Friday, 31 January 2014

the Balm Lou Manizer Sisters- Mary, Betty and Cindy- review and swatches

I am not a huge lover of the highlighter by any stretch of the imagination- I own plenty, but I never really reached for them, and I resented those highlighters that left chunks of glitter along my cheeks or browbones. I resisted purchasing the cult the Balm wonder product, Mary-Lou Manizer for the longest time because I honestly thought it would be relegated to the back of my makeup drawers where the rest of my highlighters hang out. I could not have been more wrong! So impressed was I was Mary-Lou Manizer that I also picked up her sisters, Betty Lou-Manizer and the baby of the family, Cindy-Lou Manizer.



What I love the most about these is that even though they are powder highlighters, they are so incredibly finely milled that they apply like cream highlighters. A little goes a long way with these guys too so I urge you all to exercise caution when using these and to apply them with a light hand. That said, I do find these are not too glittery, too shiny or too shimmery- they provide just enough highlight to catch the light and draw the eye. I apply these mostly to my cheekbone area but I have often used Mary especially as a browbone highlight and I love the effect that it gives. These are multipurpose products and you can really use them wherever your heart so desires.


Mary-Lou Manizer is a soft champagne/ gold highlight, and this is my favourite out of the three so far. Betty-Lou Manizer is a bronzer/highlighter/shadow with a warm bronze tone and finally, Cindy-Lou Manizer is a peachy pink highlighter/shadow hybrid. See the swatches below for an idea of how the colours compare against each other. 



Overall, these products have pretty much converted me to the highlighting way of life and I could not recommend them highly enough. What's more, them and a variety of other products by the Balm are now available on one of my favourite online haunts Cloud 10 Beauty for your purchasing pleasure. At €19 each, you get masses of product and I doubt you will ever have to actually repurchase these because I have not yet been able to make a dent in my Mary Lou-Manizer and I have been using it non-stop for a month. You really do need these in your life!

Has anybody else fallen head over heels with Mary and her sister offerings from the Balm?
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15 comments

  1. I have never heard of these before but I'll be on the look out they look lovely x

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    1. Definitely try them, even if you think you don't like highlighters, and let me know how you get on! x

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  2. I'm really trying to restrain myself but its so hard! They all look so pretty! x

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    1. I resisted getting Mary for the longest time but when I loved it, I wasn't too long picking up Betty and Cindy too! They will last you FOREVER so it's worth picking one up!

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  4. Dying for the Mary one! At €19 it would be the most expensive highlighter in my collection but I do love highlighters so maybe....(this post makes me wish I could tag boyfriends names in blog posts - I'd just leave a trail of perfect presents for him!)

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    1. Think of cost per use Sarah, these would last you YEARS making them super cheap per use! :) I will tweet your bf before Valentines and drop a big juicy hint ;)

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  5. Great review really want to try one, I'm obsessed with highlighters!

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    1. I bet you will love it and can't wait to hear what you think! :) x

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  6. Be been looking at the range on cloud 10 for days now I'm tempted to splash out

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    1. Hell yes! Splash away, I have wishlisted about a million things on Cloud 10 website but I am on a spending ban for February so will have to wait until March! :)

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  7. I love Mary-Lou!! I may purchase her sister Cindy-Lou

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    1. If you love Mary-Lou, I'm sure you will love Cindy-Lou too! x

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  8. I want to try one among the 3 first and see if I will like it, what will you recommend me buying first? TIA!

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  9. I currently use Sleek Face Form Kit on a daily basis so use the highlighter in there, but I've been eyeing up Mary-Lou for months now. Thank you so much for the swatch comparisons, super helpful!
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