I've been super into indie cosmetics companies lately (ever since my first Glamour Doll Eyes Of The Month!) and have made it a sort-of goal to try as many as possible! ...the problem with this being that I end up with a ton of loose eyeshadow/pigments that I will probably never, ever make it through in my lifetime, so I think I'm going to start just ordering sample baggies unless there's a color I really, really like (or I can't get it in a sample size).
Which is what I did with Shiro Cosmetics! In the same vein as Geek Chic, Shrio Cosmetics makes shadows/face products/lip products themed on geek/nerd and pop culture. They have a very professional and easy to navigate website and overall I am very pleased with this company and highly recommend that you check them out!
I think the thing that bugs me about just ordering sample baggies is that I hate paying shipping and I don't feel "justified" in paying $3ish to have a bunch of plastic baggies shipped to me. It's silly, I know, since it's not like the postal service is going to be "oh hey, that clearly is easy for us to get to you so we're just gonna let you do it for free", but it's the mental thing, you know? I also find baggies a little more difficult to work with, but they are way easier to store and, like I said, I really doubt I'll ever be able to go through all the pigments I now have.
Back to Shiro Cosmetics! They have a middle-of-the-road turn around time (TAT) so it's less than Darling Girl, but more than Glamour Doll Eyes (which apparently are my TAT standards). After my pigments shipped, they got to me crazy fast! Like, two days fast. Impressive!
Now for the pigments! I'll show each one individually including the color description provided on the website, and then I will show collective swatches at the end.
And now for the eleven colors I picked out! There wasn't any rhyme or reason to what I chose; I just clicked through all the pigments and if any caught my eye I opened it up in a separate window. Then I went through and edited my choices down to about $10 worth.
If you're into geek/nerd/pop culture, and you want your makeup to themed as such, please check out Shiro Cosmetics! Honestly, I think I prefer them over Geek Chic Cosmetics; they're very professional and all the pigments performed beautifully and are high quality. Geek Chic, while nice, left something to be desired in regards to "professionalism" (bare-bones packaging, no business card) and some of the pigments I received looked significantly different in real life than they did online. When it comes to indie cosmetics, you do need to be careful since these are products you're putting on your face and there is a level of trust involved when it comes to sanitation and safety.
Thanks for reading! <3