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While the first “high shine” color released was Sand Dune, in Siren of the Sea/2009 (followed by Charisma and Gold Medal), those colors were not officially part of the “high shine” collection. Those first high shine colors were released in pots, like all of the other Bare Escentuals colors; and while they were not available for individual purchase, they were not effectively priced significantly differently than the regular BE eyeshadows. This collection of eyeshadows also seems to have a different formulation than Sand Dune, Charisma, or the original Gold Medal: they’re less granular-looking, and the product clumps a bit more. Those first high-shine colors were a bit more similar to MAC’s pigments. These high-shine colors are more like Aromaleigh v1’s Elemental Lusters.
I personally am not a huge fan of the packaging - and according to comments and customer reviews on a major home shopping channel's website, so do quite a few other customers. I don't like any applicator that dips back down into the product (and believe me, if I could find a workable way to store mascara without storing the wand right in the tube, I'd do it.) I'm also not a huge fan of sponges for applying eyeshadow. At least this one tapers to a point, so you get something vaguely resembling fine control...but a lot of people have reported problems with fallout from the extra product that clings to the applicator. It's just not a good design. Still, it's easy enough to dump the product out of the tube into a pot, et voila: just use a brush, and apply the stuff like you would any other loose-powder eyeshadow. (Just don't throw the tubes away, because you can get a few applications' worth from the product that clings to the inside of the tubes.)
If you're looking for true metallic shades, these can be good - just get them in the duos through QVC, because you'll end up saving about $8. I would strongly recommend against buying these off of Ebay: the tubes are not sealed in any way and there is no way to stop someone from spilling out the actual product, replacing it with something that looks vaguely similar (or simply skimming a "sample" off the top.) Since there is no seal, there's also no way to detect if said seal has been removed or tampered with.
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