Battle of the Brands: L’Oreal vs Hard Candy

Eye shadow is one of those things you can just never have enough of. With approx 20 palettes in varied sizes, several pigments and creams and eye shadow sticks, I still feel like I don’t have the right colour sometimes. Other times, I feel like I have 20 of the exact same colour that I never use. Just because I am a bit of a hoarder and own quite a bit of eye shadow doesn’t mean I am willing to keep things I don’t think are quality. I tend to compare and that’s where this series was born. Today, I will compare two very similar looking products together: The L’Oreal Infallible eye shadow singles vs the Hard Candy Fierce Effects eye shadow duos.

  I haven’t heard too much floating around the interweb about either of these products but I have owned the L’Oreal Infallible Eye Shadow in Hourglass Beige for several months now. Though I love it, it feels like a lot of money for a single drugstore eye shadow. Each of the singles is around $10 depending on where you shop so I didn’t really look into getting anymore until I was shopping in the US and saw the much more reasonable price tag. That’s where Always Pearly Pink was added to the make up family.

  I first saw the Hard Candy Fierce Effects in a recent RachhhLoves video where I was intrigued. Was this going to be a dupe? Hard Candy targets a younger audience by using brighter colours, more glitter and an edgier style of packaging. Because of this, they have a bolder selection of colours then the L’Oreal eye shadows. From Hard Candy, the colours are vibrant and there is a good mix of colour where the L’Oreal pigments are lighter and more neutral.The Hard Candy duos come in a smaller selection of colour and since the come in pairs, you can’t really pick and choose what you want. For beginners, they do have a card with some suggestions on how to use the duo for a ‘fierce effect’. All of this reflects who they are targeting. The Hard Candy eye shadows retail for around $5 for 2.

 Where I feel these two truly differ is the texture. The L’Oreal shadows seem to be more creamy and stick to the skin a little bit better than the Hard Candy shadows. There was also a little more fall out especially with the purple shade of the Lost & Found duo which I also found in the US. The L’Oreal shadows have a very beautiful metallic sheen to them where the Hard Candy ones have more of a light sheen or glitter but like I said, intense colour. One other plus is that the Hard Candy brand is cruelty free. High five Hard Candy.

In the end, they all feel great and look fantastic. Both shadows are extremely blendable and pigmented so I don’t think you can go wrong. It all comes down to your preference. Personally, I think the two are similar but not exactly dupes. I will more likely pick up more from Hard Candy in the future so keep an eye out!

Til next time, ttfn x


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