Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Product Review -- The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer

Like a lot of people, the Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm was probably my first really serious highlighting product.

It is a lovely champagne shade that can look super intense on the skin or blended out for a more subtle effect, making it a pretty versatile highlighter -- and to this day, it's one that I come back to again and again.

I also own the Betty-Lou Manizer, which is a bronze-y highlight shade, and Cindy-Lou Manizer, which is a peachy-pink highlight shade, and I like them both quite a bit too, though I don't get quite as much use out of them as I do with Mary-Lou.

So when I heard that The Balm was adding another highlighter to the line, I knew that I had to give it a try.

Bonnie-Lou Manizer comes in a circular plastic compact like The Balm's other highlighters, and features the same adorable vintage artwork. There's a decent size mirror on the inside that works well for touch-ups too.

The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer
In terms of color, Bonnie-Lou is sort of amber-hued gold highlight shade. It has the same fairly intense metallic finish as Mary-Lou, and like Mary-Lou, it doesn't have any chunky glitter so it can look more natural if applied properly.

The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer
For a fair-skinned folks like me, Bonnie-Lou can be a bit too dark, though.

For it to work on me, I need to use a super fluffy brush and blend it out really well so I get a sheerer application.

On medium and darker skin tones, though, I imagine that Bonnie-Lou would look gorgeous without much effort at all.

The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer
For point of reference, Bonnie-Lou is similar in color to Prosecco Pop from BECCA (which I haven't gotten around to reviewing, but will soon), though Processo Pop may be a bit lighter and brighter.

Bonnie-Lou is a really nice highlighter, but if you have lighter skin, it might be one that you can pass on. It's definitely worth taking a look at if you have deeper skin, though.

It retails for $24 on The Balm website.

Have you tried The Balm Bonnie-Lou Manizer? What's your favorite highlighter at the moment?

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