July 4, 2017

Hard Candy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder

Hard Candy has launched a few new products recently and among them is the Bake Brighten & Set loose finishing powder! Available exclusively at Walmart, this finely milled yellow powder is inspired by the 'baking' makeup trend. This makeup artist technique helps prevent creasing and brighten the eye area.

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Hard Candy Bake Brighten Set Loose Finishing Powder Banana Review Photos Swatches Comparisons

Hard Candy's Bake Brighten & Set powder is only available in one shade : Banana. It's a light peachy yellow with a matte finish.

The formula is very silky and applies beautifully and evenly. It has a nice brightening effect too!

Hard Candy Bake Brighten Set Loose Finishing Powder Banana

I wish it came in a lighter shade because this is very yellow on me when I'm at my palest, I can only wear it if I'm very tan.

Therefore, I wouldn't recommend it if your skin is lighter than NC30 (my skin tone is equivalent to NC20 on these photos).

It's a beautiful shade for medium to tan skin tone though, and the formula is surprisingly silky! Oh and you can't beat that price!

Hard Candy Bake Brighten Set Loose Finishing Powder Banana Ingredients

I usually swatch all products on bare skin, but for this particular product I found that the best way to show you the color and finish was to apply it over foundation.

This powder isn't meant to be applied on bare skin anyway, as it's specially formulated to set your undereye concealer!

This is how the powder looks like when it's freshly applied on the skin, in comparison to other yellow powders :

Hard Candy Bake Brighten Set Loose Finishing Powder Banana Swatches Comparisons ABH Ben Nye TheBalm Kat Von MAC

And this is how it looks when I dust the excess powder off with a brush :


The color is quite different now, isn't it?

Ben Nye Banana Luxury Powder is a bit darker and less brightening. Anastasia Beverly Hills Banana (Contour Kit), TheBalm 500Hz (Highlite 'N Con Tour palette) and Kat Von D Lyric (Shade + Light Contour Palette) are lighter and less yellow, the finish is a bit more luminous. MAC Shaping Powder in Soft Focus is much more yellow and has a pearly finish.

Hard Candy, if you are reading this... please make a lighter shade for pale skin tones! Ok thanks.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Bake Brighten Set Loose Finishing Powder Banana

The Hard Candy Bake, Brighten & Set Loose Finishing Powder retails for $6.98 CAD for 18g.

(I received this product in order to evaluate it and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)

2 comments:

  1. Interesting. I didn't even know they made a bake powder. I haven't baked anything since stage makeup class in makeup school 10+ years ago, I think it just looks too heavy on me. Great review and comparison

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