by - June 21, 2014

Hi there!
If you followed me on instagram, then you should have known already that I did a little bit of shopping at theBalm, I bought couple of stuffs, one of them is Mary-Lou Manizer. Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of years, then you must have heard about this amazing product! I've been wearing it nonstop since I bought it... This baby has literally changed my whole makeup look.

Adorable names, cute packagings, and great products really describe theBalm and they're quite affordable too! Actually theBalm has other shade of highlighter which is the Cindy-Lou Manizer, sister's of Mary-Lou (how cute is that!!), but I decided to pick Mary-Lou because the color is neutral gold where Cindy-Lou has a lot more pinkish tone.

Mary-Lou Manizer will look great on every skin tone, even if you're fair, even if you're dark, this highlighter will look amazing on your skin! It creates a subtle glow on your skin, making your skin look so radiant and healthy :)

theBalm describes it as:
a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.

As mentioned above, besides using it as highlighter, you can also use it as shadow and shimmer, which I think it'd be very handy especially for traveling, so you don't have to bring loads of makeup. I like to use it on the bridge of my nose, on my cupid's bow, under my brow bone, and in the corner of my eyes.

The texture is really soft, smooth and creamy like butter! It's also extremely pigmented, you can get a subtle glow or an intense shimmer, depending on how you apply it on your skin. If you want subtle glow, use only tiny bit of product on your brush, tap off the excess, then dust it off your highlighted areas like cheekbones, nose bridge, cupid's bow, etc etc. If you want an intense shimmer, don't forget to blend, blend, blend, or it will be so obvious and you end up looking like Edward Cullen on Twilight movie (if you haven't watched the movie yet, just a little heads up: he sparkles under the sun, which we want to avoid).

Some of people will avoid products with shimmer in it, I mean I did that in the past. But rest assured, the shimmer in this product is teeny tiny, you won't even realize it because it only create beautiful sheen, so gorgeous!! My favorite thing to do with this highlighter is to apply it over my blush on the apples of my cheeks, and not on the cheek bones. If you apply it this way, it will create an absolute beautiful glow that looks like it glows from within.

Zoomed in:

As you can see on the photo above, the shimmer particle is sooo tiny, it's not noticeable at all, so don't worry, ok?! The longevity is superb, it lasts all day long on me.


Some photos of me using Mary-Lou Manizer:

You can see subtle glows on my nose bridge, cupid's bow and apples of the cheeks.

Took this picture at night, had been using Mary-Lou for more than 6 hours, however you still can see the glows on my cheek bones, forehead and nose bridge.

I really recommend this product, especially if you're new to highlighter and don't know which highlighter shade to buy. Be really careful since the product is so pigmented, use little bit of product on your brush then build the color to your liking. It comes in big packaging so it worth every penny, and will last you forever.

Rating: ★★★★
Price: $$$$$ ($24.00)
Size: 8.5g
Repurchase: Yes

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