20 June 2011

Review & Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics

Picture from Shiro Cosmetics
 Shiro Cosmetics is another indie brand I've come to love in the last few months.  I've only tried their eye shadows, but they also make Heart Containers, which are pressed blushes and Intertubes, which I think are basically very pigmented tinted lip balms.  Shiro currently has three eye shadow collections, which are based around different games.  Honestly, the gaming element completely escapes me, but I can definitely appreciate the gorgeous colours!

I've accumulated a whole bunch of Shiro shadows, all of which I've swatched below.  Overall, I've been impressed with the quality of Shiro's shadows - they apply nicely and last really well (without fading or creasing) too.  They contain carnauba wax and I especially love their texture - they're a lot smoother and creamier than many other loose shadows.  Prices are pretty standard - full sizes (5 gram jar) are $5, minis (3 gram jar) are $3, and samples are $1.  Shiro also offers Mix 'n Match Sets with discounts up to 20% for buying 10 or more shadows (of any size).  

Samples are generously sized and are actually all I've bought so far.  They come in baggies, but I've repotted mine into jars and I'd guess you get close to the same amount of product as you would in a 3 gram jar.  They're great as an affordable way to test out colours - some I'll eventually be buying in larger sizes, but for others that I don't reach for as often, the sample size is perfect.

Ingredient-wise, Shiro is not a completely natural company and doesn't make any claims to be.  Some products do contain FD&C dyes, which I personally avoid, but ingredients are listed for every product and every individual colour, so it's easy enough to steer clear of certain ingredients if that's something you choose to do.  Shadows also come labelled with full ingredients and are clearly marked as either lip safe or not lip safe.

Shiro is also great in terms of customer service.  Before my first order, I wrote with a couple questions and Caitlin, the owner, was more than happy to help me out.  She's also pretty active on the Facebook Fan Page, so you can usually get in touch with her that way as well.
 
One thing to keep in mind is that some colours can be a bit sheer without a primer underneath.  Also, a few colours contain a lot of glitter and will also benefit from being applied over a stickier primer.  You should be able to see this in the swatches - all are shown on bare skin and over Detrivore Cosmetic's primer

Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer
Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer
Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer
Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer
Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer

Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer

Top row is on bare skin, bottom is over Detrivore's primer

On another note, school's done and I've officially graduated now, so I should be back to more regular posting :)


         

3 comments:

  1. Great swatches! :) I really like Shiro's eyeshadows.

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  2. Awesome post! This is a great reference for swatch colours! I like when people show swatches with and without primer; I find that this is very helpful.

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  3. I love their logo! Congrats on graduating :)

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