Bad comparison, really. I've seen manly Iplehouse molds with girly faceup who looked like transvestits (no links here, of course). HZ dolls look so masculine because of their mimic, and I see them as fantasy characters only. My Simon was sculpted not only to look like Sephiroth but as an usual man, see this: [link] It highly depends not also on faceup but on sculpt itself, and on personal preferences of the owner. I have a very mixed feelings towards so-called ABJD stylistics. A very few real men wear black eyeliner everyday actually.
I'm so sorry, English is not my 1st language. I mean facial expressions of the most of HZ dolls which are rather stern: a frowning forehead and drooping mouth corners, as example. Their noses are also more protruding in comparison with usual female BJD noses. But their jaw line is too narrow to be masculine, and their forehead is too smooth. This is not my personal opinion, this is a basic anatomy knowledge (if we talk about human-like dolls). That's why I see them as fantasy characters because anatomy of a fantasy specimen may differ from Homo Sapiens anatomy.
HZ's GuHu has a pretty square jaw, especially when compared to the others. He is going be the second HZ I own. Yes, for the most part they have softer features which is why I called mine feminine. But I don't mind at all, I LOVE feminine guys. Does this make me strange?
Nonsense! It's what makes Sephiroth so irresistible, besides, this doll has too much of a square jaw to ever look like a girl, trust me. If I were you I'd give it a shot. You can always remove the make-up and such if you dislike it. He would be the exact replica in doll form with these additions. ;D Hey, what can I say? I'm a HUGE fan girl. My doll has some thick ass eyeliner, (HZ Wang-Ye) and it's default. He looks nothing like a girl. Sure he's feminine, but the make up isn't why, as a matter of fact the makeup just makes him look cool.