I was able to get Hard Candy's 5 eyeshadow palette called REBEL which I saw in a beauty blog a while back and I just wanted to try it out for myself. The palette comes with a small trial size tube of Hard Candy's eyelid primer so it was like getting 2 products for $7.00!
The packaging wasn't what I expected it to be so I was a little unimpressed (OK fine, fine... Disappointed). Not that it makes a lot of difference or does it have an effect on the product, I just prefer cosmetics that come in attractive, hard plastic palettes to protect the eye shadows.
Consistency wise, it was neither chalky nor was it silky smooth. It was somewhere in the middle. The pigment is slightly mild so I couldn't wait to use it with a bare face with the eyelid primer.
The primer is not as light as the others I have tried. It feels a little bit sticky but it's really not! It takes a while to get absorbed by the skin so you'll have to wait a little bit on that. Then afterwards, it feels "invisible". As I was putting on swatches on my arm, I noticed that you really have to let the primer completely dry before applying your eye shadow. Just a thin layer will do. Otherwise, the eyeshadow won't stick at all, it will just glide off.
This is the product when applied dry. As you can see the colors are very light. Even though you layer it on, this is the most it can achieve when it comes to color intensity.
When applied with a primer, the colors pop out and you will then notice that some of the shades are really very light and... pastel-y? If there's such a word. Anyhoo... It's really best to use with a primer otherwise your eyeshadow will just look washed out, unless that's the look you're going for.
The eyeshadow glides on the primer as promised but you would still have to layer tons of it on to get the maximum color intensity of the shadow. The nice thing is that you can use the other colors during the day!
If I finished this palette, I don't think I will buy even if they had new colors because I would like my eye shadows to have a lot of pigment whichever time of day.
What do you guys think? Yay or Nay?