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Nicola Roberts was always my favourite member of Girls Aloud. Often overlooked in favour of media darling Cheryl and feisty Nadine, she seemed to have the most individual look with her own style. After first trying to fit in with the rest of the band's image by using fake tan, she soon started to embrace her pale look and now wears her pallor and her gorgeous red hair proudly.
I read that Nicola was inspired to create her makeup range, Dainty Doll, after getting sick of struggling to find makeup that suited her skin. She said that her makeup artist had to get white makeup imported from Japan so that she could mix it with foundation in order to match her skin tone. Though I'm not quite as pale as Nicola, I'm pale enough that I also struggle to find makeup that's light enough (and like her I refuse to use fake tan). I was excited to find Nicola's new range available on ASOS and made a couple of purchases.
One of these was the concealer in shade 001, It's A Kind of Magic. This is a liquid concealer which comes in a tube similar to Touche Eclat and similar concealers. It is designed to 'make dark circles disappear in just a click'. Like Touche Eclat you can also use it on your forehead, either side of your nose and your chin to brighten skin. The concealer contains shea butter to help condition and protect skin, as well as vitamins A and E which are rich in antioxidants.
I wasn't too impressed with the packaging for the matching mineral foundation, but was happy with the product itself, so I had high hopes for this. I love the design for this makeup range. It is black with a picture of a red-haired girl in stockings. It's stylish, modern but with a vintage twist. Inside the cardboard box, the tube is matte black and the name of the brand, Dainty Doll, is written in gold. To use the product, all you have to do is take off the lid (which is secure and never comes off by itself) and press the bottom of the tube to get the product out. Like all products of this nature, it can be difficult to judge how many clicks to use, particularly the first time. I do find this product to come out quite unevenly sometimes - you can press the button loads and all of a sudden lots of concealer comes out. Application is easy, however - you just need to stroke the brush onto the area and blend with fingertips.
This product feels cool and soothing on the skin and doesn't cause irritation. The shade is perfect, which is brilliant and highly unusual! I don't have massive dark circles, and someone who does will probably want a more heavy-duty concealer, but for me this light coverage is ideal and evens out my skin tone. The product can be used alone, over foundation and/or under powder and creates a natural look without caking. It is easily blendable. I don't normally use this product to hide spots, as it's not really designed for that, but it is able to help to hide blemishes. The concealer lasts an average length of time, about eight hours. It's ideal for a day at work, but I might reapply if I'm going out in the evening.
The concealer is priced at £12.50, which is cheaper than Touche Eclat but more expensive than similar products from L'Oreal and my favourite, Collection 2000. For someone with incredibly pale skin, it's ideal but personally I can find I can get away with a slightly darker concealer under my eyes, so I don't know if I can justify spending this amount of money for a concealer when the Collection 2000 one does a good job for less than half the price.
Dainty Doll products are no longer available on ASOS, but I've just noticed that they are now available from the Boots website. This concealer is priced at £12.50.
This product was made in the UK and the label states 'not tested on animals'.