Hard Candy Nail Color (20th Anniversary) in Scam

Hard Candy — Scam (20th Anniversary Nail Color) Swatch & Review

Collection: Hard Candy, Summer 2015, 20th Anniversary

This week, I’m reviewing the five Hard Candy 20th Anniversary Nail Colors I recently bought. The packaging for this collection is a throwback to the old school Hard Candy polish bottles, and it was the main reason I was keen to pick them up! The five I got are Claws Up!, Coconut, Mint, Scam (all re-releases from the original polishes), and Zombie (one of three new shades).

Today’s review is for Scam, one of the five re-released shades in the collection. It’s a gorgeous jewel-toned purple shimmer with swirls of blue iridescence.

I’m not going to cover details about the bottle and brush here, since I’ve already talked about them in my first review for Coconut.

So, let’s talk about the color! Scam is a deep, rich purple with very fine cobalt blue shimmer running through it. It’s stunning! My initial feeling was that it reminded me of OPI Don’t Wine…Yukon Do It from an old Canada collection, but that’s more of a red berry with magenta shimmer.

The formula is slightly jelly-ish and on the thinner side. Two coats gives you a semi-opaque look, but I liked it more opaque and even with three coats. The jelly nature of the polish makes it difficult to get totally even coverage, but I think that look works with this polish and its blue flash.

Scam is much better than Coconut turned out to be, thankfully.

Hard Candy Nail Color (20th Anniversary) in Scam, swatch

Hard Candy Nail Color retails for US$4.00 / CA$3.98 (I don’t understand, but I’m not complaining!). However, the regular cylindrical bottles contain 0.26 fl oz / 7.8 mL, while the 20th Anniversary square bottles contain 0.46 fl oz / 13.5 mL. It is free of toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). Hard Candy is cruelty-free and made in the USA.

Hard Candy LLC is currently owned by Falic Fashion Group, a subsidiary of Duty Free Americas, Inc. (FFG purchased the company from LVMH, who had bought the company in 1999.) Hard Candy is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart.

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14 thoughts on “Hard Candy — Scam (20th Anniversary Nail Color) Swatch & Review

  1. Yeah – I’m thinking these polishes aren’t the greatest quality! I picked up Mint and Sky. I was sad that the Shimmer is Sky only showed up in the bottle and not on my nails! Boo! Mint is a super pretty colour though. Glad they were only $4. Lol! Great review!

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