It's October and Halloween season is upon us! And in the indie world that means Halloween collections. [Insert hiss of delight here.] Shiro's Halloween collection, inspired by the movie 'Nightmare Before Christmas,' is rolling around again and Caitlin contacted me for more lip swatches so I happily obliged! She sent these to me quick as a cat around Sept 25th and happily I was able to get my swatches back to her in time for the launch! (I impress myself sometimes, derp.) I was quite excited since this is the first time I've played around with anything from Shiro's Halloween stuff! This year's lip products feature two glosses making their return from previous years and three tinted lip balms - new for this last go around! So let's take a look and kick on to the swatches! First up, the glosses:
Warm, shimmery, pumpkiny orange.
|Forgive the dumbest face I've ever made.|
This Is Halloween - an iconic name for a gorgeous gloss. It's almost opaque but not quite and it has the qualities of a liquid lipstick, applying niiiice and smoooth. The shimmers are subtle and the gloss itself leans a bit red. And the scent! Good lawd, the scent! Chocolate pumpkin cheesecake! It doesn't last too long once it's on the lips but it is intensely delicious and I need a cheesecake right now oh no.
Deep red/plum brown.
Sheer and dark, Something In The Wind can be a bit finicky but not nearly at the level of Red in My Ledger. It's not too brown which I'm happy about. The scent is nice - not too strong. A lovely autumn color that doesn't fall too vampy for those who aren't into that.
Then we have the new additions! Frogsbreath, Wormswort and Nightshade - ingredients from Sally's kitchen. The lip balms are labeled a bit like the jars in the movie which is super adorable and the range of colors goes from super wearable to... much less so. Let's dig in!
Sheer pretty nude, the color of cream with a dollop of coffee.
Frogsbreath is my absolute favorite from this collection. Probably my favorite out of all of Shiro's tinted balms, even! It's that good, you guys. It's not quite sheer and can build up to a light/moderate opacity. For my skin tone it's a perfect MLBD (my lips but deader) shade. The scent, sweet light bourbon, is a bit hard to discern from the french vanilla scent of the previous tinted balms but I still like it.
Bright poppy orange.
I didn't have the scent descriptions when I first tried these out but I could tell this one was pumpkin right away! Oh goodness, do I love pumpkin. Wormswort is a lovely sheer orange that seriously makes your lips look juicy and plump as hell. I really love this.
Deep blue in the tube, applies quite sheer (will tint naturally red lips purple, or less pigmented lips indigo).
|Sorry for the odd one-off. My lips weren't havin' it by the time I got to Nightshade so it had to wait 'til the next day~|
Here's swatches of the balms on some tissue. For science.
|Frogsbreath, Wormswort, Nightshade - Artsy~|
I'm super happy to have been given the chance to play around/swatch these for Shiro! A few I love (almost inappropriately so) and the rest are not too far behind affection-wise. You can find the rest of the collection here, as well as some delightfully spoopy derps here. I need those Halloween spoops so bad. ;_; Also, the new COTM is up along with this year's graveyard blend Ghosts of Colors Past. All I can say is sorry, wallet. You're in for it now.