Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray
This setting spray does make my makeup last longer.
It does not help or hinder the longevity of my blush/bronzer etc. however, it does prevent my makeup from breaking up in my oiliest spot: my inner cheeks near my nose. I have tested with spray all over my face, as well as half of my face for comparison and have noticed that even with my favorite matte, long-wearing foundations, (Revlon Colorstay or Loreal Infallible Pro Matte) my makeup looks great even at the 10-12 hour mark. When not wearing this setting spray, I can see my makeup starting to break up in that spot on my cheeks ever so slightly at the six hour mark. I never even noticed it before until I started testing this spray out! It's not too terribly noticeable and you wouldn't see it unless you were examining the state of makeup right up in my face, but I noticed it.
I am currently comparing and testing the Hard Candy Makeup Setting Spray against the Kat Von D Lock n Load Setting Spray (review here). I have been testing them both against each other for one week now and I am pretty sure the Hard Candy is a total DUPE for the Kat Von D! There will be a review/comparison on the two soon on my YouTube beauty channel if you are interested.
Hard Candy Translucent Finishing Powder
This finishing powder does not last well on top of more dewy foundations. I have very oily skin and prefer to wear matte and long-wearing foundations, but I figured I would try this out as a setting powder on top of my Neutrogena Shine Control (a foundation I do not reach for everyday and do not prefer over other drugstore foundations). I was oily looking and feeling after only three hours when I tested these two together! Not good! However, when I use it to set my T-zone when I wear my favorite foundations, it works just fine.
This powder is 9 grams. (Loreal True Match = 9.5 grams, Rimmel Stay Matte = 14 grams for comparison) I prefer my Rimmel Stay Matte which is cheaper and has a ton more product.
When I use a light dusting of this powder, I don't really notice any benefits to it. When I pack it on, I can see it working a little better, however, when I pack it on, I am able to see a white cast.
I notice a white cast when I pack this powder on and I am super pale so I don't know how this would work for those with deeper skin tones because when I swatch it, the powder does show quite a bit of white color on my finger.
Overall, I think I may be returning this powder. :(
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