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March 17, 2016

It was a while back, while casually scrolling through the updates from our go-to beauty bloggers, that we first came across these very, very curiously named lip glosses:

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From left to right: Nic Cage Churning Butter One Crisp Thanksgiving Morn, Nic Cage Posing For A Calendar With Shiny Bright Red Cars, and Nic Cage Resigned To A Loveless Marriage For The Good Of The Realm.


Wait, Nic Cage as in, National Treasure-hunting Nicolas Cage? Yup, that’s indeed his cartoon likeness dressed in female period costumes printed on the lip gloss tubes, and it’s truly the funniest thing we’ve seen when it comes to makeup. It doesn’t really make any sense, but then that’s exactly the fun of this range, and the rest of the cosmetics by Portland-based Shiro Cosmetics, who are the small team behind these handmade vegan and cruelty-free makeup. Soon enough, we were browsing through the rest of their online store, and we found that these Nic Cage lip glosses are just a small part of the makeup geekery they’re so good at.

First of all, there’s the Battle of the Boy Bands, two makeup collections that awaken the 90s fangirls in all of us with colours and packaging inspired by only the two greatest boybands ever to grace this earth: the Backstreet Boys and ‘NSYNC.


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Top row, from left to right: I Have A Littrell Crush On You, Teach Me Howie To Love, You Can McLean On Me
Bottom row, from left to right: Quit Playing Games With My Carter, Seven Minutes In Kevin


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Top row, from left to right: A Chris For Good Luck, I’ll Fatone For My Sins, Love At First Lance
Bottom row, from left to right: Justin Time, The Thrill Of The Chasez


And we weren’t surprised to find an entire collection dedicated to the Potterheads. You’ll know you’re a true fan if you recognise which parts of the books these shade names came from:

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Top row, from left to right: A Free Elf, Have A Biscuit, Potter, Constant Vigilance!
Bottom row, from left to right: Amortentia, Felix Felicis, Polyjuice


There’s also a Hobbit collection, a League Of Legends collection, and a Game Of Thrones collection. Obviously, Shiro Cosmetics does makeup for geeks, and we love it. Besides the very pigmented formulas in a variety of finishes, many of their products also come with character illustrations corresponding to the shade – think of it as your favourite Deviantart fan art printed on your makeup.

We’re thrilled that Shiro Cosmetics ship internationally, because these products really deserve to be shared with the world. Shipping to Singapore is a very affordable US$12.95, and the products themselves hardly go beyond US$10. That’s our cue to load our virtual shopping cart with that gorgeous golden Felix Felicis lip gloss that sure is a convincing representation of liquid luck, along with a whole bunch of Nic Cage colours (that nude shade actually looks really great on the lips).


Main image: Instagram @shirocosmetics.