However, my shopping addiction sometimes overpowers my loyalty (ha!), and I feel the need to spread my shimmery, loose powder-covered wings and try something new.
My latest something new is Shiro Cosmetics.
If you’re not an avid reader of Ana at Lipsticks and Lightsabers or Phyrra of the eponymous blog, you should be and I think you smell. If you are, you smell lovely AND you should know a thing or two about Shiro Cosmetics. Both Ana and Phyrra have done lovely and comprehensive articles and interviews with the beauty, brains, and nerd-dom behind the line herself, Caitlin Johnstone. Caitlin is not a real person. Caitlin is probably the world’s most efficient cyborg: she’s around my age, she’s in college, she has the CUTEST BABY ALIVE, and she created her own highly successful and soaked in awesomesauce makeup company after way too many nights of reading Ana’s blog. I mean, really: I can barely tie my shoes on a normal day, let alone run a business, take care of a kid, and better myself. Caitlin is not real. Don’t let the cute face and warm messages that she sends on Etsy fool you!
I digress. Both Ana and Phyrra have been raving nonstop about Shiro’s pigmented and pretty colors, and after one long night of chatting with Phyrra, I caved. With her help, I picked five lovely mini jars of shadowy happiness (which cost me a measly $13.50, or something like that).
A word about Shiro Cosmetics: Shiro is a makeup company devoted to nerd-dom and geekery. Caitlin’s original two eyeshadow collections were based off of Pokemon and The Legend of Zelda. Her most current collection of lip colors is meme-based. As a nerd myself, I completely appreciate how terrifically nerdy this makeup line is. In fact, I was pushed over the proverbial edge when I discovered that Caitlin had a Jigglypuff eyeshadow in her Pokemon line - Jigglypuff was my nickname in middle school!
Can you guess WHY my nickname was Jigglypuff?
When I received my order, I was blown away by how cute the packaging and presentation was.
Caitlin’s business card, which had a sweet note written on the back, is a nod to Super Mario Bros., and I appreciated the two generously-sized free samples I was sent.
I ordered four colors from the Pokemon-themed collection (Meowth, Mewtwo, SS Anne, and Jigglypuff) and one color from the Zelda-themed collection (Zelda). My two samples were Porygon (from the Pokemon collection) and Master Sword (from the Zelda collection).
Here are color descriptions (in the same order as they appear swatched on my hand from L to R):
Porygon: A shimmery, silky fuchsia color that could probably be worn as a blush but I like it as an eyeshadow.
Master Sword: A very sparkly sheer sandy taupe color.
Mewtwo: A sheer-ish but buildable smoky grey plum color with a golden shimmer.
SS Anne: A slightly burnished bronzey shade with multi-colored shimmer. In person, it is a shade or so darker than my swatch.
Zelda: The most gorgeous and lovely satiny shimmery coral-melon shade ever. This is eye brightening perfection in a pot!
Jigglypuff: My reason for ordering, this shimmery lilac-y blued purple is officially one of my new favorite eyeshadow shades EVER. I truly cannot get over how lovely this shadow is.
Meowth: A lovely shimmering champagne beige that makes a perfect all-over color or highlight shade.
Every shadow is easy to work with (even the sheer but dark Mewtwo), and Caitlin packs her jars to the brim so you receive plenty of product to play with. I literally cannot find one complaint about Shiro’s products besides the fact that I have yet to order every other shadow...yeah, I have issues. Seriously though, the colors apply and blend beautifully, they wear like iron, and come alive over Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy.
Honestly, give Caitlin’s store on Etsy a check out! She offers generous sample baggies, mini jars, and full-sized jars all at affordable prices, and her color range is impressive. Plus, HER BABY IS ADORABLE. How could you not want to try something from Shiro?
An after-note: Correcting blog posts is really annoying because Blogger always messes with the format, but I'm glad people point out my errors! I clearly suck, y'all.