MAC wasn’t the only brand doing a Troll collection this year – over in the US, Hard Candy too took the nostalgia route with a 9 piece make up collection, including a thoroughly retro colour change lipstick. Starts green, ends up pink (ish). I’m lucky to have a US Twitter friend (literally for years now!), Paula, who managed to get hold of the Luminizer and the Lipstick for me, and we traded – I sent her a Fortune palette. Hard Candy used to be available in the UK but disappeared a few years ago. No idea why; my guess is that it couldn’t compete with Urban Decay on the Boots shelves – this is pre the L’Oreal ownership of UD.
So, as you can see by the (chilly, sorry for the goosebumps!) swatch, it’s a rainbow in a star. The Hard Candy Prismatic Luminizer is a highlighter but actually is quite low on ‘lights’ – it doesn’t have nearly the shine pay off as others I’ve seen. It’s a $8 palette, so we’re not talking top of the range, but I still love it for the colour combinations and that it’s a very happy thing to look at! In terms of the colour change lipstick – Hard Candy are still calling it a ‘mood balm’ – the equivalent of the cracker fish that curl in a certain way according to how ‘fickle’ you are! It’s not as meticulously done as the MAC Troll collection (which didn’t sell particularly well) but it’s more affordable and kind of more fun. As far as I know the Hard Candy Prismatic Luminizer is US only at Target stores.
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