The following is simply an opinion based on my own experience tonight. Your opinion will probably differ from mine and that's ok. It in no way is the opinion of anyone else I know...because I haven't asked them anything about it.
I went out to the new Beauty Avatar sim tonight. I...wasn't as impressed as I was probably supposed to be. The build itself is good. It would help if there were some signs up telling people what is in each building. And you couldn't really rely on what I assume was a customer service rep, because all she was doing was flying around and flying away every time someone walked by.
Combined with the fact that the sim was a bit laggy, I got spammed with "Lern how 2 make $1000L!" cards from a couple of people wandering around within moments of arriving, and the general appearance that everyone there seemed to be noobs or bots - it was not a pleasant experience! But I trudged on, determined to give the place a chance.
Now those of you who are long time readers, you know that I love a good deal and I am very frugal with my shopping. This is how I am in the real world, too. Paying retail price doesn't make sense to me unless it's something that I absolutely and completely MUST HAVE and it is something that will never ever go on sale. [So far there hasn't been much in my life that I haven't been able to get at a discount. Shopping with me is probably a complete suckfest, actually. LOL]
The prices at Beauty Avatar are pretty high. For those of us accustomed to searching for a deal and looking fabulous on a budget, it's sticker shock. $290L for one pair of photosourced jeans? $700L for one dress? $140L for one pair of eyes? I don't think so! In fact, this guy was so shocked, he bent in half.
The skins ranged from $1400L to $1950L. The $1950L skins are photosourced and have really unattractive nipples. In fact, the $1400L skins have really unattractive nipples too. I'm sorry, that means something to me! LOL It was also really hard to see what the skin really looks like just because the word DEMO was imprinted alllllll over the skin. Is that really necessary? Slap it around the body if you must but wrapping the whole skin in the word makes it impossible to see what's really going on. Oh, maybe that's the point. Either way, I wasn't impressed with the skins.
I did WANT to come out of there with something positive. I picked up the few gifts I saw and hopped home to try things on. I figured maybe the clothes and skins were worth the price. They had to be, right? I mean, for what the price is, they should be just beautiful and almost perfect.
I know, bad form to talk smack about gifts, and I think it's cool that they gave away some stuff. But when I receive a gift, I look at it as a way to try on a designer's product to see if I'd like to go back there and shop. So if a designer puts their cast off crap in a gift box, guess what? I'm gonna assume your whole store is crap. Now if you come out and say "These are things that I made when I was just starting out, I'm sorry if they're not perfect but I am learning new techniques all the time," then that's cool! It's great to see how some designers progress! But if you put it out there and it is just a gift that happened to be marked down in the middle of your regular stuff, I'm going to assume it is exactly like your regular stuff.
First off all, the skin and outfit in the gift box. Well, you already know what I think about the nipples on the BA skins. LOL I'm also not a fan of the butt and the back doesn't have enough shading for my tastes. I do kind of like the lips, though. The ears scared the heck out of me for some reason. And the top of the dress...well, the seams were bleeding. Trust me, I waited a long time to make sure I was fully rezzed.
I don't know what that triangle patch is about. I had to go back in world and double check to see if it wasn't just on the picture, but no, it's on the skin. I'm pretty sure that it's only on this particular skin, though, because I didn't see it on the demo skins or on the other BA skin that I had gotten back in April. [Which I had forgotten I had - and didn't care for much then either.]
Last in my smack talk, LOL, I was really sad to see that one of the gift outfits I picked up had a shirt that wasn't "hemmed." As I grow in SL, I get pickier about things. For an outfit that would probably run about $300L when it's not a gift, it was a big letdown to see just a sliced off shirt.
I don't think Beauty Avatar is a place I'll be shopping at. Not this time around. I see it as being a place where those concerned with having the latest "Label of the Moment" run off to and drop a load of lalas just to say that they bought things from there, but not a place where people go back to very often unless there's a sale or a freebie. As for me, I'll probably end up deleting the outfits from my inventory and only getting out the skin for a costume event.