Get Cheeky With These Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Published in: Face, Face of the Day (FOTD), Guest Post, Hard Candy

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints in Geisha, Surfer Babe and Goddess

Anything with the phrase “cheeky” in it is particularly nostalgic to this beauty lover, given the name of my blog, Getting Cheeky, which I nurtured for several years before “retiring.” So, of course, when I heard that Hard Candy had released a cheek product for spring 2016 called the Cheeky Tints, I was all ears.

Hard Candy was the cool girl makeup brand that I couldn’t get enough of as a tween, and it’s been fun to watch the brand’s style evolve over time.


I remember treating myself to their nail polishes with babysitting money (I won’t tell you when that was…because it will make me feel ancient) and lovingly collecting the rings that came with the polishes in a coordinated hue.

Hard Candy’s Cheeky Tints are part of the “new wave” of high quality makeup that’s fun, but doesn’t break the bank. These tints are available in six shades and, at only $6 each, you can definitely treat yourself to a fair few of them without dipping into your spring break fund.

I tested the Cheeky Tints both with a brush and with my fingers, and while the brush application looked lovely, I suppose I just like finger painting for grownups and favor my god-given applicators.

To avoid letting the product dry down too quickly and ending up with one splotch on each cheek that’s darker than the rest (liquid blush and stain, ladies; we’ve all been there), I make sure to dispense the product onto my hand before picking up the color with my finger and blending into my cheek. I’ve found that with all of the shades, this works best to control the pigment.

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Wearing (lots) of Geisha on the apples of my cheeks layered over Goddess as a subtle bronzer

Hard Candy’s Cheeky Tints are water based with a thick gel formula that’s easy to control, both when squeezing the product out of the tube and applying. The consistency is incredibly easy to blend and lasts (I kid you not) all day.

I’ve been favoring Goddess applied heavily underneath my foundation to warm up my overall appearance, or on top of foundation for a lasting bronze that helps me look a bit less like I’ve just spent the entire winter in the “arctic tundra.”


But Geisha has been my favorite blush of late. It’s an incredibly natural flush that reminds me a bit of Benefit’s classic Benetint.. It’s perfect and so natural for spring.

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Gel texture of the Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints (left to right): Surfer Babe, Goddess and Geisha

Remember how I mentioned that these are easy to squeeze out of the packaging (in other words, you don’t squeeze out too much at a time)? I think that may just be the best part. For $6, Hard Candy doesn’t skimp and gives you a whopping 0.67 ounces. Given that these squeeze out of a tube, the packaging is incredibly hygienic, meaning that these Cheeky Tints are bound to go a long way and last quite some time! (Available now at Walmart.)

Oh, since we’re on the subject of blushes, what’s your favorite liquid blush formula of all time?

Jessica Revitte

Jessica is a Project Manager by day and a mommy, soon to be wife, avid reader and makeup lover in the in between times that really count. You may remember her from her former beauty blog, Getting Cheeky. Jessica is stepping out of beauty blogging “retirement” as a creative outlet and is eager to write about makeup, once again bringing her signature cultural, literary and historical twist to the table. See what she’s been up to these days, with and without makeup, on Instagram.


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  1. They’re indeed affordable enough to just give a go, nice! I like that they’re easy to use.
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  2. Raeanne says:

    These look awesome! What brush do you use?

    • Jessica Revitte says:

      I actually just used my fingers. I dispensed the product onto a palette (a small piece of flat plastic will do) to control the pigment and then quickly blended. I find my fingers work better because of the texture and temperature.


  3. sarahc says:

    This brings back memories! I moved from the school of Hard Candy to other lines years ago but I always liked their products and price. I did not even know they were still around! These look good for $6!

  4. Nivedita says:

    I fond it difficult to control tints because I am always left with very tinted fingers.

    Loving the freshness of the entire makeup look.
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    • Jessica Revitte says:

      I understand the feeling. I usually apply mine onto a palette and either move quickly with my fingers or use something along the lines of a beauty blender that I don’t mind staining. 🙂


  5. Chris25 says:

    Oh, these look nice! And at $6, they are a pretty low risk try.
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  6. I don’t think I have ever used a liquid blush before. I have only just started venturing int cream blush territory.
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  7. Erin says:

    I like the idea. I might have to try the bronzer one!
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