Get Glowing with Hard Candy Holiday Gift Sets!

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One day, not so long ago, I went to my door and what did I see? A cute package from Hard Candy. I tore open the box and beheld with delight two Hard Candy Holiday Gift Sets in Seize the Sparkle, $4.88, and Smoky Look Kit Face Collection, $4.88.

The holiday season is in full swing (apparently so is my need to rhyme). I’m counting down the days till to my favorite holiday of Thanksgiving arrives. Having these palettes to review has made my November feel even more exciting. Holiday sets can be quite expensive, even if they do offer a great value. What I love most about the cruelty-free Hard Candy Holiday collection is their affordability. The foiled purple packaging doesn’t hurt either.

Seize the Sparkle – Lip Color Collection with Cosmetic Bag, $4.88 ($15 value)

Hard Candy Seize the Sparkle Lip Collection 

Let’s talk holiday lippies. The Seize the Sparkle Hard Candy Holiday set adorable set comes with 2 lip stains, 2 daring lip glosses, and a cute pink cosmetic bag. Of course, I gravitated towards the glosses. I’m a sucker for a purple lip and a pale glittery pink gloss. Both deliver impact and feel very comfortable on the lips. I think Hard Candy did a great job including a bold (Turn it Up) and pale (Nude Plunge) gloss with this set.


The lip stains made me a bit nervous at first glance. I adore the lasting power of a lip stain, but not the drying feel. Well, neither of these lip stains are drying. They are actually very hydrating and feel so comfortable on the lips. And bonus, both have great lasting power, which is perfect for all those holiday parties. Unfortunately, the nude (Chic) and berryish (Mauvelous) shades didn’t quite work with my skin tone. I still really love the formula and the convenience of the chubby crayon.



Smoky Look Kit – Face Collection, $4.88 ($15 value) hard-candy-smoky-look-kit-face-collection

They say good things come in threes. In this case, good things come in a triangle. This Hard Candy Holiday Smoky Look Kit features a liquid eyeliner, glitter mascara, eye shadow palette, baked blush, and applicator brush. If you want to sparkle and shine this holiday season, this set is for you.


First, let’s talk about the hits; the eye shadow palette and liquid eyeliner.  I may love a purple lip, but I love a purple eye look even more. This palette immediately called out to me. I love its sleekness (perfect for travel). I also love how I can create a purple smoky eye or a more traditional black/gray smoky eye. Or, I can mix the two. All six shades work very well together. They blend and build with ease and have great lasting power.

I must admit when I first saw the silver glitter eyeliner I was skeptical about how it would look on me. I quickly changed my mind. Even though it isn’t something I would wear all the time, it is perfect for the holidays. It adds just the right amount of sparkle to any look and really makes my eyes pop. I may be over 40, but I can still rock at glittery eye.

Hard Candy Smoky Kit Eye Looks

The Bake Blush included in this kit feels more like a blush topper or highlighter, at least for me. It can also work great as an eyeshadow or inner corner highlight. It might show up better on darker skin tones, but on super pale girls like myself, it doesn’t work as a blush. I don’t consider it a true fail or miss because I can still get plenty of use out of it.

The biggest miss in the kit is the glitter mascara. It’s a gorgeous purple shade, but it doesn’t show up at all on the lashes. I’m actually wearing it some of the pictures in this post. As you can see, you don’t see the glitter at all. It also feels sticky and kind of heavy on the lashes. With a price tag of $4.88, I’m alright with having one product fail.

Hard Candy Holiday Kit Look

Overall: If you’re looking for some affordable holiday gift sets, I highly recommend taking a trip to Walmart for the Hard Candy Holiday collection. The Seize the Sparkle and Smoky Look Kit are just two of the many sets they are offering this season. I know I’ll get plenty of use out of both sets even after the holidays are over.

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  1. natalia ferro says

    I love this type of set, as much to give as for self to give you

  2. Allison @neversaydiebeauty says

    I love love love the silver liner. I think for the holidays, it’s just perfect!

  3. I am passing on this post to friends of mine.

  4. This lip glosses are very nice! These sets are a great value for what you get.

  5. Karen Yannacio Morse says

    Hmmmm… the lippies are intriguing me! I am such a fanatic of anything for lips – especially lip gloss. But, always about trying new stains and am curious how they last!

  6. I haven’t heard of this brand! I’m hardly ever in walmart. I love your overall make up look and the lip colors though!

  7. The prices are amazing. I can imagine the delight of a teen finding these in their stocking.

  8. Reesa Lewandowski says

    These are great gift ideas! I love how the makeup looks on you too! I need to look for these!

  9. Jessica Hughes says

    I love these! The colors and prices are amazing, great stocking stuffers!

  10. I like the lipgloss set. I can see that being a great stocking stuffer or gift exchange item.

  11. Kara Crowe Hyvarinen says

    Wow what great prices. The lip gloss kit is calling my name!

  12. I love the lip gloss set. I don’t wear a lot of make-up but I always wear lip gloss. The third color down is light enough to be barely there. Perfect!

  13. Debra Hawkins says

    I love the lip gloss what a fun thing to but in a teens stocking!

  14. FabZilla_Kath says

    the shades are gorgeous

  15. Oooooh I’m pleasantly surprised bu these!

  16. lissa crane says

    Love this!

  17. These are absolutely gorgeous! I love this set and makeup lovers would love to receive it.

  18. Those swatches are beautiful, who doesn’t want to receive this kind of gift?

  19. Beautiful sets! I especially love the lippies on you.

  20. Rebecca Bryant says

    Like the color palette. The lip gloss looks amazing.

  21. Very cute 😀 I think you can get some great deals at the drugstore.

  22. Taylor Smith says

    Love the colors in this palette and i LOVE a good glitter liner. I am a die-hard Urban Decay Heavy Metal Eyeliner girl but this looks like a great drugstore alternative.

  23. I love those colors of lipstick! This is such a wonderful gift ideas.

  24. Wendy Polisi says

    Gorgeous swatches, I love the eye shadow. Your eyes looks fabulous and also your lips.

  25. mya kroeplin says

    I love these colors. i’ll have to check them out. I need new stuff anyway.

  26. Thanks for the overview! It’s so much easier to get an idea of what might work for me by seeing how it looks on you.

  27. Heather Staggs Garcia says

    I have tried the Hard Candy line and I really have been impressed. The products are great, especially for the price and they have many different fun options.

  28. I definitely love all the colors in that palette. How beautiful! Amber N

  29. Nikki Arnold says

    So funny that now you can get hard candy products so inexpensively I will have to go check out the holiday sets! I remember when hard candy first came out and it was quite pricey and all the rage!!

  30. I love how they come with a pretty pouch you can use to store your products to travel with. Purple glitter mascara, cool!

  31. Stephanie Lee says

    These all look fantastic! Love the colors. What a fun package to come home to!

  32. I love the eyes! Simply beautiful! Looks like a great kit with lots of great options.

  33. This is a nice gift set for the ladies! I really like the shades of the palette and the lip stains! They’re very affordable as well!

  34. Amanda Love says

    Those are all awesome! My daughter will like these items without a doubt, especially the lip stains.

  35. Chrissy Hme says

    My niece would love these gift sets. I am going to pick them up for her and also as a little gift to myself.

  36. These look like great kits and the products sound amazing. I don’t think I have tried Hard Candy makeup yet so will be looking into these to try them out and see how I like them.

  37. Rhewi Montemayor says

    I love the glossy lip sticks and spakling eye shadows.. Hope I can have this products..

  38. Love the look of that lip set!

  39. The swatches look nice and glossy.
    I also like purple lips. 🙂