Word has been flying around the blogging world recently about the amazing Dainty Doll bargains available over on Fragrance Direct. Many of the products have been vastly reduced (most being around the £2 mark!), leaving many people pondering over whether or not the company are coming to an end. Dainty Doll is the brain child of Nicola Roberts, who most of us know as the pale red head from Girls Aloud. Sick of the lack of beauty products that are aimed at us pale ladies, Nicola took it upon herself to create her own range of products that are especially for the fair-skinned market. Being very pale myself, Dainty Doll is a brand I've always been keen to try but never really seemed to get around to, so when I saw the simply ridiculous reductions on Fragrance Direct on Sunday night I filled up my basket within about ten seconds flat! Today I received a parcel filled to the brim with Dainty Doll products (I think I went slightly overboard... cherry Southern Comfort, this is your fault!) so I thought I'd share my thoughts on some of the range with you guys. I've been wanting to test out the liquid foundation from this range for a while but unfortunately it wasn't available on Fragrance Direct, however I noticed yesterday that Boots are selling Dainty Doll with a third off and I managed to pick up a foundation for free by paying with my advantage card points! So, onto the products:
Mascara and Eyeliner Duo in 001 Good Gosh (x2 - I bought one for my mum as it was her birthday!), Loose Mineral Powder in 001 Now That I've Found You, Liquid Foundation in 001 Now That I've Found You, Lipstick in 002 Saucy Sailor, Concealer in 001 Abracadabra, Eyeshadow in 002 Treat Her Like A Lady, Eyeshadow in 001 Are You Experienced, Powder Blusher in 002 My Girl, Powder Blusher in 004 You Are My Sunshine.
I've spent most of my teenage and early adult life on the search for the perfect pale foundation. I've never found a high street brand light enough for my skin and have pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I have to pay £20+ for a close colour match. This foundation retails at £22 which is fairly reasonable, although it's on offer right now for around £14 in Boots. The shade is great - it's the lightest in the range and is a touch lighter than my usual go-to's (Illamasqua Skin Base in 02 and Kat Von D in Light 42) but is still a great match for my skin. It gave me a really natural, dewy finish when applied with my Real Techniques Buffing Brush and has so far lasted me all day without going cakey or blotchy. I'm a fan!
Although I'm pretty loyal to my Collection Lasting Perfection concealer, for £1.99 down from £14.50 I couldn't resist sticking this in my basket. Again, this is the lightest shade and the colour match was excellent - definitely a closer match than my Collection concealer. The coverage is a lot heavier than I'm used to so I had to spend a long time blending it in, however once applied it's lasted really well. I'm not sure if this has knocked Collection off the top spot but I'm going to keep using it and see how it holds up.
Again, I'm really impressed with the colour match of this. I have a really hard time finding powders than don't show up orange on my skin, so I was over the moon with the shade this product. I also really like the built in retractable brush which makes this powder perfect for keeping in your handbag. However, I do think the amount of powder you get is very stingy considering the full price of this product is £19.50 (when I saw this online I was fooled into thinking the powder continues into the black section of the packaging - it doesn't!), although I only paid £2.99 for it so I can't complain too much. It's advertised as a foundation but I don't think the coverage is good enough to wear alone. I used a small amount over the top of the Dainty Doll liquid foundation and quite liked the results, but I wouldn't pay full price for this.
I bought these two neutral eyeshadows. Treat Her Like A Lady is a light silvery nude and Are You Experienced is a medium matte brown. These eyeshadows have a smooth, creamy texture, are easy to blend and have really good pigmentation. I'll definitely be getting use out of these, and for £1.99 each (from £11.50) they were amazing value for money.
This duo combines mascara with liquid eyeliner in one handy tube. I bought an extra one for my mum to make up for the fact that I was splashing out on beauty products on her birthday evening, but I'm sure she won't mind that I opened it for a quick photo! I like this mascara - it separated and lengthened my lashes really well, and while it didn't make them look as thick as I usually like, the finished look was really natural. I was slightly disappointed with the eyeliner, though. As you can see, the applicator is very long and thin which makes it difficult to apply. I had to use a steady hand and tiny strokes to avoid making a mess, and I didn't even attempt to do my usual cat eye flick as I was certain it would end in disaster. Maybe this will improve with practice, but I don't think this product is going to replace my usual eyeliner any time soon.
Saucy Sailor is a classic, 40's bright red shade that is super flattering on pale skinned ladies. It's very moisturising and creamy, has great pigment and leaves a stain on your lips even after it's faded. I love red lips so I'm really pleased with this, and at £1.99 down from £12.50 it was an absolute bargain.
Lastly, I bought two powder blushers. I think these are some of my favourites products from the range - they have a gorgeous, creamy consistency and the colours are just stunning. My Girl is a really pretty pastel pink with just the right amount of subtle shimmer running through it. It's not over the top at all and leaves your skin looking glowing and healthy. It's a perfect everyday shade as it looks really natural, and is light enough that it looks lovely on very pale skin tones without looking overdone. You Are My Sunshine is possibly my favourite product out of everything I bought - it's just so beautiful! It's a pinky peach with golden shimmery undertones, very similar to NARS Orgasm or Sleek Rose Gold. I really can't wait for the weather to sort itself out as this is going to be absolutely perfect on sunny days. Can't quite believe I managed to snag these for £1.99 each!
Swatches of all the products.
So, all together, these products cost me an whopping... £18.91 (plus postage). How amazing?! I am so impressed. At full price this little haul would have set me back over £150! Even though a few of the products didn't absolutely blow me away, I think I picked up some winners - the blushers and eyeshadows particularly impressed me, and the foundation, concealer and powder shades are definitely worth checking out if you're a fellow pale girl who has a hard time finding a match. I adore the packaging of the products - they're sophisticated, sturdy, and feel high end (they also have a really satisfying click when you close them... I think I'm impressed a little too easily). I think it's a real shame if Dainty Doll are shutting down as it can be difficult to find makeup that flatters fair skin, and they really have their shades spot on. Perhaps they're just rebranding and getting rid of old stock, or maybe that's wishful thinking on my part. Either way, I highly recommend checking them out on Fragrance Direct. Although quite a few of the products have sold out by now, there's still some bargains to get your hands on! They have some other exciting offers too - I spotted some Essie Nail Polish for £1.99 the other day and was verrry tempted to make a second order. I think I may have found a new favourite website...
Find Dainty Doll at Fragrance Direct here.