Is it worth the hype: The Balm Lou Manizers aka ‘theManizer Sisters’

Highlighting, strobing, illuminating – all these makeup techniques are extremely popular right now and what can be better for these purposes than a beautiful powder highlighter? One of the most famous highlighters out there is definitely The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, that has two beautiful sisters – Cindy and Betty that were integrated into a single palette also known as ‘TheManizer Sisters’!

TheManizer Sisters ($28.00 for a palette, $24.00 each) – designed for girls on the run, this highlighting trio enables you to emphasize your finest features. These champagne (Mary-Lou Manizer), rose (Cindy-Lou Manizer), and golden-bronze (Betty-Lou Manizer) shades are flattering on all skin tones and easy to use so you can take your glow on the go.

I have all three the Balm luminizes so I do not need to purchase ‘TheManizer Sisters‘ palette that contains a smaller version of each luminizer. The palette retails for $28.00 and each pan has 3 g or 0.11 oz of product compared to 8.5 g or 0.3 oz of product in the full size version. This may seem as not that much but, to tell the truth, you won’t be able to use these highlighters completely in a single year as these will almost last you for a very, very long time.

I am going to review all three luminizers today that might be useful for you if you wan to get either ‘TheManizer Sisters‘ palette or a full-sized version of any of the luminizers available (look for swatches at the end of the review).

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is officially described as ‘honey-hued luminizer‘ and is supposed to act as a ‘highlighter, shadow or shimmer that diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow‘.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer is a champagne gold highlighter with neutral undertones and a strong metallic finish. This is a very obvious highlighter and is heavily pigmented that makes it easy to overdo. It has a very nice powder formula, that is not too powdery and seems more creamy and soft to touch. It applies easily with a highlighting brush or a fan brush. I recommend applying it lightly if you are not a fan of heavy highlight on your face.

The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer

The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as ‘all-in-one essential‘ and as ‘a smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter‘. The color is stated to be the ‘light-reflecting peachy pink hue that adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids‘.

The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer

The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer is a light pink highlighting blush with strong peachy undertones and a finely milled gold shimmer that translates into subtle golden glow on the cheeks. Due to it’s pinky undertone this highlighter is stated to be a blush and a highlighter in one but it is too light in real life to act as blush for skin tone darker than light-to-medium. On my skin that is currently in-between NW20/NW25 it barely is visible as blush and more often than not I do actually use it as a cheek highlight – it looks best in combination with peachy-pink blushes.

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer is officially described as an ‘all-in-one bronzing highlighter, shimmer and shadow‘ that is supposed to add a sun-kissed glow to your skin.

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer Review
The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer is a medium-dark bronze highlighter with finely milled gold shimmer that adds a lot of golden luminosity to it and translates into a metallic finish on the skin. This particular highlighter is too dark for me to be used as a proper highlight but is amazing as a luminous bronzer if used moderately. It might be a very good highlighter for very deep skin tones. It is also works wonderfully as an eyeshadow for more of a bronzed looks.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer, The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer - The Balm Lou Manizers aka theManizer Sisters (swatches) Review
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer, The Balm Cindy-Lou Manizer – The Balm Lou Manizers aka theManizer Sisters (swatches)

On the comparison swatch you may see how pigmented the Mary-Lou Manizer is. Mary-Lou Manager is one of my absolute favorite highlighters and I use it quite often. Lately, I’ve also been very much into Cindy-Lou Manizer as well – it allows me to add just a bit of a pinky highlight to my cheeks when I feel like it. It is a beautiful subtle pinky highlighter that looks refreshing on the cheeks. As for the Betty-Lou Manizer – it is definitely a bronzer and I do tend to use from time to time when I go for very bronzed and luminous looks as it adds a beautiful bronzy glow to my skin.

I have to say that The Balm is very honest with their product description. The colors are exactly they are said to be that is a rare thing for makeup brands. All three highlighters are worth the splurge as these will last you forever. If you decided to get ‘TheManizer Sisters‘ palette – definitely go for it as you are probably going to use all shades in it. These three are different enough to justify the purchase and quality is exceptionally high. I recommend getting these – either each highlighter alone or a palette.

I hope this review was useful and interesting for you! Leave any questions, thoughts and ideas in the comments down below!

Thank you very much for your attention.

Have an amazing day!

Hugs and kisses,

Dorothea


Description and price are both taken from The Balm official website www.thebalm.com.
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Author: dorotheabeauty

INSPIRATION | MAKEUP | LIFESTYLE

15 thoughts

  1. “these will last you forever.” unless you break it:D I have mary and I use it very often as eyeshadow almost every day. It goes good with pink. violet, burgundy, bronze and other colors:)

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