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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Review: Hard Candy Fox in a Box in "Smooth Talker"

Were you beginning to think there would be no more reviews?  Never fear, I have quite a collection of items piling up. The one on top today happens to be Hard Candy's Fox in a Box in Smooth Talker. As I'm sure you're probably aware of Hard Candy used to be a higher end brand available in Sephora and... Sephora. They have since reformulated and are now a more budget type brand available exclusively at Wal Mart.

There are a few different shades of Fox in a Box blushes, but the one I was most interested in is "Smooth Talker" a blend of four shades. By appearance it is similar to Benefit's Sugar Bomb, which I have been lemming for ages, but was always too cheap to shell out $35 for. Luckily for me, Hard Candy's version is a steal at $5.97 and from all the comparisons I've seen is a dupe of Sugar Bomb. 

Cute, but useless brush

As you can see, these blushes come in neat, compact boxes (Fox in a Box, what did you expect?) that have little brushes on the inner lid. The brush is cute, but kind of useless really. I use my Bare Escentuals Handy Buki for application, but more on that front later. The packaging is cute, and it reminds me of Arcade Fire's album cover of Funeral (before they got all pretentious and crappy.)

Swatches on paper...

So, I know swatches are usually done on skin, but when I set out to do them for this product I just couldn't get a good representation on my skin, so I did it on white paper. I guess I should start by stating that pigmentation on this is light. It isn't one of those really richly pigment blushes, that end up being hard to apply (without looking like a clown...) but it is a light wash of colour, a peachy shade when you combine the four shades. I quite like and have been wearing it everyday since I picked it up a few weeks ago. The shade has a slight glow to it, not a shimmer, but a glowy-ness that is quite pretty. As I mentioned earlier, I apply it with my Handy Buki since it grabs it better than your average fluffy blush brush.

Overall, I am really happy with the quality and shade of this and I will likely pick up a few of the other shades. Have you tried any of the Hard Candy Fox in a Box blushes? What did you think?


  1. I love this blush and love the Arcade Fire.. pretentious and crappy? hmm.

  2. Nice review! :)

    The packaging is so cute, I don't really wear blush, but if I did I'd get it.

  3. @Justine
    I love this blush too!

    I loved Funeral and their EP ( I think it was just called Arcade Fire?) but by the time Black Bible came out I was far less impressed with them. Especially their reformulated versions of songs from the EP. To be honest though, I haven't even listened to their newest album. I guess I'm a rather fickle fan though!

    @Vintage Makeup
    You should try it! I never used to be much for blush either, but now I never skip it.


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