Shiro Cosmetics is a brand I purchased from for the first time this past Black Friday, and I grabbed a handful of eyeshadows as well as these two face products: the blush in 1-Up, a gold-toned pink, and highlighter in Curaga, a pearly cream. Both are extremely easy to work with and have a pretty glow without being over-the-top. At $8 per jar, they’re also really affordable.
First off, Shiro’s products are handmade, vegan, and cruelty-free. Living in Seattle, I was tickled to see that they’re located in nearby Portland, Oregon. The Shiro logo is adorable and hints at the brand’s love for all kinds of nerdy goodness – fantasy, video games, anime, and more. Their About page says that Shiro is Japanese for “castle”.
I have historically had really good luck with loose blush powders from indie companies so they’re something I want to keep exploring, and I picked out 1-Up because it just sounded like an easy everyday color. I didn’t think I needed a highlighter until I found that they had one with a name pulled from Final Fantasy. I absolutely did need Final Fantasy highlighter.
Coincidentally (or maybe not), 1-Up and Curaga are both an infusion of video game life-force, which is generally a fun thing to imagine using as I’m trying to wake up in the morning.
The jars have sifters in them, and quite a bit of product is released with a gentle tap. I will say that the powders are pretty forgiving, so overloading the skin isn’t a major concern here. The jars are pretty big and I only use a little bit of powder at a time, so these will last forever.
For both powders, it’s easy to build up color, but they also blend and diffuse really easily. I think both the blush and the highlight have similar levels of opacity and luminosity. When they’re diffused, they have a satin finish and both have a nice and even, yet transparent quality that lets the skin tone underneath still show through. In that way, they kind of remind me of watercolors.
I’ve built up the colors with my finger and you can see how smooth and even they are. They’re lovely colors and last well on my cheeks, and are very forgiving they are to work with, as well.
And here, I’m wearing Curaga over a matte foundation (L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte) and matte blush (Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Peach Choux Wafer). The highlight is placed on the tops of my cheekbones and a bit above my brow and on my brow bone. It’s not a traffic-stopping highlight, it’s one that’s very easy to wear day-to-day. If I bring it too far toward the center of my face I notice that it slightly emphasizes pores, but I can diffuse it further with a larger powder brush and fix the issue, and leave it heavier toward the outer portions of my face. That being said, if you have pronounced pores in the areas you want to highlight, this won’t be the most flattering product for you.
Otherwise, I really like these and am interested in trying maybe a bronzer and another blush in the future. Shiro’s face products cost $8/jar, and they have a pretty nice variety of blushes, highlighters, contouring powders, and finishing powders.
Have you tried Shiro Cosmetics out before? I’d love to hear what you think, as well as any favorite shades you’ve tried!