Review: Hard Candy Glossaholic Sequin Saturated Shine Lip Gloss in Chill Out

The kind people at Hard Candy generously sent me this gloss to review, and I am so excited to show it to you! Everything about this product is BIG!

Here is how Hard Candy describes the Glossaholic Sequin Saturated Shine Lip Gloss on their site:
SUPER HUGE MEGA WATT LIPS One dip covers your lips! Ginormous applicator with gloss cup deposits gloss to your whole mouth in one swipe! These super lustrous lip glosses are infused with prisms of color that make lips appear fuller and plumper. Out of this world hyper-reflective prisms of pearl make lips sparkle like crazy! Feeling tired or wired? Two Glossaholic sparkling clear top coats are infused with mood altering elixirs to help you Chill Out or Rise & Shine! – You can wear alone or as a top coat.
 Let's tackle some of these claims, shall we ladies?:

One-swipe coverage
 Check! The applicator on this baby is flippin' huge. I mean, really huge. Check out the picture for a comparison to a standard sized applicator. With a doe foot applicator this monstrous, there is no need to dip back into the tube (which is also huge) for more product. Because the applicator is big, however, you aren't going to get the most precise application, especially in tight spots like your cupids bow and inner corners. This isn't an issue with a clear gloss like Chill Out, but it might be with the pigmented shades in the Glossaholic line.

Sparkly finish
Check! But sparkle doesn't capture it. We aren't talkin' shimmer, or even glitter. This gloss is packed full of full blown flakies! Check out a close up:
The flakies, which are suspended in clear gloss, reflect a prism of orange, blue, purple, and pink though on the lips I see mostly blue reflects.  Overall, the look is glossy and when the light hits your lips the bling starts to shine.The effect on the lips is a little more subtle than I expected but still gorgeous.

Appearance of fuller, plumper lips
Check! I wouldn't say my lips look that much fuller wearing this gloss compared to any other, but the flakies do add a really eye catching, flattering dimension to my pout!

Mood alteration
 This is the most bizarre claim, but one we have heard before (I am lookin' at you, Physicians Formula Happy Booster line!). Do I feel more relaxed when I apply this gloss? No. However, the packaging is fun, the gloss is yummy, and the flakies are pretty rad so it is impossible not to get a little pick-me-up from this product.

Great alone or on top of lipstick
Alone, this gloss delivers a unique dazzling shine (see pics above). When paired with lipstick, the effect isn't as impressive. I tried layering it on top of lipstick and it gives a nice shine, but the flakies are for the most part lost in the lipstick pigment. Here is is layered over e.l.f. Mineral lipstick in Runway Pink:

Some other notes:

Chill Out is a delicious vanilla flavor. It doesn't have the plastic-like taste some glosses from inexpensive brands possess- this is just like vanilla frosting! Yum!

I was worried that the enormous flakies would make the texture of this gloss gritty. On the contrary, it is actually pretty smooth. I don't find this gloss overly sticky either. The feeling on my lips is pillowy, if that makes sense.

The wear time on this gloss is pretty good, about 3 hours or so. After a while, my lips feel a little tacky as the gloss starts to wear off. Over lipstick, of course, the longevity is shorter.

The Verdict?
Overall, this is a nice gloss. Two things make this gloss stand out from the pack: the enormous applicator and the gorgeous flakies. Those with an affinity for all things sparkly will find this hard to resist! It is a welcomes addition to my collection!

The price on this puppy is around $5. You can get this gloss and other Hard Candy products from Walmart.

Have you tried this gloss? What are your thoughts?

This product was sent to me for consideration by PR. My review, as always, represents my experience alone with the product and is 100% honest.

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