Thank you to everyone who participated in the mesh head poll I put up a few days ago. 😀
Of the 6 different choices, the Alex head from LOGO was the runaway winner, with 75% of the votes.
I was thrilled, because Alex was my favorite as well.
Now that LOGO has released appliers for the Maitreya body, I’d be all set.
Then someone mentioned ARC. 😦
So, because I’m me, and I like to be thorough, I went back to do some additional testing.
I went back to the LOGO store and picked up demos for their Chloe and Sadie heads.
Back at home, I stripped down to nothing but my skin and Slink hands/feet – no hair, no clothes, no nuthin’. 😛
My ARC registered at 9,172 – in the green.
First, I tried on the various skin tones from LOGO.
The first three were too pale for my liking, but the Amber and Cocoa were good.
I thought I would need the Cocoa, but the Amber actually matched my current skin tone pretty closely.
I tried the Sadie head on first, with the Cocoa skin.
I like the skin tone, but the shape of the face isn’t my favorite.
When I added the head, eyes, eyelids, neck, teeth, eyelashes, and ears, I checked my ARC.
(Note: I took the pictures wearing a hair, but did not wear the hair when checking ARC numbers.)
My ARC was in the red at 100,308.
I decided to try the Amber skin tone with Chloe.
I prefer the shape of the lips on Chloe to Sadie.
The shape of the face is a little less round and seems softer, though part of that may be due to the lighter skin tone.
After adding all the various pieces and parts of Chloe, I checked ARC again.
Still in the red, but at 42,014.
However, of the three LOGO heads, I liked the Alex best (as did most of you).
Even with the darker skin tone, Alex seems to have a softer, more natural look than Chloe.
I like the shape of the lips better on Alex, though I think I prefer the Chloe nose.
(Wouldn’t it be great if you could just mix-n-match?!)
The overall shape of the Alex face seems more natural to me as well.
With a bit of trepidation, I checked ARC.
After staring at the number in red for a few minutes, I decided to take a step back and reconsider.
My purpose in purchasing a mesh head is to use it when taking photographs.
I don’t have to spend a ton of time post-editing when I use my system avatar, but it is a significant amount compared to the almost zero time I have to spend when I use my mesh body.
So having a mesh head would make editing that much faster and let me concentrate on other things.
But with an ARC of 200K+, I couldn’t, in good conscience, wear it anywhere else.
I decided to go back and take a second look at the Lelutka mesh heads.
I still had the Stella and Lotte demos, which were tied in the poll at 6% each.
(Lelutka’s Ever was the runner-up in the poll with 13%, but the face is just too round to suit my tastes.)
One of the pros of the Lelutka heads is that there are a ton of appliers available for them.
Also, the Lelutka heads come with the same Glam Affair skin tones that my Maitreya body has, so matching them would be easy.
I could get the Maitreya body appliers from LOGO, but at an additional cost.
I like the fact that you can adjust the blending of the Lelutka makeups.
(Again, ignore the slightly-off eye placement, I just didn’t want to mod my shape until I made a decision.)
ARC check – 21,107.
Still high, but that ARC would let me wear clothes and shoes and still be okay to attend a dance show while wearing it. 🙂
However, the Lelutka heads do not have many options when it comes to expressions.
The included expression HUD with the Alex head has 12 expressions, and you can mix-and-match them.
Then I tried on the Lelutka Lotte, which was the one I was leaning towards.
I like the shape of the Stella mouth a tad bit better than Lotte, but I like the shape of the Lotte face better.
The ARC with Lotte was 21, 119.
So now I’m really torn.
My original intention was to make a decision between the Alex LOGO head and one of the Lelutka ones.
I even had my husband come in and compare them.
“Buy them both, if that’s what you want.”
Which makes me go “Awww” and “Ughhh” at the same time. 😛
The actual heads are priced the same ($2500L for Lelutka and $2499L for LOGO).
However, with the LOGO head, I would need the Maitreya applier kit ($499L) and I would likely want to purchase the additional expression HUD and possibly additional makeups.
If I just purchased the LOGO head and the applier kit, it would be $2998L.
For photography purposes, the Alex head offers the most options with expressions.
For practical purposes, the Lelutka heads offer more makeup options and significantly lower ARC.
What do I do????!!!