Ciate Dolls House Collection

I am a sucker for a pastel shade, especially in Spring and these Ciate Dolls House Collection shades are right up my alley. They’re fresh and light, but somehow manage to avoid the sickly-sweet pastel colour. I think it’s the fact when you look at them all together the nude and the peach keep it a bit more grown up – if it was a yellow and a pink in there I think the overall feel would change.

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It’s not the shade of these that’s the most interesting thing though, it’s the ‘porcelain’ finish. Which is technically just a nice word for a matte finish really – but I like the look of pastels with a matte finish. Again, keeps them slightly more mature and a little edgier than their glossy equivalent. That being said, I am currently wearing the lilac shade and couldn’t resist adding a slick of Seche Vite over the top (best top coat ever – FYI). I just can’t resist a touch of shine and the fast drying action… especially when I painted my nails in a hurry late on Sunday evening.

This collection does come in a pretty ‘dolls’ house’ packaging, but I didn’t include in the photos as was focussing on the products – plus I seem to be in the middle of a massive Spring clean/de-clutter phase so wanted to throw it out and just keep the cute polish pots… but it does mean this set makes for a lovely little gift.

Each polish in the set is 5ml big, so only mini compared to the usual size Ciate and the shade names are:

Dollface (nude)
Paper Doll (white)
Baby Doll (peach)
Poppet (lilac)
Sweet Pea (mint)

You can buy full size bottles of the shades for £9 each, or the full size collection (not including Paper Doll – but with a base coat) for £30.

It’s a rare collection where I can happily say I like and would wear every shade – but this is one of those, I really like all the colours in there and would wear them all. The white, paper doll would also make a fab base for neon shades in the Summer – a white base really makes the colours pop out and the matte finish creates a good foundation for the colour on top. Just keep the layers thin to avoid flaking/chipping.

Which shade is the stand out to you? I have a soft spot for Poppet…on the colour and the name…

Ciate Dolls House Collection * available from Selfridges (£18)



  1. Carys
    April 14, 2014 / 9:27 am

    Love these, also surprised at the matte finish. I like that they are miniatures so you can try all the shades. Think i might have a cheeky purchase!

  2. April 14, 2014 / 8:41 am

    Ooo I was not expecting these to be matte, lovely twist on the pastels for spring! xx

    • Jen
      April 14, 2014 / 9:14 am

      Me neither – I hadn’t realised when I first used them and was a bit surprised when it dried matte! But I do like how matte shades can be made glossy with a simple top coat. Or just left to dry as they are – much quicker than the regular polish!

  3. April 14, 2014 / 9:18 am

    Thanks for the review! I usually don’t like matte finish nail polish, but you’re right, it does look nice on pastel shades! Thanks 🙂

  4. April 14, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    Aww, I just stumbled over your blog and I’m so in love with the design and the header (gawsh, it’s too cute, did Faye Kent design it?). And as I am a nail varnish addict, I really like the Ciaté ones.. 🙂 Lovely shades, even though they’re nothing “special”. 🙂

  5. Gwenayfer
    April 15, 2014 / 11:41 am

    I love Ciaté – they always have the cutest collections! These colors are so pretty. I might breakdown and get some of them!!

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