I love the new Hard Candy cosmetics line, which has recently taken the place of Max Factor products on the cosmetics shelves at Wal-mart. I’ve tried several of their products and, so far, I’m pleased with them. I was excited to see the Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss among their offerings.
I’m familiar with lip plumpers and I know that there are two kinds. One is the kind that actually encourages collagen production in the skin and the other can produce a slight increase in volume only by causing an irritation. I examined the ingredients in the Hard Candy Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss and concluded that it was a plumper of the latter category. So, my expectations were not high.
And, I was correct. As a lip plumper it falls short. But, as a lip gloss it is a very good product. I chose the iridescent-looking “Jelly Fish” color, which has little fine fragments of glitter in it. The product goes on smooth, has a thick texture and is a little bit sticky. The glitter is very fine, so it doesn’t feel grainy. It has a pleasant smell and a slightly sweet taste.
I like this lip gloss so much that I’ve used about 1/4 of the bottle in just a few days. It gives you a slightly tingly sensation and , generally speaking, just feels very nice.
It has a sponge-tip applicator and an attractive design on the lid.
I would not recommend this product as a lip plumper. In fact, it has no lip-volumizing effect, whatsoever. But, it is a good lip gloss. It retails for around $8.00 and comes in several sheer, glittery shades.