I really like the Hard Candy Candied Color Nail Polishes that I purchased from Walmart back in April. I’ve had the chance to wear them both a couple times, so I can review them. What I liked about them is that the Candied Color Nail Polish line reminds me a lot of the Nails Inc Special Effects Sprinkles Collection that came out last summer. You may remember from this post that I splurged on two bottles for my birthday last year, but they were a bit pricey for my taste. For less that half the cost, and nine shades to chose from, these Candied Color Nail Polishes are a good alternative.
The first Hard Candy Candied Color Nail Polish shade that I chose was Gummy Green. Gummy Green is a blue tinged minty green jelly base with black, white, and silver glitter “sprinkles”. It’s a really cute shade. The glitter is small, but plentiful, so it goes on evenly without having to place it. The polish applies smoothly with no streaks. If you want a “jelly” look, you can leave it at one thick coat, but know that you will be able to see your nail line through it. Two coats will make it pretty opaque. The photo below is two thin coats topped with Seche Vite.
I was not thrilled with the wear time that Gummy Green gave me. I used my Seche Vite base coat underneath, and despite the top coat it chipped after two days. And I don’t mean little chips. Gummy Green is a great polish if you paint your nails often and only need a couple days of wear time.
The second shade that I chose from the Candied Color line was Cocoa Smore. One of the shades that I didn’t get in last year’s Nails Inc Special Effects Sprinkles Collection was Sugar House Lane, a monochrome polish with black and white glitters suspended in a taupey gray base. Cocoa Smore is extremely similar, so I definitely wanted to pick it up. Cocoa Smore has the same small black, white, and silver glitter as Gummy Green. (Other shades in the line have different colored glitter. It’s just coincidence that the two shades that I chose have the same glitters in them.) Also like Gummy Green, Cocoa Smore is really pretty with one thick coat. The swatch below is two coats, though.
Cocoa Smore wore a little better than Gummy Green. It wasn’t until day four that it chipped on me. The weird part about both of these polishes is that when they did start to chip, they completely fell apart. They would be going strong, and after the first little nick it would suddenly be chips ahoy. I haven’t used other Hard Candy polishes before, so I don’t know if that is common for Hard Candy, or unique to the Candies Color line.
Hard Candy Candied Color Nail Polishes are $4.00 at Walmart. They aren’t as cheap as Sinful Colors, for example, but they are a lot cheaper than brands like Illamasqua or Nails Inc that have been doing these candy sprinkle or robin’s egg speckled lines. I am personally glad that I got both of the shades that I did, but I am not compelled to buy any more. Then again, I do have two of the Nails Inc polishes from last year, so I now have four of this type of polishes. If you are interested in this look, I definitely think that it’s worth it to pick up one or two shades of the Hard Candy Candied Color Nail Polishes. Just be sure to top with a really good top coat.