For those new to this one, there are actually three different palettes in this range (available both in-store at Walmart and on the Walmart website). The Natural Eyes Palette is the one that seems to be the most talked about since, appearance-wise, it's quite similar to the Too Faced Natural Eye Neutral Eye Shadow Collection Palette ($36, 0.39 oz.). So let's take a look!
Hard Candy Natural Eyes Neutral Eyeshadow Palette
(retail: $8, 0.39 oz.)*
*Please note that the weight above is in reference to the total weight of the eyeshadows in this palette. This palette also includes a mini eyeliner (0.017 oz.) and a mini eyeshadow primer (0.17 oz).
This palette is housed inside a reusable tin (you can easily pop out the inner casings if you so choose).
Back of palette:
Made in China
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As you can see, the design of this palette is very similar to the Too Faced Natural Eye palette and in case you missed it above, you get the exact same amount of eyeshadow in both palettes (0.39 oz).
Hard Candy Natural Eyes Palette vs. Wet n Wild Coloricon 8-Pan Palette
I grabbed one of my old WnW 8-pans and put it next to the Hard Candy palette just to give you some size perspective.
(taped down on both ends)
(taped down on both ends)
Mini Eyes the Limit Eye Shadow Primer
Double-ended sponge tip applicator
Mini Take Me Out Eyeliner in Soy
Mini Take Me Out Eyeliner in Soy
In the guide (pictured above), Hard Candy breaks down these shadows into three rows: "Day," "Drama" and "Evening." In the Too Faced Neutral Eye palette, the three rows are broken down into "Day," "Classic" and "Fashion."
But to me, each row can be best summed up like this:
NOTE: All of the shadows below were swatched over Milani Eyeshadow Primer. I did not swatch them over the accompanying Hard Candy primer, because that primer has a rather dry consistency. Using the Hard Candy primer with these shadows caused certain shades to look quite patchy, when it fact they were not patchy to begin with. So I opted to use the Milani primer instead for these swatches.
Tease, Toying, Minx
The top row contains three matte shades: cream, medium brown and dark brown. All three shades are what I would consider neutral in color, and they all have a smooth consistency (not super silky or creamy, but they are smooth and not at all chunky or grainy). None of these are shadows are dry or stiff, but they are a bit powdery when you're picking up color with your brush (just like most mattes). All of these shadows apply smoothly to the eye and are nicely pigmented over primer.
Bashful, Girlie, Philander
The middle row contains all shimmers: light champagne beige, light peach and dark brown. The dark brown shade, Philander (I hate the word, but I digress!), has a gold sheen to it and it also contains iridescent glitter. All three of these shades have a smooth consistency and none of them are dry or stiff. I wouldn't call them "creamy," but they are not dry or powdery. Pigmentation is quite good over primer.
The bottom row of this palette contains one matte, one shimmer and one shade that's more of a satin-matte (and it also contains glitter). I would say that this row contains the sheerest shades in the palette, but they do become more vibrant over primer. Chatty is so similar to my natural skintone that it barely shows up on my eyes at all. The gold and reddish-brown shades require a bit of building, but I can definitely see them on my eyes over primer, and they do not become muddy after blending.
I do not own the Too Faced Neutral Eye palette, however I have seen a zillion swatches online (you can view some swatches HERE). Based on that, I think that several of the shades in this palette are similar to the Too Faced palette, but not exact dupes. I did a quick Google search and found this shade by shade comparison of the two palettes, which pretty much confirms my feelings. I think that if you're not too concerned with having EXACT dupes, and you just want to create looks that are similar to what you can get from the Too Faced palette, the Hard Candy palette might be a nice option for you.
For me personally, the best thing about this palette is the top row (the neutral mattes). All three of those shades work so well together, and they have very nice pigmentation over primer (not over the Hard Candy primer though, as I explained above). They last all day on my eyes when worn over primer, and they're perfect for a quick, workday look. The second and third rows of this palette are nice as well, but I feel like I have so many similar shimmers already in my stash that I just don't see myself reaching for these in particular. They're nice, just not "gotta have 'em" nice, if that makes sense.
FINAL VERDICT: I think that if you already own the Too Faced Neutral Eye palette, you can skip this one. But if you do not own the Too Faced palette, and you are looking for shades that can provide a similar feel, this could be a nice, affordable option considering that the Too Faced palette retails for $36 and the Hard Candy palette retails for $8 (both palettes contain 0.39 oz worth of shadow). Since I already have so many similar shimmers in my stash, none of the shimmers in this palette stand out to me as unique or noteworthy. But those three shades in the top row (the mattes) work so well together that I find myself reaching for this palette quite often during the work week (just for those three shades). Overall, I think this would be a great palette for beginners or those who are in need of more neutrals and earthtones. But if you're already a neutral/earthtone fanatic, you probably have very similar shades already lurking in your own stash.
Do you own any of the new 2015 Hard Candy palettes? If so, I would love to hear how they're working for you!
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