shiro color of the month swatches


I got eyeshadow everywhere removing the sifters.

Every month Shiro Cosmetics releases a special color of the month – usually they’re suggestions from the Facebook page, which are culled down to 5 or 6 options and voted on near the end of the month. They’re officially sold for one month only, though they frequently “secretly” stick around for a while after (meaning that you can access the product page directly but it’s not on the site anywhere). But they do eventually go away, sometimes to much keening and sobbing from the sparkle-loving masses who have gotten attached to LE colors.

Well, this month Shiro brought back all of the colors of the month from the last year, plus two from the previous year that were in popular demand. I am planning to pick up a few that I missed out on (most specifically Dammit, Moon Moon), but I have the bulk of them already, so I figured it would be helpful to throw up some swatches.


Arm o’ neutrals (mostly). Swatched over primer + pixie epoxy.

Doge: Slightly pink-toned shimmery creamy dogey wonderment.

A light peachy-pink champagne kind of shade. One of my favorites.

Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio: Shimmering rose-tinted champagne with bright silver sparks.

A shimmery champagne with silver sparks. Gorgeous. Also a very close dupe of the much-missed old CotM, I Survived the Apocalypse.

I Tried: That gorgeous rose-gold that everyone’s been wanting! 

Shimmery rose gold. Very very pretty, but occasionally makes me look like I have conjunctivitis if I’m not careful.

What Does the Fox Say?: Bright foxy red-orange with subtle metallic bronze shimmer.

A beautiful rusty orange with a slightly more subdued metallic finish. I LOVE this one, but I don’t see it talked about too often. Pity.

Butts (Malcolm Reynolds Edition): This particular version of Butts is inspired by Captain Malcolm Reynolds, whose booty is supreme. Shimmery khaki-tinted beige. 

HEYO CAPTAIN TIGHTPANTS. A metallic khaki sort of color. I like it. But let’s be honest, I would’ve bought this if the jar came full of ants instead of eyeshadow because it’s got Mal’s glorious face on it.

Bowties Are Cool: Dark cranberry red with blue and tan shimmer. 

So are fezzes. Fezzes are cool. This shadow is weird. It’s got a dark reddish base with a green overlay. I have never actually used this, and very likely never will, but it’s Doctor Who.


Look at Yzma’s Essence of Llama. LOOK AT IT.

The outliers. I really should’ve put Yzma’s Essence of Llama in with the neutrals instead of Bowties are Cool. In swatching, as in life, hindsight is always 20/20, etc.


Arm o’ other stuff. Swatched over primer + pixie epoxy.

Jareth’s Tight Pants: A dove-grey color worthy of the Goblin King, scattered with scandalous white sparkles.

A matte grey base with silver sparkles. I love the name of this one – I mean, what’s not to love about David Bowie’s magnificent bulge – but I’m not crazy about the color. It’s not super pigmented, applies kind of patchy, and as I’ve said before I don’t really like these matte + random sparkle kind of shades.

Yzma’s Essence of Llama: Dark plum purple with llama-colored duochrome. 

LLAMA FACE! This color is sex. I mean just look at it in the jar up there. It’s a dark dark purple base loaded with coppery shimmer. Ugh, I love it. I never USE it, but I love it.

Plausible Walrus: Bright poppy-pink with a violet shift.

A super bright coral-ish pink with some purple shift. Not a color I’ll use, honestly, but I couldn’t resist Jamie’s walrusy face.

The Fourth Be With You: Vivid, strangely metallic limey lightsaber green.

Shiro’s 4th anniversary color! A bright acid-y green. This was included with orders over $15 during the anniversary sale, which is the only reason I have it. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, lime green is not a color I would pick for myself.


Artificial indoor lighting. Enlarge for sparkles.

So there you have ’em! My personal favorites are Doge, Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio, What Does the Fox Say?, and Yzma’s Essence of Llama. Runner up goes to I Tried and Butts.

The colors here are linked to their individual pages, but if you want to see what else is available, the main Color of the Month page is here. Availability is guaranteed until June 30th, after which point the two most popular colors will be made permanent (ish?) High Scores and the rest will, presumably, disappear.

shiro sale haul shadow swatches


anniversaryhaul_jarsLate last month, Shiro Cosmetics turned 4 – and had an anniversary sale to celebrate. The May Color of the Month – a bright pink dedicated to Mythbusters’ Jamie Hyneman and his magnificent walrusy ‘stache – was released a few days early to coincide with the sale, and since I couldn’t pass up Plausible Walrus, I figured I might as well grab a few other things as well. Sales are a dangerous thing that way. I actually showed fairy decent restraint, picking up the CotM, samples of two Shiro shadows and six Detrivore shadows, the three Miyazaki lip tints I didn’t already have, and samples of three lip glosses. Not too bad! The Fourth Be With You was included with every order over $15 – otherwise I wouldn’t have it, because let’s be real, I will never wear bright lime green ever in my life. But, free. So.


Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Perfect World: Pure, soft metallic gold.

A gorgeous, metallic neutral gold. I ordered a sample of this and got a double as one of my freebies. I am okay with this because it’s beautiful. (There’s only one sample in the jar up there. I saved the other one in case I didn’t like it enough to need two.)

Cake: Pale cream with soft coppery highlight and red cherry sparks.

White with a coppery pink sheen and bright pink sparks. This is really pretty.

You Know Nothing: Cold wintery grey-white with bright icy shimmer.

An icy blue with a satiny finish. Brighter teal sparks. This one was my other freebie. It’s pretty, but not something I’d order for myself.

Plausible Walrus: Bright poppy-pink with a violet shift.

May CotM. An intense coral pink with a purple sheen. I will probably never actually wear this, but I bought it for Jamie. A lot of people got this as a lip gloss instead, which I can see working well if you’re not as staunchly sparkle-averse as I am when it comes to lip products.

The Fourth Be With You: Vivid, strangely metallic limey lightsaber green.

Shiro’s 4th anniversary color! A bright acid yellow-green with more of a satiny finish. If I will probably never wear Plausible Walrus, I will definitely for sure never wear The Fourth Be With You. I am a neutrals girl. 50 Shades of Beige. This color straight-up scares me.


The colors here are very true to life.

That’s it for my Shiro shadows from this haul – stay tuned for swatches of the lip stuff and Detrivore shadows later this week. In the meantime, everything here can be purchased from Shiro Cosmetics.

still no oscar for leo dicaprio + lip tints


shiro_apr14Earlier this month, Shiro Cosmetics launched a (beautiful!) new website and a new line of tinted lip balms to replace their Intertubes, which were great in theory but often had texture issues. Between the new lip tints and a new Color of the Month, an order was inevitable. I got my stuff few days ago, so here are my thoughts! And some terrible swatches. (My swatch game is weak. Gotta train ’em up.)


Bonus background cat.

The shadow is swatched over primer and each lip tint is one swipe. I didn’t swatch my free samples, Smell Ya Later and You Dropped Your Rod (my requests, which Caitlin kindly honored!), because I am bad at this.

April’s Color of the Month is called Still No Oscar for Leo DiCaprio. It’s described as a “shimmering rose-tinted champagne with bright silver sparks.” It’s a really pretty neutral that I’ll get a ton of use out of.


snofld_itried_comparisonComparison swatches! As you can see, Still No Oscar isn’t wildly different from a few colors in Shiro’s core collection. Baker’s Boy is more yellow-toned, and it has blue sparks rather than silver, but Sweet Honey is very similar. It’s just slightly less warm and coppery and also slightly less metallic, with no sparks or glittery bits.

Extra swatches of Still No Oscar vs February’s CotM, I Tried, by request of someone on r/indiemakeupandmore. Still No Oscar looks quite a bit lighter here – I think the shadows are just catching the light more. In any case, they’re not the same but they’re cousins. I Tried is slightly darker and distinctly more coppery pink.

I don’t have it to compare, but I also wonder how similar it is to I Survived the Apocalypse, a past CotM that was described as a rosy-toned champagne with gold and silver sparks. A lot of people (myself included!) were bummed to miss that one, so this might be a nice substitute.


Lip tints on human face.

It’s Called Love is a beautiful coral, and said to be a replacement for the Why Not Zoidberg? Intertube. That’s one of the only two I bought a full-size of (the other is Team Buffy, because Buffy), and I agree. It’s more sheer, but otherwise it’s a good match. (Scroll down!) I favor corals and reds and this is the perfect everyday version of the former. (The Miyazaki film this references is Spirited Away.)

Who Swallowed a Star? is a gorgeous hot reddish pink. It’s a bolder color than It’s Called Love, but equally wearable. (The Miyazaki film this references is Howl’s Moving Castle.)


Bonus comparison swatches of the lip tints and similar Intertubes. I don’t own a full-sized Nyan Cat, but I did end up with a sample by mistake. It’s quite a bit more pigmented than Who Swallowed a Star, but the colors are similar. It’s Called Love seems slightly more pink than Why not Zoidberg? but otherwise they’re very similar as well.

As I stated above, I wasn’t crazy about the Intertubes. They were stiff and a bit gritty and just generally didn’t get along with my perpetually chapped lips. But these guys? Are awesome. They have a lovely balmy texture, very plush and emollient, and the color is the perfect level of pigmentation for me – one layer gives you a nice wash of color, fairly subtle depending on the tint, but you can easily build it up to be more vibrant. They also have a really nice vanilla scent. I wouldn’t say I find them moisturizing, because I don’t think I’ve ever found a colored lip product moisturizing, but they’re not actively drying, and even that’s a rare find.

There are currently three others: Come Out, Come Out, a sheer apricot (My Neighbor Totoro), With Eyes Unclouded, a sheer brick red (Princess Mononoke), and A Girl and A Cat, a sheer purple berry (Kiki’s Delivery Service). I plan to pick up the rest soon, and I’m especially excited for A Girl and A Cat, since Kiki is my favorite Miyazaki film. I know these just came out so I should shut the hell up, but I’d LOVE to see a true red and maybe a warm rose pink added to the line. Ooh and a bright reddish-orange.

Anyway, these are dreamy and I’m just thrilled with them. They’re leaps and bounds above the Intertubes, and probably my favorite of all the indie tinted balms I’ve tried so far.

Everything in this post and countless other wallet-wounding wonders (alliteration abilities: activate I’M NOT SORRY) are available from Shiro Cosmetics.