Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Hard Candy Visibly Wet Glossy Lip Pencil~ Swatches and Review

Candy Apple

At my last trip to Walmart while I'm here in Vermont I stopped by the Hard Candy section and instantly fell in love with the glittery sparklyness that these fantastically pigmented Visibly Wet Glossy Lip Pencils. My friend bought one (Jezebel) and I got a different shade (Candy Apple). Jezebel is a purpled fuchsia and Candy Apple is a bold red. Both have the most fascinating glitter in them and they look awesome on- here are some swatches!
Dabbed off once on my friend (Liana) to sheer it slightly so you can see the sparkles in Candy Apple
Candy Apple in Sunlight

Candy Apple Lip Swatch

Candy Apple after stuffing face and 4 hours later
And here is my friend Paula wearing Jezebel Lip Pencil it looks so great on her!
Now onto the review. First off the good, these are amazingly pigmented, feel nice on, have no detectable taste or smell, and have a really pretty shimmer. They also tend to stain your lips underneath and the glitter stays well.

Unfortunately, these have quite a few bad points too. They are a pain in the ass to get on your lips, so difficult to apply. The formula on these makes it really difficult to keep the colour within your lip line. In addition it transfers like crazy- I had to clean my teeth off about three times before it finally stopped transferring. 

Another major issue is that for some people (both me and Paula had this but not everyone has reported it) they burn on application. Seriously my lips had this burning sensation which was unpleasant and weird as they are not supposed to be plumping or have this reaction. I found that if I blot it off a bit the burning goes away or at least dies down. If I wait it out it burns for about 5 minutes for me before it seems to go away. Honestly I've tried to find the ingredients for these and I can't find them, so I don't know what ingredient(s) are causing this reaction. 

These cost $6.00 USD. 

Would I buy it again? No. Not with the burning issue. If they fixed that I may be able to overlook the formula issues. 

Rating: 5/10 It loses major points for the burning issue and the formula issues. Which is a real shame because the colours and pigmentation is fantastic.


  1. Yikes on the burning! Too bad, as they are really pretty!

  2. Yikes on the burning. I hadn't heard that before!

  3. Ohh I really like Candy Apple but too bad it burns and its hard to get off!