Hard Candy recently launched a new range of matte lip stains and I picked up a few shades from this range. Today, I am reviewing the shade “Berry Matte” from this range. Read on to find out more.
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.
My Experience with Hard Candy Berry Matte All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain:
Packaging: This lip stain comes in the standard lip crayon packaging. The tube is a matte berry pink shade which matches with the shade of the lipstick and the base is silver.
The cap shuts tight and is opaque. It has a retractable mechanism which makes it easy to use. No sharpening is needed which means no product is wasted. But the lipstick does not swivel down completely and part of the lipstick remains exposed. This makes it prone to accidental nicking. Since the product is in a lip crayon format, it is easy to apply on the Cupid’s bow and corners of the lips.
Shade: Berry Matte looks a lovely berry pink shade in the tube as well as on hand swatches. However, on my lips, it looks more leaning towards purple. And this is not a shade which I personally enjoy. But those of you who like such purplish pink shades will like it. So, not an universally likeable shade.
Texture/Finish/Pigmentation: Hard Candy is marketing this range as a matte hydrating lip stain. So, let’s see which of those claims are true.
First up – Matte: Yes, this is a matte lipstick for sure. It is not a semi-matte with slight sheen like some other lipsticks out there. This is an out-and-out matte which also means that it has a slightly dull flat finish.
Next claim is Hydrating: And the product falls short on this one. I did not find it hydrating. It even looks dry on the lips and accentuates the dry parts and lip lines. However, the good part is that the product is quite light and hence the dryness does not weigh down or irritate the lips.
Last claim is stain: And the product does well on this one. The lipstick lasts for around 6+ hours and leaves behind a stain. The stain is easily removable with a makeup remover.
So, to summarize, this is a long-lasting lip product, but the formula/finish could have been better.
Pros of Hard Candy Berry Matte All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain:
- Long lasting and leaves behind a pretty stain.
- Easy twist-up mechanism.
Cons of Hard Candy Berry Matte All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain:
- Not hydrating.
- Accentuates lip lines.
- Matte finish is rather flat and dull.
Would I Repurchase/Recommend Hard Candy Berry Matte All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain?
I would not recommend as the finish is not very flattering and looks a bit dry and dull. I will not repurchase but I already own other shades from the range.
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