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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?

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightOne 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.

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightFast 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.

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightI 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.

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightFor 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…

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightCindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightCindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightAs 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.

Cindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightCindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightCindy Lou, Mary Lou, Highlighter, Balm, HighlightDo you own The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer? Do you love it? I am so curious to hear your thoughts!!!

2 Responses

  1. You are not alone. Oh my gosh, I thought I was the only one who didn’t like Mary-Louminizer. When I try to blend it out, it’s like I’m just blending out the sparkles and not the product overall.

    • ninasinganon@live.com

      It’s very disappointing :( The color is beautiful but it’s not the easiest to work with unfortunately :( :( :(

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