Thursday, August 27, 2015

AMW Reviews: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

You guys are probably thinking: "Not again!  Another highlighter?"
Well trust me, you'll see more of that!  I am just so addicted to highlighting I am "just starting" to collect highlighters!

One of the well-known highlighters in the market, and I would mark this as: "I can't believe I only got this highlighter now!" highlighter from The Balm!

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
Don't ask me who "Mary Lou" is but she is definitely a fine yong lady who gives me the glow I want!

A photo of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The packaging is just like that of a powder compact but it contains all "highlighting beauty"!  
It contains soft, shimmering champagne color that works so well on users with light to medium skintone!  Darker skin may still use this but it will turn out way more obvious than the subtle glow we all want!

Immediately used it as seen on my previous tutorial and I'm loving the result! 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer says ---
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.

AMW says ---
  • Fun packaging!
  • Easy to use.
  • Gives a subtle yet very nice glowing skin in an instant.
  • A little goes a long way
  • Would work for all skin types!  Yes, even oily skin!
  • Can double up as eyeshadow or highlighter.
  • Can also work to apply on top of your favorite lip color for that extra pout.
  • No glitters or obvious sparkles.
  • You can adjust intensity of the highlighter.
  • The texture has a nice buttery-feel.
  • The effect on camera is amazing!  Seems like I have perfect skin.
  • The sheen maybe too obvious/fake looking if users have medium dark to dark skintone.
  • May emphasize pores if not applied properly.
  •  Price.  But totally worth it if this product works for you.
A very good highlighter if you are going for that obvious glow!  Works for light to medium skin!

  • Use a dense brush for more obvious glow.  
  • You may also use your finger to apply it on key areas and blend out using a clean brush.
  • Best used on top of your cheekbones, on the bridge of your nose, on cupid's bow and the chin!  
  • If you have oily skin, apply only at 1 area of your face.  (Tip: cheekbones)  Try to steer clear from applying anywhere on the T-zone or even near it!
  • If you have large pores, do not forget to "prime" your face well with either a skincare or primer, set with foundation and powder before you top with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.
  • Less is more, try not to apply too much!  Best area to apply?  With window facing you or with ample light source!  If you apply this in the dark, you tend to apply more than usual!
  • For a more natural good-looking skin effect, dust a little amount of this product all over your face with a big powder brush! 
Will I repurchase?
Yes!  Though I doubt I'll be able to finish this one! 

To whom do I recommend this to?
Highlighter lovers!  Let's all unite!

Where to purchase and how much?
Available on all Beauty Bar stores nationwide or online priced at Php945.00 (approx $21.47) each

Related Links
IG: @BeautyBarPH


Mug-shot photo of a gorgeous girl!

My favorite brush to use to apply on the area above my cheekbone is the Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush.

It grabs the right amount of product at the same time diffuses into a natural glow when buffed into the skin.

Using my fingertip, I apply a small amount on the bridge of my nose.

Cupid's bow

And a little on my chin!  Here's how my skin looks "fake-healthy"!

On natural sunlight, the product is almost invisible but my skin looks nevertheless healthy and glowing!

Personally speaking, this works almost as close as the Benefit's Watts Up Highlighting Cream!  The effect is almost similar but this one comes in powder form which is fool-proof even for first time makeup users!

Have you tried The Balm products?
What other The Balm products would you highly recommend?

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. The highlighter looks so natural on you Ms. Nikki.
    Will definitely look for this once I drop by at the Beauty Bar.
    Thank you for sharing. :)

    1. Sis always out of stock! now I understand!

  2. I love the strobing effect though, it will be inappropriate for my acne prone skin it will only highlight my insecurities :))...Anyway, great review Achie!

    1. Well, if you highlight, highlight ONE area lang! not in the area where you have the acne :D it will do a lot of help! :D

  3. I love how highlighters give you that glowing skin effect, I must learn how to do that!
    Been reading a lot of raves about Mar Lou Manizer and by the looks of it, it really is worth the hype!
    I recently got a The Balm palette and it has a highlighter, I can just settle with that and later work on buying a full sized one when I can master the art of highlighting!

    1. yes, rave after raves talaga! :)
      True, you can try the smaller one and see if it works for you! I bet it will!

  4. This item is almost always out of stock!!! :'( Can you share which Beauty Bar branch you got this from? Thank you!

    1. try BGC Central! top most floor! They have Beauty Bar there!

  5. yay, so pretty. now i'm really glad I got this when I was in Manila. :)

  6. wow!!! This is a pretty one indeed. It looks oh so natural. Well, this is something worth checking out.

  7. Got this before and I sold it because i still have the watts up and i cant even finish the deluxe size. Now after reading your review Im feeling a bit of sellers remorse.haha
    You might wanna try nars albatross , laura mercier matte radiance,tarte champagne highlighter and ofcourse hourglass ambient lighting palette!

    1. what?? Why did you sell it! hahaha I am looking for the Hourglass too! that looks promising based on swatches online!


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