Day three of my guest post series (while I'm on holiday) and today's contributor is Lucy from Lucyy Writes.
So over too her;
Hello! I've been given the chance to guest blog on 'Ms Red's' blog, one of the first blogs I started following! So I snapped it up. I suck at introductions, so you can find me over on my blog, here.
This week I was lucky enough to win one of the Dainty Doll giveaway's on twitter! Very surprised since I never win anything! I ended up winning two giveaway's this week! The prize arrived the next day. I was secretly hoping it would be a blusher or an eye shadow.
The post arrived, I received one dainty doll eyeshadow, in 002 Treat Her Like A Lady. For anyone who hasn't heard of Dainty Doll, it is the makeup brand created by Nicola Roberts - Girls Aloud. It's designed for those of us with pale/very pale skins! I've never tried anything from this brand, despite being the palest shade of foundation 90% of the time.
Ms Red has also posted about a few Dainty Doll products she had tried back along. So I thought this product would be appropriate with both of us having pale skin! :)
Like every product, the packaging is just as important, well it is to me, it's what you see first. The packaging of dainty doll products, I really do adore! Personally I think the box is cute! It has a cartoon 'Nicola' on the front and gold text.
The product is cased in plain black plastic with matching text to the box. Inside is a mirror, I really like this idea, it's not a cheap crappy mirror you sometimes get. And the eyeshadow has that satisfying click when closed, like most 'higher' end products. On the packaging front this has full marks! I love the simpleness and the cartoon character.
However, the product doesn't quite live up to my love of the packaging. I don't want to sound ungrateful, because I don't completely hate this product, I just think it needs some improvement for me to purchase anymore for £11 a time. I love that I got sent the 'neutral' shade, since I only really wear neutrals. And I love the colour in the pan.
Outside the pan...not so much. I've used brushes, cheap applicators and fingers, and the colour still comes out the colour of dust rather than the taupe colour in the pan....and is so hard to build up. To get any colour to really show I'm sure you'd have to pack on half of this shadow. Such a shame because as I've said, in the pan I love the shade.
For an eyeshadow that is said to be a makeup artists must have and favourite and so heavily pigmented I'm a little disappointed. This really isn't highly pigmented. I also find it annoying how a eyeshadow priced at £11 has talc as the first ingredient listed. 'Treat Her Like A Lady' is said to flatter and intensifies every one's eye colour.
How it really intensifies eye colour is beyond me as it doesn't even show up. Which is slightly worrying as these products are designed for paler skin and I'm very pale, colours are going to show up more! The eyeshadow's I've won from MUA this week are so much more pigmented in one light swatch and sell from £1.
The swatches don't really show up well in the photos I took, so I won't bother putting these on! It'd be basically just my arm. One thing they got right is it is, perfect for getting a smooth application. And how it's supposed to get rid of wrinkles is beyond me, because every plastic surgeon in the world would be out of business. Oh and soothes tired eyes and protects skin....no.
Personally if I had purchased this with my own money rather than winning it, I'd be very disappointed! The whole pigmentation is putting me off from trying any more of these eyeshadows and from trying the blushes. I'm tempted to order a blush off Look Fantastic, since they give you £5 off your first order, but I don't want to be stuck with another product that is unnoticeable.
I won't rule out this brand completely just yet, because there are a few good reviews floating around, mostly about the wonder balm and foundations. But I would rule out eyeshadows from Dainty Doll. Compared to the packaging that I'd give a 10, I'd give the actual product a 4....it does look pretty in the pan and goes on smoothly, I just wish it'd show up!
Thank you Lucy for an in-depth review of the Dainty Doll eye shadow, and if you want to read my previous Dainty Doll review just click the link.