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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Hard Candy Just Nails: Swatches, Review

Hard Candy Nail Collection

Collection: Hard Candy Just Nails, Nail Color 0.35 oz
Price: $5.00/ea
Steph's Rating: Steph's 4.5 Kisses Rating
Buy it: Walmart Stores

Now that you've seen a preview of Hard Candy's new makeup line, are you ready for some yummy eye confection? If you're not familiar with the brand, Hard Candy was founded in the mid 90's, best known for their sky blue and pastel colored nail polishes. They've recently teamed up with the largest retailer in the world, Walmart to bring you cost effective, higher-end cosmetics.

Just Nails is a range of 16 new nail colors. Each shade is included with an oversized plastic ring, similar to older bottles. And the formula is just as wonderful as I remember. Although some of us might find the opaque colors are bit more thicker than usual, but no big deal. Just apply in thin coats.

Let's get to swatches! 

 Hard Candy Mr. Wrong Nail Polish

Hard Candy Just Nails Nail Polish

Mr. Wrong is anything but wrong, it's a bad-to-the-bone amazing shade that you have to see in person! A smokey purple with silver and gold glitter! Just fabulous!

Click here to check out a comparison swatch of smokey purples. 

Hard Candy Envy Nail Polish

Hard Candy Just Nails Nail Polish

Envy is a gorgeous, deep blackened green shimmer.

Hard Candy Sweet P Nail Polish

Hard Candy Green Glitter Nail Polish

Sweet P is a yellow green pea colored glitter.

Hard Candy Date Night Nail Polish

 Date Night is a pink glitter in a clear base.

Hard Candy Date Night and Hot Pants nail polish

Hard Candy Hot Pants Nail Polish

Hot Pants is a sheer pink jelly with large hexagon shaped glitter. It makes a great topper over any nail polish.

Hard Candy Break Up Nail Polish

Break Up is a clear glitter with smaller hexagon shaped glitter that shifts different colors depending on the lighting and base color. Another great topper over any nail polish. 

Hard Candy Frenzy Nail Polish

Oh, yeah Frenzy is uber hot! An opaque sky blue creme that's a classic Hard Candy color.

Hard Candy Splendid nail polish

Splendid is a soft buttery yellow.

Hard Candy Lava Nail Polish 

Lava is a red orange loaded with an insane amount of glitter. Similar to Mr. Wrong's texture.

Hard Candy Mr. Right Nail Polish   

Mr. Right is an opaque Navy Blue with shimmer. 

Mr. Wrong layered over Mr. Right

Hard Candy Sugar Daddy Nail Polish

Sugar Daddy is pretty spectacular when used as a topper. It's similar to CND's Colour and Effects line. A sparkly sugar topping that coordinates with any nail polish. Check out one more example below.

Hard Candy Sugar Daddy layered over Nubar Emerald

Don't you just love the gold over green? Hard Candy's Evny would also look super hot!

Hard Candy Hypnotic Nail Polish

Hypnotic is another candy topper similar to Sugar Daddy. A sheer pink loaded with gold, pink and subtle purple glitter. 

Overall, great collection! Price is right and budget friendly. The application and formula is right on. A variety of 16 colors ranging from shimmers, glitters and cremes. Readily available at most Walmarts.

Make sure you bookmark this page; I'll be adding more Hard Candy nail swatches soon. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

(12) Comments

Belle said on Oct 2nd, 2009 11:51 pm
I think the one that calls me is Envy, I want it very much so and I think it'll look awesome on my toes for the Fall as I wear sheer stockings.

nova said on Oct 3rd, 2009 1:47 am
I usually don't like sparkles - they're too hard to remove; but I'm really liking date night. Thanks for the swatches!

Judy said on Oct 3rd, 2009 9:41 am
I love your swatches! I wore Lava last night - I've come to the conclusion it's glass-flecked, not glitter, because it was way too easy to remove!!! These are great colors! I can't wait to wear Mr. Wrong :) I tried 3 local Walmarts before I found the winner :)

Vanessa said on Oct 3rd, 2009 1:51 pm
frenzy ahhh!!

Andrea said on Oct 3rd, 2009 4:36 pm
I checked my wal-mart last Tuesday and they didn't have it out. I came back on Thursday and they had everything out but had already sold out of frenzy! I was so disappointed, I need that shade!

Denny said on Oct 3rd, 2009 6:54 pm
I like Mr. Right & Frenzy. Looking forward to the next swatches.

Echo7 said on Oct 4th, 2009 12:24 am
Ohhhh I need Lava. Are you going to be swatching all the remaining colors? I would love to see them. Thanks!

Leslie said on Oct 5th, 2009 9:25 pm
thanks for the swatches, Steph. are these Big 3 Free?

Johanna said on Oct 15th, 2009 1:41 am
Hi, Thanks for the swatches! I found Mr.Wrong and Break Up at Walmart, they were picked over but good! Mr. Wrong is just about the best polish out there! I'm a purple AND foil/chrome fan! perfect! Great blog, thanks!

missmarisol said on Oct 16th, 2009 12:23 am
Ok I need to go to Walmart. I am loving these swatches. Thanks!

Elizabeth said on Oct 25th, 2009 5:48 am
I just ordered them off dont have those names listed, so I hope I bought the right ones I wanted :)

Kellie said on Jan 25th, 2011 2:17 pm
Your swatch of "Lava" is the *only* one that I've seen that's true-to-life. Every other one I've seen has made it look like a weird sheer, jelly-like texture. Yours is the one that made me go out and buy it. :) As soon as you said "similar to Mr. Wrong", I was sold, cuz I LOVE that polish! Thanks! xoxo

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