As you may have noticed in my latest beauty haul, I recently picked up two of theBalm products - Bahama Mama Bronzer and Mary-Lou Manizer. As you also may have noticed by the title of this post - today I am going to be reviewing the Mary-Lou Manizer. Before I even begin to approach the subject of just how amazing this product really is, we really need to talk about the packaging. I used to think that Benefit and Soap & Glory had the best product packaging out there - but theBalm blows them out of the water. Each product is so uniquely packaged, already making it stand out from other beauty brands. The Mary-Lou Manizer is a honey-hued highlighter and if you're quite fancying buying this product - you need to do it! (You can blame me!) A few weeks ago I featured this on my beauty wishlist and I had lots of comments from fellow beauty bloggers encouraging me to buy it, so I am now glad that I finally caved! As I mentioned Mary-Lou is a highlighter but what I love about it is that it is versatile. You can sweep it onto your cheeks, wear as an eyeshadow or even wear as an all over glow for a big night out. You can be creative and use on typical highlighting areas such as your brow bone and the bridge of your nose.The powder itself is very fine and has a smooth texture and best of all, you only need a very small amount each time you use.
Left: Swatch. Right: Blended.
To apply, I simply use my Lola Kabuki brush. Rather than applying the powder to the brush, I run a finger over the powder and sweep upwards on both my cheekbones. I then use my Kabuki brush to blend in. The result I get is such a beautiful shimmer and it gives me a lovely glow to my skin. I often find that my skin can become quite dull recently and this product really does give it such a natural glow. Using a highlighter may not seem the most essential part of a makeup routine, but it literally only takes a couple of seconds to apply and blend in. As you can see from my swatches, it blends in very well and doesn't leave me with any obvious 'streaks' which I was slightly concerned about. If you are concerned the powder may be too 'shimmery' then I would say that it's a lot more subtle than I expected it to be. A suggestion I would say when using Mary-Lou is to start off with only a very small amount. It can be subtle as long as it's blended in correctly, but I feel that if I was to go overboard and apply too much, I'd be looking like a disco ball! Another positive of using Mary-Lou is the lasting power. It lasts pretty much all day and it doesn't even begin to fade - it's perfect.
If you're fancying dabbling in theBalm or have had your eye on Mary-Lou - I can't recommend it enough!
Have you tried Mary-Lou? x