Like a crackling fireplace that creates an inviting ambience, Hard Candy Crush on Lava adds warmth to your manicure with a burst of multichrome. It mainly shifts from an orange-leaning gold to maroon, but at times, I spied a little green along the edges at certain angles.
Hard Candy Crush on Lava strikes a chord that’s in harmony with the autumnal spirit that goes hand-in-hand with the leaves changing colours.
If you’re looking for a nail polish to ignite your inner nailphile and make you long for those cool, crisp fall days, Hard Candy Crush on Lava does just the trick to fill that desire and wrap it up in a cozy blanket.
P.S. If you’re also addicted to Candy Crush like me, when you first read the name Hard Candy Crush on Lava, you probably noticed ‘Candy Crush’ first. 😉
Hard Candy Crush on Lava Pictures
Hard Candy Crush on Lava Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener – Maintenance version (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of Hard Candy Crush on Lava
- Rica Glossy Glam Top Coat
Artificial Light Photos
Natural Light Photos
- Metallic tone (Yes)
- Luxurious & vivacious lustre (Yes)
- Name: Hard Candy Crush on Lava
- Collection: Hard Candy Crush Chromes Collection
- Colours Available in the Collection: Crush on Lava, Crush on Tin, Crush on Hot Pink, Crush on Ivy, Crush on Pink, Crush on Copper, Crush on Amethyst, Crush on Caribbean, Crush on Raisin & Crush on Gold
- Amount: 7.8 mL (0.26 fl. oz.)
- Retail Price: $4.98 CAD
- Disclosure: This was provided as a press sample by PR.
- Where to Buy: Walmart stores (It was out of stock on the Walmart US website & not listed on the Walmart Canadian website.)
Hard Candy Crush on Lava Review
You’ll feel like the Girl on Fire when you paint your nails with Crush on Lava by Hard Candy because its fiery personality with maroon and orange-gold create manicures that are hot, hot, hot!
It has an autumnal vibe like the changing colours of the leaves, and as you move your fingers, the light reflects and reveals the strong duochrome. (Then, at certain angles, when you look at the edges, some green appears like a whisper, and you realize that the polish is a multichrome!)
This is one of those polishes that is so charismatic, it can distract you, so be forewarned not to operate heavy machinery while wearing it. 😉
This dense-glitter nail polish catches the light and twinkles like crazy! It’s lively like a roaring fire, and it has a seductive tone with an air of mystery.
The sparkly finish is smooth, even without a glossy top coat. It’s one of those polishes that looks exactly the same with or without a top coat. It’s mesmerizing like a rattlesnake doing the twist!
Application & Formula
Crush on Lava by Hard Candy is on the watery, thin side, but don’t let that put you off. The colour is worth the slightly extra effort!
Make sure that you don’t overload the brush, or you could accidentally flood your cuticles. (I found that it works well to apply a thin first coat.)
You’ll notice, especially if your nails are on the longer side, that the polish seems to be slightly more sheer on the tips of your nails. No problem. After painting all your nails, just dip your brush back into a little polish and revisit each nail, adding a little onto only the tips. Try to blend it in, so it looks fairly even. After waiting a few (maybe 5 minutes), apply your second coat as you normally would. (This will create a smooth appearance while helping you to avoid bald patches.)
Painting your nails with these steps in mind with this polish will give you complete opacity and will bring out the intensity of the colours.
Using this method, I only needed 2 coats to get full coverage. (Well, if you consider the step of painting just the tips, then altogether, I used 2.5 coats.)
While I love the nail polish, I’m not crazy about the bottle because it’s tall and thin. Although it hasn’t happened (yet), I can see myself accidentally knocking it over one day. (Short and wide bottles are more stable.)
Also, the wand is long, so each time you dip your brush back into the bottle, there’s a risk that you could tip it over and have a messy spill on your hands.
When I paint with these tall, cylindrical Hard Candy nail polishes, I always take extra care, and I suggest that you do, too. Better to paint slow and steady like the tortoise than to spill the polish in a hurry like the hare!
Final Verdict: 9.5/10
Yes, I have a crush on Hard Candy Crush on Lava, and things are burning up! 😉
It’s the beginning of autumn, and I’m really feeling this cozy multichrome. I give it top marks – highly recommend it!
What’s your go-to fall nail polish? Have you tried any of the Hard Candy nail lacquers? Does the tall, narrow bottle also concern you that it may accidentally tip over?