At work I loaded in Fuse and spent a few hours crafting an avatar to replace my old OS one. Quite successful and mostly happy with the look (breasts look weird at the smaller end of the scale!). Clothing was also a breeze, within the limits of the pre-supplied wardrobe.
When I got home I decided to give ManuelBastioiLAB a spin on Blender. Was a bit more fiddly to get into, but on the whole, I am happier with the avatar output once I worked past a few glitches in the way the sliders fight with each other sometimes! Also I will likely do a bit more tweaking (particularly around cheek bones which won’t go where I want them) after I have Finalized the mesh.
I’d opine that Fuse is a good bit better if you want to run off a quick avatar, but ManuelBastioiLAB, when more developed, is going to have more appeal to fussy fine-tuners (like me, since it is my primary avatar we are talking about here). I also have a strong preference to have my production path open-source.
Caveats - I haven’t read up on how to do clothes in ManuelBastioiLAB yet, though I see some enticing options there that hint at powerful custom-clothing possibilities. Also, I haven’t even thought about rigging for the ManuelBastioiLAB avatar yet (will read up on it elsewhere on this board shortly) Rigging and importing Fuse via Mixamo to HF was click-click-click, as per the instructional vid over in HiFi docs.