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Thursday Guest Post

Thursday Guest Post: Shiro Cosmetics gloss swatches + flavour reviews

Hello all!
I’m dictura/Jasmine and I’m most pleased to be your guest blogger for today. About me: I’m a recovering academic and chronic geek with an indie makeup obsession. I am also a stereotypical Canadian. I blog at Shimmer is Coming, or something. And I’m pretty starstruck to be in the company I’m in right now, so. Let’s get on with it before I start apologizing!

Today is a day for new Shiro gloss swatches and first impressions, some of my thoughts on many (though not all) of Shiro’s flavour options, and a quick comparison.

Plausible Walrus custom gloss (moderate, cherry pie flavoured)

I am once again and for always a jerk for posting swatches of things that can no longer be purchased. Plausible Walrus was a colour of the month that did not make the high scores. It does, however, make a kickin’ lip gloss so maybe Shiro will come up with something like it in future. (You can see a swatch of the eyeshadow right here on this blog, if you like taunting yourself.)

Shiro described the eyeshadow as “a right poppy-pink with a violet shift.”


The gloss comes off to me as a warm, bright pink, slightly coral-tinged (is that poppy-pink? I thought poppies were red? has Remembrance Day been lying to me all along?), with a strong violet shift. No picture I have taken has accurately portrayed the strength of this shift. It’s surprisingly wearable, though, and even more so if sheered out a bit, as the violet is more evident when the gloss is more heavily applied. …and this is all useless information unless they bring this colour back. I am so sorry.

But. Onwards–to the things you can buy!

Cognitive Recalibration custom gloss (moderate, cinnamon flavoured)

My first thought when I saw the Hawkeye-inspired eyeshadow in the The Earth’s Mightiest Heroes collection was: “I want that on my lips.” This is because I am the world’s biggest sucker for lip products with blue shifts. I’d been planning to order another blue-shifting shadow, Heart Attack, as a gloss for ages, but found that others’ swatches showed very little duochrome in the finished product. Sadness.

Shiro describes Cognitive Recalibration as “medium burgundy with a strong blue shift.”

I’d say the gloss almost fits the bill–the blue shift in this one isn’t nearly as strong as the violet in Plausible Walrus, and these are both moderate opacity glosses, so I feel it’s fair to compare. I found the website swatch of the shadow quite purple, so I expected that initially, but the base colour here is clearly burgundy, or in my layman’s terms, a purpled-red. This is surprisingly wearable and not too bad to work with for a darker colour.

Red in My Ledger (black walnut flavoured)

When Shiro announced the Avengers collection, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that I would buy whatever Black Widow (and Captain America) things they came up with. I have an investment in loving this gloss, and you should know that.

Shiro describes Red in My Ledger as “blackened mulberry, a slightly darker take on our old Team Buffy color.” (Another sidenote: this was even more reason for me to want to love this gloss, because I adore the colour of Team Buffy, but the old Intertube formula didn’t work so well for me.)

However, I had some issues with this gloss that are maybe evident.

Blackened mulberry is pretty accurate, I think. It’s a little less purple than I would imagine, but in tube it does have a very smoky purpled base that reminds me of MAC’s Smoked Purple/Cyber so maybe it just pulls redder on me. I think it comes out looking a lot like Team Buffy, but that’s a comparison for another day.

As you might be able to see, though, I had an interesting time applying this gloss. Though it’s a dark colour, it’s a pretty thin consistency and that made it somewhat difficult to apply evenly, because it slid around more than my other glosses. (This is very feather-y on me. You may already be able to see the ring it’s forming at the edges here.) It also gave me a hard time about adhering to the inner parts of my lips, which you may be able to see–I ended up with a lot of gloss on my teeth, which is a problem I have never had with Shiro glosses before and one of the reasons I usually love them. I intended on building up a slightly vampier look with this, but ended up sheering it out a lot to try to get even coverage.

So, all of that said–this is a great colour, and this is the first time I’m ever had an issue like this with a Shiro gloss, even though it happens to me with like 90% of other glosses in the world. (I own thirteen Shiro glosses at this point–yes, that’s maybe a problem–so I have a lot to compare to!) So I’m going to try to troubleshoot this gloss. I imagine that if I give it some clear lipliner to cling to or layer it with a lipstick, I can probably get it working a little better. (I put up with plenty of crap just to wear Rimmel’s Apocalyptic, so I’m sure I can get myself to put a little extra effort with a Black Widow item.)

But you should know if you buy this that it is apt to be much fiddlier to apply than Shiro’s other products! That may be totally fine for those of you who always whip out your lip brush.  I am, however, not a makeup artist nor even a daily-makeup-fabulous kind of lady (mornings suck, okay) so it was a bit sad for me, given my usual experience. P.S. Here’s a comparison of  the popular custom gloss Women’s Weapons (top) in opaque to Red in My Ledger (bottom):

Women's Weapons vs. Cognitive Recalibration

Women’s Weapons vs. Cognitive Recalibration

I swiped Red in My Ledger twice to show more of a sense of its colour, but WW once because it’s thick, opaque stuff. As you can see, Women’s Weapons is more red-brown with shimmer where RiML has more of a purple base, is blackened, no shimmer, much sheerer.

And now for:

Flavour Reviews

I’ve noticed lately on Reddit that folks have been asking about the Shiro lip gloss flavourings because the custom glosses can have a bit of a metallic smell/taste to them. I find that doesn’t bother me, but if it’s an issue for you, here’s a quick review of many of the gloss flavourings Shiro has available for customs, as well as a couple they have exclusively in their regular-line glosses. (I think the only ones I haven’t tried are the grape in one of the Nic Cage glosses–my partner is allergic to artificial grape flavouring, weirdly enough–and the mints.)

Black Walnut (exclusive to Red in My Ledger)

This is one of the stronger flavours, I find (or scents, rather, since I don’t find most of the glosses actually taste like anything). However, I don’t find it bothersome despite the fact that I am pretty ambivalent about walnuts. The smell is nutty and sweet; less artificial than some of the scents. Probably fine if you don’t mind nuts and great if you’re a walnut fan.

Cherry Pie

The pie smell is nice. Whatever is cherry-like comes off a little too artificial with a hint of cough syrup. But the pie pastry scent overwhelms it for me, then it all fades pretty quickly. Generally inoffensive overall, but not my favourite. Lots of people do really like this one, though, so it’s a safer bet!

Champagne

Somewhat artificial-smelling cheap champagne. One of the stronger scents, I find. Kind of strange for a lip gloss! I enjoy cheap champagne, though, so I’m okay with it. Your mileage may vary.

Cinnamon

Eep. Well. I made the mistake of applying my cinnamon gloss after exfoliating my lips a bit and sweet merciful Zeus did it sting. This flavour of this seems to be somewhat of a flavour (not just a scent) and more natural–essential oil maybe? I wouldn’t recommend it if your skin is sensitive and do not make my mistake, but otherwise if you like cinnamon (and normally I do) it’s quite nice. I suspect it’s the same cinnamon they used in Three Wolf Moon.

Cranberry (exclusive to Red Wedding)

I find this has a nice, vaguely fruity scent that doesn’t really seem cranberry to me. Which is a huge relief, as I hate cranberry-flavoured things but I like the smell of this gloss. It’s not the fastest to fade but it does go away. I really don’t imagine this being offensive to anyone unless you hate fruit.

Honey

A lot of people hate this scent. I actually love it. It’s strong, it definitely has an artificialness to it, but it’s sweet and honey-like. One of the stronger scents, takes longer to fade.

Pink Frosting

My favourite. Buttercreamy with a hint of artificial strawberry flavour? Anyway it’s moderate in strength and smells like a delicious cupcake. Maybe a bad plan if you are avoiding cupcakes.

I hope some of the information here is helpful for folks (except re: Plausible Walrus, sorry) and it’s been an honour to be here! Back to your regularly scheduled programming. :)

Augustus Waters

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics CoTM Dance of Death, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Moon Prism Power, Cheshire Cat, Augustus Waters & Damnit, Moon Moon

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More CoTM swatches from Shiro Cosmetics! I know I said I’d post them yesterday, but I fell asleep in the middle of editing photos. >.> Oops. So um here they are today! XD Today I have Dance of Death, Yzma’s Essence of Llama, Moon Prism Power, Cheshire Cat, Augustus Waters and Damnit, Moon Moon. Remember these are available until the end of the month, then POOF! Dance of Death and Cheshire Cat are not available. Also am baking Amish sugar cookies. Yum. And mushrooms are soaking for miso soup!

Official Descriptions
Dance of Death is a emerald green with subtle teal duochrome and silver and purple sparks. October 2013 CoTM.
Yzma’s Essence of Llama is a dark plum purple with llama-colored duochrome. September 2013 CoTM.
Moon Prism Power is a pale, lightly pinkish cream base, with a strong opalescent green shift and bright golden sparkle. September 2013 CoTM.
Cheshire Cat is a medium grey with a strong green-blue shimmer. August 2013 CoTM.
Augustus Waters is a vibrant turquoise packed with golden and aqua sparkle. August 2013 CoTM.
Damnit, Moon Moon is a Medium red-toned purple packed with gold glitter. June 2013 CoTM.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5-2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.

All photos taken indoors in direct light and outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over bare skin, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime primer.

Dance of Death is a bright jewel green with silver and purple sparks.
Ingredients: Mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, blue #1 lake, yellow #5 lake, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Yzma’s Essence of Llama is a burgundy with a bronze-ish sheen.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ultramarine blue, copper powder, silica. VEGAN

Moon Prism Power is a super pale cream with a slightly gold/green shift and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Cheshire Cat is a medium gray with an aqua sheen.
Ingredients: Mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate and silica. VEGAN

Augustus Waters is a bright aqua/turqoise with gold and aqua sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Damnit, Moon Moon is a reddish purple with gold glitter and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN
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More pretties! Unfortunately Cheshire Cat and Dance of Death are not available anymore, but I hadn’t previously swatched them, so. :) Which colors are your favorites? Are you picking any up? Which ones?

Shiro Cosmetics can be found on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Caitlin through her contact page here.

Luna

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Chinchillin'

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics CoTM Chinchillin’, Plausible Walrus, Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, You Snow Nothing, TARDIS & Doge

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I have many of Shiro Cosmetics color of the month shades and am finally getting around to swatching them. XD Caitlin has added some older CoTM shades back into the shop until the end of the month. So I suggest you go take a look and grab them before you miss them! Onto ze swatches!

Official descriptions
Chinchillin’ is a velvety heather grey with strong purple duochrome and sparkle. June 2014 CoTM.
Plausible Walrus is a right poppy-pink with a violet shift. May 2014 CoTM.
Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a shimmering rose-tinted champagne with bright silver sparks. April 2014 CoTM.
You Snow Nothing is a iridescent crow’s wing blue-black, kissed by fire. December 2013 CoTM.
TARDIS is a lightly shimmery royal blue with bright purple and green sparkles. November 2012 CoTM.
Doge is a slightly pink-toned shimmery creamy dogey wonderment. November 2013 CoTM.

Ordering options
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 1.5-2g by weight for $6.00 per jar.

All photos taken indoors in direct light and outdoors in direct sun. Swatched over bare skin, Glamour Doll Eyes Foil Me and Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Prime primer.

Chinchillin’ is a darkish gray with a purple shift and purple sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, synthetic fluorophylogopite, silica. VEGAN

Plausible Walrus is a bright pinky coral with a purple shift.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, yellow #5. VEGAN

Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio is a pale rose-gold champagne with silver sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

You Snow Nothing is a satin black with orange and gold sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

TARDIS is a bright cobalt blue with purple and green sparks.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, ferric ferrocyanide, ultramarine blue, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica. VEGAN

Doge is a shimmery, barely pink champagney cream.
Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, aluminum powder, silica. VEGAN
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These colors are beautiful as usual. Caitlin does amazing things with makeup. ^.^ You must go BUY ALL THE THINGS! I shall be posting some more shades tomorrow. :)

Shiro Cosmetics can be found on Facebook here and Twitter here. You can contact Caitlin through her contact page here.

Luna

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I Survived the Apocalypse, Moon Prism Power & My Cat is My Valentine Custom Lip Gloss

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics Custom Lipgloss My Cat is My Valentine, Moon Prism Power & I Survived the Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Eyeshadow

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Hey lovelies! I’m sure by now most of you know that Caitlin from Shiro Cosmetics does custom lipgloss, if not well you best crawl out from under that rock. XD You can turn any lip-safe shade into a custom lipgloss. You can even choose the opacity of your gloss, from sheer to moderate to opaque. I’ve only purchased a few, but they’re really nice and I like ‘em. So here are some swatches of mine.

Official Descriptions:
My Cat is My Valentine is a creamy light pink with bright white sparkles.
Moon Prism Power is a pale, lightly pinkish cream base, with a strong opalescent green shift and bright golden sparkle.
I Survived the Apocalypse and All I Got Was This Eyeshadow is a rosy champagne with lots of gold and silver sparks, very celebratory!

You will receive custom lipgloss in a 10-mL squeeze tube labeled with color name and opacity for $7.50. There is an added .50 ¢ charge for choosing the opaque option.

Also adding this little video so you can see how pretty they are.

Base Ingredients: hydrogenated polyisobutene, ethylene/propylene/styrene copolymer, butylene/ethylene/styrene copolymer, meadowfoam seed oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E. VEGAN

Overall I’m very pleased with the custom lipglosses! The formula is plush and creamy and only slightly sticky. I definitely recommend trying them out. You can find the listing here. You can contact Caitlin Here. Find Shiro on Facebook!

Luna

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Little Brother, Diamonds!, It's Mossy! & Star-Crossed over primer

Swatches: Shiro Cosmetics Little Brother, Diamonds!, It’s Mossy! & Star-Crossed

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Hello lovelies! I’m going to be swatching some of my Shiro Cosmetics for you! I put the free samples I’ve received into jars and swatched them. I’m hoping to get my custom glosses swatched next. :) For now I have Little Brother, Diamonds!, It’s Mossy! and Star-Crossed. I forgot that I’d swatched Star-Crossed before and only remembered after I’d finished editing my photos. XD Oops. So you get to see it again! I’ve mixed up the swatches a bit. When asked in my makeup group about the swatches people wanted to see the large round swatches over primer instead of glitter glue, so that’s what I did. :)

Official Descriptions:
Little Brother is a strongly metallic mid-toned silver.
Diamonds! is a sheer, super sparkly icy aqua-blue.
It’s Mossy! is a complex green-blue-grey, lightly metallic, over a black base.
Star-Crossed is a blackened coppery-brown.

Ordering options:
You will receive loose product in a 5g jar with a sifter, packed 2g by weight for $5.00.
You will receive loose product in a 3g jar with a sifter, packed 1g by weight for $3.50.
You will receive loose product in a 2×2″ baggie, packed ¼ by volume for $1.00.
Optional for It’s Mossy! and Diamonds!. You will receive loose product in a collector’s eddition square 5g jar without a sifter, packed 2g by weight for $8.50.

All photos taken indoors under a daylight bulb. Swatched over Madd Style Cosmetics Optimus Primer primer, Darling Girl Cosmetics Glitter Glue and bare skin.

Little Brother is a super silver… silver. XD

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Diamonds! is a super glassy, sparkley, shiny aqua-blue shade with rainbow sparks. It’s on the sheer side but can be built up nicely.

Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide, calcium aluminum borosilicate, silica, ferric ferrocyanide. VEGAN

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It’s Mossy! is a greyish foresty green that turns into a crazy metallic over primer/base.

Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

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Star-Crossed is a dark brown with a coppery sheen.

Ingredients: mica, carnauba wax, titanium dioxide, iron oxide, tin oxide. VEGAN

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So these were free samples from a couple of orders. I emptied the baggies into some 5g jars that I have. The samples are really generous it filled up almost half of a 5g jar. You can contact Caitlin here. You can purchase from Shiro Cosmetics here. Find Shiro on Facebook!

Luna

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