the nose seems different in the polished piece.
All I did to her head was to cut off some little bumps with a chisel and sand it a little. Shiny adds complexity to a surface that changes its appearance a lot. I learned that back in the 1950's when I was a high school kid into cars. We used to paint our cars with primer and leave them like that. I began to notice how cars looked different with a primer finish as opposed to how they looked when shiny. Some looked better with primer and some not as good.