Shiro Cosmetics

Shiro Cosmetics make hand-blended, vegan, mineral eyeshadows which you can order in sample bags, mini-pots, or full size containers.  I recently ordered some samples of Shiro eyeshadows in little bags, and they arrived in the neat little package above with a delightful handwritten note from Caitlin, the owner.

I am utterly enamoured with these shadows.  Below are the five shadows I ordered swatched on the back of my hand without primer:

These two shadows were included in my order free of charge by Caitlin:

In order that you may see what these shadows look like applied, I have applied each colour to my lid, crease, and lower lashline (over a primer) and photographed it for you:


This is a beautiful olive green-brown with coppery shimmer.  I generally have a very conservative colour palette when it comes to eyeshadows, but I find this colour very wearable indeed.  I had no problem wearing this around during the day.


Brock the Rock

This colour is a dark chocolate brown with red undertones and some silver shimmer, making it very flattering for blue or green eyes in particular. I found this to be the most matte  out of the whole order, but still easy to work with.  Even by my standards this is a rich, deep, heavy colour so I would probably use this colour on the outer ‘v’ or along the lower lash line to deepen a look.


Small Key

An undoubtedly pretty bronze-gold with a hint of silver shimmer. Unfortunately, like all gold eyeshadows, this looks too yellow on my lids and pallid skintone to wear. I might be able to get away with it as an inner corner highlight, but we shall see. My experience aside, at a guess I’d say that this in one of their most popular shadows.



Boomerang is a coppery-brown with a hint of red shimmer. This is a very wearable colour, and great to throw on as you’re heading out the door.



Epona is one of my favourites. It is a chocolate brown with a slight mauve undertone and a beautiful sheen.  This shadow is a great intensity for me to wear during the day.



I love the colour of Steelix: a turquoise-grey with a little green shimmer. However, I found that this shadow didn’t apply as evenly as the others, which was disappointing. You can see from the photo above that the colour remains true at the crease, but the lid colour has already started to fade away.  Moreover, this photo was taken immediately after application.



This colour was an unexpected joy. Golem is a grey with a slight brown undertone and a little grey shimmer. I no longer buy grey eyeshadows because every single one I have turns blue on me.  When I applied this shadow I expected exactly the same thing; instead, this is the first grey eyeshadow I’ve ever owned that doesn’t turn blue on application! I suspect it has something to to with that slight brown undertone. This shadow also creates the easiest smokey eye ever. I wore this look out to an engagement party, and it was a real winner.


Overall, I’m really impressed with these shadows.

The downside would be that it is difficult to apply these shadows from little plastic bags without making a mess of your bathroom, but I knew that would be the case when I ordered them. I imagine that when you apply the shadows from their pots it would be much easier.

What I didn’t expect from these shadows is their extraordinary lasting power. I have incredibly oily eyelids, and before the advent of eyeshadow primers my shadow would be a mess by 10am which I would have to just wipe off. Now, I can expect my eyeshadow to last during the day, but I still see one or two creases by mid-afternoon. I’ve learned to live with it.  However, when applied over a primer, Shiro shadows look as perfect late at night as they did when I first applied them. I have very few shadows that can boast the same kind of longevity and performance.

Finally, I apply these shadows in exactly the same way I apply all my shadows: with my fingers, them blended out with a MAC 224 blending brush.  They are a little messy to apply, as all pigments are, but I have experienced no fallout at all, and the longwearing nature of these shadows and the prettiness of the colours makes them worth the effort for me in the mornings.

I bought my Shiro Cosmetics sample bag (five shadows of your choice) from their Etsy store for USD $4.50 plus $1.50 shipping to Australia.

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14 Responses to Shiro Cosmetics

  1. Jade says:

    WOW – adore especially Golem, steelix and sudowoodo *wants* 😀

  2. Dempeaux says:

    I’m so impressed with these Jade! What’s more, it’s so easy to test out some colours when the sample bags are so cheap! I think I’m going to get most of these in the full size 🙂

  3. Jessica says:

    The colours all look amazing on you! Golem is my favourite of the swatches

  4. Dempeaux says:

    Thanks Jess! I’m so happy I’ve found that Golem shade – it’s just perfect! I hope they never stop making it 🙂

  5. Stacey says:

    Ooh, Sudowoodo, Golem & Epona are SO pretty!

  6. Dempeaux says:

    I’m wearing Epona today! It’s so easy to wear. I’m so impressed with these shadows 🙂

  7. Hey – I just found your site while I was searching up about Lush product that I had just bought and I am so glad that I have. I’m a west aussie too… and i really like the golem + epona ones.
    I am strongly considering buying them… as welll as the samples… the only thing holding me back being that… I have to do some christmas shopping sometime 😛 and thats gonna use my money…

  8. Dempeaux says:

    Oh that’s so great! Thanks for stopping to have a look at my blog! Golem and Epona are awesome shadows. I’m so impressed with those shadows and the brand overall! I can completely relate to the Christmas shopping dilemma though – there’s always so much of it to be done! 🙂

  9. Nat says:

    Wow, they look gorgeous Sarah! The pigmentation looks really good.

  10. Dempeaux says:

    Thanks Nat! They’re really beautiful, and I love the lasting power! 🙂

  11. I can’t wait for my order to arrive. I ordered quite a few of the ones you have, including Golem which looks gorgeous on you. You have reminded me that I meant to get some little containers to decant the pigments into. Someone very kindly sent me a link to a tutorial and it looks quite straightforward.
    Jane x

  12. Dempeaux says:

    Oh I’m so looking forward to your review Jane! I’m about to make another order myself, so your imput will be very helpful indeed 🙂

  13. Jen W says:

    I can’t believe I missed this post! I’m going to order some pots now!

    Sodowoodu, small key, and Brock the Rock are my favourites but they all look gorgeous

  14. Dempeaux says:

    Oh that’s great! I’m looking forward to your post! 🙂

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