Beauty Find of the Week: Hard Candy All Matte Up Lip Stain

I wanted to bring back a series I did on here a few years ago, where I share a beauty item I love that's under $10 (usually around $5). I'm kicking off my Beauty Find of the Week with a matte lip crayon. Wait! Before you write off the matte lip, let's see why Hard Candy All Matte Up is my pick of the week:

Hard Candy All Matte Up Hydrating Lip Stain in Berry Matte
  • $5
  • Walmart--Not near a Walmart? ORDER ONLINE :)
  • 5 shades
  • unscented

Why I Like It:

I think I've tried just about every lip crayon that exists--most of them are glossy, but this version is matte. I had tried the HC glossy version and really didn't like it, but decided to give this one a chance. I'm so glad I did.

It's unscented and is a creamy matte. It's not drying at all. It's easy to apply--use the crayon or place some on your finger and pat onto lips for a flush of color. It lasts long as well. Plus, it's retractable! No need to sharpen!

I'm wearing the shade Berry Matte. I also love the shade Mattely in Love.

How does this compare to Revlon or Wet N Wild?
  • Revlon is mint-scented, so I thought those of you who don't care for that might like this.
  • The newly repackaged WNW lip crayon is another fave of mine, but that one doesn't last as long as the HC.
  • HC reminds me a little of the Maybelline matte lipsticks that I love. Maybelline has something similar to a matte lip crayon with a blurring tip that I didn't care for and the liner kept breaking on me. I did like the formula though.

Have you tried this before?

Extra Elle:
  • Finally feeling like a legit blogger because I read 3 books on my Cancun trip: Just Kids, Husband's Secret, Big Little Lies. Liked 'em all. 


  1. It's a really pretty color!! Sadly we don't have a walmart near by but I loved hard candy when I was younger! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. Love this color on you! I used to love Hard Candy products. If I had a Walmart near me I'd totally check it out! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  3. I just finished The Husband's Secret and I read Big Little Lies awhile ago. Great books and always a weird twist in them! :) I like that this not drying at all... that is what I don't like about some lip stains!


  4. Love this color!

    Paula- www.livingpaula.com

  5. I love the ease of a lip crayon! I don't think I've ever used Hard Candy products. That shade is so pretty! I loved The Husband's Secret!

    Doused In Pink

  6. Loving that product photo! And it's a very pretty shade. Too bad there's only 5 to choose from though.

  7. I am obsessed with finding truly non-drying matte colors - I'll have to try this one!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  8. Thanks for your review. I love the color! I'm sold for $5. :)


  9. What a fun series! I love this color on you, and what a deal!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

  10. You got me hooked on lip crayons so I need to try this! Love the pink for summer too!

  11. How fun. I usually don't do matte because it's drying, but I'll have to check this out. Thanks for sharing!


    Whitney & Blaire

    Peaches In A Pod

  12. Such a pretty color on you! Hard Candy brings back so much nostalgia <3
    Green Fashionista

  13. I bet I could pull this one off with the hubs since he hates lipstick. It looks more of a natural lip color. I've gotta check it out

  14. Oh girl, thanks for sharing! I have been on the hunt for a good lip stain for the summer and this looks like a winner!! I can't wait to grab it next time I'm at the store and try it out!!!! :)

  15. Such a pretty color! I need to check out more hard candy products, my Walmart has a good selection of them!
    So awesome you read so many books on vacation! I've heard the husband secret is a good one!

  16. What a great + cheap find! Love the color and that it's retractable!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. Pretty color! I love berry shades because they make your teeth look whiter :)

  18. The Husband's Secret and Big Little Lies are two of my favorites!!! I love Moriarty!!! This color is gorgeous on you! I was just looking at these at Walmart and clearly I need to go get one!

  19. I've never tried this one before, but I'm all about matte lips lately. The Revlon lip stains are my favorite!


  20. OHH I love all lip stains, and this one looks lovely on your skin! The Husband's secret is such a great book, yay for getting lots of books read!
    An Unblurred Lady

  21. This is a great alternative to the Revlon ones!

  22. I love matte finish the colour is so gorgeous!!

    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Yorker

  23. This shade is fantastic on you, Elle:) I'll check this out when I go to our local Walmart. I've always been curious about HC lip products and good to know this one's great!

  24. You really can't beat that price, and that's awesome that it's not drying matte either! That always seems to be my problem with matte lipsticks!

  25. This is such a lovely color! So fresh and fun. I definitely love the matte look too! I use 100 Percent Pure and Honest Beauty for most of my makeup. I try to keep it eco whenever possible! XO - Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  26. Woohoo, I'm so glad you read and liked those books on your vacation! Both of the Liane Moriarty ones I want to read. I don't usually like matte lipstick because of the drying factor, but I may have to try this one.

  27. You had me at unscented and creamy matte! The $5 price tag is very budget friendly as well.

  28. Yeah I am not sure about the matte lip, but if you are going to do it, then it needs to be in a color like this for sure.

    Allie of

  29. Wow you did a lot of reading! I love the color and it looks lovely on you!

  30. The color looks so pretty on you and oh my your blue eyes! So gorgeous! Glad you got some good reading done! I am stocking my kindle for my trips later in the month, hope I can get similar things done!

  31. Obsessed with the color!

    God bless,

    XO, Claire


  32. I have a few matte lip stains and I quite like them! Love the colour of this one, but don't think it's available on the UK. :( xxxx

    ♥ Carly Susanne ~ A Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  33. What a great find! I swear you are doing the Lord's work for those of us who just want to find a fun new lipstick next time we are running errands!

    The Adored Life

  34. I just saw these for the first time at my Walmart the other day. I was wondering if they were good or not to see if I should go back and get one. Liane Moriarty is an awesome author, love her books.

  35. Oooo, I like that Maybelline lipstick that you're talking about, the formula is amazing but you're right, the blurring tip is unnecessary. I'll need to check this lip crayon from HC out.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  36. Well I know for a fact I'll be picking one of these up next time I go to Walmart! I love Hard Candy and comfortable matte isn't something you hear a lot of!

  37. I love Hard Candy lip products! They really do last a long time!

  38. This lipstick pencil seems to ve very good! First of all, $5, wow! Retractable, no need to sharpen it and creamy matter, not drying, plus a long lasting power - I want it now, in the 5 shades! Well, at least this one that you showed now, that is very beautiful!

  39. I've never tried any Hard Candy products, but it sounds like I need too. I love the Maybelline matte lipsticks so I think I'd love these. That shade is really pretty too!

  40. Love that color on you!! And at $5? What a steal!!

  41. Thanks for this review! I love lip crayons, so now I have a new one to try! That's a great color, and I love the price!


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