I recently wrote about blush and highlight from Shiro Cosmetics, and today I’m chatting about the products that most influenced my first purchase from their site – their Game of Thrones-themed eyeshadow collection. Are you excited about the season 5 finale?! I think it’s nice to have some makeup to play with to fill the void once the show is off until next year, and today I have five full-sized jars as well as two samples to write about: Little Bird, I Loved a Maid, Climbing Chaos, Women’s Weapons, Maiden Queen, Mother of Dragons, Salt and Stone, and No Men Like Me.
By and large, I have a lot of really positive things to say about these eyeshadows, though below I’ll go through each shade one by one. These are very affordable at $6 per full-sized 2g pot, and they have beautiful artwork on the lids featuring each character, which makes it a breeze to identify which shade I’m grabbing even it’s difficult to see the color through the jar. My only disappointment is that the color ink bleeds if you get them wet.
You can also purchase 1g mini jars for $3.50 (no illustrated label) or sample baggies for $1.
The jars are physically a bit more compact than those that I’ve bought from other indie brands, though the 2g weight of product included is comparable. The sifter holes are very small, so I find I have to tap them somewhat forcefully to get powder out. The upside to this, of course, is that I’m less prone to making a huge mess by accidentally knocking them. Like all of Shiro’s products, they are vegan, cruelty-free, and handmade in Portland, OR.
In addition to the 5 shades that I picked out, I was thankful to get a few samples with my order, two of which were also from the Seven Kingdoms collection. I love getting samples because it’s a chance to discover shades that I wouldn’t necessarily pick out for myself.
I will say that these shadows have a fairly distinct texture. The pigmentation is impressive, and they build to opacity really quickly. The mattes are gorgeous to work with on the eyes, and I don’t think they require any special tips. The shimmers have a slight stiffness to them, and they want to build to opacity really quickly – I don’t think they work that well if you want a semi-sheer wash of color, it’s better to apply them to full opacity (I suggest using a damp brush) and then soften the edges with a fluffy brush. Both mattes and shimmers diffuse really well on the skin.
These swatches are on bare skin with no primer. Moving left to right …
No Men Like Me: A matte pale golden tan. This one’s kind of funny because out of all of the shadows, it gives the worst swatch. Do you see how it kind of looks like 2 different colors layered on top of each other, a medium tan and a lighter cream color? It doesn’t do that on the eyes at all, it’s a breeze to work with and has a great texture. The color is one that’s really easy to wear, too. This one’s named after the blond Jaime Lannister.
Little Bird: A matte dusty pink. Again, the mattes have a fantastic texture, and this one’s no exception. It’s a lovely representation of Sansa Stark, who remains a survivor in a world where traditionally feminine traits usually get one killed.
Mother of Dragons: Shiro says, “silvered royal purple over a blood-red base,” but I think that’s slightly confusing. The red isn’t obvious, I’d say it looks like a dulled mauve-toned purple with a silver sheen. Totally looks like a color Daenerys Targaryen would wear. This is super easy to work with, I use a dampened flat eyeshadow brush and in a few pats my eyelid is covered with opaque, glorious color. I think this shade will be a really flattering color for a lot of people.
Women’s Weapons: I purchased this right before Pantone announced the color of the year, Marsala, and it’s a nice example of the color. This is a deep red inspired by Cersei’s wine habit, but it has enough brown and purple mixed in that it’s really wearable. Shiro says it has a soft golden shimmer. I don’t see a lot of gold, but it does have a gentle, satin luminosity. For being as pigmented as it is, it diffuses on the skin really easily. Love it.
I Loved a Maid: Shiro says, “green-shifting gold shining out over a base of softened Lannister crimson.” I felt a little misled by this shade, as I think the photos on the website show a lighter coppery gold color, but to me, this is a deeper red-orange. The red tones look a little … infection-like on me. That green-shifting gold sheen is super pretty, though. This one probably has my least favorite texture, as I have to play around with it a bit in order to get the sheen to be even and strong on both eyes (but it gets there, eventually). Named for Tyrion Lannister.
Climbing Chaos: I’d call this straight-up bronze, like the color of a bronze statue. Shiro says, “rich, velvety brown,” that works, too. It has a lovely copper/gold sheen. This one is super wearable and builds up effortlessly on the skin. This is the shade I reach for the most because it’s just so easy. Named for the devilishly manipulative Petyr Baelish.
Salt and Stone: Shiro says, “blackened green of House Baratheon, shining with the red light of R’hllor.” This is a gorgeous deep brown that includes both visible green and subtle red tones for a rich and complex color. It’s mostly matte, with just a hint of soft, satin luminosity. I wouldn’t have picked this out on my own, but was very pleased to receive the sample. I’ve most often been using this as a liner. It has amazing pigmentation and texture, and will be going in my cart the next time I place an order. Named for Stannis Baratheon (fuck that dude).
Maiden Queen: The most vibrant shade of the bunch, this is a bright, shimmery green somewhere in between emerald and aqua. It has lots of golden micro-sparkle. I can easily achieve vibrant and opaque color on my eyes with just a standard primer (it’s a bit less opaque when used without primer), and don’t have any need for a white base. I also don’t find that the sparkle makes a mess on my face when applied. This is a great shadow and a beautiful color. Inspired by Margaery Tyrell and her home in Highgarden.
Here are a couple of additional angles:
I just want to reiterate that these swatches are on bare skin. My absolute favorites are Mother of Dragons, Women’s Weapons, Climbing Chaos, and Salt and Stone.
Wearing the shadows:
Above, I’m wearing Climbing Chaos all over the lid. This is really simple, and I found I liked highlighting the tear duct and inner half of the lash line with a brighter gold (I used Blitz from the Urban Decay Vice LTD palette) for some extra oomph. I love the depth of this shade.
Here, I’m wearing Mother of Dragons all over my lids and on the outer third of my lower lash line. I love this shadow for a simple look with just some deepening of the crease and outer corner, but Mother of Dragons has such a lovely richness that I don’t feel the need to add much other color.
Here I have I Loved a Maid all over my lids and diffused upward. I’m torn, because when I’m looking down you can see that beautiful sheen on my lids, but when my eyes are open it makes me look ill. Maybe it’s just not a good fit for my skin tone. I still enjoy this shade in theory, and I’m working on figuring out the best way to use it.
These colors are more wearable for me – I’m wearing No Men Like Me on the inner half of my lid, Little Bird on the outer half of my lid, and Women’s Weapons in the outer corner. I also ended up blending No Men Like Me above the crease to help as a transition, though I think I ended up softening the contour too much. However, I do think that shade works really nicely on the brow bone area even though it isn’t light enough to be a true highlight for me. I created this look in a hurry and these matte and satin shadows are so wonderful to work with.
Here I’ve used Maiden Queen on the inner third of my lid and dragged very lightly on the inner third of my lower lid. It would also look phenomenal as a pop of color on the very center of the lid. It’s a wonderfully pigmented shade, and I just patted it on with a dampened brush (no white base needed). Vibrant cool-toned shades can often overpower my blue eyes and make them look gray, but this one has enough gold in it and doesn’t compete as much with my eyes. This was another look I created in a hurry and was pleased with how easy the shadow was to work with.
I’m still eyeing other colors in the collection to grab later, as well as shades from other collections. The Seven Kingdoms collection includes 15 shades with nice references to the series. I do love that they give me an additional way to engage with George R. R. Martin’s characters, and I think the only character that’s missing is Melisandre! Admittedly her signature color is pretty similar to Women’s Weapons, but she could have, say, a bright flame gold? Anyways, you can check out all of the shades on Shiro’s website! There’s quite a nice variety.
Are you a fan of the books, and/or are you watching Game of Thrones? Have you tried any of the shadows, or do any of these shades stand out to you? Hope you’re having a good weekend, and looking forward to Sunday’s episode!