Beauty, Make-up, Reviews

Hard Candy vs L’Oreal

I am reviewing and contrasting Hard Candy’s “Welcome Matte” finishing pressed powder and L’Oreal’s “True Match Super Blendable” powder.

Who will win? :)

Obviously, I’ve had the L’Oreal powder longer because it’s almost gone. That is why I purchased Hard Candy’s Welcome Matte. Hoping to find a dupe for cheaper. :) Did I find it?

L’Oreal True Match Super-Blendable Powder

In the following image, you can’t really tell it’s there. Is this a good thing? On my face, I have really ugly face discoloration. I should be using a green concealer, but I can’t find one that I like or that works well. Anyway, I usually just put concealer there (because it’s under my eyes). Anyway, there is no concealer on my arm and you can still see redness where the powder has been blended.

The powder itself is a very matte soft pressed powder. It makes my face feel so smooth, I’m not even kidding. It’s like one of the few reasons I keep purchasing it. I will use this powder as a finishing matte finish over my liquid foundation (or mineral). It’s flawless when used that way. By itself: absolutely not. Lol.

Price: $6.40 online with $5 shipping | $12.50 in stores (or at least my nearest Walmart)
Availability: You can get these almost everywhere: Target, Walmart, Rite-Aid, CVS-Pharmacy, and etc.
Pigmentation: 6/10
Animal Testing? Yes. L’Oreal and it’s sub-companies all test on animals. :(
Brush or packaged sponge: I like to use both, just depending on where I am, or what I’m doing.
Quality: 7/10

Hard Candy Welcome Matte

I honestly haven’t used much by Hard Candy, but I know all of their packaging is SUPER CUTE. I own a plumping lip gloss, mascara, and an eye duo; All of the packaging is ridiculously cute. :) The mascara is .. eh. It’s colored so what to expect? Anyway, onto the powder. My first impression of it was: “Omg, this is too cute” and then I noticed it had another added cuteness! The heart shaped sponge, which is crap. Don’t use it, it’s horrible; while using it, it catches onto your pore indents and is very unflattering.

The actual powder on the other hand, is unexpectedly good! It also makes my face really smooth, and I can use it by itself because it’s so pigmented. So, this is a plus in my book. :)

Price: $8.00
Availability: Walmart exclusive brand. That’s okay, because there are Walmarts EVERYWHERE. :)
Pigmentation: 7/10
Animal Testing? “We ♥ our animal friends! We don’t test our products on them!”
Brush or packaged sponge: Brush only, I have to pack a brush with me if I take this. The sponge is cute, but crap.
Quality: 7/10

Final Conclusion

:( I like them both. I’ll probably continue to buy them both. They are both different in their own ways, I like that Hard Candy doesn’t animal test and I like that L’Oreal is more open and not restricted to just one store. I do feel, however, that you get more product with Hard Candy’s powder. It’s also cheaper, so that is a good thing.

L’Oreal’s compact design is a little more simplistic, but kinda hard to use. You can’t use the mirror and the product at the same time because if you do, the product goes upside down and falls out (especially when you are using a brush). Hard Candy’s compact design works a little better because it can connect to the clear top part and if it falls out, you can just use it from the clear top. :)

Less fall-out with Hard Candy

Super cute heart indent

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  • Reply Liz July 13, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    I don’t wear make up, so I’m not really sure if the more expensive brand (even if only by $3) is that much of a difference. I guess they both have their perks, though? :P

    Haha. I don’t know, make up isn’t really my thing… I’m allergic to practically everything. D:

  • Reply Shiri July 15, 2011 at 3:12 PM

    Very good review. Oh and yes the hard candy heart is cute :P

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