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The Dainty Doll range of cosmetics is the invention/brain child of Nicola Roberts, the former pale skinned, ginger girl from Girls Aloud. The range was launched in 2010 and aimed at pale skinned women because her, herself had, had trouble with her image whilst in the band and struggled with getting make upright due to her own skin tone.
At the time of it launchingI took no notice of the range. Not only did I not really come across it but also I'm simply not interested in the wares of celebrities (unless its Victoria Beckham perfumes which I do make an exception for!). I always think stick to what you know about Sarah Jessica Parker, Katy Perry and the likes!
However recently I noticed that my favourite red lippy by Max Factor did look a bit much on my pale face. I don't know whether I just hadn't noticed it looked so garish or that I looked more paler recently due to suffering bad health so when I got looking on Amazon.co.uk I came across Dainty Doll lipsticks in lovely red shades, bought one and was really delighted with it. I then vowed to try some more products from the range and actually bulked ordered some and one of the items I went for was this as I didn't have a navy eyeliner in my collection and I really wanted one!
As do all of the Dainty Doll products it comes in rather lovely packaging. The pencil is housed in a matt black box which is oblong and slim and there's a cartoon picture shown of a woman with a shock of ginger hair on her head and we are told in gold writing that it is Dainty Doll, Nicola Roberts and then on the other sides of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the ingredients are listed (this is not tested on animals as are none of the Dainty Doll products are) and contact details for the manufacturer are given. The pencil itself is matt black with a long matching plastic lid to it and again in small gold writing we are told that it is Dainty Doll, Nicola Roberts and we are also told that it is Eyeliner Pencil and the shade is stated (which in my case is 005) and on the back of it contact details are again given for the manufacturer and there is a colour band to the bottom so you can see at a glance what colour you are looking for (great if you have more than one of these from the range!). No size is stated on any of the packaging but what I can say is that I think this is standard size if not a bit bigger. Its a slimmish pencil and the lid fits well and is easy to remove and replace and so on.
The Pencil Itself:
This pencil is once again a fantastic product from this range. Containing Vitamin E and antioxidants this is simply a kohl pencil. It contains vegetable oil and so its moist though it isn't greasy and its so simple to apply and you don't get any drag around the eyes from this. I apply mine to all around my eye line and in my waterline (sometimes) and it is not only a fabulous rich, well pigmented colour but cos it glides on so easily it appears smooth and I am able to really add definition to my eyes with it. It doesn't agitate my eyes one bit and once on I don't find it to smudge at all as it kind of sets though I can forget its there cos it isn't heavy or anything like that. I can use this to create a smudged look but only right at the point of applying it cos like I say I don't find this to budge once applied!
Its made of great quality and smooth wood and so I can sharpen this easily with a decent pencil sharpener and all in all I love this eyeliner. I know some people may be put off by the fact that its a celebrity endorsed and made beauty product but really you shouldn't be! It doesn't scream its by Nicola Roberts on the packaging and the quality is second to none!
Once on I find this to stay on perfectly for hours and hours and when I have this on I really do get compliments so thank you Miss Roberts very much indeed! When I come to removing this that's also simple to do so with a decent cleanser and toner and I did think the first time that I used it that because it stays put so well it may be a pain to remove.......but thankfully I was wrong about that!
The rrp of these eyeliners (there are 5 shades to choose from presently) are £10.50 however these retail at about £2.00 each (including P+P on Amazon and I haven't seen them anywhere cheaper than that but do Google for a list of stockists if interested!
Fabulous and I will certainly be purchasing the other 4 shades asap!
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil - Currently £10.50 at Boots
The first thing that attracted me to this product was the long thin box that the eye pencil comes in. It has the words Dainty Doll on it with a picture of an elongated woman on it. (Think the nightmare before Christmas - but a little less nightmare like). The Pencil itself is'normal' eyeliner, in that it is like a pencil filled with soft, eyeliner.
I have it in two colours 'Proud Mary' - Black, and 'Shake your tail feather' - a turquoise, teal colour. Both of the eyeliners themselves are soft and smooth without being too waxy. Meaning they are capable of holding a nice point if you want definition, but they are soft enough to 'smoosh' for softer smoky eyes. I have had issues in the past with eyeliners being too firm, and waxy meaning that they don't seem to draw unless lots of pressure is applied, and for me this is particularly uncomfortable, so when I find a brand of eyeliners that have the wonderful consistency of this one I tend to stick to it.
The only issue with this brand of eyeliner is that my local Boots do not stock it (I quote the Boots price, as they are online and most towns have one - However my local one is tiny, but I can order it to be delivered there). If I can't wait for delivery it just means I have to go shopping in a near by city which has more choice - such a hardship!!
I personally would recommend this eyeliner to people, it is in the mid-price range and for what you pay the quality is amazing. I can be funny about eye makeup, as my eyes have been sensitive since laser eye surgery, but the only issue I have ever had with this is that it can be difficult to get when I misplace them.
Definitely a five star product.
I came across this eyeliner a few weeks ago while browsing the ASOS sale page and decided to buy one to try as I was curious if it was actually any good or not seeing as I've never tried any other cosmetics from Dainty Doll, which is the name of Nicola Robert's make-up line. The eyeliner is available from a range of shops and online retailers including Boots, Very and Amazon. It retails at £10.00, however I managed to get mine for £7.60 in the ASOS sale, which I feel is a more sensible price; £10.00 is a little overpriced for a kohl eyeliner in my opinion!
The eyeliner pencil comes in a black box which has the brand and product name written on it and there's a cartoon picture of a doll with big red hair wearing quite a sexy outfit. The box is okay, but I don't feel that it adds anything to the product - with MAC the boxes that the eyeliners and lipsticks come in are very good quality and they make the product seem that bit more special, whereas this box is pretty average. The pencil itself is long and slender and it weighs 4g. It's black with elegant golden writing on the side which says the brand and product name as well as the shade number.
There's a swatch on the end of the pencil which is handy as it makes it easy to spot in my make-up bag. The pencil's nib is protected by a plastic lid which is easy to remove and it stays on securely. The eyeliner is available in five shades - black, light brown, dark brown, teal and purple, so there's plenty of choice. I have the eyeliner in 'I'm so pretty' which is dark brown, and I really like it - it's intense with nice warm tones.
The eyeliner is described by the manufacturers as being perfect for adding strong definition to the eyes or creating a sexy smoky-eyed effect. They also state that it defines and enhances the eyes. The eyeliner is made with a range of nourishing ingredients including vitamin E, castor oil and vegetable oil and it is very soft and creamy and the finish is always nice and smooth with a very slight non-greasy tint. Although the texture is so soft, it's pretty sturdy and it doesn't give way if I apply a bit of pressure to the pencil while applying it. The pigment is flawless and it is very striking.
It is subtle enough for daytime wear with one stroke and it is buildable. It has a nice thick consistency but it doesn't feel heavy or greasy on my waterline. This is accurate enough for cat-eyes (the eyelid flick) and it stays in place. It has a very slight moisture to it which I like and unless I deliberately smudge it, it stays in place. I've found that it starts to go patchy and greyish brown towards the end of the day, resulting in unattrative panda eyes. The lasting power is good though (around 10hrs) and it is very quick and easy to remove. The pencil is easy to sharpen despite how soft and creamy the nib is.
The packaging of the whole brand is great, really noticeable and dramatic but classy. The matt black pencil itself looks sleek and professional with a tapered lid. I love that the colour is shown clearly by a coloured cap at the pencil's base but i hate that you can not put the cap on the end of the pencil, i have already broken the lid by forgetting and ramming it on in a hurry.
I like my eyeliner to be multi-purpose; smudgeable, sets well, able to use in the waterline/tightline, etc. so that i can just throw the product in my travel bag and go. This product does not make the cut, (though i will admit i have high standards in terms of eyeliner!)
I got the 'Proud Mary' black and 'Goody two shoes' brown colours. Both are lovely. The Black is pigmented and though not my best black, it does avoid that blue-black finish giving a more natural look which is perfect for the paler girl (the brand's target group). The brown is a gorgeous, warm shade and in my opinion really something special. Again it looks like it was formulated to look as natural as possible and the warm mid tone looks particularly good with my blue eyes, unlike many cool tone dark brown liners.
The pencil goes on nice and smooth, with little need to warm it up which is nice.
It smudges well so it is great for smokier looks and I suppose it does at least mean that if you make a mistake you can wipe it (not quite cleanly) away.
However, smoking the liner out does mean a reduction in pigment which is a shame as it means i have to spend some time building it up to get the best effect; getting that smoky look is not a quick and easy (even on a Monday morning) job with this pencil. Unfortunately the pencil never really sets either and i do not have oily eyelids. It moves about easily, particularly when applied under the eye which is annoying if you wanted just a touch of liner to give a natural look. I often find myself needing to clean up to a centimetre of product from under my eye with a cotton bud by the end of the day, and that is when I wear a primer.
In some ways the product, once it has warmed a little through being applied, is too smooth which makes the sliding colour hard to build up in one place; the colour spreads everywhere and it is easy to slip and draw a line in the middle of your eyelid (Not ideal, i think you will agree!). Clearly the product is not meant to give a clear line (disappointingly i have only managed to pull it off with the brown shade once in the last 4 months, and it looked sensational - before it started to slide). Also the fluidity of the pencil means you have to sharpen it quite often. The pencil can be applied to the water line/tight line but you will receive some transfer from one to the other so is not really suitable if you want an ultra clean look, e.g. heavy liner at the top and nothing beneath. (Strangely i have never had any of these problems with the, equally-as-creamy, urban decay 24/7 pencils).
The product is expensive, £10.50 at boots, for what it is and since I do not feel it is particularly good at doing its job, for me it is just not worth the money. How disappointing.
Overall, great pencil for a messy smoky eye and if you fall in love with the brown shade (like me), but not practical enough to become my go-to liner - particularly at this price.
Define, line and shine with a Dainty Doll Eyeliner Pencil / This soft kohl eyeliner is perfect for adding strong definition to eyes or creating a sexy smoky-eye effect / Dainty Doll Eyeliners contain the skin-loving ingredient vitamin E and antioxidants /