The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: Review and Swatches

 The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: Review and Swatches

Hello guys, today I will be reviewing The Balm Mary Lou Manizer, my current favourite highlighter. I wanted this highlighter since the longest time and eventually after a year long wait I finally grabbed it. It is by far the best highlighter that I have used till date, I will rate it better than the Mac Soft and Gentle. So lets start with The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: Review and Swatches.


Product Description:

Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow. Layer it on your eyelids for luxe-looking eyelashes, sweep it on your cheeks for a sexy sheen or use it as an all over finishing touch before you head out for the night!

The Balm Claims:

Meet Mary Lou Manizer,  a seemingly innocent honey hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.


Price of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:

Rs.1950. I bought it from an Insta store named Makeup Boulevard.

You can buy it from Makeup Boulevard from HERE.

Ingredients of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:


My Thoughts on The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:

I have to say can I just love the cheeky and flirty names and also the quirky illustrations on the packaging of the balm products. The first thing that would attract all the buyer towards The Balm products is their  packaging.  They are so cute and funky. The Balm cosmetics are known for the funky packaging and the quirky names of different products. The Mary Lou Manizer comes in a flip open  sleek compact case with a very good sized mirror inside, which I really like as it comes handy and is great for touch ups too. The packaging is quite sturdy and very travel friendly too. The lid closes with a click sound ensuring that it is properly closed.


The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is a gold/champagne coloured illuminizer- it is neither too cool nor too warm toned and it adds such a beautigul glow from within kind of look.  The golden hint in the highlighter makes it suitable for all skin tones. I am sure this highlighter will suit not only the fair skin toned but also the ones with wheatish or slightly darker skin tones.


The powder has a very silky almost creamy soft texture to it and it is highly pigmented too, just one swipe gives you a glow that can blind anyone. The powder blends in so beautifully and uniformly, leaving behind no patchiness at all. Even if you have dry or patchy skin this highlighter will blend in so beautifully without settling in the fine lines. I have dry skin but this powder sinks and blends into my skin so seamlessly, it just looks like my second skin.


This is a high shine highlighter so pick up lesser product and you can always build it up. The best thing about this highlighter is that the shimmer particle are so fine and small which gives such a natural finish on application without looking too overboard even if you go a bit heavy handed with the highlighter. This powder is finely milled and you can hardly see any fall outs. Mac Soft and Gentle has big chunky shimmer particles which makes it look a bit unnatural and glittery.


You can also read: Mac Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle Review and Swatches

I apply this highlighter with a Morphe M 143 fan brush and it gives a very sheer, subtle highlight or glow that stays all day long with a really mild fading. You can use this on the top of a cream highlighter and it look so amazing on your face. I apply the highlighter to highlight my cheekbones, my brow bone, the bridge of my nose, center of the forehead, cupid’s bow and my chin, basically I highlight the highest points of my face with it.

You can use it during the day as well as at night time and it works well for both. I also use this highlighter as an eyeshadow to give a wash of colour on my lid and it is a perfect inner corner and brow bone highlight too.


Swatches of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:


Pros of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:
  • Love the sleek, compact and funky packaging.
  • Gives a very natural and subtle glow to the face.
  • Highly pigmented.
  • Suits all skin tones.
  • Finely milled powder.
  • Travel friendly.
  • Loved the big size mirror inside the pan.
  • Stays all day long.
  • The shimmer particles are very minute, not at all chunky.
Cons of The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:
  • Availability is an issue.
  • Pigmented enough to blind anyone… Haha… That isn’t a con, I guess.


Beauty and Blush Rating:

A full 5/5.

Will I Recommend The Balm Mary Lou Manizer to Anyone?

I would recommend this bomb highlighter to each and everyone. Girls, go and grab it as it is a must have product in your life.


Final Thoughts on The Balm Mary Lou Manizer:

If you are looking for  a good quality highlighter which gives a subtle glow then this highlighter is for you. Highly Highly Recommended. Totally a must have product for every makeup lover.

18 thoughts on “The Balm Mary Lou Manizer: Review and Swatches

  1. I like champagne coloured illuminizer a lot…So I m definitely gonna try it now….great review hun…xo, Neha

    • Thanks Neha,do try it out. It is simply awesome.

  2. I don’t want to be blind so will stay from it.. he he 😉

    • Haha… That is a good one Anjali.

  3. I like the shade.. it would suit indian skin tone beautifully! nice review!

    • Yogita it is one of the best highlighters for Indian skin tones.Thanks dear.

  4. I so want to try this out soon 🙂 Lovely review!

    • Thanks Karishma.Do try it out.It is a bomb highlighter.

  5. haha pigmented enough to blind anyone love you girl <3 adding to my wishlist 🙂

    • Soumya do get this one,it is freaking awesome darling….Love you too.??

  6. I love using highlighter, this sounds like worth trying after reading your review. 🙂

    • Alisha if you are a highlighter lover you are going to love this one.Do get hold of this.

  7. This is so gorgeous and yes it is bright enough to blind anyone 😉 😛

    • Anumeha this is really bright enough to blind anyone.Super awesome.?

  8. I soooo want this… I am trying to finish the illuminators I have… Availability is definitely an issue.

    • Amrutaa do get this one, it is simply amazing. Availability is an issue but these days you can easily find in on all insta stores.

  9. loved the pictures…i need this baby in my life 🙂

    • You should get hold of this beauty Anubhuti, it is simply awesome.

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