Anytime I want a beauty item that’s over PHP1000, I always think it through, do my research and see if it isn’t something that I can easily dupe in my existing collection. I hate wasting money on products that end up disappointing me, you know?
One of the things I’ve read great reviews about is The Balm’s Mary Lou-Manizer. I tried it in store, and although I liked it, it didn’t wow me as much as I thought it would. It was beautiful, don’t get me wrong, but I didn’t like that the surface gets bumpy after a while – it makes me think that the product is not as smooth and finely milled.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, I saw an online seller who had a pre-order ongoing for The Balm minis. It was a small pan for about a fourth of the cost of a full-sized Mary-Lou Manizer and I figured if I didn’t like it, then it’s not too big of a waste compared to if I purchased the full-size.
I ended up getting the Cindy-Lou Manizer mini as well because why not! My order arrived a few of weeks later and the seller even included a mini-soap. I like free gifts with purchase, i mean who doesn’t?! Anyway, the minis really are teeny tiny! The pans are about the size of an eyeshadow and if you use a big face brush for your highlighter, then you’d be frustrated with these.
For me, I think Mary-Lou Manizer is okay, but I am not loving it. It’s a beautiful champagne gold highlighter that works really well for morenas, but I find it a bit difficult to get the product on the brush. I am so torn because it gives such a beautiful glow, but not the easiest highlighter I’ve worked with. I actually much prefer my Wet N Wild Reserve Your Cabana or Hard Candy Baked Bronzer in Tiki, both of which are cheaper than Mary-Lou. This is a pretty unpopular opinion on the Mary-Lou, I know – I wonder if it’s just the one I received because I have heard and read SO MANY great things about this…
As for Cindy-Lou, it would work very well as a highlighter on someone who is fair skinned with a pink undertone, but not so much on me (i am NC30/NC35 in Mac). It works really well as an eyeshadow though, so not a total loss! I prefer the formulation of this than Mary Lou. It is buttery soft and easy to blend. If only Mary-Lou had the same texture, I would have purchased it a long time ago.