Briar Beauty – Hat-tastic Doll Review

The second of the Hat-tastic dolls that I unboxed (deboxed?) was Briar Beauty. This doll is the real surprise from this line. She is such a Beauty! I expected a boring mandatory pink doll, but instead, I got a real treat!

Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

The HT Briar doll has more pink in her hair than any of the other Briar dolls I own. This review was done straight out of the box. I have not styled her hair yet and it is all over the place. Briar says you’ve got to live life when it happens, and not wait for the perfect hair day! Live it up!

Briar came up with the idea for all of the participants to bring their own favorite teas in their personal teapots. Thank you for the idea, Briar, because now we get individually styled accessories for each doll!
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Some people are upset that Mattel reuses the same poses/art for the dolls, but puts them in their new outfits. I’m actually a fan of this little piece. If it continues, it is a nice piece of continuity for the line.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

I put all four of my Briar dolls side-by-side to compare them. I think Hat-tastic Briar looks most like her signature doll. Her lipstick is a different pink without the three shine dots on the bottom.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

She has light pink make-up with the most beautiful color pink lipstick!
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

While the front of Briar’s hair is very pink, the back maintains that nice cocoa brown color that we are used to from her other doll releases. She has nice long soft curly/wavy hair. I’m going to have to take extra care to not ruin these curls with water that is too warm!
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

No, seriously, I don’t think you understand how much pink is in this girl’s hair!
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar has two earrings that for everything I can tell are mirror images of one-another. They are black roses with a little vine/leaf attachment.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty
This second photo also shows how her hair is sewn onto her head. I’ve detached a MH doll whose hair was like this, and I have always regretted it. The original hairstyle never looks as good when they get detached.
You can also see a side view of her hat/headband here. More than either of the other two, Briar’s hat reminds me of those hats the British monarchy wears.

Here is the top of Briar’s hat, just so you can see the detailed painting they’ve done. In some places on these dolls the paint becomes an issue when it gets smeared, is missing, or has extra dabs here and there. This isn’t really an issue with my Briar’s hat. I’m always just super thankful for this bit of detailing that goes into the EAH dolls.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar has a silver necklace with a rose pendant/detail. You can also see the mesh top that her dress has.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Like the other Hat-tastic dolls, Briar has black gloves. Her gloves are not textured like Cerise Hood’s gloves. She has black cuffs that have a lace-up detailing on them.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar’s belt does not change size like Cerise’s belt does. It only attaches in this one spot. It is rather tight on the doll (flaunt that figure!) and features a weaving/braiding design.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar’s one-piece dress has a mesh upper-top with pink puffy sleeves. Her bodice is a darker pink with light pink dots. That forms the background of the underskirt of her dress.
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Her upper skirt has this detailing of spoons with roses appearing only on the front.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

The underskirt has the same dotted pattern in the background as the top. This piece features little black teapots.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar wears fishnet stockings that are full-length. These are probably the exact same pair that Raven and Cupid wear.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar wears these cute pink and silver heels. Several collectors/obsessed people, such as myself, had seen these shoes on the Chinese auction site taobao in their unfinished/unpainted state. I had no idea that these shoes would eventually belong to Briar. They totally looked like something a Lagoona doll would wear.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Briar’s purse is this strange teal color. It has a hot pink chain and closure mechanism. This purse is one solid piece. There is no mistaking it – this purse doesn’t even look like it could open! (Also, notice what I was talking about paint? A little extra teal there on the handle)
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Briar agreed to a really strange pose so that you could see. This teal color in her purse only appears in her hat. Maybe she should talk with Cerise about coordinating her accessories?
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

Like the other Hat-tastic dolls, Briar comes with a teapot and two teacups that attach to their saucers with little pegs. I love the handle on Briar’s teapot.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

The Briar doll can hold her teapot and teacup. I just can’t get over how these little details add so much to the whole doll.
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

And that’s Briar Beauty!
Hat-tastic Briar Beauty

So what if you are one-per-character-collector? Is Hat-tastic the Briar for you? I think that depends on if you like all of that pink hair. I’m not a fan of signature Briar’s little knot. I, personally, love all of the pink in her hair! I love her little outfit! Her purse leaves something to be desired, but I wouldn’t base a doll purchase on her purse. I guess I’d have to say… I don’t know what to tell you. I am really happy with this doll, I love adding her to my collection! I really don’t know how you one-per-character guys do it. You are way more disciplined than me!

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9 thoughts on “Briar Beauty – Hat-tastic Doll Review”

    1. Oh yeah, the hands detach just like the other EAH gals. These cuffs work just like the Madeline Hatter doll’s cuffs. They slide down their arms with ease.

  1. I love the review, but now I’m really torn on which Briar I want. I was originally planning on picking up LD Briar, but I think I like HTP Briar better… Would you mind taking a pic of HTP Briar in LD Briar’s stock? I think that might solidify my decision. :D

  2. Lovely review! Briar looks so sweet! I wish they’d experiment with more colors for her, but I suppose if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The handle of the teapot is so clever– I love how it perfectly fits into her hands! I also just have to comment on her shoes! EAH has such amazingly detailed accessories, the shoes are probably my favorite part of every doll and Briar is no exception. Can’t wait to see these dolls in store soon! Thanks for such a thorough review!

  3. I really love your reviews! I’ve been trying to decide which Briar Beauty doll to get — the original or the Getting Fairest. However, I can’t find any Getting Fairest doll reviews, and the only comparison of the two dolls I’ve ever seen was on this review. Do you have any pictures of Getting Fairest Briar’s hair from behind?

  4. I love this particular doll so much! If I was to own only one EAH doll – heck, if I was to own only one doll at all, it would be her!

  5. I’ll be honest, this is probably my least favorite Briar doll. I don’t care for the pattern on her overskirt, and the white and green stand out far too much for my liking and don’t coordinate particularly well with the rest. I don’t like the design of the hat, either, but I do like the detailing.

    That said, your review does make me like it somewhat more, if not for all the attention you paid to the details.

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