Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom Review


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By Priya Sinha

Hello gorgeous ladies,
I love Hard Candy makeup because they are great quality products with a low price tag. So when I spotted this matte lip stain from Hard Candy, I had to get it! The shade I will be reviewing today is Venom. It does look scary in the tube, but is not that intimidating once applied to the lips. Let’s have a look!

Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom Review

Price: CAD 7 (Approx. INR 350)

Claim/Product Description:
Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain is a matte lip crayon that gives a crushed velvet look and feel while having the hydrating benefits of a balm and the long-wear power of stain. Long-wear color is wrapped in a balm-like base that leaves lips feeling soft and kissable all day. The formula contains tropical butters and oils to moisturize while velvety smooth powders blur and fill in fine lines. The precision tip lines lips and fills them with hydrating color to accentuate your pout. The retractable pencil never has you digging for a sharpener again.
shade

My Experience with Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom:

Packaging: This lip stain comes in a regular lip crayon packaging like the Revlon ones. The tube is in pretty earthy brown colour which is colour-coded to the lip colour inside. The cap shuts tightly but not with a click sound. It has a retractable mechanism, which ensures no product wastage due to sharpening. The disturbing part is that the lipstick bullet does not retract back into the bullet completely and sticks to the sides of the tube.
crayon
Colour and Pigmentation: “Venom” is a dark purple vampy shade with maroon undertones. It is a very subjective shade which may not be liked by all. The lip stain has decent pigmentation in one swipe and can also be built, but the product starts caking up on the lips if you have chapped lips like me. But if have smooth soft lips, you can apply it with a light hand for a sheer colour pay-off or build it up as per choice.
lip stain
Texture: In spite of being a matte lip crayon, this baby is quite creamy in texture and applies smoothly without any tugging or pulling. It imparts a matte finish to the lips, but not as matte and drying as a liquid lipstick. I wouldn’t say this is hydrating as claimed, but it sure does not dry out the lips. Also it does not appear very matte on the lips; it has a slight sheen to it which makes the lips look good.
All Matte Up
Longevity: Considering this is a matte lipstick, it has awesome staying power and lasts on the lips for a good 6-7 hours with light snacking post which slight touch up is required. It does leave a subtle stain behind which I like.
hand swatch


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Pros of Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom:

• Retractable lip crayon packaging.
• The bullet allows ease of application and precision.
• Absolutely unique dark purple vampy shade with maroon undertones.
• Awesome color pay-off.
• Does not dry out the lips.
• Really long lasting.
• Velvety-cum-creamy texture.
• Comfortable to wear on the lips and does not feel heavy.
• Suitable for all skin tones.
• Does not bleed or feather.
• Glides easily and smoothly on the lips.
• Affordable.
• Easily available in drugstores and online.
lip swatch

Cons of Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom:

• Shade may not be liked by everyone.
• Accentuates dry patches on the lips.
• Some packaging errors.
• Not available in India.

IMBB Rating: 4/5

Will I Recommend/Repurchase Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Venom?
I will not recommend this All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain line from Hard Candy to all. This shade in my opinion is a very peculiar shade, which will not be liked by everyone. But if you do enjoy such dark vampy shades, then go for it ladies and rock it!

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