You might recall from previous posts that I was anxiously patiently awaiting the arrival of a Shiro order. In case you missed the whole saga, USPS doesn’t quite understand how tracking or expected delivery dates work. I mean, I get it, these things are confusing. So after my package bopped around Oregon for several days and then took a vacation to the backwoods of Florida, it finally arrived with me, totally intact and all was right with the world (it’s also worth noting that when I contacted Caitlin of Shiro to find out if she had access to additional tracking info, she was incredibly nice and helpful and really, I just can’t say enough nice things about her and how she handled me freaking out).
ANYWAY, it’s going to be a long post because I have about a million pictures and I just drank a half a pot of coffee so I’m feeling chatty. Aren’t you so glad? I knew you would be.
I ordered samples of the entire Hobbit Collection because, well, it’s a Hobbit Collection. That doesn’t really need further explanation does it? I also ordered a mini eyeshadow from a different collection and two lip glosses, one of which was custom. That’s right, a custom lipgloss. How cool is that?!
I talked about both of these lip glosses in a recent Wear All The Lipstick post, but I purchased “The Blood of My Enemies” which is a gorgeous brick red and I purchased a custom gloss with “Din’s Fire” eyeshadow at moderate opacity with Cream Cheese Frosting scent. It’s basically the bomb.
On to the lovely sparkly Hobbitses!
Fun fact: I have freakishly long arms. So freakishly long that I actually managed to swatch the entire collection on one arm. Now you know. I also felt that was a little crowded so I split the shadows into two groups, re-swatched everything and added the samples.
All swatches are over LORAC Behind The Scenes Primer on the left, bare skin in the center and Darling Girl Glitter Glue on the right. (I would also like to apologize in advance, some of the eye look photos are serious potato quality)
A Regular Bear’s Meeting
War of Five Armies
Chiefest of Calamities
The Last Homely House
When The Thrush Knocks
Farewell Wherever You Fare
An Unexpected Party
There And Back Again
Fifteen Birds In Five Fir Trees
Lingered in Twilight
Riddles In The Dark
King Under The Mountain
Not Drawing Room Fashion
The Wandering Wizard
Now on to the things that aren’t actually part of the Hobbit Collection:
I Understood That Reference
The samples that were gifts with purchase:
Eyeshadow Performance Review: First, the texture of these shadows is amazing. They’re incredibly silky and smooth to the touch. They do need something sticky to grab onto or there really isn’t much pigmentation at all (with only a couple of exceptions). I found I didn’t actually need glitter glue in most cases as primer was more than sufficient to get incredible pigmentation. With regards to wear time, I didn’t notice any fading at all and I only had creasing with one shade (Lingered in Twilight).
Cohesion of the Collection: I thought it was a really good representation of the overall tone of the book. If you’ve watched the cartoon movie of The Hobbit, I think all of these colors would feel right at home there. As far as purchasing this whole collection and doing looks just from this one collection, I think you’d find some gaps. But probably most people don’t do that. Or do they? I don’t know.
TAT: I placed the order on June 24th and it shipped on July 3rd. That’s five business days so not too bad. I don’t remember now what the advertised TAT was but it was certainly more than that.
The entire Hobbit Collection in sample baggies was $13.50
A sample bag is $1.00 for 1/8 of a tsp.
A mini jar is $3.50 for 1 gram.
Full size jar is $6.00 for 2 grams.
The regular lip gloss is $8.00
I paid $10.00 for my custom gloss but the price varies by about a dollar if you go with a full opacity.
Shipping was very reasonable at $2.75
Overall, I’m incredibly impressed with the general quality and uniqueness of these eye shadows. I would absolutely purchase from Shiro again. Out of the Hobbit Collection, my personal favorite shades were “When The Thrush Knocks” and “The Last Homely House”.
Have you tried anything from Shiro? If so, I’d love to hear your recommendations!
I was actually in a production of The Hobbit my freshman year of high school. It may have been my first play ever but I’m not entirely sure. I was Bifur. I’m expecting The Academy to contact me any day now.
Someone, and I’m not completely sure who, brought a squirrel into the house yesterday while we were away. The poor poor thing 😦
Said squirrel had a bot fly larva in it. I like bugs but man, that shit freaks me out. If you don’t know what a bot fly is just revel in your ignorance and don’t google. Trust me, I’m from the government.