Being extremely pale makes it very difficult to find foundations that match my skin tone. Most high street/drugstore brands produce an "ivory" or equivalent shade but they are often too dark or orange for my skin. This caused me to start looking at high end foundations for a better match. Even with the bigger range of colours in most high end ranges, I still struggle to find a match.
My favourite foundation formula of all time is MAC Studio Fix Fluid as it provides flawless coverage but NC15 is too dark. I have still worn this on nights out but I feel a bit self conscious as I don't want to look like I've been tangoed.
Dainty Doll is a range created by Nicola Roberts from Girls Aloud, famous for her porcelain skin and red locks. I'd often thought about trying the foundation but it wasn't until I saw it for a third off in Boots the other week that I decided to take the plunge.
There are four shades of liquid foundation and I went for 001 Very Light, despite it looking a bit too light in the shop. The next shade down, 002 Light looked a bit too yellow. As all of the range was on offer, I also picked up a concealer in the lightest shade 001 Abracadabra.
I thought I'd write this post to let you know my thoughts on these products as a few people told me they were interested in trying Dainty Doll products.
|Hand swatch of Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation in 001 Very Light|
The foundation at regular price costs £22.00 which is pretty expensive considering you can get my MAC favourite for slightly cheaper but since it's hard to find these pale shades I decided it was worth it at the time.
|Dainty Doll Liquid Foundation in 001 Very Light, blended into my arm|
Unfortunately I think the lightest shade is slightly too light for my skin. I don't think I've ever used that sentence before! To get around this, I've been mixing it with my MAC foundation to get the perfect fit. This has meant that neither of the products get wasted. Brilliant! However, I decided to give the foundation a proper try on it's own and I was rather disappointed. My skin is dehydrated and this seemed to be quite drying and really highlighted dry patches on my face. The packaging states this has a satin finish but I think it's more of a matte finish. I don't think the coverage is that great either. To use this up, I will continue to mix it with my MAC foundation so I can get a paler version of my full coverage favourite but I wouldn't recommend this at all.
On to some more bad news... I don't think the concealer isn't very good either. I should have known really as every time I buy a concealer in compact form it's too cakey. The packaging on this stated it was a creamy concealer suitable for covering up dark circles. As I'm always looking for an under eye concealer I snapped this up. Again, this is too light for my skin so it looks like reverse panda eyes and it seems to turn to a powder finish on contact with the skin so it's too hard to blend in. I may give this a go on blemishes so it's not totally wasted or see if I can mix it with another product.
|Hand swatch of Dainty Doll Concealer in 001 Abracadabra|
From my impressions of these products, I feel that the whole Dainty Doll range is way overpriced. The quality just isn't as high as other brands such as MAC so I don't think they should be charging the same kind of prices. It's a shame as their lipsticks and blushers looked really nice and would be suitable for all skin tones but I'm put off trying them now!
Please let me know if you have tried Dainty Doll products as I'd love to hear your experiences, good or bad :)