shiro color of the month swatches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

victorian disco swatchfest

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Sample baggies repotted into jars.

Victorian Disco has been closed for a little while, but is set to re-open (with a sale!) soon, so I thought it would be a good time to swatch the shadows that I have from VD in case anyone is interested in checking them out. Apologies in advance because I think a few of these were discontinued. Womp womp. Also can you tell I like neutrals? I like neutrals.

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

/FLEX: A peachy pink shimmer

Bro, Do You Even Lift?: A gorgeous light brownish taupe. One of my favorites. (Side note: I do, in fact, even lift, and have actually worked out at the “bro, do you even lift?” guy’s gym a few times. This shadow is pretty much the reason I checked out Victorian Disco to start with and I need a full-size.)

NOPENOPENOPE: A bright medium coppery orange.

#yolo: A sparkly golden olive.

Jockey!: Another light pink shimmer, less peachy than /FLEX.

Fallen Survivor: A purpley taupe.

Health Pack: A gorgeous light mauve. I’m kicking myself for not getting a larger size of this one, because I think it’s gone now.

Sacrifice: A dark eggplant purple with blue flash.

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Sample baggiest repotted into jars + one mini shadow (So Many Owls).

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

Dashing Doctor: A medium pinky taupe, or a dark pink champagne.

Dashing Doctor: A medium/dark chocolatey brown, on the cooler side.

Dalek Disco: A dark brown base with gold and copper shimmer. Reminiscent of Dalekanium, perhaps?

So Many Owls: A really pretty pink champagne. Slightly sheerer than most of the others.

Why Is It Always You Three?: A dirty coppery gold – kind of greenish, even? But also pinkish. A bit hard to describe.

Rowena: BAM bright blue with silver sparks. Ravenclaws Gone Wild.

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Sample baggies repotted into jars + one mini shadow (Kirin Tor).

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Swatched over primer + Pixie Epoxy.

The Great Lift: A medium brown taupe with green sparks.

The Dreamer: Another golden olive, similar to #yolo but less sparkly.

Kirin Tor: A medium reddish purple with a more satiny finish.

It’s A Trap!: A lighter medium copper, not as orange as NOPENOPENOPE.

The Force, Use It: A light seafoam green with pink shift.

Aaand that’s my entire Victorian Disco collection. In general I really like these shadows – the formula is good, and actually better over just primer than many others. It’s a very soft, “fluffy” shadow, which does equal more fallout, even with a sticky base – this doesn’t bother me, but it’s something to be aware of. I especially appreciate the wide range of neutrals that are offered, since I’m a wanton Neutrals Slut and can never have enough.

Victorian Disco should be back open in the next day or so, and I’ll definitely be checking out what’s new in the shop and picking up a few larger sizes of my favorite samples.

delightful rot sonic screwdriver

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Sweeter than it’s partner TARDIS, this scent is based in the same blue tone, but much more vibrant, with hints of heat and light in the form of mandarin and passion flower.

So yesterday we got TARDIS, and today we have Sonic Screwdriver. It also has the distinction of being the last Delightful Rot scent I currently have to review! I’ll probably pick up samples of the rest of the line in the near future, because I am a hoarder.

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Oh, Nine. You might just be my favorite. You’re tied for the lead, at the very least. P.S. ROSE, I miss yoooouuuu. Oh god, excuse me while I go sob into a napkin.

ANYWAY. Sonic Screwdriver.

In the imp, it smells fresh and fruity, mostly like mandarin orange and a bit like passionfruit to my nose. On skin it stays that way, thankfully displaying none of the generic perfuminess of TARDIS. That’s the thing – even though the description states that these two are based on the same “blue tone,” they smell nothing alike to me. One doesn’t even vaguely remind me of the other on some kind of Silurian lizard-brain level (see what I did there?). This is a good thing, because I really disliked TARDIS but I quite enjoy Sonic Screwdriver. It’s not complex or hugely unique, but it’s a nice, tart, fruity scent that would be perfect for warm weather.

Would I buy it again? Maybe. I do like it, but it reminds me of a few things I have in my stash already (without checking to confirm, Passionfruit from I Smell Good, Raspberry Gingerale and Polynesian Punch from OHWTO, Grapefruit Ginger from Firebird – not dupes or anything, just similarly tart, fizzy, fruity scents), and even if it didn’t I’m not sure it would go on my Full Bottle List simply because it doesn’t blow me away in any sense. If I bought it, I’d mostly be buying it because it’s called Sonic Screwdriver.

Available From: Delightful Rot

delightful rot TARDIS

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Inspired by the famous blue police box, this scent is the interpretation of a blueberry steeped English breakfast tea.

Mmm, okay. So I am a total Doctor Who nerd. TARDIS and Sonic Screwdriver are the scents that prompted me to order samples from Delightful Rot in the first place. I had high hopes, too, because blueberry? Tea? Sign me up! So did I end up loving it as much as I love the glorious blue box it’s named after?

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Forget Calgon. Doctor, take me away!

Unfortunately, not so much. In the imp, TARDIS smells like blueberry and perfume. On skin I smell the tea more – the blueberry gets very faint – but still, that generic perfume note is overpowering anything I might otherwise like about this scent. As you may have noticed, I don’t like things that smell like perfume. I don’t want to smell like a bottle of something fell on me at CVS, or like I got assaulted by department store employees with whatever celebrity fragrance just came out. I like perfume oils because, among other things, they tend to smell more unique. TARDIS, sadly, does not. It smells like generic perfume with sad little punches of tea and blueberry.

Sad ON ME, of course. That’s always worth saying again. This might smell wonderful on you, but on me? No me gusta.

Since I played this game when Leaf on the Wind disappointed me, what would my TARDIS perfume smell like? Old, old weathered wood, dust, dark, damp alien soil, black and mint teas, tart blueberry, bright white vanilla and vibrant satsuma orange (for the blinding light of the time vortex at the heart of the TARDIS), and a touch of warm cinnamon. IT’S A NOTE PARTY, EVERYONE’S INVITED.

Would I buy it again? No. Sorry, Doctor.

Available from: Delightful Rot