REVIEW: Nicola Robert's Dainty Doll Foundation

It's really tough being a pale-skinned girl in a world obsessed with looking 10 times darker than your actual skin tone and tans and all being the desired look. Any pale skinned girl reading this will I'm sure have been struggling for years and years to find that perfect match. Most cosmetic companies seem to think that pale = pale yellow.....just no! It's just so frustrating and just when I'd almost given up hope, the gorgeous pale-skinned redhead Nicola Roberts created a make up brand to work for really fair skinned lovelies like herself. The quest to create this brand was documented in 'The Passions of Girls Aloud', a show that was on ITV last year (I think!).

So just how fair are these products? Well first I'll describe my skintone. My skin is the typical English rose pale. I have tons of freckles, red hair, rosy cheeks and can never be out in the sun more than 5 minutes without becoming sunburnt (SPF 50 all the way!). Needless to say, I do not tan! I have always found foundation just way too orange on my skin. I'm not as pale as Nicola, but I am paler than a MAC NW15 foundation shade. I tend to not wear much foundation anyway but I like something to cover my uneven skintone and cover any redness sometimes.

When the collection first came out I ordered 'Fair'...but it really was fair! It was the first time in my life that a concealer shade had been too light for me. I returned that product and then ordered the foundations in 'Ivory' and 'Porcelain'. It turns out that Ivory is just the perfect shade for me, I was so happy to finally have a foundation match me. If you're having a hard time understanding what shade you'd be I'd say that if you have a pinkier tone go for 'Fair' and 'Ivory'. If you're yellow toned go for 'Natural' and 'Porcelain' (for me this was the exact same shade as most cosmetic companies palest shade). The unique 'White' foundation is fantastic if you're super pale, but could be mixed with others to tone them down. The texture of the foundation is like whipped mousse, exactly like the one Maybelline do (but the lightest shade they do is pure orange!!!). Here are some quick pros and cons:

Pros:

* Good range of shades!
* Whipped mousse texture left skin silky smooth-ideal for oily complexions.
* Covered uneven skintone and redness beautifully.
* Very matte- I've read people say they had tons of glitter in theirs...I didn't get any so I have no idea where that came from!
* Good coverage-less is more so use sparingly.


Cons:

* Not very accessible- only really available online.
* Small pot for the price- I wish it was a bit bigger....it really is dainty! It cost £11.75. The concealer is £7.75...I think!
* Whipped mousse texture nice but hard to work with sometimes- I used the MAC 190 but it didn't go on as evenly as a liquid.

Overall:

So overall I do really love this product and I'm so, so happy that finally there is a range out there for pale skinned girls. It was also so weird to find something lighter than my skintone! I have heard rumours (an interview with bandmate Kimberly!) that Nicola will be expanding the range and making it more accessible. I really hope this is true! I'd love to see the brand being in Superdrugs, Boots etc (hate having to buy foundation on the internet without testing first) and for there to be liquid and powder versions rather than just mousse. Whilst I like how it works for oily areas of skin, the rest of my skin is dry and would loved it if it had been more creamy. The range is currently available from ASOs. I have a link on the right of my blog. I have included some photos for you. The one with the MAC Cream Coloured Base is just to show the size of it. The last photo is swatches of the foundations against other brands. Just look at how pale 'Ivory' is! If you find MAC's NW15 is too dark for you, then go for 'Ivory'. I would buy it again, even if the size and formulation wasn't perfect for me as the colour is just perfect and I'll never find that again. I really hope the review has helped, sorry for waffling. I highly urge all of you to check out the brand and I'm so proud of Nicola that she is happy being herself and helping so many others in the process! Thank you Nicola! If you have any questions at all then please leave them in the comments!

xoxo

10 comments:

  1. I never realized that there weren't enough pale shades of makeup out there. I'm of Asian-Indian descent, and it never seems like there's a shade to match my skin---seems to jump from pale to really dark. I guess maybe the problem is that all of the colors 'they' do make are all too similar and in too narrow a color range.

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  2. Exactly, far too many cosmetic companies make shades far too similar. There's not enough variety. Depending on where you live, B Never Too Busy To Be Beautiful has just come out with a new range of shades. I have a friend from India who fell in love with them because she finally found her perfect shade.

    xoxo

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  3. I love my fair skin and have no desire to be tan. But yes, it is very difficult to find a foundation that matches! That ivory is so light though! It would probably be a good match for my pale skin.

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  4. Good for you Little Red. Pale skin is gorgeous :). Yes I never thought Ivory would be a match but it's perfect. I can't believe how pale it looks next to the other brands palest shade!

    xoxo

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  5. I have never found a decent match in all my years for my pale skin. As you say they make me also appear uneven.It seems every where you go today the tango gangs are closing in!

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  6. I know it truly sucks gingeyginge. I personally feel the cosmetic world has a long way to go in their acceptance of different types of beauty.

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  7. I love the way you reviewed Nicolas dainty doll foundation! I have a blog aswell on www.westcoastcooler.ie would love if you checked it out.Sarah

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  8. ooo thankyou for this review, i'm really interested in testing out dainty doll they look lovely!xx

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  9. @ Sarah- thank you! I will be sure to check out your blog. Many thanks for stopping by :)

    @ DaisyBee- you're welcome! I hope you get to try it and love it.

    xoxo

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  10. Thank you so much! Maybe I will finally find a liquid foundation pale enough for me and can use something other than mineral powder.
    I do have sensitive skin, though, so do you happen to have the INCIs for this?

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