theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review and Swatches

22nd March 2015

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is perhaps one of the most coveted highlighters in the beauty world, and one I’ve tried to resist for such a long time but I finally caved and added it to my highlighter collection. theBalm describe Mary-Lou Manizer as being an honey hued luminiser that works as a highlighter, eyeshadow and shimmer that diffuses the light.

Photo of the square cardboard box containing the compact
All of theBalm’s products have cute and kitsch packaging, and Mary-Lou is no different with a retro convict illustration on the front of the plastic compact. The compact contains a mirror within the lid, and is nice and compact however I’ve read many reviews where the Mary-Lou Manizer has broken when carried in a makeup bag, which isn’t something I’ve had happened to me but it’s something to bear in mind, as the powder is very soft indeed.
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review and Swatches

Swatch of the highlighter on pale skin
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer £20.50
When I tried the Mary-Lou Manizer for the first time, I was surprised by how warm and golden it was as it looked so white in YouTube videos where I’d seen it used. It looks very golden against my pale skin so I have to go very lightly or it can look a little ridiculous especially as it’s packed with shimmer.. this is definitely not a subtle highlighter. 
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is seriously intense, so it’s definitely not for the faint hearted. I like to use a fan brush to apply the powder to my cheekbones and less really is more or it can look very metallic, very easily which is great if that’s the look you’re going for but I much prefer a subtle highlight.
I love that although Mary-Lou is seriously shimmery, it doesn’t contain any glitter particles so it sits nicely on the skin provided it’s blended out or it can really accentuate the pores, but it really is a stunning highlighter.
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