TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review, Swatches, Photos

the packaging; the compact

Since I already own two perfect highlighers, I felt a little silly buying a third. But, theBalm was on Hautelook*; I was already buying the Nude ‘Tude Palette (and thus paying shipping), and the Mary-Lou Manizer was (at half-off), only another $12.  And, as it turns out, it’s really different from the two highlighters I already own.

The Mary-Lou Manizer, like most theBalm products, comes in very cute packaging. Since I prefer sleek, minimalist type packaging, this isn’t something I appreciate, though I don’t mind it either.  The compact is sturdy and functional, and has a large mirror, though I can’t see myself using the included mirror instead of a real mirror.

The powder is very soft, very blendable, and very pigmented – you only need the tiniest bit to achieve a glow.  It’s not frosty, but has a definite shimmer.  It’s a golden highlighter, which is what makes it different from my other highlighters; they’re much cooler toned.  When I first applied it to my face, I applied too much to one spot – it’s easy to overdo, because it’s so pigmented.  However, it was very easy to blend out the mistake, and it looked beautiful when I was done.

thebalm mary-lou manizer

The other two highlighers I own are MAC Lightscapade and Guerlain Parure de Nuit; here are swatches of all three together.  You can really see how the Guerlain is the most subtle – I’m surprised I got it to show up at all in the photo!

thebalm mary-lou manizer; mac lightscapade; guerlain parure de nuit

Overall, I love the Mary-Lou Manizer, and I’m really glad that I bought it.  It is a beautiful, high-quality highlighter, and different enough from what I already own to really make it worth it!

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