Dainty Doll Powder Foundation Review: Doesn’t Do What It Says On The Tin


Its Dainty Doll time again and I’m back with another review from the one of my favourite beauty ranges, specially catered for us pasty faced folk. You’ve heard be me rave about the fantastic liquid foundation and now I’m all about the face again as I recently gave the Loose Mineral Powder Foundation a whirl. I was chatting about this one over on Beaut.ie a while ago, but thought I’d post it here as well in case some missed it.

Girl’s Aloud’s Nicola Roberts has made a huge success of the range; beauty magazines,  websites and blogs across the land have praised the line, which encourages ladies to embrace their paler sides. While I love almost the entire range, it was the Loose Mineral Powder Foundation that fell short for me.

So, I’m sad to say that this is my least favourite product from the line. I had a lot of issues with it and was disappointed that I didn’t adore it as with the other products. For a product that’s supposed to be a foundation, it just doesn’t do the job. You have to work for masses of time to get any sort of coverage and even at that, it doesn’t cover well. You get far too little of the powder for the price you pay  (I paid £25/€27 for mine), and given the amount you would need if you wanted decent coverage, I reckon half the bottle would be used up in a couple of goes. The effect leaves you looking like you’re hardly wearing any foundation at all, which is grand if you’ve perfect skin to start with, but if you have problem skin (as I so often do),  it won’t work for you.


It’s really more of a light powder, and it’s great for correcting small things like the dreaded oily t-zone, but really not worth it just for this. Plus, I found if I applied too much in an attempt to get the full coverage I wanted, it clung to any dry patches I was prone to, which trust me, was not a good look. So it’s fairly safe to say that  if you’ve overly dry skin, you won’t want to lash this one on by the bucketload.

I don’t want to sound too much like a negative moany guts, so on a positive note I do love the pale colour (this one, like the liquid, also comes in four different shades of pale), the extra light shade blends seamlessly into my skin and the brush/bottle applicator that it comes in, does work well when applying. And again, the funky packaging is just fab.

But are these facts enough to justify forking out your hard earned pennies? I honestly don’t think so. If you’re looking for absolutely minimal coverage then maybe, but even then that’s pushing it. It just doesn’t do what a foundation should for the price. Save your pennies ladies, and go for the liquid foundation, or another mineral that will do the job far better. The range has be sparse enough lately and not as easy to get online as it usually is, but if you do want to give it a go, Littlewoods.ie and Amazon UK stock this and other products from the range, as does Ebay.


Are you a mineral foundation fan? Would you be tempted to give this a try regardless or do you know of a better alternative? Let me know in the comments section!