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I REALLY wanted to love this foundation but sadly it's not for me. I'm surprised people can use this as a full face foundation as it takes a while to get used to.
I'm used to liquid foundations that sink into the skin and can be spread easily. This comes in a little pot and is quite hard on first receipt. It's VERY thick, almost like a paste. I found it helped if you warmed it up a little. Once you smooth some on your skin it doesn't travel far and sits on top rather than sinking in. Nicola always looks so dewy but this just serves to even out your skin tone, it doesn't have any light reflecting properties.
It also comes in a very small post for £12, with no applicator sadly. This is great for people who are looking for the lighter shade but must be wary that it just leaves skin as a base rather than brightening. I sadly don't use it, but would be inclined to try more Dainty Doll products if they came at a lower price.
Being a Girls Aloud fan, and someone in possession of ghostly white Celtic skin I was thrilled when I watched the TV show "Passions Of Girls Aloud" and saw Nicola Roberts planning her own make-up line aimed at people with pale skin like herself.
As soon as it was in stock I ordered the concealer, an eyeshadow, a lipgloss, both blushes and two of the foundations in Ivory and Porcelain. The other shade is White, and it is just that, white! I have since been informed that the White one is useful for adding to existing darker foundations to make them lighter, and as any pale girl will tell you, there are always a few 01 "pale" foundations that managed to tango her sitting unused in a drawer somewhere, so it could definitely come in handy!
The pot itself is a little smaller than I expected, but the formulation of the foundation is thick, a little goes a long way, and the coverage is excellent which is a relief as very pale skin tends to be rosacea prone!
I used the Ivory one in Winter and I am now segueing into the Porcelain one as the weather starts to improve. The Ivory shade is pink toned which is quite unusual for a foundation these days, the beauty industry seems to have decided we all have yellow toned skin, but the pinky tone adds warmth to pale skin I feel.
The Porcelain shade is possibly a little lighter than the average 01 shade.
Dainty Doll foundation is a real find for the pale and interesting girl!
As a girl of irish heritage with the typical deathly pale skin to match, this foundation is a lifesaver; while most foundation is usually too orange for me this stuff suits my skintone perfectly. It comes in three colours: porcelain, ivory, and pure white for the palest of skintones. While porcelain is still quite orange, ivory is a perfect match for my skin and the pure white fondation is great for blending and adding highlights to certain areas of the face. It's a particularly nice foundation, because while it's light enough to match pale skin it gives a healthy glow as opposed to making the wearer seem pallid, a problem I previously had when I bought other specially formulated pale foundations. The only problem I would find with this product is that sometimes it doesn't neccessarily give good coverage of blemishes and spots. Aside from that, though, would definately recommend!
Not all foundations are created equal - especially when it comes to pale skin. When looking for a foundation I immediately plump for the lightest shade available yet often even the lightest of shades leaves an orange residue on my porcelain skin. I had found three foundations which were a near perfect match to my skin tone these being Bare Escentuals, MAC and Max Factor. However as incredible as these foundations are, I am still a beauty junkie at heart so when I heard that Nicola Roberts of Girls Aloud fame had launched a make up range especially formulated for pale skin I couldn't wait to try it out.
The Dainty Doll range is available from ASOS.com where the foundation retails at £11.75 which is a reasonable price considering that you are buying a specialised product. The collection is a limited edition but as I have gathered from internet sources it will be available as long as people are buying it! The foundation comes in three shades - white (the lightest shade), ivory (medium) and porcelain (darkest). I bought the ivory shade as the white was so white it is only suitable for ghosts and the porcelain appeared a little bit too pink.
The Packaging & Price
The make up range is called Dainty Doll (made by Nicola Roberts for make up brand Jelly Pong Pong) and it comes in a tiny black box with a beautiful arty representation of Nicola. The product itself is contained in a little pot (about the size as a pot of lip balm) with "dainty doll" in swirly gold writing. The style is fantastically whimsical and you feel ever so special when you open the pot up and apply the product. Due to its size it will fit neatly into any make up bag and is perfect to put in your clutch when your out on the town.
When I opened the tiny black cardboard box I found an even tinier black pot with supposedly £11.75 worth of foundation inside it. When staring at the tiny amount of product in your possession it is hard not to feel a little ripped off. The consistency is much like that of Maybelines "Dream Matt Mousse" but
a little bit thicker. It feels velvety smooth to the skin, though to make it merge with my skin tone you need to rub it in rather a lot as its just a tad too pale for my skin (I never thought I would have that trouble!). You need a lot of product to get full coverage and even then the coverage is very patchy and doesn't stay. It doesn't cover redness at all although once applied it makes the skins surface very smooth unlike anything I have ever used! I also tested it in the cold Scottish climate and after a few blasts of icy wind whatever coverage it did have has disappeared.
I really wanted to fall in love with this product, I had heard so many good things about it yet it failed to deliver on coverage which is the prime aim of a foundation. Where it does manage to provide coverage it soon wears off and is probably not a good choice for oily skin as it tends to slide around the face. I will not be buying this foundation again. If however you do have pale skin and even after this review you are determined to try this product then I would recommend purchasing the concealer so that you may still have a chance to gain some kind of coverage. Also take note that the shades themselves are very pale (ivory was too pale for even my pale skin!) and if I had my time again I would opt for the porcelain shade.
I'm glad that I am getting to review this product as it has been a total lifesaver to me. I started using it about two months ago now and I definately reccomend it for any gals with super pale skin like mine!
Now as you know, theres a curse that comes with really pale skin and thats rosiness or red cheeks, it seems to show up especially rouge on such a pale canvas! Up until a couple of months ago every time i bought a foundation I'd try a different one as I'd never found anything pale enough, I even bought a MAC foundation which the make up artist type gal tried on me and said it was perfect for my skin but nope it wasn't!
So I was shopping on ASOS.com and thought I'd give it a whirl, as far as I'm aware this is the easiest place to get the dainty doll foundation from. It cost £12 which is a little pricey and when it came I actually gasped at how small the box was, and once again when I opened the small box and found an even smaller pot standing on a little step that filled half of the small outer packaging box! "oh well" I thought, I had alreayd bought it so I'd give it a try!
So, the product itself then, well yes it is in the teeniest tiniest little pot but it's good stuff, it blocks out all the redness on my face and so it's got good coverage and is a really nice pale shade, I have the "ivory" but I'm intreagued for someone to review the "white" shade and tell me exactly how pale it is! It's got a lovely velvety feel on the skin and sets really nicely with just a bit of powder over the top (I use collection 2000, i think the shade is also called ivory!)
I've tested this product to the limits, as everyday wear it is fine and stays put all day, nights out it behaves really well too. I even tested it out last night at a particularly sweaty hot club and thought it must have slid off my face for sure but upon checking it seemed to still be staying put and didn't cake at all.
This product is great,
and you can take that statement to the bank haha!