This is a new launch by Hard Candy and although it has been in the stores for a long while now and most youtube bloggers have already tried and tested it, the Hard Candy brand has still not updated this product on their website – some marketing, huh? Read on for more details on this lip color 🙂
Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating lip stain is a matte lip color 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.
My Take on Hard Candy Tulip Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color:
Packaging: The only reason why I bought this product is because of the pretty aluminum case (with built-in mirror) that houses the tube. The tube is long – about my palm size and is rather unique in shape; it is like someone squished a cylindrical tube and flattened it. The cap of the tube holds the application brush which is a rectangular piece of sponge.
Texture: It is very smooth to apply and does not tug on dry lips and a lip balm underneath is not mandatory. When I buy a matte liquid lipstick, I expect it to dry in a matter of seconds and not be tacky at all, but this lip color takes a few minutes to completely dry down and set into a matte finish.
Color: I was expecting it to be a cool-toned red, but it was more of a orange-toned red and looked a bit gaudy and loud on my face – not a big fan of this shade of red.
Pigmentation: When I saw the name “velvet mousse,” I thought of some of the newer matte lip colors by Revlon, L’Oreal and Maybelline that aren’t truly matte and don’t dry down completely – Hard Candy lip mousse is similar, but gives a complete matte finish.
It is incredibly pigmented and applies smoothly and is not patchy at all. One swipe on my bottom lip and all I have to do is press my lips together and it transfers right to my top lip and covers it completely. Then I just have to go around my lip line and I’m done. They have a soft, mousse-like texture that goes on with a little bit of shine, but not as much as the other drugstore lip colors I mentioned.
Shimmer and Shine: It has no shimmer or shine; on first swatch, it might appear a little wet or shiny; however, in couple of seconds, it dries out into a smooth, velvet matte finish with a little bit of shine.
Fragrance: I love the smell – it smells of vanilla cupcake and is perfect ambrosia for lips. The smell fades a little but still traces of it linger till removed.
Wear Time: One needs a good makeup remover or Vaseline to remove these or it won’t budge at all. It might fade a little if one consumes oily food, but otherwise, it does not budge at all. In fact, it is a little too stubborn to remove.
I am happy with the performance of this product but not the shade because it is more orange-y than I would like it to be and doesn’t really look so well on my skin tone.
Pros of Hard Candy Tulip Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color:
- Super cute packaging – aluminum case holds the tube.
- Color is visible through the clear packaging.
- Bold, orange red shade which would look pretty on a lot of skin tones.
- Vanilla cup cake fragrance.
- Just a small quantity goes a long way.
- Perfect for pigmented lips.
- Absolutely water proof and smudge proof.
- Easy on pocket.
- Available in 6 shades.
Cons of Hard Candy Tulip Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color:
- Gives a matte finish, but still has a little bit of shine – might not be agreeable for some.
- The shade – tulip, is not for my skin tone.
Would I Repurchase Hard Candy Tulip Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color?
Yes, but not this particular shade; however, I would like to stock up on the other shades and collect more of those aluminum cases.
3/5 (probably 4.5 for some other shade).
Hard Candy Tulip Velvet Mousse Matte Lip Color
Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain – Mattely in Love
Hard Candy Heat Wave So Baked Bronzer
Hard Candy Twinkle Star Just Glow Baked Illuminating Duo
Elle 18 Color Pops Lipstick – Mousse Melt
Maybelline M203 Hot Chilli Colorshow Creamy Matte Lip Color
Maybelline Red Carpet Color Show Creamy Matte Lip Color
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color – HD Love
Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color – HD Obsession