Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Dainty Doll Déjà Vu!

I'm sure you all remember 'The Passions of Girls Aloud' TV series a few years back that saw Cheryl Cole learning how to street dance and Nicola Roberts traveling to Taiwan to put together her very own make up line especially for the palest of skin tones (for obvious reasons, my personal favourite in the series!)

Nicola's resulting make up line 'Dainty Doll' made a small splash, but I personally never picked anything up from the range and after a while it seemed to disappear. Well she's back!

The updated Dainty Doll line, which was previously linked to Jelly Pong Pong is now being distributed by Original Additions. The re-launch spurred a few mildly confusing news reports in August about the 'new' make up line, which is now stocked in Harrods and online at ASOS.com

Although I don't have the super-pale skin that the brand was designed for, I couldn't resist trying out a few of the newly formulated products, especially Nicola's 'favourite' Wonderbalm.


My initial thoughts on the products were that the packaging is very impressive. Lovely quality, sleek looking casing is always an important factor in my eyes. Generously sized mirrors are also a plus point.


Firstly the Wonderbalm, which from what I can understand is an '8 Hour' wannabe. Containing mango seed oil, natural plant wax, beeswax and vitamin E it claims to be perfect for lips, elbows, knees, cheekbones. It's not cheap at £20 and considering that is more expensive than the Elizabeth Arden cult classic I find it a little hard to justify the price tag.


Having said that the smell is lovely (8 hour is sometimes a tiny bit overpowering), it is less greasy and the packaging is much more convenient (though not as sanitary I must admit). Overall I really am impressed with this product. It will definitely replace the mini tube of 8 Hour Cream in my handbag, but I think it would be better priced around the £15 mark.

The second product I picked out was a Blush in the shade 'Hippy Shake' (01). This is a really unusual, super pale lilac which adds more of a sheen to the face than the traditional pigmentation you would expect from a blush. It's more akin to MAC's Beauty Powder blushes, only the formulation is much nicer.

It's super soft, and glides onto the skin beautifully. Overall a really unusual colour and I'd love to try the more traditional shades in the line as the formulation really is lovely. At £13 it's reasonably priced in comparison to other high end products too.


Overall I was very impressed with the products and I will definitely have a look over a few others next time I'm in Harrods!

Has anyone else tried out any Dainty Doll goodies? What's the verdict?

Fleur x
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13 comments

  1. great review :) i've not heard much about this company so very happy to read reviews before i buy x

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  2. I love Nicola Roberts so much!

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  3. That's great! I have olive skin, so I hope Cheryl will start her own makeup line aswell :D

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  4. I think the line looks good (i was researching it on asos a week or so ago) however, i feel like if im going to spend that price on products like that, i may aswell go for MAC as they have more choice. x

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  5. As someone with the palest of pale skin tones, it's great that a line of products like this now exist. Bit pricey for me, but if I get a chance to try out the concealers, and they impress me enough, I might just have to buy one!

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  6. Love the packaging of the Wonderbalm, the teeny mirror is v cute :) Not sure if the lilac powder would suit me though. LovelyGirlieBits

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  7. the products look lovely! That balm does seem a bit over-priced though like you said!

    xxx

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  8. Great review! I would love to try out some of her products

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  9. The blusher looks amazing.

    Defo gonna have to buy some goodies. And the blush

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  10. i got some dainty doll products in the ASOS beauty sale a couple months back, they weren't amazing, but i did like them :) x

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  11. I haven't but would love to as I'm so pale :)

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  12. I tried the old foundation and it was horrible. Supposed to be a mousse, but was just greasy and gritty.

    I find it weird that the range is aimed at pale skins and was inspired by the fact Nicola couldn't find bases and concealers, but the range on Asos is mainly blush, lipgloss and other things like mascara which can be used on most skin tones. A bit disappointing really.

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