Saturday, 11 May 2013

Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts

I have a very pale complexion which makes finding foundations, blushers and lipsticks that match and complement my skin tone a real pain in the behind. When I decide to try a new foundation I pretty much just go for the palest shade they stock and hope for the best. Which even then is often too orange. I know I am from Essex but I would preferably like to avoid the TOWIE look.

My skin is pale with a pink undertone and it never ever tans, just burns very easily. There are many girls of the fairer complexion who have exactly the same problem and what we needed was a makeup range made by someone who understands. And that's where Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame came to our rescue with her very own makeup range 'Dainty Doll'.

According to the Dainty Doll website... Dainty Doll is developed especially to enhance the beauty of fairer skin tones. Created using the finest quality, skin-loving formulas to help cover, perfect and care for your skin, The Dainty Doll range makes it much easier for those with paler skin tones to achieve the ideal shade every time.

I loved the name, I loved the packaging but would I love the makeup? Then I started to hear rumors that the range has been discontinued so I decided there's no time like the present to find out. Dainty Doll can still be found at selected places online and because it is being discontinued it seems to be a bit cheaper. I ordered mine from Amazon.

I had heard that Dainty Doll's Money Talks Blusher would make a good contour colour for pale skin and as I can't really make bronzer work for me this was the first item added to my basket.

The next two items were two cream blushers, Paper Roases and Orange County Girl. Then to top it off I thought I might as well give one of the lipsticks a go and opted for In His Kiss.

Paper Roases, Orange County Girl, In His Kiss, Money Talks

I can't say I have had much practice with contouring, it is a relatively new concept to me but I am trying to learn. I have had a little difficulty getting the balance right but the Dainty Doll Money Talks Blusher does seem to be a good colour for my skin tone. Luckily my sister is a little better at the contouring technique and used the Dainty Doll blusher to contour my face on my wedding day. Overall, I'm pretty happy with this purchase and I will continue to try contouring with it. Practice makes perfect right?

The cream blushers are gorgeous! I love both of the colours, Paper Roases is a simple pale pink and Orange County Girl is a peachy pink with a hint of gold. Both are quite shimmery so I am not sure I would use these everyday but for an evening look or a particularly dull skin day these will add a lovely glow.

The lipstick however, was a bit disappointing. It looks as though it should be a beautiful bright pink but it is actually very sheer with a gold shimmer. Don't get my wrong, it is very pretty and I will be using it on days when I don't fancy a bold lip but instead fancy a slight hint of colour, but it just isn't what I was expecting.

I am tempted to give the foundations a try but in this range I don't think I would actually be the lightest shade and without being able to swatch them I am hesitant to purchase one.

Overall, I am really impressed with the Dainty Doll range and if it is being discontinued it is a shame. I might have to buy some spare cream blushers just in case!


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  1. I've been dying to try this brand but the shipping is just so expensive to the U.S. Love your post!


    1. Oh I know the feeling, there are loads of US brands I would love to try but you end up paying more for postage than the actual product! Nicki x


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