theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

I was never that interested in highlighters but ever since I started to watch essiebutton on youtube (here) and heard her raving about this highlighter, I had to try it out. 

To start off, I don't really own that many highlighters so I don't have many to compare this with, but if you are looking for a golden highlight, this will for sure end your hunt for golden highlighters. haha


I bought mine through amazon but you can also get it on theBalm website and sometimes, Hautelook does theBalm sales and you can pick it up on sale!

theBalm ($24)
amazon ($17.99)
Hautelook (site homepage), but right now they are having a sale and Mary-Lou Manizer is on sale for $12!! theBalm sale

theBalm packaging is always so cute! I don't own any other theBalm products but the packaging is nice and solid and it has the retro american-ish vibe to it, which I like.  And the names are always cute too. The highlighter comes in a sleek compact packaging with a snap closure and mirror.  The compact itself is pretty thin so it's easy to slip into your makeup bag as well.



And here's the back! 8.5 g of product (I've been using this every day but I haven't even made a dent in it so this will last you a long time)


Like I mentioned above, I've been using this everyday since I got it a couple weeks ago and I love it!  I use it on my cheekbones (which I don't really have, so this creates an illusion of light hitting my cheekbones. haha) and a little bit on the bridge of my nose.  I also like to use this as an inner corner eyeshadow for a pop of golden shimmer.  

I like that this is a golden highlighter because it goes better with my skin tone.  I have yellow undertones so gold goes well with my skintone but with that being said, I think this is a pretty universal highlighter that would look great on anyone!

I've noticed that it does fade throughout the day and golden shimmer does get on your hand if you start touching your face too much.  (But it doesn't move around if you don't touch it).  

Swatch:
This gives you a super golden glow.  You definitely need to use a light hand on it or else you will most likely pass the "slightly sun-kissed golden" look to the "did she dip her face in golden shimmer?" look haha

It also applies very smoothly and there are no "chunks" of glitter. I've also swatched this with my finger and the powder is so buttery too (reminds me of Urban Decay eyeshadow consistency).


Overall, I'm glad I picked this up! and now I know why Estee raves about it! This product has also made me want to pick up different highlighters too.  It may seem like an extra step that won't make much of a difference, but this definitely brightens my face up and I love having the slightly dewy look :)

Do you guys own this highlighter? Or do you have any other recommendations? Let me know! :D

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