Budget Beauty Find - Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain

Lip crayon products from many beauty brands have been proliferating at a very quick pace these last few years.  Without a doubt, they're easy to use for pro and newbie alike, convenient, travel-friendly, offer lip color and lip lining benefits - and allow you to try different shades in a wide variety of finishes.
There are a lot of great ones in a wide variety of price points, but I've found there are a lot more "just OK" versions.  Sometimes the color payoff is poor, they're too drying, the texture is not creamy enough for blending, or they're not long lasting, for example.
But Hard Candy has combined all the features you could dream of into one lip crayon that is a hands down winner - and only $5!  Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain combines a hydrating glossy lip color (not quite as glossy as a traditional lip gloss), with a lip staining effect, while also acting as a hydrating lip balm - brilliant!
There are 7 shades in the line, and all very pretty and wearable for a wide range of skin tones. The moisturizing, ultra creamy texture and beautiful pigmentation had me sold instantly.  I loved the glossy finish which was perfect for daytime, and the staining effect was also great on busy days when I didn't have a lot of time for touch ups (about 5-6 hours on average for me).  I found I really didn't need to prep my lips with any balm before using, because it provided a great amount of hydration during the day. 

For a neutral lip, I loved reaching for Chic (swatch, pictured left) for an easy day-to day look.  It's a peachy/pink with just a touch of neutral brown. Two more standout shades are Red Minx for when you want a glossy red lip and Vintage, which is a universal, brown/plum shade. The shape of the point allows it to work equally as well as a liner, should you choose to do so.
These don't need to be sharpened and there's a twistable knob at the bottom of the pencil which allows the crayon to turn up when you need more.

Hard Candy All Glossed Up Hydrating Lip Stain is one of those treasured beauty bargains you should stock up on - now! - RLB


*Images courtesy of Hard Candy

*This product was provided courtesy of Hard Candy PR for reviewing purposes.

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