Hard Candy Admired 853 Plumping Serum Gel Stick Review

By Priya Sinha

As I mentioned in my previous review that I was on a Hard Candy shopping spree, I got an opportunity to try out another line of lipstick from Hard Candy. This one is called the ‘Plumping Gel Stick.’ The name of the lipstick and especially the word ‘plumping’ really intrigued me. Although I have fuller lips which don’t need any plumping action at all, I still decided to give it a try and find out whether it stands true to its name. So let’s find out.


Claim/Product Description:
Saturate lips with vibrant, pure color in just one stroke. A high gloss gel base infused with lightweight mango butter allows for superior comfort and shine with lasting hydration. Contains a unique antioxidant “Colorfast System” that keeps color vibrant, truer and statement worthy. Formulated with Hard Candy’s exclusive Plumping Serum System that delivers hyaluronic acid and plumps the skin to quickly minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkle while adding hydrating volume.
Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gel Stick in Admired

Price: CAD 6.99

My Experience with Hard Candy Admired 853 Plumping Serum Gel Stick:

I have tried lip plumping products in the past and I had a terrible experience with them. The continued burning sensation that some lip plumping products cause on the lips, scares the heck out of me! But I still gathered some courage to try this one out expecting it to change my perception about lip plumping products. So let’s get into some details that shall explain this Hard Candy Lipstick in Admired more elaborately.

Packaging: The Hard Candy Plumping Serum Gel Stick in Admired comes in a regular twist up lipstick tube which is made of metal and is silver in colour with some beautiful detailing in black. The top of the cap is color-coded with the lipstick in the tube which makes searching this lipstick so much easier and fun. The shade name is mentioned at the very bottom of the lipstick and the shade number is on the top of the lipstick cap. The packaging is pretty and really adorable but again….the cap does not close with a satisfying and loud “click” sound. Why Hard Candy Why????

Colour: The colour is such a gorgeous peachy nude colour which I absolutely adore. It is a great shade for ladies with fair to medium complexion and will brighten up the face. For beauties with richer complexion, you can layer this shade on a muted neutral tone pink lipstick to add that pop of brightness without washing out your complexion. It is a perfect shade to be paired with a smokey eye look or even as an everyday wear for work or college. All in all, it’s a great colour for peachy lip lovers.

Texture: The texture of this lippie is super soft and very creamy. It literally glides on the lips like butter. Frankly speaking, I am not a big fan of lipsticks that have a super-duper creamy texture as they start gliding and feathering throughout the day. Since this lippie is so creamy, it also feels quite moisturizing on the lips and does not dry them out.

Pigmentation: I would say the pigmentation of this lipstick is average. It gives a considerable coverage in one swipe and builds to a solid colour with a couple of swipes. I personally have no complaints with the pigmentation.

Longevity: Here’s the sad part! The longevity of this lippie is not what I would like it to be. It stays on the lips for 2 to 3 hours without eating and drinking, but then it has to be reapplied for maintaining the glossy look and opaque colour on the lips. I think the low staying power is due to the creamy texture of the lipstick. Though it’s not a major con or deal breaker for me, I still find this feature a little dissatisfying. I have to top this lipstick off with a translucent powder every time I wear it to increase the longevity and to prevent it from feathering.

Quality: The overall quality of this product is a little above average considering the pigmentation, packaging and price. I agree that the lasting power is not amazing, but that’s not a big deal as far as I top it with translucent powder. The only issue that I really have is the formulation which is extremely creamy texture. But overall, I quite like it.

Pros of Hard Candy Admired 853 Plumping Serum Gel Stick:

• Super fancy and sturdy packaging.
• Infused with Argan Oil.
• Absolutely gorgeous shade.
• Good color pay-off.
• Does not dry out the lips.
• Comfortable to wear on the lips and does not feel heavy.
• Does not settle into the fine lines of the lips.
• Does not accentuate dry patches on the lips.
• Glides easily and smoothly on the lips.
• Affordable.
• Easily available in drugstores and online.


glossy lipsCons of Hard Candy Admired 853 Plumping Serum Gel Stick:

• Not available in India.
• Not boy friend/husband friendly (transfers a lot).
• Average staying power.
• Extremely creamy for my liking.
• Bleeds and feathers a bit.

IMBB Rating: 4/5
Will I Recommend/Repurchase Hard Candy Admired 853 Plumping Serum Gel Stick?
Well, I would say if you really like extremely creamy lipstick formulations or have no issues with setting your lipstick with powder, then go ahead and purchase it. But personally, I will stick to the Hard Candy Fierce Effects Lipstick as they have become my most loved and my most reached for lipstick currently. So it’s up to you now.

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