I picked Georgina (my Elizabeth doll, turned into an original historical) out in person at a local independent AG shop since I'd heard about the issues she has with green ear. I highly recommend you do this if you can since AG's obviously been having quality control issues and I think Elizabeth would be a doll affected by it just by nature of her pierced ears and face mold.
I can't exactly tell from some of the photos here, but it also appears some Elizabeths have flat blue eyes (like PM Kirstens) and others, like mine, have blue detail in the eyes that make them look more realistic; that might be worth checking out as well. I had to go though five or six dolls to find the perfect one. I removed her earrings immediately upon getting her; I don't want to risk her getting green ear. I also brushed out her pincurls.
I can understand why some people dislike the doll Elizabeth since she doesn't resemble the original Elizabeth at all, but I think she's beautiful. Her face has a lovely, serene, and gentle quality that I really don't get from any other AG doll I've seen.
If you're going to use her meet outfit, Felicity's undergarments are essential for her. (They're essential for a colonial doll anyway, I think.) The hoops make the dress look properly full around the hips. I use the meet outfit as her Christmas dress since it resembles Felicity's christmas dress so much. She also looks really pretty in Felicity's spring and summer gowns and meet dress, if you don't like the outfits AG offers for her. Her wig is thick and pretty with a little wave in it, easy to style; she's not nearly as platnum blonde as she looks in some pictures.