theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter: Review, Swatches and FOTD

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theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer
Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, 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.

How to Apply : Layer it on your lids for a luxe look, sweep it on your cheeks for a sexy sheen, or use it as an all-over finishing touch before you head out for the night. 

Price:- 24$ but I got it from SaSa store in Malaysia for 72 RM

Quantity:- 8.5g!

How cute and adorable is the packaging! Can it get any better? Not in my opinion..No! I just adore the retro packaging of theBalm products, its attractive, practical and looks super gorgeous on your vanity! Mary-Lou Manizer comes in cream colored box packaging, the highlighter itself comes in round tub packaging and it super attractive! It contains whopping 8.5 g of product which is almost double of what we get with regular blushes and highlighters. No way in this life will I'll be able to finish off this product, it will definitely last a very long time!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Review

The shade is described as "honey-hued luminizer" which is very apt. The shade is gorgeous champagne color with gold under tones to it. Its a multi purpose product and can be used as an eyeshadow, highlighter or all over shimmer.

Its highly pigmented in nature so a light touch of brush is enough to highlight the cheeks. It blends beautifully giving soft glow to cheeks. Its important that one blends this product well or else it might show up a bit too shimmery and may emphasize the pores but once blended out nicely it does not emphasize any imperfections and gives a gorgeous soft glow to the face. It does not have obvious glitter or shimmers so I feel it would work on majority of the skin tones. 

The texture of the highlighter is extremely finely milled with minimum fall outs, however I did not face any fall out issue once applied on the cheeks. Its pretty long lasting even in hot and humid climate. I have worn this for 8 hours straight without much fading. I prefer to apply it using a fan brush or a fluffy brush which helps to blend in the highlighter well. Always use a light hand while blending to get the gorgeous golden hued sheen on cheeks. I have used it as brow bone highlight as well as inner corner highlight for eyes and it works extremely well both way! Overall an amazing highlighter and definitely recommended to all!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Swatch

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighter

This is how it looks on my NC40-42 skin tone, I have applied a bit heavily for it to show up in the pictures :)

the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Round - Up

-> Super attractive and practical packaging
-> Comes with a big mirror
-> Gorgeous champagne shade with gold under tones
-> Finely milled texture
-> Blends easily
-> Gives a gorgeous glow on the skin
-> Highly pigmented!
-> Long lasting
-> Does not emphasize imperfections once blended nicely
-> Will last very very long time
-> Will suit all skin tones
-> A multi purpose product (eyeshadow/highlighter/over all shimmer)
-> theBalm products are cruelty free and paraben free!
-> Price vs Quantity is justified

-> Not available in India

Rating:- 4.5 out of 5

One of the best highlighters I have used and would definitely recommend it to everyone! Its my HG highlighter and reach for it often. Definitely give it a try if you are looking for a champagne gold highlighter!

I hope the review was helpful, until next time take care and stay beautiful!



  1. No doubt its the awesomest highlighter di :)

  2. I have heard a lot of things about this! Nice Review :)

    1. Thanks check out if you get a chance :)

  3. Super-duper awesum packaging ... the highlighter is damn good too.. and u r looking pretty day by day..:-* :-* loving ur lookss.. :)
    Next time u come to India..I am going to snatch all ur such bbeautiful products!! ;)

  4. Omg I am so confused btw this one n betty!!! Love the formula and the rich glowy effect it gives (:

    1. Betty one is more of a bronze golden shade i guess but i totally love this one!

  5. Its looking wonderful on you pariii

    Loved the review dear n great swatches


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