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.
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.
medianet_width=’600′; medianet_height= ‘250’; medianet_crid=’228266391′;