28 November 2015

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Mary-Lou Manizer Review

We've got another crowd favorite for today. It's the Mary-Lou Manizer!

I got this one from @all_about_authentic on Instagram. The first thing I thought when I saw the package was "Oh God please don't be broken!" I always see this highlighter somehow shattered and whatever. But they did a really great job on packing this baby. It came in one piece, not even a single fallout in sight! 

Mary-Lou Manizer Review

Mary-Lou Manizer Review

Mary-Lou Manizer Review Mary-Lou Manizer Review

Mary-Lou Manizer Review

Mary-Lou Manizer Review
After & before shot. See how it brightened up my face?

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review
First of all, this highlighter is so freaking big. It beats all my other highlighters just because of the size. This is like their momma. You only need a little when using highlighters, so I doubt you can ever hit pan on this one.

The packaging is really nice. It's super sleek and secured with a click. Plus, I really like the mirror because it's big. I really want to put this inside my makeup bag but I'm just scared I might shatter the product. I'm not very careful on handling my office bag. I just throw it anywhere I see space. I once shattered my Nars Orgasm blush and I'm really careful not to commit that mistake again. 

Another one on packaging, I personally don't like the designs of The Balm. I know some people love the pin-up and old school designs but it's not for me. I think this is because of their Nude-tude palette. I know a lot of people love that eyeshadow palette because it has really good quality but the design just blew me off. It's too risque for me.

The color is like champagne with really small gold shimmers. The shimmers are so fine, you can't really see them even if you look up close. I think the color is great for everyone whether you have lighter or deeper skin tones. The highlighter is uber soft, buttery and it's really freaking pigmented too. But a good thing is that you can't over do it with the Mary-Lou Manizer. It doesn't look like I'm a disco ball or something. When the light hits my cheekbone or my nose area, it doesn't look oily nor dewy. It actually looks like it just has a soft glow.

Overall thoughts? I love it! I thought I loved my Benefit matte highlighter and that it looked really great on me, but then, I discovered this champagne-shimmer Mary-Lou Manizer. This highlighter is the most natural looking highlight on my skin. Longevity of this highlighter can last you six hours if you have oily skin and it doesn't make you look like a grease ball at all. This highlighter looks really natural and subtle when you use a little and apply it on your cheekbones and nose bridge. But if you feel like you want to be a divine shimmering goddess sent from the heavens, just apply this heavily and you'll surely get the look. Best part about it? You can't overdo it. 

Whenever my skin looks dull, I just add a little shimmer on my cheeks and it immediately makes it look softer and brighter in seconds.

This retails for PHP 900 and is available at @all_about_authentic on Instagram.

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