex glitter and medium sized light red/rose pink hex glitter.

This was a bit trickier. I could tell the micro glitter was packed in there and would fill up a lot of space on the nail. Here's how those ended up.

Left to right: SinfulColors - Poudre, Zoya - Yana, Zoya - DarcySinfulColors - Endless Blue and SinfulColors - SinfulShine - Tan Lines.

As seen above from pinky to thumb. 

This is one coat of Masquerade over two coats of SinfulColors - Poudre. Poudre is a pale peachy creme. This pairing was great, but predictable almost. It didn't fall flat, it was just a little dull.

This is one coat of Masquerade over two coats of Zoya - YanaYana is a lovely geranium pink cream. I ended up really liking this, except for the light red/rose pink glitters in Masquerade didn't stand out like they needed to. 

This is one coat of Masquerade over two coats of Zoya - DarcyDarcy is a sunny yellow cream. I really end up liking this pairing! The yellow let masquerade be shown as it needed to be, and the colors complimented each other very well.

This is one coat of Masquerade over two coats of SinfulColors - Endless Blue. Endless Blue is a beautiful blue that bears a striking resemblance to the gentlemen of Blue Man Group. Endless Blue was too dark and didn't really show the black glitter very well. It just looked like dirt for some reason.

This is one coat of Masquerade over two coats of SinfulColors - SinfulShine - Tan Lines. Tan Lines is a dusty rose tinted nude that dries with a super gloss. This just fell flat. Tan Lines was too dark of a nude for this. Yes, the larger is very visible, but everything else was not.

This ended up being my favorite combo of the previous five.


This is three coats of  and one coat of Hard Candy - Masquerade with Cult Nails Get It On base coat and Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat.


As much as I ended up enjoying this combination on one nail, as a full mani it was definitely too much for me.




Hard Candy has really tried with these glitter top coats. I really enjoyed working with Party Central, but Masquerade ended up looking like dirt with the amount of tiny black glitter in the bottle. If it was toned down just a bit it might end up laying on the nail more like a lace. I had a little bit of trouble getting into the bottles. They seemed to be too full and when they put the brush in and lid on it just pushed it's way around the seal. The base seemed to be slightly thick on both, but it is workable. Easier to work with in Party Central than it was with Masquerade.

They have room to improve, but it was a good start. I can't wait to try the other types of polishes they have in the new colors. See how they are. You can find Hard Candy polishes at Walmart (both in stores and online) for $4 a bottle. They are definitely worth checking out and finding out for yourself. I do know some people have liked them. Maybe my bottles just weren't from the best batch. 


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**The product in this post was provided to me by the manufacturer for my honest review. All opinions are my own. I was not compensated.**

Happy Polishing!!

Becky   :o)

1 comments:

Megan Daniels said...

I've been trying to get Party Central for ages but my Walmart won't restock it :(

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