Shiro 5th Birthday Order – Part 1: The Custom Gloss

I received my order from Shiro’s 5th Anniversary Sale. As you guys know, I am a big fan of Shiro’s products. I’ve ordered quite a few times, so there wasn’t a ton that I needed to pick up. But, turns out there was a deal where you got 10 random eyeshadows for $5, so of course I had to pick up a couple of those!

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Consequently, I have a lot of swatches to do. So, I’m going to break this order up into a few posts. In this first post, I’ll cover the custom lipgloss I picked up.

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The custom gloss wasn’t included on the sale, but I figured since I was paying shipping, I might as well grab one. I was thinking of order something safe, but then I remembered my test in Chimera gloss test. While it didn’t quite turn out using the crappy Wet n Wild clear lipgloss and eyeshadow, I still desperately wanted to see what this gorgeous pewter/copper color would look like. So, I picked it up in Moderate opacity in pumpkin cheesecake flavor.

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Color: The color of this gloss in the tube looks like a dark bronze. Applied, it’s more dark pewter gray with a bronze sheen. It’s a lovely color. I don’t think it’s a color that looks good on me, but I think there are quite a few people this color would look badass on. Indoors, it has a really beautiful (but a bit too unconventional for me) greenish tint to it, almost like it’s the antiqued bronze that starts to slightly green. I love the color! In contrast, you can see that when you are in sunlight, the copper just explodes and looks absolutely amazing.

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Opacity: I want to comment on opacity. So, I picked this up in moderate. I thought, based on my poor attempt of making a Chimera gloss, that it would be pretty sheer, which is sort of what I wanted. So I thought going for moderate would make it have color, but still be sheerish. Nope. It’s super opaque. In fact, I can’t even imagine how choosing the opaque option would be different! I’m not too upset about it being so much more opaque than expected, but it definitely was unexpected.

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Wear: In terms of wear time, I find that Shiro glosses last a couple of hours, but they need touchups. It also wears from the center in, so something to keep an eye on. Putting on a layer, blotting, and applying a second layer helps with the longevity.

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Flavor: So, at first, I thought my order had been messed up and my gloss was made with the cinnamon flavor. It smelled like cinnamon (not at all like pumpkin cheesecake) and it burned a bit on my lips. It’s not a terrible flavor, but I’m not a huge fan of cinnamon bubblegum, which is what this made me think of. If you like that stuff, you’d like this flavor. I tried to pretend the slight burning was a lip plumper. It just helped me cope with the tingling. That said… I probably will have to destash this at some point. The cinnamon is just too much for me. I’m too sensitive for it.

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Overall, I’m pretty happy with this, although I don’t think I’ll really ever be able to use it. The color is more opaque than I was thinking it would be, but it’s absolutely gorgeous. For me, the flavor was the biggest problem. If you like cinnamon, you’ll like it, but for me, it was much too strong.

Incidentally, I did send Caitlin an email asking her if there was in fact cinnamon in the pumpkin cheesecake flavor, and she said that it’s a pretty spicy blend with a nutmeg/clove/cinnamon thing going on like pumpkin pie spice. Since it was something I am apparently sensitive to, she offered either a refund, a replacement gloss in a different flavor. As it turns out, she sent me the Come Out, Come Out Miyazaki lip tint, which I was super happy about. More to come on that one later.

As much of a gamble as it is buying these custom lipglosses, I find them to be a great adventure. I especially like picking ones up that I can’t find any other swatches online for. It makes me feel like I am an explorer, discovering something brand new! So, I’ll keep doing it. Eventually I’ll buckle down and get one in a normal color, though.

But for now, I’m going to keep on trying some cookey ones!

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