Sunday, November 27th, 2011

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio
Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio

Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio ($36.00 for 0.15 oz.) includes three shades of the High Shine eyeshadow: Flare, Pewter, and Polished. This kit is an Ulta exclusive.  High Shines are loose eyeshadows that are designed to have a really bright, foil-like finish.  They’re really nicely pigmented and definitely deliver on that high shine finish.  I’ve also had really good wear out of these–eight hours without a base (and no creasing!).  The pigmentation of these three is good, but they seem a little less intense than previous shades I’ve tested.

  • Flare is a champagne-shimmered beige-brown with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s an interesting color, because I want to say it’s copper at a glance, but it’s not orange enough, and the champagne shimmer throws it off. The only shade that I could think of that was similar was Urban Decay Spotlight, which is less golden and more beige.
  • Pewter is a silvered pewter with a frosted-metallic finish. It’s cooler-toned and more silver than gold compared to Bobbi Brown Pewter. Similarly, MAC Dalliance is much more golden.
  • Polished is a medium pink with yellow undertones and a bright, frost-metallic finish. It’s lighter but similar in tone to Giorgio Armani #7.

I really love the pigmentation, texture, and formula of the High Shines, but the packaging leaves a lot to be desired. I reviewed them here earlier this year, and everything received top marks–except packaging, which was a major bust for me.  It’s clunky and needs a redesign.  I know other readers have suggested to cut off the sponge-tipped applicator, but really, it should just come in better packaging.  I recommend opening these slowly and gently tapping away excess product before extracting the applicator–though expect some fall out nonetheless.

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Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

It's such a shame the packaging is so frustrating and poorly designed! The product inside is really nice--it's pigmented, metallic, and wears well without a base.











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Flare, Pewter, Polished

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Bare Escentuals Flare High Shine

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Bare Escentuals Polished High Shine

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22 thoughts on “Bare Escentuals High Shine Trio Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Pewter and Polished look so pretty! I wish they did have better packaging though!

  2. Ana G.

    Really nice this trio but, the packaging….it’s really the only thing that keeps me from buying these!

  3. Suzanne

    Hot topic makes eyeshadows that are in a similar packaging (but with a rollerball), that are very close to the gold and pewter shades, the pigmentation is great and they’re only like five bucks apiece, so if anyone wants to try something like this for cheaper, check those out!!!

  4. I really like the look of these, especially the Pewter. You said that this set is exclusive to Ulta, I am based in the UK but travelling to New York in 2 weeks time for a spot of christmas shopping, is there an Ulta store in Manhattan? Jude xx @jadlgw on Twitter

  5. Cat

    I really really dislike the packaging of these, so much fall out before it even got to my eyes! I hope they change up the packaging sometime but it’d be nice to have a trio like this.

  6. Bri

    I agree – the packaging is awful. I have several of these and just treat them like any other loose shadow I have from BE…tap a little bit of product into a clean lid and use a brush to apply! It’s annoying since the idea of the product is to be convenient, but it’s no more steps than you would normally be doing if you use loose eye shadows anyway.

  7. I got these a couple of weeks ago too. Love the high pigment, strong shimmer and long lasting, true colour but agree that the packaging sucks. Using the applicators can result in a looooooot of fall out, and being Bare Escentuals, getting that colour and shimmer off of my cheekbones can be a bit of a project!

  8. Ali

    Do you think these would perform better (less fallout) if they were de-potted? I just love ‘polished’ so much!

  9. Maureen

    Do you know where these will be sold? Ulta, in fact, has a trio that has Gold Medal, Meteorite and Pewter.

  10. Beka

    Polished is gorgeous! I have Pewter (it came in a kit), and the packaging does stink. I have to do my eyes first so I can wash off the fallout before doing my face.

    Are you sure this is an Ulta exclusive? Ulta has a trio right now, but it’s not this one.