We need to talk about Mary Lou (manizer)

DSC_2979For a long time I wouldn’t give into the hype surrounding The Balm’s Mary Lou Manizer. Far too many people were raving about it, that I thought it might be too good to be true and I felt I had enough highlighters that I didn’t need to check if the hype was true or not. That was until a few weeks, when I was at  a bloggers event, Dee from Viva Adnois took out her Mary Lou Manizer and I swatched it. Holy Mary mother of God!! I now get what all the hype was about and more!

DSC_3070The Mary Lou Manizer is a smooth, buttery and extremely pigmented highlighter. It is a beautiful champagne colour, that would look gorgeous on fair to medium dark toned skin. It is has a beautiful shimmer to it, without a hint of glitter insight. Unlike some other highlighters, Mary Lou gives your skin a highlighted glow that knocks most other highlighters out of the water. Whenever I am taking pictures, I am always blown away by how unbelievably glowy my skin looks. The only other highlighter that has come within a hairs breathe of this, is the Inglot sparkling dust. However, the Inglot dust can be messy to apply at times as it is a loose powder.

IMG_0965Due to the unbelievable pigmentation of Mary Lou, this is not a highlighter for those that just want a subtle barely there glow. This gives full on beautiful glowy skin, but it is easy to go a little over board with it, so a light hand is needed. A little bit goes a very long way! I am still to find the perfect brush for this, but I have been using my Nima brush Duo Fibre to apply it and it is doing the job well for now.

DSC_3082It is hard to ignore the beautiful packaging of The Balm products. The Mary Lou Manizer comes in a cute plastic compact, with a decent size mirror inside. There is also a decent amount of product and as you use so little, you would get quite a long time out of Mary Lou.

Since buying The Mary Lou Manizer a few weeks ago, I haven’t laid one finger on any of my other highlighters. Don’t get me wrong, I still love my Becca highlighter in Moon stone, but the Mary Lou Manizer is on a whole different level to anything I own. It’s a while since I said this, but you need this in your life. I can’t recommend The Mary Lou Manizer highly enough. Best part is, it isn’t massively expensive either at €19

You can buy it in Make Up For Ever on Clarendon street, or online here at Cloud 10 Beauty

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  • Reply
    Stephanie
    December 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm

    Amazing, this is what I need in my life!

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      Sinead K
      December 6, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      you really do need it Stephanie

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    Makeup monster
    December 8, 2014 at 10:26 am

    Great review, the quality of these highlighters is just amazing but they look just a little too obvious on my skin!

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      December 8, 2014 at 10:34 am

      it really is not for someone who wants a subtle glow!!

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    justine
    December 9, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I use the sigma contour brush to apply this. Best highlighter ever

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      December 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      I have the brush. I must try it out. Thanks justine

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    Grainne
    January 6, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    I never know how to hight light and contour properly, do you have a tutorial on how to apply and what products you find are the best?

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      January 6, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      I haven’t a dedicated tutorial yet, but you can see a good example on my vintage vamp tutorial on YouTube

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    Become a bronzed goddess for summer
    May 20, 2015 at 9:38 am

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    Lorna
    June 4, 2015 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks for the great review, I am just about to go and purchase! It’s on offer at the moment too for only 17.50 🙂 Just a quick question, is there only one colour? Thanks a mill!

    • Sinead K
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      Sinead K
      June 5, 2015 at 10:20 am

      There is the cindy lou manizer. it is a little more tanned so would suit olive toned skin

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      Sarah
      August 1, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Where can I buy this product Sinead?

      • Sinead K
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        Sinead K
        August 1, 2015 at 10:30 pm

        cloud10 beauty or simplyfoxy

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