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When it comes to the make up that use I think I'm pretty brand loyal really of late. For daytime use I tend to use Boots Natural Collection make up because the range is cheap and cheerful, do the job and the range consists of pretty light colours that are suitable for me. Then the majority of my make up is Max Factor which of course I sometimes where of a day, usually for night and that is the most expensive more considered purchases of what I own in my make up kit. I appreciate quality, am not particularly in the market at 39 years of age for on trend colours and appreciate good quality make up that has longevity to it. There was a time you'd look at my make up collection and think wow there's a lot there now though I tend to stick with things that I know will suit me so its not to say I wont deviate if something catches my eye from time to time. This is exactly what happened with this range of products. It was some time ago now I was looking on Amazon.co.uk for a red lippy that would suit my pale complexion. I had ran out of my favourite and somewhat old red lipstick I had stuck to for a long time from Max Factor and when looking through that range I spotted nothing that grabbed my attention so when I typed in red lipstick in the search bar of Amazon this range popped up. I deliberated over it for ages, it was cheap but made by a z list celeb (in my book) but in the end because of the shade of it and the promise that it suited pale skinned girls like me I opted to try it. I've never looked back since that first purchase and now own quite a lot of Dainty Doll by Nicola Roberts offerings. My latest choice of product from the range is this concealer. I've had more great products that suited me from this range than disappointments of late and at only £3.99 including postage and packaging from Amazon from this it seemed worth a punt to me! The Packaging: All of this range comes in black, cute boxes where we get told what the product is and who it is by on the front of it plus a little cartoon picture of a girl on the front of it with a shock of red hair then on the back of it we are told a little bit about the product and the ingredients used within it and contact details for the manufacturer are given. Its nice enough packaging this and inside of that of course you get the compact. Using It: You can use this of course as you wish, on its own and directly onto the skin or you blend it or over or under your foundation and other bits and bobs. The compact is black plastic one with a real round mirror to the top of the lid. There is no applicator provided however I have my own make up face brush and cosmetic sponge to use so that isn't a problem for me at all and its very easy to open and close. This concealer is available to purchase in four shades at the moment, Hot Pour (the colour that I am reviewing) is deemed to be a medium shade. Personally I dab this under my eyes to help to conceal dark circles and over any spots that I have and I do this over my make up primer or moisturiser (or both) and before I used foundation and pressed powder usually. Like I have mentioned this is a creamy formula so that means that this is a smooth consistency sort of damp cream. It isn't greasy but comes out of the compact easily and then I smooth it on gently. This sinks into the skin with real ease and with no fuss at all and I can see instantly that it brightens and lightens the areas that I have applied it to. I was slightly concerned that this may be too dark for my skin tone being a medium shade but it actually is quite light which was good news for me and then I crack on to applying the rest of my make up! Verdict: I am really, really pleased with this concealer because it does what it promises. It contains shea butter, vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe and combat any redness that my skin has and even though I apply a ton of make up over it, it stays put well till I remove it. I have quite bad, dark patches under my eyes sometimes due to a noisy neighbour and a lack of sleep and the odd terrible spot and this really does stop them looking so bad. I'm not saying for a minute that this is a miracle cure when it comes to spots mind you as on me you can still see them if they are really angry but they do appear less so and the dark patches really do look lighter and for ages too. This for me is a great buy. You get a lot of product for your money and a little goes a long way and when I want it removed it simply takes my usual make up removing routine to do so and so for me this gets a huge thumbs up! Google if interested. This can be purchased from Daintydoll.com or from Amazon.com. This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Being a) pretty pale and b) a huge Nicola Roberts fan, I was really excited to try out items from her Dainty Doll make-up range, specially aimed at people with pale skin who struggle to find make-up the right shade for them. I bought this concealer in Very light 001, the palest shade and for once it was actually a little bit too pale for me. The packaging is good quality, a small round compact with a matte finish and containing a mirror, which is a nice touch. Unfortunately the concealer itself isn't brilliant. The product is a solid which needs warming up with the heat from your fingers to soften it into a cream to allow application. It stays really thick and is quite difficult to apply with a brush. It also has a strange, slightly (fine) gritty texture. It is long-wearing, and as a concealer for blemishes I'm sure it would be great. Unfortunately I wanted to use it as a concealer for under-eye circles and this is where it really fell down. It creases like mad! It also transfers really easily if you touch it so you have to keep your hands away from your face. For the RRP of around £14 I'd say it's really not worth the price, but if you're very pale and want a blemish concealer that matches your skin tone, it might be worth a go.
I am blessed with milky white skin, which I am very proud of! However, it can sometime be a battle to find concealers not only to match my skin, but to also hide my horrid under eye circles. Dainty Doll is a product range from Girls Aloud member, Nicola Roberts. It is exclusively for pale skin. I heard about Dainty Doll cosmetics a few years ago when it first came out, but was only available online and from Harrods. I searched for it on the internet - but it had either sold out or was going for insane prices on eBay. Luckily - Nicola Roberts has noticed the demand for her range of make-up, and now has Dainty Doll in selected Boots stores! The product itself comes in a compact. It contains a mirror and the product itself. All of Dainty Dolls' items come in an individual box - which I love because it means people can't test them without opening all the packaging. DD's mascot looks a look like Nicola Roberts herself, in tiny doll form, which is a great brand identity. The concealer feels slightly gritty - I apply it with my ring finger to any blemishes but mainly to my under-eye circles. And I must say it covers them well. It also has ingredients to help diminish spots, and calm the redness. I had to match myself to the right colour, as it is not from a beauty counter, one thing I would like them to do in the future. I would also like to see a wider range of items, such as a liquid foundation. At the moment they only do the power mineral foundation. For the price of these products, I think these are two things the company need to consider. I paid £14 for this item in Boots, and the mineral foundation comes in at £19 - £20 for almost dust...not convinced! The concealer is long lasting. I've had it just over a month now, and it barely looks used. It does have good coverage, however I have noticed it comes off quite easily. If I wipe my finger under my eye (lightly I must add), it will come off onto my finger. It ideally needs to be applied twice a day for perfect coverage and a fresh look. Something I'm not too happy about, seeing as the price I paid for basic concealer by a brand that is still very premature. Overall, I give it 3 stars. There are flaws in the product and the brand itself before they can justify charging what they do. For example, for £6 more I could have got the leading concealer in the world! I know its purpose is not for under eyes, but it is suppose to conceal, and stay concealer for the day. Great effort for standing up for the pale girls Nicola, but there needs to be further quality controls.