I generally never do single product reviews on a lipstick because I'm fairly simple; I either like it or I don't. I can write a few words about the formula and the color and then I'm basically done. This particular lip product by Hard Candy had a whole lot going on, so I felt like I had a lot more to say.
Let's start with the packaging: almost my favorite part of any product if I'm being honest. I am always drawn to cute packaging and this one was no exception. The pretty floral tin makes it great to give as a small gift and the mirror inside is genius for on the go application - which you'll need a lot of, but more on that later. It's quite bulky, but the concept is cute and I like the idea of not getting rogue lip color all over my handbag, which has happened more times then I can count!
The applicator is a flat doe foot which covers a lot of territory, but makes precision somewhat complicated. I suggest definitely using a lip liner with this as it will be very difficult to get the outer rim of your lips defined without getting color everywhere. I used a liner and I was happy with the applicator as it just took a few easy swipes to cover my entire mouth. Super simple.
I chose the color Wisteria because I definitely don't have enough purple colors in my collection (cough, cough) and it is the most gorgeous, dark plum shade. It's super pigmented and quite matte, but doesn't entirely dry down, so it's very comfortable to wear. The downside of the mousse aspect is that it is quite thick, so unless you wear the color completely down you can't really touch it up without it becoming a crusty mess. This lip product does not last all day (I'm not sure it was meant to) and wears completely off after eating. I'm fine with that aspect since I'm no stranger to reapplication. My biggest issue with this was, for example, when I drank out of a straw I'd have a weird faded patch in a tiny circle in the center of my lips, which was quite hard to fix since I couldn't reapply the whole lipstick. Instead of wiping off my entire mouth and restarting from scratch, I'd tap a little product onto the area and kind of blend it down with my fingers. This seemed to work well but it's quite a lot of work for a lip product. I'd probably still wear this because it's so pretty, super pigmented, and super affordable, however I'd avoid it on days I had a lunch meeting or needed to look picture perfect.
Overall, I'd say if you're a no fuss type of gal this might not be the product for you, but if you're willing to work with it a little bit you really can't beat the price!
Have you guys ever used these lip mousses before? What're your thoughts? I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! XO