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theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

4 Reviews

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.

Price: R385

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gorgeous multi-function product

Sashnee Rambaly

I became obsessed with the mary-lou manizer ever since i started watching youtube make up tutorials so when Retail box had it on special , I just had to get my hands on it.

It comes in a gorgeous compact and it has a handy mirror which is an added bonus.The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is such a gorgeous highlighter and it can be used as an eye shadow.It is definately worth the splurge because it is so pigmented , i love that i don’t need to pack on the product on my skin.Because of its honey hued tone it suites all skin types and is the perfect product for ‘strobing’ . I usually use it to highlight the top of my cheekbones or on the inner corners of my eyes.

the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Priya Nunkumar

After a long, long, long wait, The Balm Cosmetics have finally hit the South African shores, which brought complete and total happiness into my life, as I’ve been lusting after some of their gorgeous products for years and one of those products happen to be the Mary – Lou Manizer, which I am sure isn’t a surprise to any of my reader, because every single girl is lusting after the “perfect highlighter”.

I purchased the Mary – Lou Manizer from Retail Box for R399, which may seem like a steep price for a highlighter, but I promise, it is definitely worth every cent! This multi tasking product can be used as: a highlighter, to add shimmer and as an eye shadow.
Retail Box’s review of the Mary – Lou Maniser: “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. ”

My thoughts: Firstly, look at that packaging!!! It has to be the most gorgeous vintage looking packaging ever, from the box to the actual compact! It has a simple yet classy look to it, which I really appreciate, because it will definitely catch eyes when you whip this compact out of your bag.
The actual compact is quite sturdy and gives me a good feeling, as if my Mary – Lou Manizer will see me many good years, plus the compact includes a lovely mirror, which will make sure you see perfectly highlighted cheekbones every time. Excuse my pun, but ever since I’ve gotten the Mary – Lou Manizer, it has really been the highlight of my life! I’ve been playing around with it, since the day my package got delivered.

I find the Mary – Lou Manizer to be soft and buttery, feeling like it will melt into skin apon application, which is exactly what it does, no cakey feeling, no flaking, just gorgeously glowing skin every time. I find the Mary – Lou Manizer to be a little too shimmery for my everyday make up as it really highlights on my olive skin tone.
When I apply my highlighter, I use a soft angled brush to make sure I get a perfect application, I also apply my highlighter with a light hand, as this is a very pigmented highlighter. I do love the summer glow this highlighter gives me, making my skin look radiant and sculptured, a definite must have, to make sure your make up will always be on point.

My Final Thoughts: I’ve you’re willing to splurge out for this Mary – Lou Manizer highlighter, I say “why not?”, this impressive highlighter is a multi-tasker, and completely life changing, plus this highlighter will see you a couple of good years, mainly because the highlighter is so pigmented, you need very little to complete your look.

A dream come true

Ashmitha Ramgathi

I seriously coveted this product for months before I bought it. It appears in practically every make-up tutorial video I watch (the origins of which range from the States to the UK and even Dubai). The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer lives up to every one of the positive things I have heard about it, the soft magnificent sheen can inspire envy in even the most humble of people. One sweep of this product is enough to cover both my cheekbones and below my brow-bones. It is a highlighter that does not leave the area you apply it to looking whiter than the rest of your face, nor is it simply pressed glitter. This product, together with The Balm’s Bahama Mama, will turn you in to a contouring goddess.
The packaging is just gorgeous, with the top half sporting a compact mirror and, like most cosmetics by The Balm, is graced with the fifties/sixties inspired artwork that makes it all the more original.
The only downfall of this product is the price. It could be argued that for that price, you could get your skin treated to bring out the natural glow. But if you keep repeating “it is significantly cheaper than the Kevin Aucoin Celestial Powder” (my end-all and be-all of highlighters) in your head when you buy it, you’ll be alright.

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I absolutely love this product! This luminizer is a wonderful product, which adds a youthful glow to my appearance. It is a light powder, which you can swipe across your eyelids or cheeks to add a sexy sheen to whichever feature you decide to highlight. The packaging is eye-catching and small enough that you can slip it into your handbag, which is perfect for the glamour girl on the go. What I love about this product is that it is long-lasting and is a light consistency, which leaves you with a natural-looking glow. Although it is on the pricey side, it is such a fantastic product that I would recommend it to friends.

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