Hard Candy Hot Smudge for Spring/Summer 2010: The $6 Dream Cream Eyeliner

Published in: Drugstore Beauty Finds, Makeup, Product Reviews

hard candy hot smudge review

If you’re totally over lugging everything and the kitchen sink around in your purse (and that includes your bloated makeup bag), can I just say I feel your pain? Here’s what I had in my over-the-shoulder boulder holder today (cat not included)…


Do you carry enough eyeliner/eyeshadow in your purse to adorn a platoon of sassy drag queens? If so, then it’s time for a makeup intervention.

Streamline that makeup bag with Hard Candy’s newest edition to their permanent line, the $6 Hot Smudge Cream Eyeliner/Smudge Shadow Duos for spring/summer 2010 (available at Wal-Mart).

hard candy hot smudge

Six bucks gets ya two creamy colors that work as both eyeliners and eyeshadows, along with a dual-ended brush for lining and smudging. And get this: the brush actually works! I usually throw out (or set aside) the brushes that accompany products because 9/10 times they aren’t great, but this one lays down precise lines with ease.

With six fun and edgy color combos to choose from, each Hot Smudge comes calling in a skinny, sleek case perfect for tucking into teeny makeup bags.

If you’re new to cream eyeshadows, you’re in for a treat. Hot Smudge’s soft, malleable texture offers a lot of control — it’s more forgiving than liquid liner, so you can take your time smudging and lining. This flexibility allows for lots of different looks, too, from sharp lines to smoked-out drama.

hard candy hot smudge

Some cream liners disappear faster than my youth (I’m talking to you, Urban Decay Ink for Eyes!), but Hot Smudge does a pretty good job staying put.

I’ve been wearing Stunt Double, which comes with a shimmery purple and blackish brown, for the past few days.

hard candy hot smudge swatch

hard candy hot smudge review

hard candy hot smudge review

The colors don’t stick around for squat along my waterline, but if I remember to pop a primer on my lids, they hang onto the lash line for a good six-to-eight hours (minimal fading). NOTE: a little bit of product migrates into my crease, but if your lids aren’t as oily as mine, it shouldn’t be a problem. Despite a couple minor quibbles, I think Hot Smudge’s $6 price makes it totally right. Makeup and Beauty Blog: A

You might like Hard Candy Hot Smudge if…

  • You like flexible, multitasking eye products
  • Your pocketbook loves the price ($6)
  • You’re looking for fun, edgy eye colors

Let us give thanks

OOH! Did you catch the 30 Rock season finale? BIG shout-out to whoever decided to include Matt Damon in the mix.

i love you, matt damon


Not many men can make a polyester pilot’s uniform look that fetching, let me tell you…

How’s your Friday been? I hope you’re having a good day. I’m starvin’ like Marvin right now! I’ve been craving fried chicken something terrible…

I know I shouldn’t, but I just lurves me that yummy, artery-clogging goodness.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Trisha says:

    Ahh, now I get to see this on your lids, good stuff! As for my Friday, I visited my mom and we made a really all-over-the-place lunch: turkey burgers, nachos and shrimp with cocktail sauce. It was awesome.
    .-= Trisha’s last blog post… Avon Ultra Color Rich Mega Impact Lipstick Swatch – Brilliant Berry =-.

  2. Nina says:

    Oh my goodness – they are pretty! I think the Misfit and Dropout duos are awesome. I just might pick these up when I make a WallyWorld run next week — my sister needs a TV and I told her id take her to see the prices/selection there. 🙂

    Were done w/ the graduation and the lunch. Just chillaxin now before we go out for a cocktail or two later!

    Happy weekend, Karen!

  3. Yuki says:

    I know that if I get these Hard Candy liners, I’ll regret spending so much money on the L’oreal HiP ones :[ !!!!
    .-= Yuki’s last blog post… Review: Maybelline ColorSensational Lipstick in Sweet Nectar =-.

  4. aewsomee, the price makes these even better 🙂 haha I love Matt Damon, he was the best in the Bourne trilogy. Have you seen those?
    .-= makeup morsels’s last blog post… Twist It Up =-.

  5. Coral says:

    This looks really interesting. I’ve been trying to stay away from buying more eyeliner and such, but the more reviews I read on these the more I want to try them.
    When I’m in a rush, although I like liquid eyeliner, it never turns out well. Even when I’m not in a rush, it’s not fantastic either. I might just have to drop by the handy Walmart and buy one!

  6. Toni says:

    Nice stuff! I can’t get gel/liquid/cream liners to work worth diddly squat on me. I might have to give this a try and the price is definitely right!

    Hope you get some fried chicken! We’re eating pizza (our Friday night staple). Have a great weekend!

  7. Marce says:

    Prettyyy! Me wants! Though my wish-list is so long I could make a uniform for Matt Damon out of it, LOL!
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… FOTD – A Subtle Smoky Eye + Tutorial =-.

  8. Radhika says:

    I want these – now to get someone to go to Walmart for me…

  9. Ashley says:

    I want these soooo bad but Hard Candy isn’t available in Canada. For whyyyyyy?! :'(

  10. Jen says:

    I need this. Well, not really, but I want it, and you can’t go wrong with the price! I have UD’s Ink for Eyes too, and it was quite a disappointment.

  11. Agnes says:

    I went to walmart after you posted the pictures of this a few days ago but i couldnt find any hard candy! Only just now after reading Ashley’s post did i find out its not available in canada! 🙁 🙁 i wonder if i can purchase online… i sure hope theres decent shipping costs!
    .-= Agnes’s last blog post… Holy Grail Wednesdays – Ecotools Bronzer Brush =-.

  12. Jenna says:

    Hahahahalol “over-the-shoulder boulder holder” most certainly refers to bras, not makeup bags =)

    • Karen says:

      Ha! I know that refers to bras, but it’s what I like to call my purse because 1.) it goes over my shoulder, and 2.) it’s big enough to hold a boulder!!

      • marisa says:

        LOL! i thought the same thing…..i was like “well i think i already know what your over the shoulder boulder holder contains….”

  13. amy says:

    The indigo colour is pretty. I will have to check out Walmart when I go to Seattle next month.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… MAC at the Beach Preview Party Mini Haul =-.

  14. noemii says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this review after seeing you post a picture of it .
    The blue/ purple swatch looks blue on your hand but purple on your lid ..is it really blue or purple ? Either way it’s really pretty .
    Would you happen to know when it will be released in stores or online ?

  15. Nikki says:

    I need to go to walmart now! haha and I recognize the bag you carry all your mac stuff in 😛 I bought it too along with my travel brushes! 🙂

  16. Danielle says:

    They’re so pretty I’m gonna have to just use the last bit of my money to get it!! It’d be hard though choosing between Rocker Chick and dropout!!! I’ve already got their lip gloss and eyeshadow and I’M loving them..

  17. candace says:

    oh i havent seen this one yet at the store! i love your sonia kashuk coral makeup bag i tried to get them when they had them but they sold out so fast! i was lucky enough to get the bronzer coral brush i love it!
    .-= candace’s last blog post… salmon cakes. =-.

  18. miranda castillo says:

    i love hard candy i just bought this today and cant wait to try this

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