Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter Review



Before I attended makeup school over 2 years ago, highlighting products seemed like an unnecessary step in my makeup routine. I learnt pretty quickly how useful they can be in bringing forward certain details in the face and how when used right they can create the most gorgeous dewy glowing look! For a while I stuck to using some of my basic champagne eye shadows like Urban Decays "Virgin" from the original Naked Palette  I have since tried liquids and creams but I've come to the conclusion that champagne powder highlighters are the ones I favor most. I've read some amazing reviews and heard the praises being sung about The Balm Cosmetics. So, while perusing Beauty.com, two of their products quickly made it to my cart one being this Mary-Lou Manizer highlighting product as well as the Bahama Mama Bronzer which will be reviewed shortly. Still I had my doubts about them, considering that I don't really go for that cartooney kind of packaging. Overly cutesy packaging aside, the actual product is really quite beautiful.

What the Balm has to say about their highlighter: "Meat Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey hued luminizer that catchers everybody's eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow" 

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Color: The color is just perfect for my pale skin tone, it's a bit on the yellow side but I'd still classify it with those champagne colored highlighters. I like that it gives my face that lit from within kind of glow and it is ultra pigmented so with just one swipe you've got the right amount for every area needed. It definitely doesn't have a matte finish but there's no problem with annoying shimmer all over the face after it's applied and when blended well it looks beautiful and not overly shimmery.

Texture: This powder has an incredibly soft feeling to it and is so smooth as it's applied with no annoying chunks of glitter. It's so soft that unfortunately it's already crumbled completely and I am left with millions of pieces of the product to deal with just a few weeks later even with taking special care to keep it safe. I don't know if I am the only one this has happened to but it was very disappointing to say the least.

Packaging: I was a bit turned off by that cheesy cutesy looking packaging but I know there are plenty of people who love that kind of thing. At the same time it seems plasticky but sturdy and I really like that it comes with a large mirror inside for on the go applications.


Price: $24.00 is not terrible for 8.5 grams of product especially as I haven't found anything that rivals it at the drugstore yet.

Photo Friendly? Yes I would have to say this looks absolutely gorgeous in photos and it doesn't look overly sparkly or shimmery either. It looks just as it does in person- glowy.

Recommended Skin Types: I think this will work well for every skin type since it hasn't caused any dryness or excessive oil production for me. I do think oily skinned people will have to be a bit more careful when applying it since as with any other highlighting product you can end up accentuating the oily look even more.

Scent: There isn't one that I have noticed.

Lasting Power: I apply it in the morning and it lasts throughout the day till late evening without fading at all. 


Application Tips: I like to use a small fan brush to apply this as it looks a lot better when it's focused on specific areas instead of being dusted everywhere. I like to start with just a bit on the brush and build it up as I go since it can be overdone pretty quickly otherwise. It can be used like it would be typically, over the bridge of the nose, in the center of the forehead and chin and over the high points of the cheek bones and cupids bow. I have used it on many occasions as an eye shadow all over the lid and on others as an inner corner of the eye and brow bone highlight too so it truly is a multi purpose product.  

Overall: 

I was very disappointed that this product fell apart shortly after I purchased it but I will still use it until I can get a new one since it is absolutely gorgeous! I love that it lasts all day without fading and that it doesn't look overly shimmery too. Although the packaging isn't my favorite I can look past it since the product itself is so beautiful. 


Do you have any of The Balm's products in your collection? If you do, which one is your favorite? I'd love to get your recommendations in the comments form below! 

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Gigi.

24 comments:

  1. I think i am one of those people that loves cutesy packaging, lol. It sounds really great, pity about the crumbling though, maybe you can transfer it to a little tin or something? Happy Friday Doll!

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    1. cool! everyone has different tastes in packaging no question ;) I'll def. have to figure out a new packaging situation for this thanks for the idea! xx.

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  2. The package is kind of.. meh and didn't really give me any other impression.. then the swatching, I thought it was quite intense.. until I saw it on your face! Wow, it looks so natural. Suits you really well ^_^

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    1. I agree not my fav. I love how it looks on too!

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  3. I love highlighters and this one looks beautiful on you! Great review girl! Thank you for sharing!

    http://www.leopardmartini.com/

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  4. the colour looks so pretty!

    http://thenetdoll.blogspot.co.uk/

    xo

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  5. You are right, highlighting can really make a world of difference. The photo at the end proves that :-)

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  6. I've heard alot about this, it looks lovely on you :)

    beautyandtheb1.blogspot.co.uk

    B xx

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  7. I use Hard Candy's Tiki but I definitely have to give this a try!

    ♥, Brittney @ True Vintage Love
    http://www.truevintagelove.com

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    1. ooo must try that one. thanks for sharing what you like. you should you'll love it!

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  8. I have some a few NARS illuminating products I like, just wish I knew how to apply them properly LOL!


    SDMxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Nars does it best! I will try to do a post or video on highlighting sometime soon.

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  9. Thank you so much for the review! I have seen these products but I was wondering if they worked or not, this looks awesome!



    xx

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    1. your welcome! I really do love this one.

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  10. That highlighter looks gorgeous! I am not too good at highlighting or bronzer or blush, actually, but I'm trying to get better. I either put WAY too much or WAY too little, it's very difficult! This sounds like a great product though!

    Francesca

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    1. It is so pretty! I wasn't either. it takes practice I'll def. do a post with some tips and tricks for highlighting some time soon. xx

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  11. it looks really nice! i've never used any the balm produts

    xo

    Inspirations Have I None

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  12. I have just ordered this and the Bahama Mama bronzer and I am even more excited to get them after reading this!

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    xx

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  13. NIce review :) which one is better? Mary Lou Manizer or Benefit High Beam?

    www.misslemongrass.blogspot.com

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