I am totally digging on Cécile. I was so hoping she would have the Sonali mold, mostly because I already have a hazel-eyed #26 and I would have had a hard time justifying the purchase if Cécile was another Addy mold. Instead, she is her own sweet self:
Cécile has warm chocolate brown skin. She is noticeably darker than my #26, which is currently my only other doll of color. Her hair comes in sausage curls, vs. the tighter ringlets of #26. I found them to be somewhat "crunchy" or crisp in texture, which may change over time. They were beautiful right out of the box and I have not styled her hair yet. There are definitely some reddish highlights.
Cécile also has pin-curls right at the hairline in front. Six in all, three on each side, just exactly like my #21. These were a little frizzy but fell right into shape with a spritz of water and a finger-curl.
The camera wants to bring out the green but in real life they're more subtle hazel, not neon at all.
Her meet dress is very nice. It's made from a silky-feeling synthetic material with some sheen to it. It seems like it has the potential to snag. The short puffed sleeves have elastic to go over her hands and are fully lined, which is a nice touch.
Her meet shoes are black matte-finish pleather with brass-finish "buttons" on the faux side placket. The shoes close in the back with velcro. Her socks seem like they'll hold up, white and ribbed, mid-calf-length. I'm inordinately pleased that her pantalets use a different trim than Marie-Grace's.
The gloves are a nice touch. They're made of a white knit, probably polyester with a little spandex for good measure. There's top-stitching on the outside to indicate where the fingers would be but that's purely decorative:
Her hair is a lovely golden brown, similar to #23's but perhaps with a bit more light highlights. Her pin-curls are longer than Elizabeth's. They came mussed out of the box but went back into shape very nicely with a spritz of water and a finger-curl.
She has two braids criss-crossed on the back of her head and secured with clear elastic bands. I will probably leave them in as long as they stay looking nice. They are decorated with pink satin-finish hairbows which were tied upside down right out of the box!
Very lovely. Agree with previous reviewers that the chin is not as pointy in real life. I really enjoy the heart-shaped face.
Marie-Grace's meet dress feels like a synthetic taffeta. It's reasonably nicely put together and the back closure is that soft velcro. It was pretty wrinkled out of the box but a shot of steam took care of that. I wouldn't want to iron that fabric for fear of meltdown! Her shoes are lovely: almost a patent-leather finish with a back velcro closure. White socks end at mid-calf and the pantalets are pretty standard white cotton with lace trim.
I'm so surprised no one has reviewed Marie-Grace's accessories yet! I'll try to do them justice.
Marie-Grace's accessories include: a wide brimmed hat with ribbon ties; heart locket; and lacy fan. They retail for $24.
The hat is off-white and made from a molded felt-like material. It is quite stiff. The ribbon ties and band/bow are satin-finish and the same shade of pink as Marie-Grace's hair bows. The hat band is tacked to the hat in a few strategic places and the ribbon ties are securely sewn-on.
My children have enjoyed playing with the fan. It's ivory-colored plastic with a cording loop, bead, and fringe detail. The fan fabric is a very pretty floral print trimmed with lace. The top edge of the fabric is unfinished and is already fraying a bit. The loop of the fan does fit over her fingers as pictured, but we could not get her to hold her fan open as pictured in the catalog.