Foiled, Again! The Bare Minerals High Shine Eyecolors

Published in: Makeup, Product Reviews

Holy wow! These Bare Minerals High Shine Eyecolors have so much reflective shine that you could probably use them to flash Morse code messages to a comrade across town.


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Not even newly minted coins can outshine the shimmery, foiled effect they create on lids, and passersby couldn’t miss them if they tried.

And that’s not all. The six rich, pigmented colors are tough, too, lasting all day long with barely a crease.

I’m not enamored with the packaging, but on that front at least Bare Minerals tried something different. The product comes in a tube that makes it look kinda like a lipgloss, but in place of a doe-foot applicator, it has an eyeshadow sponge. Before using it to apply, the company recommends swiping the sponge against the rim of the tube to remove any excess product, and then lightly guiding the sponge across the eyelid.

From left to right: Meteorite, Flash, Gold Metal and Vapor

“Free of preservatives and chemical irritants, the velvety-smooth, long-wearing formula glides on effortlessly for an extra creamy, opaque finish full of glistening, foiled effects.”

Swatches from left to right: Meteorite, Flash, Gold Metal and Vapor

I tried doing it the way Bare Minerals suggests several times, and, hello! — fallout city. Lots of unwanted eyeshadow speckles on my cheeks and under my eyes. ‘Twas not cute.

Dabbing the sponge tip on the back of my hand, and then picking up the product from there with a firm, flat eyeshadow brush gave me better results with much less fallout, but even doing it this way, a few wayward bits of shadow still end up where they don’t belong.


All told, I’m not a fan of the fallout and packaging, but if you can overlook those, your eyes will shimmer like shooting stars! πŸ™‚

PRICE: $16; six shades
AVAILABILITY: Available now at Bare Escentuals stores and also online

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,




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  1. I’m not too crazy about this kind of packaging and applicators, but the colors look really nice!
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  2. larie says:

    holy smokes, that’s intense!
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  3. Jessi says:

    Wow, those colors are shiiiiiiiny. Which is totally awesome. But I don’t think I could get over how much I dislike the packaging. I am way to clumsy to use these effectively.
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  4. Ithfifi says:

    I have to agree. I love the colours but the packaging looks like it could become very messy to use, theres always a lack of control with fancy-pants applicators too, lemme use my own brush! πŸ˜› That said, these colours really appeal to me, I’ve been meaning to try BM for some time!

  5. Nina says:


    id have to say, im not a fan of the applicator and the packaging. the colors are so pretty but i dont think its enough to make me want to buy this. πŸ™‚

  6. Styrch says:

    I’m loving the way meteorite looks, but I’m not crazy about the packaging. Give me a stupid pot any day.
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  7. Becca says:

    I wonder if they were actually foiled, would they have as much fallout…I have to do this w/ all loose shadows.

  8. Maggie says:

    I have a bunch of the HS colors. The packaging is horrible, but I just transferred them into other jars! I almost always do my eye makeup before anything else so fallout isn’t too much of a problem, and the colors are so gorgeous and shiny that it’s worth the learning curve! πŸ™‚

  9. lo says:

    WOAH. That is shiny. I love Meteorite! But I’d definitely be afraid of the fall-out. I still can’t believe how pigmented they are!

  10. Kim says:

    Yes, that packaging is a bit odd and the fallout is crazy even around the collar. It’s definitely vibrant, though!

    PS You are beautiful, too. πŸ™‚ You just know I couldn’t resist running that through the morse code translator. HAHA! Have a great weekend – we finally have some sun!!

  11. Marilyn says:

    I love BE but I love to “swirl tap & buff” I wonder why the sudden change in packaging? I find the loose mineral powder more versatile for regular look dry or a foiled look wet.

  12. Trisha says:

    Yeah, I really don’t like packaging like that. The powder always gets everywhere and I’d much rather use my own shadow brush. That said, those shadows look intense. You should totally do a look with these so we can see them in action.
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  13. Fieran says:

    It looks kind of futuristic. If I was a clubbing chica, I’d definitely get it. Alas I’m just a software geek with nowhere fun to go πŸ™‚

  14. TrishaL says:

    Love the Meteorite, think I’ll pick that one up πŸ™‚

  15. Vijaya says:

    Everyone complains about the applicator. xD
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  16. WOW 0_0.

    i’m LOVING the sheen on these shadows! i’ve never tried product with this type of packaging before and while the klutz in me thinks i’ll probably drop less product, the lazy bones in me thinks it’s too much work to deal with :p.
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  17. Chris25 says:

    Ms. Butterfingers over here, with the curious cats, cannot own something like this. I would make such a huge mess, and Rock n Roll lives for creating messes. She jumps at whatever makeup I have lying around. What a girl…. πŸ™‚

  18. wow gold metal and vapor look really amazing on your skin!

  19. Jessica Leigh says:

    Just looking at the picture of the applicator, it seems like there would be a lot of fall out, which is a shame since the colors are very pretty. I don’t understand why companies insist on putting sponge applicators on products such as this – not sanitary or effective!

  20. Phyrra says:

    Those applicators look awful. I bet your way was a million times better.
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  21. Charisse says:

    umm wow I’ve seen these already but just had to reiterate WOW… I love all things shiny! and I’m a big BE fan πŸ™‚

  22. Belladatura says:

    Thank you! I tried Patina which is an awesome gold-green color, but I had to return for all the reasons you mentioned. So sad.

  23. Kim says:

    Wait- is this new? Karen, I love that you are including little color swatches next to the price!
    This just makes reading your blog that much more enjoyable for me. πŸ™‚

  24. Mandy says:

    Meteorite & Vapor… pretty… *-* <- stars in my eyes from being dazzled

  25. Kerry B. says:

    Lots of ladies like to decant these into their favorite jars. We all agree the packaging is not the best.. but getting them into a regular jar so you can use your favorite brushes is definitely your best bet to love these.. πŸ™‚

  26. Christy says:

    I just checked these out at Seph & they are gorg! I’m usually not a fan of foil either but I might have to try this. Once they change the packaging that is – looks like so much wasted product πŸ™
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