Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Shiro "Cheekbones" contouring powders

Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
 Told you to expect more Shiro Cosmetics!  It's also yet another post related to contouring but it is a big thing right now and I'm enjoying it, so neh.  This contouring set is rather novel, as well as amazing; they are inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's cheekbones, which are rather desirable after all!  The containers feature a picture by Amy Zen of Cumberbatch in his Sherlock role, and the names of each powder are references to the programme too.  I'm a huge Sherlock fun so this excited me no end, but also the collection actually caters to all skin tones and contains some of the most cool-toned (grey!!!) contouring products I've ever seen!  Remember, natural shadows = cool toned.
I bought four of the loose powders from the Cheekbones collection.  There are seven in total but the others were too warm for me and would be more of a bronzer.  As well as being unique for being exceptionally cool-toned, they are also the first loose powders for contouring I have come across.

Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
I'll talk about the shades in the order of the swatches below. 

First off there is An East Wind Coming.  This is a matte grey with a blue/grey tone to it.  While it is the least natural of the contouring shades, it is still fun to play with (just maybe not on a work day).

Next is Do Your Research.  This is a matte cool taupe.  It is not as intense as the previous colour and I find it looks incredibly natural on me, it really does look just like shadow.

Think, It's The New Sexy is a highlighter colour.  It's a warm cream with the slightest bit of sheen, though it looks pretty matte on.  Unfortunately this is slightly darker and warmer than my natural skin tone and so I can't use it myself.  I have put it straight in to my kit however!  It blends in to the skin so well, I'm really looking forwards to using it on someone a little darker than me.

Burn The Heart Out Of You is described as a matte cool-toned desaturated mauve and I would say that is spot-on.  It also looks really natural on me and quite flattering.

Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
Shiro Cheekbones contouring powders
L-R An East Wind Coming, Do your Research, Think, It's The New Sexy, Burn The Heart Out Of You
Can you see just how cool-toned the darker shades are?  Ah, they're so good.  I'm currently using the Real Techniques Sculpting brush to apply them and it does a great job at not applying too much powder and at blending them in seamlessly.

At $8 each for the full size jar (sample bags for $1.50), I think these are a great price.  You can buy the Cheekbones collection here to fulfil all of your face contouring desires.  Shiro is a small indie brand and their products are 100% vegan.  They make their items in small batches at their base in Portland, Oregon.  If you like the look of Shiro products then stay alert, I have a few more posts lined up including their whole Seven Kingdoms (Game of Thrones) collection!

Rachel

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