Review: Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister Doll With Cocoa Bronzer

When I was young, I used to love Sindy, Pippa, Action Girl and, as a toddler, Tiny Tears.  But in those days, a doll was just a doll.  You could dress them up and, in my case, cut their hair off (yes I did) but that was it.

As you know, we are big fans of the Project Mc2 range of toys which combine fun toys with an educational element and we were recently sent a Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll with a cocoa bronzer experiment to try.

Caitlin with the Project Mcs McKeyla McAlister doll

Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll

If you caught our review of the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse, you’ll know that we are new to the Netflix series Project Mc2 and are really enjoying the growth in interest in STEM-based projects for kids and the recognition that science is for everyone, not just boys.

Caitlin with unboxed Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) is all about building a love for learning and a solid base for understanding key concepts later on as your children work through the Key Stages in school.

The Project Mc2 series is set in the fictional city of Maywood Glen in California and is about STEAM activities (STEM plus Art!).

Heroine McKeyla McAlister and her friends work for a secret government organisation called NOV8 (“innovate”) and they protect the world using their science and technology skills.

The Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll

The Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll comes with a burgundy moto-style jacket with faux fur shoulders, a sequin dress and signature plaid shirt tied around her waist.  This is a rock band outfit which both Caitlin and I agreed we would wear.

Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll - wardrobe detail

She’s one of a range of well made and attractive dolls which come with their own scientific experiment.  For example, there’s the Adrienne doll which comes with a perfume experiment, Camryn with her skateboard, Bryden with her glow stick and Devon with puffy paint.  Check out some of the other Project Mc2 dolls here.

The Project Mc2 McKeyla McAlister doll is fully articulated (knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders, neck) with glossy brown hair, glass eyes and eyelashes. She’s a decent size too, measuring in at around 30 cm.

She comes with a ‘make your own bronzer’ kit – you get a compact with a lid and a sponge applicator.  You need to supply your own coconut oil, cocoa powder and nutmeg, plus some surgical spirit for a quick clean of the compact.  We skipped this bit as I’ve read that surgical spirit can be irritating to some skins.

All you need to do is mix 2 teaspoons of coconut oil with 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and melt is for 15 seconds in a microwave.  Add a dash of nutmeg then mix and fill the compact 3/4 full.  Pop into the fridge for 15 minutes and hey presto, your own bronzer with no chemical nasties.

I was a little sceptical but actually, it gives quite a good colour and is certainly safer for Caitlin’s skin than some of the other kiddy make-up compacts you get attached to magazines these days.

The only downside is that in this hot weather you might need to keep it in the fridge because the coconut oil soon becomes liquid again.

The manufacturers suggest that the age range for this doll is 6+ which I think is about right.  I would say 8-9 is probably the top end of the age range these dolls would appeal too as, at nearly 11, Caitlin has almost outgrown dolls.  Kids these days are so sophisticated, aren’t they and the inclusion of an experiment with each one is a neat idea to keep their interest.

Other Project Mc2 dolls are available from Amazon, Argos and Tescos.

You can find out more at the website at for new experiments, videos and updates.

Read our other Project Mc2 Reviews

Project Mc2 A.D.I.S.N. Electronic (Spy) Journal

Project Mc2 Ultimate Lab Kit

Project Mc2 Pixel Purse


  1. Kara
    3 November, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Eliza is obsessed with this show and would love this doll!!

  2. Helen Moulden
    17 August, 2018 / 11:25 am

    The detail on that doll is really impressive. I like the make your own bronzer idea!

  3. 16 July, 2018 / 8:31 am

    I have mixed feelings about this doll – while I think it’s great that the Mc2 squad (something I’d never heard of until now!) Are all about STEM plus art, and I think the TV series sounds like a great way to get girls interested in subjects that previously were only really associated with males, it annoys me that her science “experiment” is a make up bronzer. And the other one comes with perfume. Puffy paint and glow sticks are a little more gender neutral I guess, but this one is kinda giving out the message: “it’s great that you can be really intelligent and can work in a STEM based field, but make sure you look good while you’re doing it”. Sure, I would probably have loved this doll when I was Caitlin’s age, but as an adult now, I don’t know if I’d purchase it for one of my friends kids (no children of my own yet!). Maybe I would be more keen if it came with maybe a crystal growing set, or some seeds to plant and watch grow, or some sort of litmus paper testing set? Now that’s science 😉 x

    • linda
      16 July, 2018 / 10:30 am

      That’s a fair point Becca.

  4. Jeanette Leighton
    15 July, 2018 / 11:44 am

    Looks like a lovely gift for a little lady ?

  5. Sophie O'Reilly
    14 July, 2018 / 12:00 am

    I used to have a Barbie that changed hair colour when put in water. The make your own bronzer sounds fun to make.

  6. Vicky
    13 July, 2018 / 7:47 pm

    This looks like so much fun though probably a bit too advanced for my toddler. What ages is it suitable for?

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