Saturday, August 18, 2012
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer: For the Brightest Complexion You'll Ever Need
TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer has been gaining quite a track record for being one of the most pigmented and highly raved about highlighters on the market, and for good reason. I've had Mary-Lou Manizer on my radar for months but I already had several highlighters to use up. To my great fortune, my pin-up makeup tutorial was chosen to be featured on the Birchbox blog and they sent me Mary-Lou Manizer as a prize.
TheBalm is always generous with the amount of product and their price point is not too high so the value for money is fantastic. For $24 you get a whopping 8.5 grams or .3 ounces in the Mary-Lou Manizer compact. For comparison, a Nars blush contains 4.5 grams or .16 ounces which is about half. Coupled with the amazing pigmentation which you'll see below, Mary-Lou Manizer will last you a lifetime, if not more.
Mary-Lou Manizer has a warm golden sheen and the tiniest swipe yields intense shimmery goodness. There are no glitter particles and the powder is very finely milled.
On the left you can see a full on swipe of the product which is definitely not what you want on your skin. This color would look great on the eyes as an all over wash or an inner corner brightener though. On the right the product is blended out a bit so it looks like my skin is naturally glowing from within. As you can see I've gotten quite tan this summer (five hours of rafting does what no self tanner can do!) so Mary-Lou Manizer looks extremely stark on my skin. Due to the insane pigmentation of this highlighter, it is paramount that you use a light hand and take care in blending out the product. That is probably the one reason why I can't use this everyday because I'm just not too keen on concentrating too much when applying my highlight.
Mary-Lou Manizer lives up to the hype and for the price it definitely rivals more expensive highlighters. But for my personal preference, I'd probably only reach for this on days that I have more time to get ready so it won't be a fixture in my usual morning routines. Have you tried theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer? What do you think?