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December 19, 2014

Indie Weekends: Shiro Cosmetics Crafty Wonderland Exclusives Review

Shiro Cosmetics recently attended an event in Portland called Crafty Wonderland and I happened to know a couple people who were going to be there, and they picked up a few things for me! Exclusive things! Things that could only be purchased at Crafty Wonderland! They finally arrived in my mailbox, so I thought I would swatch and review them. Since I was not there myself, and these were sent to me through a friend, I will not be reviewing the shipping and customer service portions like I normally would.

AboutShiro Cosmetics is an indie makeup company based out of Oregon, that focuses on geeky themed collections inspired by some of our favorite fandoms, including Pokemon, Game of Thrones, Avengers, and others. They offer sample bags, mini jars, and full size jars, and every month they have a color of the month that is voted on by their Facebook page fans.



Product Size - The eyeshadow is a full size 5g jar with sifter, and the glosses are full size 15ml tubes.

Free Samples - My friend who bought these on my behalf, added in a little ceramic keychain freebie that she got from one of the other vendors at the show.


From left to right: Bough of Holly, Figgy Pudding, Stuffed Stockings, Sugared Plums


Bough of Holly - 

This was the red and green striped gloss. You can see it was very sheer, and I really only got a tinge of green on my lips. I can't figure out what this one is flavored like, other than spruce and something else, but it's a festive lip gloss for the holidays that won't impart much color.


Figgy Pudding - 

This one is obviously flavored like figgy pudding, and was actually my favorite color of the bunch. It was a medium reddish brown shade on the lips. Not opaque, but not sheer either. It's too bad I liked this one the most as I planned on gifting it to my mom. But I'll be a good daughter and still give it to her. It's probably the shade she'd most like too.


Stuffed Stockings - 

If you somehow managed to buy this lip gloss, be sure to wear lip balm underneath! It has cinnamon and orange in it, and it burns. In the photo, my lips were actually burning and I was trying to take the photo as fast as I could. I tried it again over some lip balm and it wasn't nearly as bad, but I might have to further layer this over another color. I have had reactions to cinnamon before, but it just seems like there is too much in here. The color is pretty, the white stripes are mostly what shows up, and it's very shimmery. I think this would look best over the top of another color. Or just in the middle of the lips as a highlight shade for depth.


Sugared Plums - 

This one is the dark brown red and gold gloss, and it is fairly sheer. Flavored like plums obviously, and the gold shimmer is just barely noticeable. It kind of looks a little brown on the lips, but it's so sheer it's hard to tell.


The Tears of Retail Employees - "Holographic glitter with red and green sparks."

This eyeshadow was a Color of the Month shade a few years ago, and I had to get this one because I used to work retail. Plus the art is just so funny! It's pretty difficult to capture in a photo, but it seems to have a bit of a red sheen, and you can definitely see the red and green sparks in the bottom left blurred portion of the swatch. This will look great as a highlight shade, I bet it would pair well with a pink or red eyeshadow look. I can't wait to play with this one.

Overall, I had higher hopes for the glosses. I thought they would be more pigmented based on how they looked in the tubes, but most of them were really sheer. Figgy Pudding was probably my favorite, but I also really liked the shimmery effect in Stuffed Stockings. I just wish I wouldn't have to wear something under it to keep it from burning. I mostly bought The Tears of Retail Employees for the label art and the name, but the shadow itself is beautiful. Hard to capture in photos, but just very holographic. And I did notice even after one use of the glosses, the layers did slightly blur. It might be difficult to keep the layers nice and separated.

Availability - The Tears of Retail Employees was a Color of the Month shade a few years ago, and is no longer available for purchase. The glosses were only sold at Crafty Wonderland, and Shiro has said they will not be making layered glosses again because they take too much time.

Overall Satisfaction - My favorite gloss was Figgy Pudding, mostly because it was the most pigmented. The shadow was just beautiful, and overall I'm glad I purchased everything available since they are all limited editions.

What did you think of the Shiro Crafty Wonderland exclusives? Let me know in the comments!

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