26 January 2014

Mary -Lou Manizer

Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight

I got this highlighter at Christmas after lusting after it for ages. I am a massive fan of highlighting and contouring, I think it can really make a difference to an everyday look. I use lots of different highlighter to go with different looks. Yet I find myself reaching for this highlighter more than any other. The shade is ever so flattering and easy to wear as its shimmery without the glitter. I also love the fact that this really is a highlighter I would use for all my highlighting needs as its so versatile. I even use it as an all over eyeshadow or even over the top of a different shade to add a little shimmer. 

The Balm says:

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.

Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight

Like all products for The Balm the packaging is really cute with a cheeky pinup style girl on the casing. The formula is extremely smooth and really soft to touch which I find is the best sort of formula  fora really blendable highlighter. The casing is really sturdy which is good especially as due to the softness of the formula it is prone to breakage. Yet the best feature is the amazing pigmentation, you only need the slightest dusting for an amazing colour payoff. I recommend using the tiniest bit and building up to get the right balance for you. As you can use this for a subtle look or for full on glamour, which makes me love it even more.

Mary lou manizer - the balm - highlighter - swatch - review - golden highlight

The shade is a beautiful champagne like colour and although it comes across quite yellow in photos it has a beautiful pinky tint in the shimmer. Making it really flattering to almost all skin tones. Although not cheap at £17.00 it is actually really reasonably priced considering the amount  of ways you can use it and for how little you actually need per use it will last you ages.

I love this product and this is not only my go to highlighter I think it is overall my favourite. have you tried this highlighter? Which highlighters do you love? Do you prefer powder or cream highlighters? 

Lots of love,
Laura x


  1. I got this back last year, and accidentally dropped it a few months ago, smashed everywhere! So disappointed as it was my favourite go to highlighter, need to re order it :)

    Beauty by Alicee xoxo

  2. This looks great! I have been umping and ahing over this but I just got the Topshop cheek duo in desert sun! x

    Kerry @ little bits of luxury

  3. This looks gorgeous Laura, think I may need to get this! X

    Jo ★ | A Little Pop Of Coral

  4. I got this for my friend and she loves it. I just recently started loving highlighters and I think I'll have to pick this one up as well :)


  5. I wear this every single night I go out, I don't feel dressed up without it anymore! Such a beautiful product! xx

  6. It's so pretty on! I haven't used highlighter before (typically just go for bronzer), but after seeing this I just might give it a try!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  7. This looks gorg Laura! I'm such a sucker for highlighters! I honestly need to stop buying them but I think this is one I need to add to my want list!

  8. I've been wanting to get my hands in this highlighter for aaaages. It looks so perfect. My go to highlighter at the moment is Mac's Soft n Gentle.
    Maybe Its Megan Leigh xx

  9. This is my absolute favourite highlighter - it's literally amazing. It completely pulls together any of my makeup looks I can't leave the house without it lol. Looks gorg on your skin! xx

    Candy Cosmetics | UK Beauty Blog

  10. I've got this highlighter and it's the best one I've ever used! I use it daily :) the packaging is super, super cute xxx


  11. Eeee I've always loved the look of this, but I've now got MAC's Soft and Gentle and defo can't justify owning both :( it looks beeeauiful though ahh <3

    Holly Mixtures

  12. This looks so pretty! Popped it on my wishlist! Great post xx

    Kate | raspberrycheeks


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