When I reviewed French Kissed Tulabelle in my last post, I mentioned that I didn’t quite feel the same excitement that I felt with my other Tulabelles. So today I did a major photo session with all four of my Tulabelles and I think I figured out what the problem was. When I compared the three Tulabelles from the 2013 debut collection, J’Adore, Violet Femme, and Pomp and Circumstance, to French Kissed, I noticed that the face-up is a bit different for French Kissed. French Kissed has eyelashes painted on her lower lashes, giving her a more “adult,” made-up look. The 2013 Tulabelles don’t have lower eyelashes.
French Kissed also has heavier eyebrows, thus contributing to her more dramatic appearance compared to the 2013 dolls. Her eyebrows before the arch are thicker, and after the arch, they’re shorter and don’t extend to the outer corner of the eyelid like they do on the 2013 dolls.
That being said, I’m feeling more love for French Kissed than I did when I originally photographed her. Maybe it’s because the lighting was better today and I’m pleased with the photos I took. And photographing her with her “sisters” was a lot of fun. French Kissed is really pretty, although I think I still prefer Tulabelle with simpler makeup and clothing. Tulabelle is supposed to be a teenager, after all, and I thought the 2013 collection was simple yet funky. The 2014 collection makes Tulabelle too grown-up and sophisticated. But I do still love her.
What do you think of the difference in face-ups? Which do you prefer?