The Balm Mary Lou Manizer Review

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Promise: All-over Illuminizer

I have been using the Mary-Lou Manizer since 2012 and it is my quintessential go-to for all-over highlighting. The skin-tone frosted hue is the perfect shade for my complexion and it is as versatile as it is beautiful. You can apply just a brush stroke of the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer over your lips for highlighted points, or layer on the color for a rich, luminescent tint around the arches of the eyebrow and corners of the eyes.

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I purchased the Mary Lou Manizer highlighter because it fits so many of the things I was looking for. First off, it was the perfect shade to use as a highlighter around my eyes and lips without being overwhelming in color. Also, the size of Mary-Lou Manizer, which is about the size of a typical bronzer, is incomparable to any other highlighter (or eyeshadow) on the market. It has lasted me 3 years!

Mary Lou Manizer by TheBalm is packaged in a round, 8.5g compact complete with a mirror for on-the-go touchups. The Balm cosmetics‘ packaging was actually what drew me to the brand to start with. Apart from the Mary Lou Manizer, you can pick from other two sweet manizer packagings:

the Balm Cindy Lou Manizer or the Balm Betty Lou Manizer

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Each product in The Balm cosmetics line is unique and chic, with a heavy dose of sass. This formulation, which features a pinup receiving her mug shot, adds a cute tongue and cheek touch to this hero product.

I spent a year searching for a comparable shadow to take the place of the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer and I never found the right formulation. When I saw it on, it was like finding a long-lost friend. I would recommend the Mary Lou Manizer by the Balm to anyone, with any skin-tone because of its quality, versatility and beauty.



Marissa O’Brien
Beauty insider & editor