Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer AKA "the Luminizer"

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer - the packaging alone is reason to buy this highlighter!

I mentioned a couple of weeks back that I'd gotten a few goodies the last time that the Balm was on sale at Haute Look.

Of all the things that I bought, the one that I'd been coveting for the longest time was the Mary-Lou Manizer, or the Balm's version of a highlighter. (I may have mentioned a time or two that I'm something of a highlighter whore.)

First of all, as always, the Balm scores major points for having some of the cutest packaging around.  I love the whole vintage theme that they've got going on, and I'm not ashamed to say that even if I didn't love their products (and I do love most of them... like the rest), I'll still leave them out on my vanity for the sheer adorableness of their packaging.

Mary-Lou Manizer in pan

In the pan, Mary-Lou doesn't look all that special, but I assure you, looks are totally deceiving in this case. It's a gold tinted highlighter, so it's perfect for warm skin tones. I also like it on my cool skin but, the difference in tones does seem to make it look slightly more dramatic on my face than some of my other highlighters so I tend to save it for nights out or other times I'm going for a more made-up look. 

(It always looks beautiful on the inner corner of the eyes or just under the brow bone, though, so I tend to reach it for quite a bit)

Mary-Lou Manizer swatch

What I love best about the Mary-Lou Manizer is that it isn't glittery or fully of chunky shimmer.  It's a super smooth, creamy powder that gives the skin the most gorgeous glow.  I usually use a small fluffy brush like Sigma's F05 or a small stippling brush (I have a small one from Sephora that I believe is discontinued. It's 113 from the I.T. line) to apply it and both work equally well.

I'd definitely recommend Mary-Lou if you're in the market for a beautiful, smooth golden highlighter - or if you're just a highlighter junkie like me. You won't be disappointed.

What line do you think has the cutest packaging?


  1. Thanks for the fabulous review! I have wanted to try this for literally over a year now! :)

  2. I had my eye on it for the longest time too! It is just gorgeous. Keep an eye out for the next time that the Balm's on Haute Look - I definitely think it's worth the $24 that it retails for, but I think I only paid $12 during the sale, which is such a steal. :)


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