Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Doll Review: Barbie Fashionistas curvy "Chambray Chic"

Hello everyone!

Today it's time for another doll review: Barbie Fashionistas doll number 22 Chambray Chic. Originally, I didn't plan to review this doll, but because I have a little custom project for her in mind, I wanted to share some pics of the before with you.

Chambray Chic was introduced in the 2016 Barbie Fashionistas line and is in the new curvy body. I have already reviewed two dolls with that body type: Sweetheart Stripes and Spring into Style.



Her box looks exactly the same as the other ones, and this doll in particular has hearts as a pattern.



While unboxing her, I found this stain. This is going to be great.... 


And here she is out of the box.



She has this new headmold introduced in the curvy dolls, the same that Spring into Style had. I don't know if this headmold has an official name, but people seem to call it "Karl Playline". She also has baby blue eyes and blond hair, which really reminds me of Barbie.


Considering the stain that I saw, her hair isn't as bad as I expected. It doesn't look very well cut, but maybe they were just trying to give her an irregular hair cut. However, I don't really care about her hair, as I'm planning to re-style it.


Her dress top has a printed denim vest and her skirt is yellow. I really like the printed vest idea, but her outfit in general feels cheap. She also wears a pink belt that could use a repaint.


She wears black flat Mary Jane shoes. I think that Curvy dolls have slightly bigger feet than the Original Barbies, but I also think that this type of shoes make her feet look bigger.


Overall, I feel that this doll is quite dull considering the designs of other Fashionistas. Don't get me wrong, she's nice, but really nothing speciall and she's doesn't look much different from Barbie.  However, the dullness (is that even a word?) of this doll could be something good, as it's a great chance to try some customizing project to spice her up. Also, this dolls are really unexpensive, so if I mess it up, it won't be a big deal.




Speaking of the customizing plans, I'm thinking of dying her hair. I've seen some videos with different techniques, but I haven't really made up my mind in which technique will work better. Also, I haven't decided what to do. First I thought of giving her some pastel tone strikes on her hair, mainly lavender and teal, but then I thought I would prefer to give her an ombre look using dark blonde or light brunette colors. The ombre would be a more natural look and will match other outftis, but the pastel tones could be so much fun. What do you think?


 I know I always ask for name suggestions for my dolls, but for this one I have already chosen Michelle. Do you think it suits her?

So  what do you guys think of her? Have you her in your collection?

M.C. 

12 comments:

  1. One of my doll buddies used this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PviDOIBKh1s
    She really liked the result, but said it's very messy (the face and everything else needs to be covered super carefully) and it stained some after drying. Maybe it depends on the exact products used. I'm fed up with blonde, blue-eyed tanned white dolls so I won't be getting this one for sure, but I'd like to see your customization project.

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    1. Hello Black Kitty! I agree with you, variety in dolls is much more interesting than this. Also, she doesn't bring anything different to the table, like amazing style or a edgy haircut. However, I see her dull appearance as a chance to get into customizing.

      I've been considering using fabric markers or those fabric puffy paints like Tulip (also Pebeo has some) and apply the paint with a brush. I didn't know the technique shown in the video, but it's interesting, thanks for sharing it!

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    2. I've heard fabric markers work, but we don't have them here. Whatever you decide, don't try regular permanent markers! You'd be only asking for trouble.

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    3. I've seen a few tutorials with fabric markers and it seems to work well. I sell fabric markers where I work, but I just don't have the shade that I want... I'll have to find it somewhere else!

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    4. This is the same curvy Barbie that I have. You're right that she's not a very exciting doll on her own, but I bought her as a way of showing support for the new body. I don't remember seeing a lot of people dye doll hair, so I'll be interested to see what you end up doing, and how it turns out.

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    5. Hello Barb! I also buy the new fashionistas to show support to the new bodies despite they're not articulated. Probably if this doll had been in the original body, I wouldn't have even paid attention.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I actually like her face a lot! She kinda reminds me of Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde. I'm more partial to dolls who don't show teeth and her little pout is perfect. I could see her with ombre hair that ends up being blue on the bottom. I think a little wave or curl in her hair would suit her face too.

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    1. Hello Muff. Her face is actually nice, but the combination of light blonde hair, baby blue eyes and fair skin, mixed with not a very interesting style make her not a dull doll. However, it's a fantastic chance to try to spice her up.

      I want to give her wavy hair, I do think aswell that it will suit her.

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  3. I have this one as well and she's cute. My little daughter LOVES her and always wants to play with her. She calls her "Eve". :) I think with some outfit changes, she would look better. I can't wait to see your customization of her!

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    1. Hello Farrah Lily! Yes, probably a new outfit could make her look better. The doll is cute, I'm glad your daughter likes her and Eve is another name that suits her.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Ombre would be totally cool! But I know nothing about dying doll hair. Hope it goes well, as I agree she'd benefit from some tinkering.

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    1. Hello Smaller Places! I haven't done it before, so it would be a little bit "hit or miss".
      Thanks for stopping by and sorry it took me so long to answer your comment.

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