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Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Wonderchilde Review + Swatches

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Color:
Sephora describes the shade as “iridescent neon lilac.” On the lips, its a mid-tone cool fuchsia purple with purple iridescence. I don’t have a shade like this, and haven’t seen a color this rare. It will be hard to dupe! (5/5)

Wear:
This is a surprisingly long-wearing lipstick. It wore well for 5 hours and looked mostly in-tact after a meal. It didn’t fade, bleed, or feather. (5/5)

Formula:
The formula on Wonderchilde is not stellar. The iridescence in this shade felt gritty going on. Also, it needs to be built up, and even then, I can only get it to about 80% opacity. The base color applies smoothly but the iridescence is a little patchy. However, it didn’t dry my lips out. It also has a lovely creme brulee scent. (3.5/5)

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Packaging:
The Studded Kiss Lipstick line has edgy black studded plastic tubes. I think it’s glamorous and fits Kat Von D’s image perfectly. The size is a little large, but I don’t find these lipsticks any more difficult to store than other brands’. The packaging doesn’t feel cheap, which I like at this price point. (5/5)

Price:
These lipsticks sell for $21 USD and contains 0.1 oz of product (for a total of $210 per ounce). A MAC lipstick is $16 for the same amount ($160 an ounce). So Studded Kiss lipsticks aren’t the cheapest lippies around. However, I think the rareness of a shade like Wonderchilde alone will warrant lots of purchases. Also, it’s not a bad quality lipstick. It doesn’t apply perfectly (or totally mask pigmented lips), but it does a fair job, so I think it’s worth it for a shade this unique. (4/5)

Wow Factor:
Of course a shade like this is impressive, because it’s rarely been done before. It’s one of those eye-catching colors as soon as you open the tube. The sparkling effect it has on the lips is interesting as well, like fairy dust. There’s room for improvement, but generally I was impressed. (4/5)

Overall:
I think Wonderchilde is a special lipstick. It’s got a unique, interesting color that I can see people reaching for when they want to stand out, boost their confidence, go to a party, wear with a cosplay, etc. For a shade this twinkly, it’s long lasting as well. It didn’t dry out the lips despite feeling a bit gritty. If the color interests you and you don’t mind the price, I would recommend it. (4.4) B+

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Where to Buy:
-Studded Kiss lipsticks are exclusive to Sephora

Useful Information:
-This product was purchased by me.
-Kat Von D products are cruelty-free, except where mandated by law.
-This lipstick is made without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.

Wet ‘n’ Wild MegaLast Lip Color in Think Pink Review + Swatches

I had never tried a Wet ‘n’ Wild lipstick before, but I had heard good things about them. When I saw a cute shade of pink, Think Pink, being promoted at my local drugstore, I knew I had to buy it. Not only can I not say no to a new pink lippie, a portion of the sales from this particular shade would go to the American Cancer Society. 
Color:

Think Pink is a warm, bright pink with a fairly glossy finish. It wasn’t quite as dupeable as I expected–a lot of shades I thought were similar were too orange in comparison–but Revlon Lip Butter in Sweet Tart was the closest I have, although it’s lighter, cooler, and more shimmery than Think Pink. (4/5)



Wear:
This lipstick went on fully opaque and stayed that way for a full 5 hours, even after a meal. Even the glossiness persists more than I expected–after an hour, the shine had worn down a little, but it didn’t turn semi-matte until the fourth hour. (5/5)

Formula:
This has a very faint chemical scent, but it’s very minor and not noticeable on the lips. It applies creamy and smooth, very pigmented. It doesn’t tug on the lips when you put it on, and remains comfortable to wear. It has great staying power for such a creamy formula. (5/5)

Packaging:
Unfortunately, the packaging looks and feels cheap. It’s all lightweight plastic with a clear cap. I noticed that the cap on mine feels looks, like you can shake it around a little. I imagine it might crack easily if dropped or during travel. Also, the twist-up product doesn’t twist down into the tube all the way (it’s designed to stick out a little) but it ended up smearing the inside of the cap. (2.5/5)


Price:

This line of lipsticks sells for $1.99, but I was able to get it for even less on sale. Each tube contains 0.11 oz of product, which is marginally more than average. Since the face value of these is inexpensive, the price per ounce is effectively cheap ($18.09 per ounce). I love when drugstore products like this prove that quality doesn’t have to come with an unpleasant price tag. (5/5)


Wow Factor:
I was highly impressed by the pigment, smooth application, and staying power of this lipstick. It’s always great when a brand gives back as well. It’s not the most unique and the packaging is underwhelming, though. (4/5)

Overall:
This is one of those drugstore gems. It’s different than most things in my collection of pink lippies since it leans much warmer and is darker toned while still being quite girly. It applies like a dream and lasts extra long. All that for the price can’t be beat! (The flimsy packaging is what brought the score down.) 4.25 (B)

Availabilty:
-Drugstores
Useful Information:
-This product was purchased by me.
-Wet ‘n’ Wild is completely cruelty free and mostly vegan.

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Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Quad Eyeshadow in Afternoon Tea Review + Swatches

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Anyone who knows me knows I love my bright colors. I’d much rather experiment with my look than play it safe. Which is why I was so surprised I fell in love with this Rimmel shadow quad in Afternoon Tea, a set of four, wearable, daytime colors.
Color:

On the back of the package, Rimmel assigned each shade a number. 1 is the left shade, a cool, semi-sheer champagne with a satin finish. This one is the most “shimmery”, but it’s not a true shimmer finish. This looked very natural on the lid, almost like my real skin but without the veins and redness peeking through. 2 is the right-hand shade, a warm, chocolate brown with a satin finish. This was one of the more pigmented shades in the quad. 3 is the bottom shade, and probably my favorite. It’s a matte camel brown that goes on very light. It’s not sheer or patchy, it’s just not as intense as it looks. It makes for the perfect natural brow highlight–it adds so much lift and polish to the eyes. The last shade, 4, the top shade, is a cool matte dark brown that was also quite pigmented. So not the most unique shades, but reliable go-tos. (4/5)


Wear:

All four shades wore well. After 7 hours (with primer), shades 2 and 4 looked a bit faded. Without primer, all four shades looked faded at this point, with the 2nd shade showing signs of wearing off as early as 2 hours. (4/5)


Formula:

I thought all four shades were good quality for drugstore. None were too dry and none had fallout. The 2nd shade had some powder kickup in the pan, but it wasn’t powdery on the lid. However, the 2nd shade in particular blended like a dream (none were hard to blend, though). The 4th shade was quite pigmented, so it’s better to use a bit of a lighter hand, but I’ll always take more pigment than less any day! (4.5/5)


Packaging:

The shades come in triangular pans in a black plastic compact that includes a sponge tipped applicator. The packaging is average, doesn’t feel too cheap but is nothing luxurious. It feels durable enough to not crack during travel and isn’t too large that it becomes cumbersome to store. My only gripe is that the pans are a bit small; an average-sized brush easily takes up the whole pan, so you have to rub a bit awkwardly to get the shadow on there. (4/5)


Price:

I got mine at Ulta for $5.99 USD. The quad contains 0.15 oz of shadow. An average single shadow is  0.05 oz of product, so you’re getting a bit less (less than 0.04 oz) in each pan. However, you’re paying about $1.50 for each shade, and these are quality, go-to shadows that we tend to get a lot of use out of. I definitely think the price is a bargain, even despite the slightly lesser product weight. (You’re getting less but paying less, so it cancels out). (5/5)


Wow Factor:

As I’ve mentioned, I love my bright colors, but I was stunned by how much I loved this quad. The effortlessness is there, which is what makes it such an easy go-to. Shade 1 looks so natural on my skin, shade 3 is such a perfect highlight, and I imagine it’ll work great for those who like to use a shade like this to help blend two other colors as well. Shades 2 and 4 are on the more pigmented side, and have different undertones and depth, so it doesn’t feel like two boring, basic browns. Sure it’s dupeable, but I do agree everyone needs a good daytime palette on-hand, and I think I’ve found mine. (4/5)


Useful Information:

-Rimmel and it’s parent company do not test on animals, except where mandated by law.
-Rimmel products are available at drugstores and Ulta.

Overall:

I adore this quad and think it’s great and useful. Darker skin tones may find it a bit too light, so I don’t think it’s universal. But if you think the shades work for you, I recommend trying it. They’re affordable, easy to find, good quality, wear well, and have you covered for most settings (the look they suggest on the back of the palette is great for daytime-school or work-but a little extra of the brown shades and you’ve got yourself a nighttime eye). But the pans are small, there’s a little less product than normal, and it didn’t quite make it all the way with wear or uniqueness. 4.2 (B)

Swatches:
Sorry for the low quality!

This is my own photo.

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Shiro The Notebook Collection Collective Review

Shiro’s The Notebook Collection thrilled me when I first saw it. I’m a big fan of the anime that inspired it (Death Note), and was super excited to see how the shades would perform. I’m happy to say that most of them were impressive, if not very unique. There are ten shadows in the collection, all loose. As I’ve stated in reviews, one can purchase the whole collection at once and receive a 10% discount.

Sadly, there was not a lot of diversity in this collection. It’s more muted/neutral, with softer pops of color compared to the brand’s brighter, more pastel collections. There are two greys (Detective and More Sugar), two browns (Divine Justice and Mistrust), two burgundy-reds (Heart Attack and Task Force), a blue (Heaven Nor Hell), a gold (Perfect World), a black (Second Kira), and a purple (Shinigami). In more detail:

  • Detective: Cool, iridescent silver with silver glitter. This one was more of a layering shade and was a bit sheer. It had some issues with fading and glitter migration. This is safe to use on the lips. (3.8 C+)
  • Divine Justice: Warm, medium orange, with warm brown overlay and golden shimmer. This was probably the most unique in the collection, as I’ve never seen another shadow self-layer like this one did. This shade only slightly faded around the edges. This is safe to use on the lips. (4.5 A-)
  • Heart Attack: Frosty cranberry wine with silver and blue glitter. Urban Decay Last Call, L’Oreal Glistening Garnet, and MAC Star Ruby are considerable dupes. This wore flawlessly, without creasing, fading, or falling out. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.3 B+)
  • Heaven Nor Hell: Steely, gunmetal blue-grey. This was an interesting shade and another that wore perfectly without any problems. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.3 B+)
  • Mistrust: Warm, chocolaty brown with silver and orange sparkles. Apart from the special layering effect of Divine Justice, the two colors aren’t that different. This had application fallout but wore well. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.1 B-)
  • More Sugar: Steely, storm cloud grey. This applied and wore perfectly. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.2 B)
  • Perfect World: Soft yellow gold with slightly metallic frost. Urban Decay Maui Wowie is similar. It applied and wore perfectly. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.5 A-)
  • Second Kira: Dark, cool grey with a greenish tinge and highly reflective gold sparkles. This shade was so unique. This faded slightly around the edges. This is safe for use on the lips. (4.4 B+)
  • Shinigami: Light lavender with silver shimmer. This faded and had glitter migration, and had fallout during application. This is safe for use on the lips (4.2 B)
  • Task Force: Cool, purplish pink-burgundy. This faded around the edges. This isn’t that different from Heart Attack, except that the latter has the bluish shimmer. This is the only shadow not safe for use on the lips. (4.2 B)
I wore all of these shadows foiled (wet). Some of these had issues with application over a base. Generally they went on well, opaque and easy to blend. More often than not these wore greatly, although some did fade around the edges or on the lid. Application was generally good too. I experienced no creasing with any of the ten shades, despite their wet application. 
All of these shadows are cruelty free and vegan, made with gentle ingredients. The ingredients are readily available, listed on the brand’s site and stamped on the bottom of each shade. The mini 1g jars, which are the ones I purchased, are small, about the size of a quarter, with clear lids and sifters. The light weight of the plastic and the shadows’ small size make these tricky to store, and I imagine even worse to travel with. 
The cost of this collection was not too steep, and US shipping was only $2.50 USD. They do ship internationally for a flat rate of $7.50. It wasn’t long before I got my order (less than 2 weeks), and the customer service was out of this world amazing. 
On the whole, I liked the Notebook Collection. Second Kira ended up being my favorite, followed by Perfect World and Heart Attack. I thought Divine Justice was unique but not flattering. Heaven Nor Hell also stands out to me. Shinigami is a pretty purple, but not that different from others on the market.While  Detective  got the lowest score, it is a fantastic layering shade and I look forward to experimenting with it over different bases. Mistrust, More Sugar, and Task Force are more forgettable, but none of them are really poor quality. This collection may be better for someone who still needs to round out their stash as opposed to someone who’s makeup collection is more extensive, as one only needs so many of the same few shades. 
I’m looking forward to trying some of the brand’s brighter, more unique shades. I didn’t think the Notebook Collection was that inspired or interesting-some of the colors within the collection are dupes of each other! The sifters and lids can be unreliable and at times, problematic. But the color quality, wear time, and lack off issues (creasing/fading/fallout, etc) are excellent. I’m always happy to see cruelty free, vegan, and non-irritating cosmetics that are pretty and good quality on the market. And, I’m equally very happy to support the indie, smaller businesses. Overall, this brand is great, I’m satisfied with my purchase, and would highly recommend them to anyone.
The average score for this collection is 4.25 (B).
Shiro products are available exclusively on their website, shirocosmetics.com

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Task Force Review

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Last but not least in Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “shimmery deep burgundy,” Task Force. This is a cool-toned purplish pink-burgundy. It’s not glittery, or even shimmery-it has more of a satin texture. The shadow color looked similar whether or not a primer was used (it was a bit brighter over bare lids, but marginally).  Shiro Heart Attack is warmer and redder, and also has a blue sparkles.
This shadow went on opaquely and blended nicely (when foiled). Like with other Shiro shadows, this has a different texture when used with a base. A base brings out the shimmery/shiny/glittery texture of the shadow, whereas they settle down to a more velvety finish over bare lids. When used without a base, this had faded around the edges after a pretty impressive 6 hours. By 9 hours, it had faded around the edges when a primer was used. Otherwise, the color was uniform and solid, even if it was a bit muted. Without a primer, it was a bit uneven by this time. Regardless, I didn’t have issues with fallout or creasing.
These shadows come in three different sizes: $1 USD sample baggies, $3.50 USD 1g mini jars, and $5 USD, 2g full size jars. They also offer a permanent deal, where you can buy the whole collection at once and save 10%! My collection is in the mini size, which come in plastic with clear lids, with the shade name and ingredients stamped on the bottom. They’re pretty small, about the size of a quarter. They come with sifters. Some times the sifters pop off easily, sometimes they’re nearly glued in there. Sometimes, they shake out way too much product, other times, they need a good few shakes to get enough product to use. The lids need to be pressed down and then screwed shut-some of them pop on easily, other ones need to be clamped down pretty hard to keep the lids on there.
Task Force is one of the few shadows in this range that are not safe for use on the lips. All of their products are cruelty free and vegan, with gentle ingredients. Like most indie brands, Shiro is only available online, via their website. The shipping was not expensive ($2.50 USD, $7.50 for international shipping, orders over $35 and shipping is free). I also got my order in a reasonable time frame (it was in my mailbox within 2 weeks). Not to mention brand creator Caitlin Johnstone was super kind-she included a handwritten thank you note, candy, and 2 free sample baggies with my order.
Color: 4/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 3/5
Overall: 4.2 (B)
Recommend: Task Force is a pretty color and performs well with a base. But, it’s not that unique (even within the collection)-you may have something similar already. But if you’ve been on the hunt for this type of shade and prefer gentle/animal friendly products and/or you’re on a budget, this shadow would be worth looking into.

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Shinigami Review

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Next up in my ongoing reviews of Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “dark royal purple with silver sparkles,” Shinigami. I applied this shadow foiled (wet). This shade looked a bit different depending on whether or not a based was used. It was lighter, a touch more lavender, when used with a primer. It was darker when used over bare lids. The base allowed the silver shimmer to show up much better. When used without a primer, the texture seemed more velvety and less iridescent. Shinigami was a bit drier to apply over bare lids. However, whether or not a primer was used, it still went opaquely and was easy to blend. This didn’t have any of the difficulty with wear or dryness that people often associate with purples. There was some fallout, both with and without a base, but nothing deal-breaking.
In terms of wear, I was happy with this shadow. There was a little bit of glitter migration to the browbone after 3 hours. This wasn’t an unattractive thing though, as the glittery is not at all large or chunky. By 6 hours, this had faded around the edges when a primer was not used. At the end of the day, the shadow was less vibrant than during initial application. The interesting thing is that each way to wear it (primer vs. no primer) kept the shadow’s respect texture (frosty vs. velvet) throughout the day. There was no creasing or additional fallout throughout the day. 
Shiro’s formula of loose shadow is very nice to work with. It’s soft and not too powdery, packs bold pigment with minimal fallout, stays all day and blends well. It never creases, even when used wet over a cream base. Many of these, including Shinigami, are safe for use on the lips as well! They’re all cruelty-free and vegan, using gentle, simple ingredients.
These shadows come with three sizes, a $1 USD sample bag, a mini 1g jar for $3.50, and the full size, 2g jars are $5. I have the mini jars, which are clear, with the shade name and ingredients stamped on the bottom. With this mini size, the packaging is hit or miss. Some of them are simple, easy to pop on and screw down tightly. Others, like my Shinigami, are tougher-with this I have to clamp down the lid a bit hard, and then give it a tight twist. The lid will pop off and make a horrible mess in my stash otherwise. Also, the jars are small. I imagine the size, and the lighter plastic of the container makes these less than ideal to travel with and store (I keep mine in a plastic bag, which is not optimal). You get a good amount of product in each jar though, and for the quality you get, the price cant be beat.
One thing about Shiro, like other indie brands, is that they’re only available online. Now, I prefer to shop online, but many people don’t, and that limited availability could be inconvenient for some. However, if you do go ahead and purchase from them, their service is amazing! Shipping is $2.50 USD, or free for orders over $35. They ship internationally, for a flat rate of $7.50. They also have a permanent deal where you can purchase an entire color collection at once and receive 10% off! I got my package less than 2 weeks after placing my order, so not bad at all. But the quality and care that went into my package was amazing. I received a handwritten note from brand founder Caitlin Johnstone thanking me for my order, along with some free candies and two free sample bags of shadows from their other collections. I was definitely impressed!
Color: 4.5/5

Wear: 4.5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.2 (B)
Recommend: I think the quality of this shadow is great, a lot better than what people are used to with purple shadows. It packs pigment, is versatile (you can create different textures depending on your base), lasts all day, and is very affordable.

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Second Kira Review

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Continuing on with my review of The Notebook Collection by Shiro is the beautiful “charcoal with bright golden sparkles,” Second Kira. It’s a dark, cool grey with a greenish tinge and highly reflective gold sparkles. Without primer, it’s a bit more soft (although by no means sheer-it’s perfectly opaque)-a bit more daytime. Over primer, it looks sootier, and with the glitter, it would look great as a part of a glam smoky eye. 
As always, I foil these loose shadows. Both with and without primer, Second Kira goes on opaque, and blends like a dream. I did have some fallout, less with primer. The glitter is more reflective when used with a base, as it sticks to the eye better. 
After 6 hours, it looked a bit faded around the edges when a primer was not used. Otherwise, the shadow still looked amazing after a full 8 hours of wear. With primer, it was still sooty and glittery. In both instances (with and without a base), there was no extra fallout, and no fading or creasing. 
Shiro is an indie brand, so a little bit of leeway is expected with their packaging. The “medium” sized jars I purchased are small, circular, and clear, with a sifter included, and the color name and ingredients list stamped on the bottom. These can be tricky to store because if they get tumbled around (say, in a drawer), the product will sift out (no big deal if the lid is tight, but it can get the lid messy). Unfortunately, the lids on these shadows is weird-they need to be pressed firmly onto the shadow, and then screwed down, or else the lid can not close evenly (and can fall off).
But each shade comes in three sizes, $1 USD sample baggies, $3.50 USD “medium” 1g jars, and full size, $5 USD 2g jars. Since these shadows are made with pure ingredients, are cruelty free and vegan, handmade, long-wearing, and creaseless, I have to say the quality can’t be beat for the price. The only disadvantage is that these are only available online, via the brand’s website. However, shipping is quick (less than two weeks) and customer service is astoundingly great. Also, many of the collection’s shadows (including Second Kira) are also safe for use on the mouth. It’s also worth mentioning that the brand has a permanent 10% discount if you purchase this whole collection at once, no matter what size you’re buying (and the discount applies to many of the brand’s other collections as well!).
Color: 4.5/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 4.75/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.4 (B+)
Recommend: Absolutely! Second Kira may have been the darkhorse of this collection. You may not expect much based off how it looks on the site or in the jar, but once it’s on, the base color and glitter is really distinct and very beautiful. It’s great quality, affordable, and something I couldn’t dupe. The shady packaging is the only thing bringing this score down.

Shiro products are available for purchase at shirocosmetics.com

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in More Sugar Review

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Continuing on with Shiro’s The Notebook Collection, the next shade I have up for review is More Sugar. The brand describes it as “creamy shimmer in a rich coffee base.” Sadly, this description is way off. There’s nothing creamy or coffee about this shade. It goes on the lid (foiled) as a shimmery steely, stormcloud grey. It looks more steely over bare lids, and more stormcloud over primer (I used Urban Decay Primer Potion). 
Shiro Heaven Nor Hell is frostier, and bluer. Side by side, More Sugar looks like a neutral grey purple, as well as more shimery and softer than Heaven Nor Hell. Yet on the lid, they’re not remarkably, exceptionally different. Heaven Nor Hell looks bluish on the lid, but More Sugar just looks grey with a very, very slight purple tinge. Both shadows are great, but they’re similar enough to where I’d say you don’t need both. 
 As I’ve mentioned before, I always foil my loose shadows. With More Sugar, the pigment was rich and opaque in one go. It was easy to apply, showed up great, and gave me no application issues: no fallout, no difficulty blending, etc. After eight hours, I was impressed with this shade. Without primer, this wore nonstop looking metallic, and with a base underneath, it went the whole eight hours with that great, velvety texture it took on. Either way, it didn’t budge, fallout, crease, fade, nothing. It wore perfectly. 
Since Shiro is an indie brand, there can be some discrepancies with the packaging. I purchased this collection in the “medium”, 1g size. The shadows come in small, circular clear plastic containers. There is an ingredients list and shade name on a sticker stamped on the bottom of each jar. Also, each container comes with a sifter, but I noticed the sifters can be finicky. Some are easy to pop off, others absolutely refuse to budge. Some sift the perfect amount easily, some sift too much, some don’t sift enough, etc. Also, these are a bit of a pain to store, because they’re so small. These need to be set flat, so maybe dedicate a sizeable amount of drawer space to keeping these tidy. Otherwise, if you try to toss ’em in with your other products, they could tumble around and those damn sifters can let out too much product (disclaimer, the lids are super-tight, so you generally don’t have to fear them spilling. But when you open the jar up to use it, you may find a ton of product already sitting on top of the sifter waiting to be used. Because of this, and depending on how you apply it, the lids of these can get quite dirty). However, the lids don’t screw on the way, say, a water bottle cap does. You don’t just start at the top and screw all the way down. With Shiro, you have to sort of clamp the lid halfway down, then screw it the rest of the way down. Doing it the “wrong” way could make them seal unevenly (one of my jars screwed shut this way actually had the lid pop off, and my favorite shade got all over! Learn from my mistake!)
The price of these shadows can’t be beat, especially given the great quality. You can purchase sample baggies for $1 USD each, the “medium” 1g jars for $3.50 USD each, or the full size (2g) for $5 USD each. Like most of the shades in this collection, More Sugar is safe for use on the lips. All of the shadows are hand-made, cruelty-free, and vegan. But because Shiro is an indie brand, the tradeoff is that these have limited availability-Shiro is only available online on their site. However, shipping is inexpensive and quick (I got my order in the mailbox within 2 weeks of placing it), and the customer service is amazing-Shiro founder Caitlin Johnstone sent me 2 free sample baggies, some candy, and a handwritten note with my purchase-a Shiro order is bound to make you smile! Also, I purchased the entire Notebook collection at once, which gave me a 10% discount. This discount is permanent, and available for nearly all the different collections the brand has. 
Color: 3.5/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 3.5/5
Overall: 4.2 (B)
Recommend: More Sugar is a pretty, versatile shade. The neutral undertone makes it workable on warmer skin, and the texture changes based on whether or not a base is used. But since most beauty junkies use a base, I don’t think the velvety texture yet common, more dupable color it becomes is really worth it. Also, it’s comparable to Heaven Nor Hell, and if someone could only purchase one of the two, I wouldn’t recommend this one.

Shiro products are available online at shirocosmetics.com.

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Mistrust Review

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Next up in my reviews of Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “dirty orange-brown with silver sparkles” shade, Mistrust. The brand description isn’t too far off. To me, it looked like a warm, chocolaty brown with silver and orange sparkles. As with all the shadows in this collection, I applied mine foiled (wet). Initially, it looks a little browner when applied over primer, but as it dries down, there’s not visible difference between using the shade with or without a neutral base.  
Shiro Divine Justice has a warmer, browner base, is frostier, and has a duochrome. Also, the orange-brown tones in Divine Justice have a very unique layered effect, whereas Mistrust is distinctly brown, the orange tones are only in the glitter. Divine Justice has no glitter. Mistrust looks lighter and more orange in comparison. When I wore them on my eyes together, truthfully, I couldn’t tell them apart, so I definitely don’t think you need both. 
Mistrust went on easily, evenly, and opaque. It wasn’t a problem to blend. Oddly, I had a bit of application fallout when I used this with a primer, but no issues with fallout when I put this shade over my bare lids. Also strangely, within moments, the orange and brown in this shade begin to look patchy, as if they were separating, a la Divine Justice. However, even without a base, Mistrust still looked clearly brown. I didn’t get any of the patchiness when I used this with a base, though. 
After eight hours of wear, Mistrust was still looking fresh, as if I had just applied it: no creasing, no fading, and no additional fallout. So apart from the initial issues, it was a solid shade. I found the glitter in this hue really pretty and autumnal. Even though Divine Justice’s layered effect was cool, and even though Mistrust had some issues, I would pick this shade over the former if I was stuck between the two. This is because the pigment in Mistrust is bound better (Divine Justice just looks muddy and dirty). However, Divine Justice had pretty much no application issues, so of course, the choice is yours!
I purchased my Shiro shadows in the “medium”, 1g size. Mine came in small, circular, clear plastic jars, with screw-on lids, a sifter inside, and a color-label sticker/ingredients list on the bottom of each one. Since Shiro is an indie brand, there can be some inconsistencies with the packaging, e.g, some sifters can be difficult (dispensing too much or too little), some lids can be tricky to screw on, etc. The plastic isn’t super thick, and these are pretty small in size, so I don’t think they’re ideal for travel. Even if you put them in a plastic bag, so they wouldn’t get lost in the bottom of your travel makeup bag, a good amount of product will come out of the sifter as the shadows get tumbled around (the lids screw on nice and tight, so there’s little risk of product waste, but if you’re very neat, opening up the lid and finding a ton of product already sifted out may be annoying or inconvenient). Also, because of the sifter, the lids can get quite dirty.
Shiro sells their shades in three different sizes, sample baggies for $1, 1g jars for $.350 USD each, and the full, 2g size for $5 USD each. Shiro features a permanent “buy the whole collection and get 10% off” deal with this collection, as well as with most of the brand’s other collections. Each shadow is hand-made, cruelty-free, and vegan. And, like many of the shadows in this collection, Mistrust is safe for use on the lips, if you desire. However, since the brand is pretty small, their availability is limited to their online site. However, their customer service is amazing, and I received my package within 2 weeks of placing my order.
Color: 4/5

Wear: 5/5
Formula: 4/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 3.5/5
Overall: 4.1 (B-)
Recommend: As I’ve said, you don’t need both Mistrust and Divine Justice. Mistrust is a pretty brown shade, but a lot of that prettiness comes from the glitter. I don’t think it’s highly dupe-able, but I don’t think it’s the most unique shade, either. If you really love it, the quality and price point could be worth a purchase.

 Shiro Cosmetics are available at shirocosmetics.com

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Shiro Loose Eyeshadow in Heaven Nor Hell Review

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Next in my review of Shiro’s The Notebook Collection is the “velvety, shimmery, gunmetal grey” Heaven Nor Hell. This is a pretty accurate description; I saw it as a steely, gunmetal blue-grey. It definitely has that cool, clearly blue tone to it. This is a frosty shade with no glitter, but it looked more frosty without a base. Over Urban Decay Primer Potion, it looked softer and more like a satin.
UDPP was not the best base for this shade, though. I found it made the application of HNH a bit difficult, although I was able to smooth it out and get it even. This shade did go on vibrantly and opaque, though. It also blends easily, and I can say I don’t have any other shades like this. 
I’m happy to report that this is another winner from Shiro-I achieved flawless wear for a full 8 hours. Once the shadow dried down after blending, it didn’t budge. It looked exactly the same as when I first applied it, no creasing (even though I used mine wet), no fading, no fallout, no problems. 
As I’ve mentioned in all my Shiro reviews, the products come in a variety of sizes, and mine are the “medium” 1 gram jars. They’re very small, circular, clear plastic, with a sifter included and a screw-on lid. The lid can take a bit of getting used to (you have to press down on it, then twist it shut, not screw it from the top, down) but they tend to stay sealed and keep the product in there. Although depending on your storage and application methods, the lids can get a bit messy. 
But, because Shiro is an indie brand, they’re able to put out excellent quality like this at a very wallet-friendly price. My medium size jars only cost $3.50 each (a full size of one is only $5 USD). And because I purchased the whole collection at once, I was able to utilize the sites offer and get a 10% discount. Shiro is a great brand for many reasons, including the fact that they understand that a person-like me-may be tempted to buy a whole collection based on what inspired it (in this case, it was one of my favorite anime) and they continuously offer the “buy the whole collection, get 10% off” deal, for nearly any collection you want. There’s no size limit, either, as in, buy the sample bags, the 1g jars, or the full size, you still get 10% off when you buy the whole shebang together.
Not to mention what else makes this brand top-notch: shipping was considerably quick (my order was in my mailbox in less than 2 weeks), and the founder, Caitlin Johnstone, included a hand-written note thanking me for my order, and she even threw in some candies and 2 sample shadows, just to say thanks. That’s what I love about indie brands, they really put their heart, passion, and appreciation in every product they make. Also, as is de rigueur with indie brands, all of Shiro’s products are affordable, cruelty-free, vegan, and hand-made. The only downside is, they’re only available online.
Color: 4/5

Wear: 5/5 
Formula: 5/5
Packaging: 3/5
Price: 5/5
Wow Factor: 4/5
Overall: 4.3 (B+)
Recommend: Yes, Heaven Nor Hell is a great, unique shade that would look awesome as an alternative to black for a nighttime smoky eye, or as an accent color. The only thing really knocking this shadow’s grade down is the packaging, which I find frustrating.

Shiro Cosmetics are available for purchase at shirocosmetics.com

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