Hard Candy Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 Review and Swatches

Like every other beauty addict, I am always on the hunt for the one product that will make my skin look flawless in the easiest, quickest way and recently, I discovered a gem at my local Wal-mart to achieve just that – Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer SPF15 from Hard Candy!

The Sheer Envy tinted moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion. Active ingredients include Octinoxate (6%), a common ingredient used to block out UV-B rays and Octisalate (4%), for further UV-B protection.

The tinted moisturizer comes in a squeezable tube with a super cute design that reminds me of the Kate Von D line at Sephora. The tube may only carry 1.6oz of product but you actually get quite a lot.

There are 5 colors available – Fair, Light, Medium, Tan and Deep – and my NC30 skin falls between Medium and Tan. Although Medium looks like a closer match, it has more pink undertones so I ended up getting Tab, which is slightly darker but more neutral.

Below is a picture of the color Tan applied onto the back of my hand prior and after blending:

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer in Tan

Texture-wise, the Sheer Envy is very creamy and goes on smoothly and blends easily. It also feels very moisturizing without being too heavy and dries instantly to a satin finish. The coverage is not at all sheer as the name suggests and it only takes a dime size to even out my whole face. The result is a natural, glowy look. Since Tan is slightly darker than my original skin tone, it really warms up my skin in a healthy kind of way.

The Sheer Envy also wears very well without fading – even without setting with powder. I have worn this for over 2 weeks now and it has not clogged my pores or caused any breakouts either. The SPF 15 also means double protection which is a plus (remember to never rely solely on makeup for sun protection!)

The only thing I am unsure is the texture. While I am pretty sure the product I got is good, it seems to have separated a little after a week or two. Now the tinted moisturizer comes out either runny or clumpy and I have to shake really well before use.

Another concern I have is the lack of oil-controlling properties. Even on my dehydrated combination skin, my nose tends to get a bit of shine after 7-8 hours. If you have oily skin, you will most likely find it too greasy unless you use a mattifying product underneath (speaking of which, MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone is perfect for this!)

Overall, this is a great, easy-to-use tinted moisturizer for those lazy days when you want a bit of coverage but don’t want to bother with foundation. I highly recommend it for those with normal to dry skin. Plus it only retails $8 – how can you beat that? Thank you Hard Candy for making such an awesome product!

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The Hard Candy Sheer Envy Tinted Moisturizer is now available at your local Wal-mart for $8.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I bought mine in a Canadian Walmart. Check again. I have oily skin and I find it works great on my skin too. I love this stuff.

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