I am totally digging on Cécile. I was so hoping she would have the Sonali mold, mostly because I already have a hazel-eyed #26 and I would have had a hard time justifying the purchase if Cécile was another Addy mold. Instead, she is her own sweet self:
Cécile has warm chocolate brown skin. She is noticeably darker than my #26, which is currently my only other doll of color. Her hair comes in sausage curls, vs. the tighter ringlets of #26. I found them to be somewhat "crunchy" or crisp in texture, which may change over time. They were beautiful right out of the box and I have not styled her hair yet. There are definitely some reddish highlights.
Cécile also has pin-curls right at the hairline in front. Six in all, three on each side, just exactly like my #21. These were a little frizzy but fell right into shape with a spritz of water and a finger-curl.
The camera wants to bring out the green but in real life they're more subtle hazel, not neon at all.
Her meet dress is very nice. It's made from a silky-feeling synthetic material with some sheen to it. It seems like it has the potential to snag. The short puffed sleeves have elastic to go over her hands and are fully lined, which is a nice touch.
Her meet shoes are black matte-finish pleather with brass-finish "buttons" on the faux side placket. The shoes close in the back with velcro. Her socks seem like they'll hold up, white and ribbed, mid-calf-length. I'm inordinately pleased that her pantalets use a different trim than Marie-Grace's.