Is it just me, or holy shit!? I mean, If you can spot the difference between the Too Faced Smokey Eye palette and the Hard Candy Smokey Eyes palette at face value then you have much better eyesight than I do honey cause they are looking like twin sisters to me.
Better yet, at $8 a pop, not only is the Hard Candy dupe 450% cheaper than it’s Too Faced counterpart ($36), it also comes with an applicator, an eyeliner and a mini eyeshadow primer to boot!
I have Hard Candy on the top and Too Faced on the bottom. I tried to overlap each in the middle too so you can get a better view of the pigment/color differences.
The Too Faced Smokey Eye palette for sure has the best pigmentation of the two. “Smoking Jacket” (the purple shade in the bottom row of swatches) is a bit gritty when you swatch it but otherwise performs decently on the eye. The “Nice Ash” Hard Candy equivalent (the sliver shade in the middle row of swatches) also has a bit of grittiness swatched as well.
I feel that both palettes are pretty blendable. You do need to build up the color on the Hard Candy dupe a bit more, so it does take more time to work with but for $8 who’s complaining!?
I always use an eyeshadow primer no matter what I’m using and I found that with the Milani Eyeshadow primer both shadows lasted nicely throughout the day.
Again, he Smokey Eye palette is not my favorite Too Faced palette. I enjoy it, and wouldn’t call it a bad palette per-say… but it is missing things (like a matte, skin-toned blending shade) that I like to use when creating a smokey eye (I like to keep my fade on point and my highlight veryyyy subtle when creating dramatic eye looks). Also, some of the shades are a bit chalky and a few have pigment identity issues…
Had I not scored this palette for $16 at Nordstrom Rack, I can honestly say I never would have purchased it. But even if you can find it for $16, I say go for the Hard Candy version. Sure, it will take more effort to build up the pigmentation but as someone who kinda sucks at black/gray smokey eyes (I like to use more neutral colors) I actually appreciate that because I’m less likely to overdo it.