The 'plastic' look is intended, it was a practice run for a series of 'photographs' I'm compiling for an exhibition.
alrighty... if thats the look your going for. who am I to argue. Just looks fake, overworked and cheap to me.. like a mistake a client of mine would get really upset over if we ever did anything close (Gap, banana republic, Maybaline and the likes). I think its because the "look" that you are going for... closely resumbles the most basic amature move of applying a gaussian blur to the flesh and going "WOW" that looks neat, and calling it done. It seems you "knocked" on the gaussian blur problem in another thread and said you wouldent charge $5.00 for it, so how is this any different... I realize its not a gaussian blur thing necessarily.. but it really looks like it.
If your going to claim the artistic route.. who am I to say anything.. if its art then its not necissarlly retouching. But retouching is most assuredly an art... and as far as retouching goes.. this doesnt cut if for me.
My wife says im way too harsh.. I need to say somthing positive..before I critique so let me see....hmmmmmmmmm. The fleshtone looks fairly balanced, and I like the mood it sets... okay? cool.