By Skinkie | May 2, 2008
Something slightly different from me this week. I don’t normally do skin reviews, but when I was trying on a bunch of skins I’d picked up from the Skin Fair (yes, a little belatedly) one set stood out so much I almost didn’t have time to put my clothes back on before running to pick up some more demo’s. Esthetica Makeup Arts (EMA) isn’t a particularly easy store to find. It’s set off the mainstore of Material Squirrel, in one of the wings, at the far end of a wide corridor – certainly not a shop you would see in passing. Which is a shame, as Alexis Stapovic produces some nice work.
When Eloh Elliot released her free-perms Another Shop skins earlier this year she, in my opinion, shook up the Second Life? fashion industry more than any other single person has in the history of “Phil’s Place”. Skins were suddenly not something that only the incredibly talented few could aspire to produce, at extortionately high cost to the consumer. Everyone could now own a more than decent looking skin, and anyone who wished to could now try their hand at skin design, having a good basis from which to work. The downside has been that everyone and his/her dog has made a skin, and some really aren’t worth the upload fee. Most have had so little about them changed from Eloh’s originals that avatars risk becoming mere clones of each other. And, from a purely personal point of view, Eloh’s skins frankly just don’t suit some shapes (mine included). It’s a refreshing change, therefore, when I come across a skin, worked from the original Eloh bases, that is a little different?. and done well. EMA produces such skins.
The striking thing about EMA skins is the eye make-up. Hardly surprising then that Alexis also makes a range of eye textures under the brand name “Flawed Perfect”. Stating her influences to be “from of a multitude of sources, from the natural world of plants, animals and nature, to the exotic wild color of broadway show girl musicals? All of it. Everything.” [from EMA website] there is more than a hint of “catwalk” to Alexis’ designs.
The skins come in six skintones ranging from pale (Willow, Kim), thro’ light tan (Amanda, Fiona) to medium-dark tan (Jen, Autumn), all of which have been reworked from the original Eloh bases to totally original tones. The body shading of the Eloh skins is retained (and so not shown here), however, to my eye there is more “glow” giving a fresh soft feel. This glow extends to the face, again retaining the lip shape (and slight smile) and nose shading characteristic of Eloh, but with significant change to the cheek area and, especially, the eye area.
Enough of the whittering, and on with the pictures! Click on the pictures for larger image
As dramatic as they are, these skins are perfect for this Springs wardrobe with it’s trends of bright fresh colours and bold statements. However, as I’m left wearing the Venti skin I think I’ll just go and find a nice warm lap to curl up on *wink*
:: What I’m wearing ::
Skin:: Esthetica Makup Skins – as indicated
Shape:: my own
Hair:: ETD – ETD Gwen – Platinum
Eyelashes:: Celestial Studios – (CS) Lashes – Classic 1
Eyes:: Skin Deep (now The Body Politik) – Skin Deep Real Hazel eyes/Twinkle Eyes
Seen In World :: Yes
Review Copies :: Yes
Friends List :: No