Heya Peeps! 🙂
Today it is time for a skin review again! Inka Mexikola of Essences has released a new skin named CHO just recently. Her skins are known for their cute faces and button noses and this time again she does not disappoint. 🙂
The skin comes in ten skintones, which all have been reworked. More of that later on. Skin appliers for Lola’s Tangos, Slink hands and feet are available for each tone. All skins come with three browoptions, a browless option, a freckled option and a freckled nose layer. There are also brow-removal layers available which make your brows seem less opaque, three to be exact of 49%, 79% and 100%. Chest enhancers are available on three layer types as well. The price for all of this is 1500 Lindens, which imho isn’t exactly cheap, but you do geta lot of options for it. However I think other stores offer a bit of a better deal.
As per usual, Inka managed to pull off a very, very cute face with the typical Essences-nose that is sort of her trademark by now. Those lips are just yummy! I really wish Inka would start to sell them on layers so I can use them for other skins. 🙂 The only thing that I think is a bit too much is the redness on the bridge of the nose. I am aware it adds to the cutesy factor, but for me personally it is a bit much. Surely a matter of taste though. But, talk about noses! I really always hated the line under the noses on Inka’s skins, it made them look just ‘plugged in’, as if the nose wasn’t really a part of the body. It is still there a BIT, but hardly as noticeable anymore, so I am glad to see that. 🙂 🙂 It looks much smoother now!
Cho comes in ten skintones. In my previous posts about Essences I always pointed out that the majority of her tones seemed too red OR too yellow. I am not saying that my critique was the reason that made Inka rework them, but she did! Five of these skintones range on the darker scale, five on the lighter. But have a look!
If you compare these tones to her older tones, Inka has managed to improve them greatly. The extreme redness is gone and the tendency towards too much yellow as well. I am using very neutral, white light. I personally think the tones Sombre, Moka and Noisette have a bit of a grey/olive tendency, but I think they are MUCH better than the old ones, also, I am aware of how hard it is to get dark tones (and very light tones, too!) just right. Brillant and Canelle however are awesome in my book. I think those look very, very pretty. I think this is a job welldone. 🙂
My favourite tone however is Peche, closely followed by Doux. Wow, I really do love it. I think it is just the right mixture of colours. Lait is pretty as well but has a bit too much of an olive tendency for my personal taste. Doux is very welldone as well and a very nice brighter tone. The difference between Ivoire and Lumiere is very subtle, but it is there. If you look closely, you can see that lumiere looks more vibrant than Ivoire, which imho has a bit of a blueish/grey undertone. I personally like Lumiere better, it looks more natural.
Cho comes with three actual browoptions: Ginger, brown and brunette. I am a bit sad that there is no blonde option available, but with the eyebrow removal layers you can achieve a somewhat blonde looking brow. I am wearing the 49% layer on the first picture with brown brows. I think it comes kind of close, but surely blonde brows would have been nicer. 🙂 I do love that there is a completely browless options available, so you can just add your own brows if you wish. 🙂 I think the brows look very soft and not as strong as her usual brows, and I am kind of into these. 🙂
Essences’ body is something I am growing really fond of. I like the soft shading on top of the boobs, even if the shading underneath them is a bit too strong for my taste. And hipbones! Yay!! I love these. The whole stomacharea is really nicely done imho. I wish the nipples on the boobs were a little bigger, they look TINY. Especially with larger breasts that might look a little funky, at least imho. But overall great improvement over time there, too! 🙂 I like the shading of the butt, not too strong and doesn’t have the ‘dirty look’ that so many other skins have.
But, I observed something odd with the appliers. If you look closely in the picture above, you can see that my hands and feet do not match exactly. I am wearing the right tone (Peche) and have shadows etc. turned on, pretty much -everything- is turned on. Am I the only one noticing this? Is it a lightning issue? Am I doing somethign wrong? Or do the appliers simply not fit? I’d be glad for any kind of advice really because this confused the heck out of me.
Also, I noticed something else, prepare for epic buttpic:
I have re-rezzed the textures several times. The very visible seam shown above stays. I’d be a bit annoyed about that to be honest if I had paid 1500 Lindens. Could it still somehow be my fault though? I have even relogged just to check. The seam stayed all the time, no matter how often I reloaded my textures etc. I have no idea, I have no noticed this before on other skins that I regularly wear.
I think Cho is a nice skin. I LOVE the asian touch it has and like the cutesy of the face a lot. The new skintones are a BIG improvement over Inka’s old skins and some of them are next to perfect in my book. Her lips always make me want to steal them. However, the issue with the appliers (unless it is simply my fault) and the seam seemed a bit of a let down for me, especially for that price. I think especially the latter could be improved, since there are much better deals out there. Then again, I doubt Inka can complain about her sales. ;D All in all, it is definitely a very cute and a good skin.
What else am I wearing?
I am a fan of Liquence now. I caved and got another one, and this one is cute as well! 😀
Hair: Liquence, F3, Red 2 (Villena Swansen, NEW!! Mesh!!)/Truth, Candy (Truth Hawks, Mesh!!)
Eyes: Insufferable Dastard Tropical Brights, Lemon Sea (Josh Figgis, Mesh!!)
Lashes: Snow Rabbit, R6 v. 1.00, attach to nose (Shirousagi Noel , Mesh!!)
Hands: Slink, elegant (Siddean Munro, Mesh!!)
Feet: Slink, flat feet, M (Siddena Munro, Mesh!!)
Bikini: Not available anymore.