I'm about to do something that is completely against freebie etiquette and, from what I've seen, against the rules of fashion blogging.
I'm about to give an actual opinion. Save your gasps for later. :-p
This morning before I left, I had logged in to just grab all the notecards that had popped up in the 4 hours that I'd slept, and I saw that there were some dollarbie hairs at Truth, and a free skin at a store called Arcane, which I'd never heard of, but I figured if it was together with Truth, it was bound to be good. I was pretty excited, because I love Truth hair and I love free skins. A quick check to the map showed the region COMPLETELY full, so I figured it wasn't anything that couldn't wait. I went out there a few minutes ago, found the hair, picked up some demos, flew around and found the new building for the skins, and popped home.
I don't think that the skin is something that I would buy. Now this is just a COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY personal opinion!! I have a few requirements for skins and what I like, and unfortunately these missed. And for $1100L for a single skin, and $4000L for the big pack, I HAVE to have the skin meet all my requirements!
The good: The shading and skin tones are lovely. I especially like the hands for some reason. I really love the lips. They avoid that "Joker face" look that some skins can give on certain shapes. The navel is cute, and the butt shading is nice and not too light or too dark. Have you ever seen a skin where the crack shading is just really really dark? Makes me wonder what they've been doing with their ass.
The "IMHO" bad: I hate the nipples. They're just too ... bumpy. And I'm sure some people have nips that look like this, and no offense to you if you do, but even though I never take my clothes off in front of others, I want nice looking breasts. The fingernails and toenails are also too light, but that is easily corrected with the manicure & pedicure layers that many of us have. [I need more pedicures!] The lady bits are also a bit odd to me. On this particular makeup [I didn't have the chance to see the others since it was still laggy out there] the eye shadow is just kind of weird and looks unfinished in the center. I'm sure that was the intention, and I'm sure someone will find it wonderful, but I'm not that girl.
I know what some of you are saying. "Oh my god! I can't believe you just talked shit about a free gift! How dare you! Send out the torches & pitchforks brigade! What a bitch!" Well, ok. lol I don't think of it as me being unhappy with the skin as a whole, since I'm wearing it right now [with sunglasses]. I am always excited with gifts, and always appreciative. You all know this. HOWEVER - I look at free skin gifts like this as being almost like a demo, without all the crazy "DEMO" print all over that makes it impossible sometimes to see what the skin really looks like. If I got a demo of this, I'd say the same as I just did. In fact, to make SURE that I was having the same issue with the demo skins as I was having with the free ones, I ran back out there to get all the demos and I stood on my posestand and tried them on one by one. It was pretty much the same. I'm not going to sit here and blow smoke up anyone's ass just because it's a gift. I think that would be disrespectful to those of you who read this blog and have gone out to get stuff that I've recommended. Just the way I look at it.
But that all being said, I'd suggest going out there to get the pack to judge for yourselves. Maybe you won't have the same issues I have with them [you all know how nitpicky I can be at times], or maybe they'll work better on your shape. I do plan on wearing this one because it is pretty. I just don't know how likely I am to go purchase a different makeup.