Every single time a hair store runs a 50% sale, they launch new textures shortly after the sale. I was pleasantly surprised by the new Magika hair textures – so realistic! I’m a fan of hair stores including all of the colors in one single hud, for one price, and not even the usual “fatpack” prices that clothing brands charge, but just a few hundred lindens ($370L at Magika).
When Bakes on Mesh went live six months ago, I thought it would change the way we wore skins and phase out appliers completely. This did not happen. In fact, I recently learned that with BoM (just a fancy name for system layers that we’ve had since the beginning of SL), it’s not possible to have high-resolution appliers. LeLutka responded by launching a new BoM-ready mesh head with brand new HD applier zones, thus continuing your dependency on appliers forever. Genus followed by delivering a BoM script to customers and encouraging the continued use of appliers. Did BoM make things easier for anyone? No.
I see lots of SL residents and friends saying that they won’t use BoM, or they don’t understand BoM. Even though the concept is simple, the way mesh head brands have merged appliers with BoM created chaos. I think it would be easier if brands broke their mesh heads out into 3 products: Mesh Head w/ Appliers Only (what we had), Mesh Head with Just BoM (one mesh, removing all the “onion layers”), and Mesh Head with a Combination of BoM & Appliers (the direction we’re headed in). Something for everyone. Does this create more work for designers? Absolutely.
I said I would only go BoM when my skin was available, and that day came with the latest Pink Fuel Gaia release. I had to give up my EEP Viewer to use the latest official SL viewer. The new Gaia and Maia skins from Pink Fuel are system layers, so if you don’t currently have a BoM-activated Genus mesh head, you can’t wear this skin. This skin is made for Genus, and will not fit any other brands. Of course, you can try, but the result would not be pretty.
From left to right: The basic Pink Fuel Gaia system skin in Peach tone | w/ added eyeshadow & lip gloss system layers (included with skin package) | with Applier eyeliner, and applier HD lipgloss | Vampy System tattoo makeups w/ applier HD lipgloss
I’ve played around with a combination of wearing only system layers makeups, only appliers makeups, and a combination of both. BoM is still new and kind of confusing, but once you get it and use it correctly, your customization options are endless. I’m having fun incorporating bits of my old makeup brand, cheLLe, into my current look.
Are you ready to try BoM? Get this Limited Edition Be Mine 2020 (Genus BoM skin) from Pink Fuel for just $50L!
Are you using BoM? Do you find it easy or challenging? Let me know in the comments!
Bakes on Mesh is live on the main grid! Before you read my post, I recommend reading Aems Bakes on Mesh post to learn about BoM and what products you can buy to make your mesh body parts BoM-ready.
I only started using BoM yesterday, when I updated my viewer to the latest SL Viewer. I’m not dying to wear system skin or system makeup, cos I think the newer skins are much prettier and more high-res. Old skins and makeups typically used 512 size textures, cos SL limited the size of uploaded textures. It’s still fun to try out this new feature while waiting for brands to update and deliver me better quality textures to wear.
What am I wearing here? Left: Genus Baby mesh head + system Pink Fuel skin + default Genus lashes (with applier added) Right: Everything above + system Blush + System Eyeshadow + Applier lipstick
The reason I can mix system skin and system makeup with my mesh head appliers right now is cos Genus has NOT updated their head to be BoM-ready. With a BoM-ready product, you should not be able to use applier makeup, cos all those extra layers will be removed. All of your makeup needs will be done through wearing layers inside your inventory. You can re-arrange your system tattoo layers by going to the Appearance tab, clicking on the Edit this outfit button, then use up/down arrows to re-arrange layers.
Did you know that you cannot use BoM with an applier skin? You must use system skin. I will wait for my applier skin to have an accompanying system layer, to truly enjoy BoM. I’m not sure why SLers want to wear OLD system skins, but they seem to want to, LOL.