Your girl can create a fancy hairstyle for Caroline with everything in this set, authentic to the styles of her day! It includes a hairpiece adorned with faux pearls to give her a classic updo, plus a shell-shaped comb to style her long, loose curls.
Hairpiece: B- Pros: Very exciting for those of us who are hair challenged! It looks very easy to use! Cons: Kind of strange for a doll who already has so much hair.. Also, I thought it would be a bit longer..or bigger.. I'm not sure, it just seems a little strange for some reason.
Comb: A+ Pros: Love the comb! It is plastic, but looks good for display. I LOVE that it has Caroline's initials and 1812 on it! I didn't look at it too closely before ordering it, and it was such a fun surprise! I adore those little details!
Overall: B+ Pros: I love anything they release for Caroline! I love the details on the comb. Cons: It seems a bit overpriced. I would have loved one more little thing included.
*I don't have Caroline yet (getting her on 3/3!!), so I don't have any pictures of the pieces in use yet, sorry!!*
Last Edit: Feb 23, 2014 18:58:03 GMT -5 by Skayh754
I will try to get better pictures when it is light out, but my styling set came today. I think Skayh754 did a pretty good review. But to just add thoughts as a Caroline owner...
The hair piece I found to be a bit difficult to put in. Maybe it is my inexperience with such a piece, but I found I definitely needed to put Caroline's hair up in a half pony, and then stick the hairpiece above the half pony so there is something to hold it up. I do agree that it seems a bit short, and I thought the curls would be longer.
As for the color, my set seems ever so slightly off when against my Caroline's wig. Far away, one would not notice it. However, my Caroline's wig is just slightly less yellow than the hair piece. Grant it, this may just be specific to the batch of Caroline's out there - mine I purchased during the preorder. It is also hardly noticeable, but since I was inspecting closely, I noticed it.
I am not quite sure the set is worth the price, but Caroline is one of the few historical collections I am a completist about, so I purchased it anyway (in addition to wanting to support the release of new historical items).
Edit: Pictures added. The photos don;t really capture the color difference, but it is there. Just barely noticeable.
Okay, I am going to start out by saying this set is WAY ridiculously overpriced. Even with AG's hiked prices this should still only be $12-14, tops, and I'm kind of embarrassed and a little ripped off that I bought it right away before waiting on a sale. The problem is that you just don't get much for that price, you get the one hairpiece, which is very small, and then the comb, which is similar to the sparkly hair pick. I think that at least one other piece needed to be included to justify the price, like a headband/hair scarf (the kind that Regency hairstyles used) or a hand mirror. Oh well, I guess I learned my lesson.
Anyway, now that I have it and shelled out the cash, it's kind of cute. The hairpiece is, as the others said, very small. I thought it would be more...abundant in curls. It is also tough to use, because the comb piece is made of really thick plastic (probably to be durable and prevent the teeth from breaking off), but that makes it difficult to actually catch hair in the comb. I initially tried doing a style similar to the one on the package, and I agree with Clover, you really need to use a ponytail holder in addition to help the comb grab. I actually prefer using it to make an updo, though. I just gathered Caroline's hair in a quick bun, then stuck the hairpiece down into the ponytail holder at the juncture between the bun and the head. It helped to smooth out and give a finishing touch to the overall look and it's actually really cute, it looks like the updos the older girls give Caroline in the book.
The hair on mine is also a little yellower than Caroline's hair but it isn't super noticeable, especially in the style I decided to do. I wish that the comb was white and not cream, because Caroline doesn't have any cream in her collection and has a lot of white.
You can see where the hairpiece ends and the bun begins:
The hair comb is basically just the sparkly hair pick with a different handle. You could really use it to comb Caroline's hair...but it's an awfully small pick for all that hair! As far as accuracy goes, it looks okay - I think they normally used tortoiseshell combs more often, but this looks like some kind of horn and fits the nautical theme well with the seashell design. It looks cute when the dolls are holding it.
I like that they made a hairstyling set since it was such a big deal in Caroline's books, but I think the whole thing could have been executed better, especially for the price. B-
Last Edit: May 4, 2014 15:57:07 GMT -5 by Wickfield
Post by ingeborgslilly on May 19, 2014 18:49:38 GMT -5
I think this set is great. I recommend putting Caroline's hair up in at least a half ponytail to help the comb stay in. I painted the "pearls" on the comb a little with a shimmer nail polish to make them look a little pearly but I think I'm going to repaint them with a pearl polish soon to match the shell comb. I also stuck the shell comb in her hair as an added decoration.