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Product review: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer

Yay for the weekend!! Here’s another review from my birthday haul.This concealer has been recommended to me multiple times so I finally caved and picked it up to try out.

The product: Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer; $6 at Walmart stores

The claim: A heavy-duty, multi-use concealer that provides coverage for dark circles, blemishes, and tattoos. Comes with a mini concealer pencil.

Ingredients: Concealer: Petrolatum, lanolin oil, tridecyl, stearate, neopentyl, glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, isoamyl laurate, tridecyl trimellitate, VP/Hexadecene copolymer, ozokerite, silica, phenoxyethanol, cetyl alcohol (may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides.  Pencil: Beeswax/cera alba/cire d’abeilli, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax/cera carnauba/cire de carnauba, euphorbia cerifera (carnauba) wax/candelilla cera/cire de candelilla, stearic acid, ozokerite, ricinus communis (castos seed) oil (may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides).

Ingredient notes: Hard Candy maintains that they do not test their products on animals, but it’s important to note that not all of their products are vegan. This one, for example, contains lanolin oil and beeswax, which I would have noticed if I had thought to read the ingredients on the box before using it–blogger fail!

I tried it: When I say that I have dark circles, I mean it! They’re partly the result of not sleeping enough at night and partly a byproduct of being so fair-skinned–they really pop out against my radioactive pallor. Light-weight concealers do not cut it for me and I’m always on the lookout for something heavy-duty. I also need a concealer to deal with my acne scars, breakouts, general redness and other blemishes.

I bought the shade “medium” and it blended in very well with my skin tone and actually served to warm it up a bit, I think. It has a yellow undertone that really helped correct the grey of my circles and the weird combo of ash and pink in my skin. The concealer pencil has a soft, slightly oily/waxy feel to it and blends well. The liquid is very thick and requires careful blending; I strongly recommend applying this in natural light so you can see exactly what you’re doing, or else it’s easy to wind up with a streaky, patchy finish. 

I used the pencil in a “v” under each eye, lightly patting out the edges, and then on any redness or scars on my face. After this I used a stiff foundation brush to apply the liquid concealer. I was warned that a little goes a long way and it’s no lie: whatever you think you need, halve it, and then halve it again. And about half of that is all you need!

After applying concealer to my circles I also applied it to the redness around my nose, acne scars on my chin, cheeks and forehead, and the redness on my cheeks and forehead. I then used a thick bronzer brush to buff my regular light foundation all over the rest of my face and then used a fluffy brush to dust my Physicians Formula Super BB Powder all over to set my makeup.

Here’s a closer shot that shows how this looks after four hours of wear. You can see just how smoothly this blends in. The redness and blemishes across my face are gone and my circles are well-hidden.

I would definitely advise using a good all-over primer under this concealer. I did use the Hard Candy Sheer Envy primer all over my face and I feel like this primer is perhaps more moisturizing than some other formulas I’ve tried, which I think helped everything stay put without undue caking or settling. Typically with such heavy concealer I do worry about caking around the eyes, but I didn’t notice any even after several hours of wear.  As with all cosmetics, it’s mostly going to depend on your skin type, but I’m surprised that a full-coverage concealer could be so non-drying around the eyes.

My final thoughts: For a $6 concealer, this stuff really packs a punch. I’m not sure how it would work on a tattoo, but for dark circles, blemishes and redness, it’s great. I wish they offered the pencil in a larger size. My main gripe comes down to the inclusion of lanolin in the product, since I feel like it’s just plain icky and I try to avoid it–but again, had I been more careful of reading the packaging, I would have not bought it, so that’s my bad. It’s only been in the past few months that I’ve become more aware of the strange ingredients in my body products and I’m still adjusting to reading labels so closely. I won’t be returning it because if nothing else the pencil is really nice and I haven’t found anything similar to that at the drugstore!

So, in the end: it works great, it’s a great price, I just would not repurchase this due to the lanolin.


    • Martha Woods

      Lanolin, also know as sheep grease or wool grease, is a waxy substance secreted by the sebaceous glands of sheep. (The same type of glands that produce oil in our skin and scalp.) Lanolin is typically removed from the wool when it is being processed into yarn, etc. So yes, it is basically like the oil in our hair.

      It’s not the worst thing I’ve ever seen in a beauty product (by far!) and since it’s typically extracted without hurting the sheep I’d say it’s about on par with beeswax. But it just gives me the heebie-jeebies :P Kind of like eyelashes made from human hair–I just can’t get my head around it!

    • MakeUp Guinea Pig

      Hehe! :) I kind of agree that it sounds really disgusting, which makes me want to avoid it. By the same token, it’s insanely hydrating, especially in lip products. Hard to get past the ick factor though!!! :)

  • Pang Ly

    Yikes, sheep oil…I don’t wanna think about it. I mean seriously why can’t they use other types of oil, why sheep oil? It’s a good concealer though.

  • Arielle Thibodeaux

    I have heard so many great things about this, that I’m not sure why I haven’t picked it up yet! I also love that primer. Great review!

  • Catherine @ bcrueltyfree

    I’ve heard this is a dupe for MUFE full cover concealer, which is an HG for me, but since MUFE is no longer cruelty-free, I’ve been looking for a replacement (though I’m not in a rush bc I’ve barely made a dent in my MUFE tube). It’s too bad it contains lanolin though

  • Katrin

    I am still looking for the perfect concealer. This seems to work great but I would not buy it because of the lanolin. At least 1/7 of the wool comes from slaughterhouses so you never know what you get. :(

    • Martha Woods

      I sure wouldn’t buy it again! I am still adjusting to reading all of the labels. :P Even if the sheep wasn’t harmed it’s still like…ewwwwww…have some sheep grease to smear all over your face!!!

      I think the hunt for the perfect concealer is like the hunt for the perfect jeans. You know they have to be out there somewhere, but they’re hiding or something :D

  • MakeUp Guinea Pig

    Your skin looks flawless with this! I have a tube sitting in my drawer, but I keep forgetting to use it. I’ve been using the Physician’s Formula RX Concealer lately and it really packs a punch too! It has a lot of weird chemical ingredients, but I don’t see any lanolin or beeswax. I don’t see any animal ingredients really, but I could be missing something. I suspect the two are quite similar in terms of coverage. Might be worth trying next time around! :)

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