Review: theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

19 November 2015

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Hello all!

As I write, I am in exercise-induced agony. I’ve been trying to tone/reduce my somewhat generous lady lumps and I’m certainly paying the price today. Nonetheless, my fingers are about the only thing that aren’t causing me grief every time they move so the blog must go on.

Anyway, you’re probably as weary as I am from hearing about theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer but I wanted to write a review before we are bombarded with yet another ‘must-have’ highlighter. In the grand scheme of things, I doubt a highlighter is ever a must-have. Obviously if the flat was on fire, I’d go for the cat, husband, photos and ABH DipBrow before saving any kind of highlighter but it wouldn’t be too far behind!

Mary-Lou-Manizer has probably been the most talked about highlighter of recent times, and with good reason. Finely milled, a universally flattering champagne tone, an ethereal glow without the glitter…it’s easy to see why the beauty world has gone bananas over it. Unhelpfully, the only other higher end highlighters I own are in different colours so it’s difficult to deduce whether Mary-Lou is favourable over something like Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector. I would say that compared to Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, Mary-Lou Manizer is less finely milled and leans more on the golden side of the the spectrum, but it also packs more of a punch.

I’ve been been opting to use Mary-Lou on the daily for the last few months – on my cheekbones, inner corners and sometimes if I’m feeling especially loose, as an eyeshadow – I generally haven’t looked twice at my Kevyn Aucoin. For a day time look, I sweep a light dusting on my cheek bones with a fan brush, and to ‘dial up the drama’ as they say, for the evening I just pile more on or layer it over a cream highlight. It blends out pretty easily, but because it’s so sheeny, you need to check it is really well blended on the edges.

One word of warning: theBalm suggest using it all over your face as a finishing powder which I wouldn’t necessarily recommend for fear of being mistaken for a disco dancer but if that’s your prerogative then who am I to stop you?

Judging by how little product you need, I’m guessing Mary-Lou will last me approximately until the next ice age, so the £17.50 price tag is extremely reasonable.

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  • daisy walters

    Ooooh this post came at the perfect time, I literally asked for this for Christmas yesterday but hadnt actually read anything about it! Looks sooooo nice and just proved how much I need this in my life!

    x x | daisydaisyxxo

    • Bee

      You won’t regret asking for it! x

  • I love it! You can use it very lightly for a subtle sheen or layered heavily for the ‘wet’ look :) Definitely worth the hype! x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • Bee

      I do love the wet look now and again! x

  • The shade is stunning, it really suits you!

    Anika |

    • Bee

      Thank you :) x

  • It is quite an OTT highlighter but I absolutely LOVE it! It looks amazing on you :) xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • Bee

      Thanks Jasmine! I can’t get enough of highlighter! x

  • Mia

    Great review! I really need to get my hands on this highlighter, everyone seems to love it! :)

    Urban Obsessions // Vegan Food, Beauty & Lifestyle

    • Bee

      Yeah I don’t think I’ve ever come across a bad review x

  • I swear by this highlighter- it’s so good!

    Georgia Jade | The Weekend Attic

    • Bee

      It’s so hard not to love! x

  • This looks lovely!

    • Bee

      It is, highly recommend! x

  • I love Mary Lou! It’s the perfect highlighter!