The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

You might have heard a reasonable amount of praise for The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer, here’s one more in the crowd.

The highlighter is known best for it’s universal colour, pigmentation, fine quality, glow sans sparkle and the relatively affordable price!

Mary-Lou is a champagne gold colour, it’s not too warm though. It translates very well on the skin as a colour that’s not too cool or warm. The powder is very very fine and there’s no chunky glitter or distinct shimmer, it all looks seamless.

Unless you carefully it use very little, this isn’t going to be a very subtle highlight. It’s out there, but it’s not chunky or sparkly, it’s gorgeous! It can also be built up quite a bit.

I do find it best applied with a soft tapered blush. It takes a bit more effort to blend out but I don’t mind because that way you don’t end up with shimmer all over your face. It sticks to where it’s been applied and doesn’t budge.

What I love best apart from the actual highlight glow, is that the other cheek away from light doesn’t look ashy or powdery. It looks like there’s nothing on there. I don’t think it emphasises pores but if you were it apply it on more textured skin, this will highlight it. It would be best to use a primer and/or foundation to smoothen the skin first.

In terms of longevity, this will last a good 8 hours and then some. I haven’t counted exact hours but I’ve worn this to day long weddings several times and come back home with my makeup intact!

For the quality and colour it’s one of my favourite highlighters but it’s also very versatile. This can easily be used as an eyeshadow or brow bone highlight.

You 8.5g of product, which is massive. Not sure how I will ever be able to finish this up. The best place to get this is FeelUnique, preferably during one of the sales. :)

PS. My hair is very messy in these photos.









Image Above : A little bit of highlighter


Image Above and Below : A little too much of highlighter




Name: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Pigmentation : Very pigmented

Longevity : Around 8+ hours.

Product : 8.5g

Price : £17.50 ~ Rs. 1800 ~ $24

Available at : FeelUnique, Nordstrom

Overall : 5/5


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What else is up with you guys? I have the usual work excuse for not being regular with posting. In other news, I’ll be visiting New York for a couple of days in October. Keep your food recommendations coming!

I’m excited I’ll get to see a lot of my friends. It’s probably a bit relatable and sad that my first thought was ‘Times Square Sephora’. I know.

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  • Kiss & Make-up

    It makes your skin look so bright and luminous! For some reason I don’t think this one is for me though…

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Melissa! Aah that’s too bad!

  • Alina

    I have been eyeing up this highlighter for ages, it’s definitely on my wishlist. I love how soft it looks on your skin, like it adds such a nice healthy glow x

    Beauty with charm | Zoeva Giveaway

    • Xuvious

      It looks amazing in photos! Also in person but definitely gives that blur effect in photos. :)

  • The Beauty Inbox

    This looks gorgeous on you – I’ve read so many great things about the Mary-Lou Manizer. Will have to get it! x
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Becca! I think you’ll love it! xx

  • Linda Libra Loca

    My first thought would be Sephora too. And I quite like your messy hair.

    Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      Lol, I’ve already started making a wishlist and it’s obscene! :p

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Same here. i will go to Sephora in France in September and probably need an extra suitcase afterwards.

  • Annabel

    I wasn’t fussed when I tried this, but it certainly looks way way better on you!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    P.s. I love your hair!

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Annabel! xx

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    LOL! I love that your first thought was Times Square Sephora! A true makeup lover at heart. I’m going to NY for the first time next month, and I have to say, the same thought crossed my mind. 😉 I’ve never tried this highlighter but you’re making me want to. It is GORGEOUS on you! I love that even in your “way too much” highlighter pictures, it looks soft and beautiful and not chunky or glittery at all. LOVE!

    • Xuvious

      A true spender at heart as well unfortunately! 😉
      Glad you like it! Are you going to post about your NY trip? I’d definitely be interested! ^_^

      • Kristen / Glambunctious

        Definitely will be sharing some of the travels on Instagram/Twitter!
        LOL at a true spender at heart! I relate! 😉

  • MizzJ

    This looks very pretty and looks so good in photos! Can one ever have enough highlighters? I always have to stop myself from buying more.

    • Xuvious

      Lol, I just posted about my highlighter collection, being content and all. I now have the itch to try CT Bronze and Glow. I guess it’s never enough! 😉

  • Jaa

    Love the messy hair! 😉 I have and love this highlighter, too! It’s SO CREAMY for a powder formula! But I have to say my favorite is the pink one — Cindy Lou-Manizer! It probably doesn’t compliment my yellow-toned skin as well as this one does but the effect is equally striking if I may say so. Hope you give it a try next!

    • Xuvious

      I didn’t pick up Cindy Lou for that reason, I thought it might be too cool toned for me. I’m actually interested in trying CT Bronze and Glow next!

  • Krithi Marla

    Looking nice
    Yay at New York , time square Sephora is really nice
    Food recommendation – I went to a thai place there n really loved it . I will rem the name n tell u
    Try d food trucks there yummy affordable food
    I ended up shopping so much that I didn’t explore food much lolz

    • Xuvious

      Thanks Krithi.
      Lol, I need to know where you went! Is it on your blog, I’ll look it up! ^_^

      • Krithi Marla

        i have written few posts on New york but nothing specified on food places..but i owe you response …my friend whom I went with is coming down ,she rem the place name …will tell u soon :)