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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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