It's VERY rare that I give the 'realistic' redraws of ponies a second glance, but this is really good. Somehow you've avoided the pitfalls of the uncanny valley with the facial expression, and it just *works*.
This is truly amazing! The colors and the vibrance! The pose and the expression! The way you brought Twilight to life! I really loved her hair and outfit in that scene from "Sweet and elite", so I'm glad you did this!
And I also think this should have gotten a lot more views. Seeing as it was on Equestria Daily as well!
At the moment I saw Rarity with that look, I feel in love ( and Rarity is one of my least favorites). This is so lovely, why would you scrap it? It has a beautiful painterly look, so detailed and I love that pink lighting