Hard Candy Glamoflauge: yes, I’m totally crazy about it.

Just as a preface to the review: Glamoflauge comes as a set, with both a pencil and a tube of concealer. The pencil was fine – regular low-end-of-the-drugstore stuff if you ask me – but the cream product really wowed me. So, this review is for the latter only!

What it is: Hard Candy Glamoflauge, in Light

What’s kind of crazy:  I’ve been in love with theBalm’s timeBalm for years (years!) and surprisingly… I think I may like this even more. On top of that (here’s the truly crazy part), it’ll only run you six dollars. $6! Seriously!!

(I warned you that it was crazy.)

[Edited to add: the whole review was pretty crazy, actually, so I just went ahead and edited that right into the title. Glamoflauge = crazy Rae. And now that we have that out of the way, onto the review.]

The formula: The one downfall of Glamoflauge is its texture, which is on the dry side for something that’s packaged in a tube. My beloved timeBalm has a lot more slip to it, making it easier to blend, and I’m concerned with how well Glamoflauge will sit with ageing skin (especially around the eyes). However, on my combination slightly oily/very dry skin, I have no issues with creasing or catching — it blends just fine and stays where it’s put, but the formula does take some getting used to. When I first started testing this out, I kept trying to use more product than I actually needed!

Indirect sunlight; click to enlarge (a lot).

L – R: NC 15, NW 15, the Balm timeBalm Lighter Than Light, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Light tube, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Light pencil, NC 20, NW25, NC30. All MAC shades are Studio Finish concealer.

The pigmentation: As you may have already guessed, the pigmentation of Glamoflauge knocked my socks right off. In one word, it is fantastic. This conceals just as well as high-coverage formulas like MUFE Full Cover and Lancome Effacernes, but it does it at a fraction of the price. Plus, it manages to do it without silicones, parabens, or fragrances — an impressive feat for any face product, if you ask me, much less a heavy-duty concealer.

The ingredients:

The verdict? I don’t dole out the “Holy Grail” label very often, but this is very much deserving of it. I love the basic formula, I love the incredible pigmentation, and I love the price. It’s not yet available in Canadian Wal-Mart stores (the only place where Hard Candy is sold), but I’m such a fan of this that I’d literally start calling US relatives and begging them to ship me a tube if I needed another.

(I won’t, though… not for a good long time. There’s a whopping 20g of product in the tube, and while I’m not condoning the use of old products, I can’t see how I’d manage to finish this with anything less than a few years of daily use!)

Indirect sunlight with flash support; click to enlarge (a lot).

L – R: NC 15, NW 15, the Balm timeBalm Lighter Than Light, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Light tube, Hard Candy Glamoflauge Light pencil, NC 20, NW25, NC30. All MAC shades are Studio Finish concealer.

Recommended if you’re looking for something…

  • High-coverage and long-wearing
  • Cruelty-free
  • Super, super cheap
  • Paraben-, fragrance-, and silicone-free

Not recommended if you’re looking for something…

  • Sheer
  • Illuminating (no micro-shimmers here, thank you very much!)
  • Really hydrating

Oh! And P.S. here’s a shot of the itty-bitty pencil, which for some strange reason is a TON darker than the cream product:

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  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    gah! i NEED this! studio finish concealer is nowhere near enough coverage for me. everything it does is what i need, and at drugstore price?! rae, if you have any info, PLEASE let us know when it'll be available in canadian walmarts. PLEASE :)
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    December 14, 2010 at 11:11 AM
  • Reply BeckBeck

    but… the pun is misspelled! Seriously, it looks like a great concealer, but I'm not sure I can get past the U being in the wrong place.

    December 14, 2010 at 3:57 PM
  • Reply Laura R

    (how awful they can't spell it right.)

    GREAT review lady!

    you can use the pencil as a lipliner, right? it is very odd how different in shade they are.

    i am pretty happy with maybelline concealers at the moment but i like HC (and it's even cheaper!) so i'll get this next!

    December 15, 2010 at 12:06 PM
  • Reply shoomin

    Your blog is really fantastic :) I find myself checking it for updates so often!

    Have you used this under your eyes? My undereye area can get a bit dry compared to the rest of my very oily face. Aaaaand another question: do you like to apply this with your finger or a brush?


    December 18, 2010 at 12:26 PM
  • Reply Christina

    Oooh I got this and love love it! The only concern I have is that light is a bit too light but I'm afraid that medium would be way too dark. Sigh, the perils of being a medium with pink undertones rather than yellow like 99% of the population.

    December 20, 2010 at 8:52 AM
  • Reply Angela

    Ahh and it sounded so promising :< I'm going to have to skip out because the area that needs concealer the most (undereye circles) is the driest part of my face. Sorry to hear you don't have Hard Candy in your Wal-Marts yet! They have been in Vancouver ones for a couple months now *crosses fingers for you*
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    there is silica in this product.

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