Lets Get Cheeky with Hard Candy

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints

Honestly, I have hardly been wearing, if any, makeup lately. And how can I have time when I have been working 10–12 hours a day for 2+ weeks, sometimes going out in 90–100° weather? Especially when I'm dead exhausted and need a few minutes of sleep vs. primping? I can't bear the thought of my foundation melting off when walking around and sweating, even with primer and setting spray. I can't risk my pores getting clogged. Still, I want to some fresh color to my face, with faking the natural glow (and no, not the tomato redness I get from dying in the heat).

I've been eyeing the Hard Candy Cheeky Tints since the weather started warming up in March and since I found them in Walmart. They were released in the Spring 2016 Collection and come in 6 shades. I love how most non-powder blushes go well with my dry skin and give me naturally flushed cheeks to go with my tan. Plus, I adore the paint tube packaging (Hard Candy has irresistibly girly packaging!), AND Hard Candy has amazingly reasonably priced products. For $6 a pop, you get a lot of product in the tube and it will last you a long time.

Packaging-wise, these are great. It comes with a silver peel-off under the cap, and even then it doesn't get messy like other gel blushes.

I would say that this is absolutely a dupe for the Josie Maran Lip & Cheek Oil at $18 (without the argan oil) or the Sephora Colorful Cheek Ink Gel at $14.

It has a thicker consistency than Josie Maran's Oil and comes across as very pigmented, which I love because I don't want to keep having to build it up. However, if you are someone who is intimidated by the opaque look (even though it is also labeled as Sheer Blush Gel, it looks opaque upon swatching), don't be afraid because once you blend it in, it definitely turns sheer with that lovely summery tint. You can blend it with your fingers or a sponge.

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints
Top–Bottom: Diva, Surfer Babe, Geisha

I have gotten the 3 shades that I know/feel look best with my skin tone, especially because I am A LOT more tan now:

Diva: A hot Barbie pink.

Surfer Babe: Peachy coral.

Geisha: Candy apple red.

One thing I have been impressed with is the longevity. I applied Diva on my cheeks at around 8:45 a.m. on Sunday, and at work I was walking around the fairgrounds handling/guiding our mascot when it was 104°, at 5 p.m. At that point, I was sweating bullets. I took this selfie in the shade and was pretty wowed when I saw that it still stayed and left a subtle stain!

Hard Candy Cheeky Tints Diva

If you are looking for a no-fuss, summer blush with lots of pigment without breaking the bank, I highly recommend running, not walking, to your nearest Walmart to grab a pop or 2 (or 3 like me!)

Do you have the Hard Candy Cheeky Tints? What are your favorite non-powder blushes for the summer?


  1. I am hardly wearing any makeup at the moment but I am still lusting for all these new makeup products! I haven't seen these blushes before, they look good but I don't think I can find it here :/

    Ela BellaWorld

  2. Gosh I forgot Hard Candy even exists. These look great! My favorite cream blush is the Convertible Color from Stila!


  3. Makeup in the summer time for me is non existent as well.. it's just too hot for it. Besides, I'd rather be in the pool anyways ;) I always love anything hot pink with your skin tone-- you look radiant! I have got to try that Surfer babe shade though.. it's gorgeous! xX

  4. I see these in the stores a lot and I've always been curious about them, they look so pigmented! I was worried they would be glittery lol but Surfer Babe looks right up my street. Plus with that packaging it wouldn't dry out like my Elf cream blush did! I really want to try these now!


  5. I love the pigmentation of these little tints, and the packaging is absolutely gorgeous, also! I know what you mean about wearing makeup in hot weather... It's been pretty warm over here in the UK lately also, and I've been sticking to BB cream and minimal makeup - these look like they would be absolutely perfect, also!x x x I especially love the look of Surfer Babe, but every shade is gorgeous. :) Thanks for sharing, hope you're well hun x


  6. I've seen these but never bothered to purchase them because I never read any reviews on them before. Thank you for this review, I'll pick up Diva and Geisha, both are so pigmented and pretty.

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  7. Such a great products and I love your liptint colors ^^ No. 1 is the best color~ thanks for sharing!
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  8. I'll have to give them a try! One of my friends is staying in Texas for the summer and at this moment I'm texting him to see if he can get me some of these, haha. I hate cream blushes, but the tint gels work really great with my oily skin and these look gorgeous on you! They look super natural, just as if you walked in the cold weather (:

    Cy | Dulce de Mango