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.

shiro sale haul shadow swatches

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.