It’s hump-day Wednesday, tomorrow is my birthday (!!!), and this week is going to be crazy at work. So of course I have a very long indie spotlight to hold you guys over until my next post 🙂 Today’s spotlight is Shiro Cosmetics and I have twenty-one products to show off today!
This is going to be picture heavy and swatchtastic.
This is actually a combination of two close-together hauls. One was to grab The Last Unicorn highlighter and a pluto inspired color (!!!) and the second was during a sample sale and I bought all the shadows I was interested in or recommended. Curse you /r/IndieMakeupAndMore for suggesting such lovely shades!
I also got a few lipgloss samples as well as a custom gloss! One of the greatest things about Shiro is you can get any lip-safe eyeshadow as a lipgloss or even have them match a specific color (like a Pantone color). I love customization and I love lip gloss so I knew I had to get one custom just to give it a whirl.
The Last Unicorn highlighter is a color of the month (COTM) but I’m pretty sure she said there’s enough stock to last well into October.
The Largest Moon of Still not a Planet is the cooler toned sister of the COTM Still Not A Planet. I love space stuff (as you guys well know) and I love cool toned shadows so this was a great purchase.
Cognitive Recalibration is my custom gloss. I’ve been loving purples with blue shimmers as lip colors so I knew I had to try it. It’s also inspired by Hawkeye who’s one of my fave comic characters (any Matt Fraction fans out there?) so that was the cherry on top. It’s seriously a gorgeous color.
Justin Time and Nic Cage Petit Fours were two gloss samples I also got, based on recommendations from IMAM. No regrets here! Love these colors!
And on to the many samples…
Once again you can see I’m enamoured with cool toned shimmers. I also succumbed to several shades because of their inspiration (I’m so weak to nerdy eyeshadows). I don’t think there’s a dud in the bunch! There’s some I love more than others (omg Alkahestry) but nothing I hated.
So what twenty-one things did I get?
- Shiro Alkahestry
- Shiro Who Needs Reasons?
- Shiro Apparatus
- Shiro The Wandering Wizard
- Shiro Cognitive Recalibration
- Shiro I Understood that Reference
- Shiro Something Sweet as Pain
- Shiro Glowstick of Destiny
- Shiro Surprise!
- Shiro He Loves His Hammer
- Shiro Hodor
- Shiro Genius Billionaire Playboy Philanthropist
- Shrio Farewell Wherever You Fare
- Shiro The Last Homely House
- Shiro NomNomNom
- Shiro Burdened with Glorious Purpose
- Shiro The Largest Moon of Still Not A Planet
- Shiro The Last Unicorn
- Shiro Cognitive Recalibration lipgloss
- Shiro Nic Cage Petit Fours
- Shiro Justin Time
GUYS, IT’S JUST SO MANY GOOD THINGS!
Seriously, so many photos are next 🙂
All swatches are done with fingers (sorry, lazy!) over theBalm Put a Lid On It! primer.
Alkahestry is one of those “must-haves” from Shiro. It’s a gorgeous glittery shifty color. Purple and blue and silvery goodness. It only performs well over a primer and a stick primer is recommended. It also layers well over darker shades. I love this one!
Who Needs Reasons? and Cognitive Recalibration are duochrome shifts. Apparatus too, but Reasons? is much stronger. Wandering Wizard is a very cool toned, almost blueish, silver-grey.
I had a tough time trying to capture the shift in I Understood that Reference. It has a matte cobalt base (which is lovely) and it’s packed with golden sheen and red glitter. When foiled for an eyeliner it’s almost solid golden sheen and red glitter and the bright cobalt all but disappears. It’s a very interesting color!
Shout-out to Shiro for including Surprise! as a freebie because I love it so much. It just glows from within like some spooky ghostly green (I have Halloween on the mind, haha).
Sweet as Pain, Glowstick, and Surprise all have this super awesome glowing quality when the light hits it. Cognitive Recalibration also has a bright blue shift when the light hits. Gorgeous!
Hodor was one of those constantly recommended shades on IMAM. It’s an easy to wear neutral. This was more satin shimmery than I expected from descriptions. It’s a lovely lid or crease shade.
No surprise that I loved He Loves His Hammer. I love the purpley taupe shimmer colors and apparently can never have enough 🙂
Genius Billionaire is basically orange gold on me. In this photo I’m really trying to show the green shifty shimmer in The Last Homely House. It really makes a wonderful twist to this neutral.
And this is the point where I ran out of arm space, haha. So here’s the second grouping of colors.
The Last Unicorn!!!! It’s so silver blue and almost too glittery. Almost.
It’s very cool toned, pale silver. It looks almost blueish in the jar. Not going to lie, I’m having a little trouble wearing this in a day look. I have to use a very light hand and a fluffy stippling brush to make sure I don’t pick up too much. You don’t need a lot of this to shine! I also like it as an eyeshadow too.
I’m not sure how to describe The Largest Moon, but I love the color! It’s not too out-there, yet somehow is the coolest neutral-with-a-twist I now own. It’s kind of several colors all at once.
Oh, by the way, Nom Nom Nom totally stains. Since it’s lipsafe, this would be an awesome gloss, but dang it stained my arm and fingers. I would definitely use a thick primer if I was putting this on my eye.
The Largest Moon is seriously glowy in the light. And see how silver Last Unicorn is?
The glosses are very glossy. The light really hits them and they’re obviously gloss. These don’t dry down matte, which is good. They’re also slippery enough to apply but thick enough to stay on; an ideal consistency. I found these easy to wear and really opaque. Justin Time especially is opaque in one swipe.
Cognitive Recalibration is a custom-made in the “moderate” opacity with Pink frosting flavor. YUM.
See that blue shimmer in Cognitive Recalibration?! It’s an awesome color on the lips. I’m seriously getting addicted to purples-with-blue-shimmer as lip colors. It’s such a fun pop of shine in an autumn color.
Nic Cage Petit Fours also gets a shout-out as an easy to wear MLBB. It’s like a darkish neutral pink and can be worn more sheered out for an easy autumn pink.
If you’re still reading, you’re amazing.
That was a very long post! I hope it was helpful 🙂 Shiro will be coming out with a Harry Potter collection tomorrow October 1st (!!!!!) and maybe this post will convince you to pick up a few things to sample from the brand.
My personal favorites were Alkahestry, Surprise, Glowstick of Destiny, Who Needs Reasons?, Largest Moon of Still Not a Planet, and Justin Time.
til later lovelies,