Saturday, April 20, 2013

Hard Candy — Part 3

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.**

Finishing off our reviews of the latest Hard Candy collections (Erin gave you Part 1 and Anna gave you Part 2) I have three more polishes for you. I'll start off with my favorite of the three, Lil Lilac from the Itzy Glitz collection. I'd say this was more of a pink than a lilac but that's probably because it was so packed with gold mica that it changed my perception of the color. It almost has a duo chrome quality to it if you look at how the color changes with the angle of my nails, but the gold highlights nearly overpower it all! This is one gala polish! Two coats over a clear base coat here with no top coat.
Lil Lilac from the Itzy Glitz collection.
Next is Cotton Candy Pink from the Candy Sprinkles collection. I used two coats over a clear base coat but I really think I could easily stopped with one coat. The pink jelly base is pigmented enough to show color and the sprinkles are plentiful enough that there is sufficient coverage with a single coat. The only reason I put on a second coat is because there were some bare areas on a couple of nails, so with more careful application I think a single coat would be the most attractive. This has two coats of Gealous to try to smooth out the texture and I think a single coat of the polish wouldn't be as textured. I really liked this one!
Cotton Candy Pink from the Candy Sprinkles collection.
Finally, here is my least favorite of the three, Fun n' Festive from the Crystal Confetti collection. Truthfully, though, it's not fair to even call it a least "favorite" because I thought this was a huge disappointment. In the bottle it looks all holiday festive with tiny green circles, medium hexes that shift from amber to red, and large gold hexes, all suspended in a dark green jelly, but when you try to apply it, it was thick as molasses and difficult to place the glitters. Used alone it looked like disco sludge so I tried a single layer over two coats of SinfulColors Seaweed. That lightened the color up a bit but placement of the larger hexes was nearly impossible and I had to avoid the ends of my nails to keep it from pooling into a thick mess. A big fail with this one, unfortunately, because it had so much potential.
Fun n' Festive from the Crystal Confetti collection.
Pros: selling exclusively at Walmart, these polishes sell for a very reasonable $3.97 and the Itzy Glitz and Candy Sprinkles collections are reasonable copies of more expensive lines.

Cons: selling exclusively at Walmart, that means it's hit-or-miss as far as finding them and, if you do find them, having them not be opened and smeared all over the display.

Overall: I like the bottle shape and brush, but as Anna pointed out, these bottles are 0.26 oz of product compared to the standard 0.5 oz so you're getting about half the amount. (But how often have you actually emptied a bottle of polish, wink, wink?)

**These polishes were provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.
All opinions are my own.**

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  2. I like Cotton Candy Pink the best. Fun n' Festive looks so cool in the bottle so that's a huge disappointment!

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