Recently I purchased from Shiro Cosmetics because my friend suggested I check them out due to the fact that I’m a geek, and the colors are all named for Pokemon monsters. The collection is officially called the Super Effective Collection. Shiro Cosmetics is a very new company. In fact, they only went llive on April 30, 2010!
Before I ordered, I checked the FAQ and saw this:
“I don’t sell straight mica and I don’t use premade bases; all formulations are uniquely mine. In fact, the base I use for each individual shadow is unique since different pigments have varying properties. A favorite ingredient of mine, included in all my formulations, is carnauba wax. It helps the pigment adhere smoothly and blend beautifully while retaining its rich color - and it’s vegan, too!”
This actually made me quite excited to try the shadows, because I love it when a company tells you that they don’t repackage.
All of the eye shadows currently offered are vegan, which is good in my book!
While I didn’t play Pokemon myself (I played Monster Rancher, which I considered to be tremendous fun!) I did know about several of the Pokemon monsters, including Pikachu, Mew and MewTwo.
My initial thoughts after swatching the shadows and playing around with them on my skin are that I really like the texture of these shadows. Most of these seem to have a satin finish, and a few are peppered with micro-glitter. I didn’t notice any fall out when swatching them. The colors are pretty.
Pricing is as follows:
$5.00 – full size (5 gram jar, 1.8 to 2 grams of product), $3.00 mini size (3 gram jar, 1 gram product) , $1.00 – sample (1/4 tsp)
Official Shade Descriptions:
Squirtle – Bright, clear, shimmery pool blue.
Pikachu – vivid, opaque, shimmering yellow with eye-safe red glitter sparks.
Mew – cheerful, bright strawberry-bubblegum pink with a slight peachy tone.
Mewtwo – Sheer, shimmery, medium purple with blue tones.
Bulbasaur – Bright, opaque, shimmering grassy green with a hint of a gold undertone.
Acid – Vivid, opaque, shimmery yellow-green with golden undertones and just a touch of darker green eye-safe glitter.
Charmander – Soft yet bright shimmery orange, like a candle’s flame, with yellow undertones and just a hint of gold.
Zubat – Dusky, shimmery, semi-sheer blue with a violet tinge.
Vulpix – Gorgeous shimmering coppery red-brown, soft but intense – kind of like hugging a Vulpix, I imagine.
Articuno – Pale, powdery silver-blue with plenty of shimmer and sparkle.
Hyper Beam – sparkly opaque black, absolutely loaded with silver eye-safe glitter.
S.S. Anne – Lovely, shimmery, subtle yet rich golden brown with a peachy-copper tinge – appropriate for all ages and occasions, universally flattering, and pretty much just gorgeous.
Team Rocket – Opaque, shimmery red-toned purple, kind of a cross between the Team Rocket uniform and Jessie’s hair.
Brock the Rock – Dark, rich, shimmery chocolate brown with red tones.
Swatch Order (with my commentary):
Squirtle – bright and beautiful aqua! This is one of my favorite colors, as always.
Lance – very pretty gold threaded purple
Zubat – really lovely dusky purple/blue
Team Rocket – red-based purple
MewTwo – silvery purple, sort of like the color of the skin of a black plum
Mew – pink-coral shade
Charmander – metallic light orange
Pikachu – vivid yellow with red micro glitter. I should add that any time I hear the name Pikachu I am reminded of Something Positive‘s character Aubrey.
Acid – really cute yellowed green. Not as intense as Aromaleigh Estranged or Sugarpill Absinthe, but definitely cousins.
Bulbasaur – crayon green
S. S. Anne – multidimensional pretty golden brown. Really liked this, reminded me of UD’s YDK.
Vulpix – reddish brown
Brock the Rock – Reminded me of MAC Majestic, really pretty.
Hyper Beam – reminded me of UD Oil Slick
Articuno – silvery-blue with silver glitter
Colors I’m looking forward to playing with:
Squirtle, Zubat, Pikachu, Acid, S.S. Anne, Brock the Rock, Mew & MewTwo.
All colors were swatched on Aromaleigh Light Primer.
I’ll be doing a more extensive review after I’m able to wear the shadows a bit.
Have you heard of Shiro Cosmetics?
Have you tried them?
What did you think?