Get that Glow with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

 There are moments that I just totally lose it and splurge on makeup to satiate my materialistic side. Yung tipong gusto ko lang magwaldas dahil feel ko lang. Yes, even the kuripot in me has that inner dark side na gustong magfeeling mayaman once in a while. Youtube is partly to blame because they advocate consumerism ( a lot). Kasi naman, I love watching my favorite youtube gurus to the point that I buy whatever they rave about (parang bloggers lang at kayong mga readers ko.. waaahh B.I. din pala ako in a way kasi panira ako ng budget.) 

Before proceeding with post, let it be put on record that I am not a fan of highlighters (well, uhmmm until now). I hate shimmers because they tend to highlight my rashes and dry patches on my cheeks. However,  I recently discovered how good highlighters look on photos and since I am a soon to be bride, I want to achieve that bridal glow on my big day. Anyways, one of my favorite youtube gurus is Nikkietutorials is a huge highlighter fan. I was on the brink of buying Becca Shimmering Perfector in Opal because of her. Good thing she mentioned that The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer has more highlighting power than Becca's. The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer costs less than Becca's (kaya buti na lang talaga!!!!) She even mentioned that even people in space could see the glow of this Highlighter when worn. The next thing I knew I was in Beauty Bar buying this highlighter. 

This highlighter is priced at 945 pesos. It is housed in a very cute packaging with a huge round mirror. The compact is quite handy and not too heavy for travel. Here is a look on how big the compact is. It has a weight of 8.5 grams. On its box, it says that this product is a highlighter, shimmer and eyeshadow.
 I have tried a lot of low end highlighters and this baby right here is at the top of the game. I wont mention brand names but in short, walang binatbat lahat ng highighters that I have tried before to this this one. The product is AMAZING. As in!Sulit ang 945. hehe  I was raving this product to Shen of Shensaddiction and I just can't stop raving about it. This highlighter is VERY PIGMENTED. The color pay off is out of this world. You can refer to the photo below that I just did one swipe and the product that my fingers picked up looked immensely beautiful. Isang swipe palang yan! This luminizer is in powder form but the texture is very creamy and extremely blendable. For application, I can use my fingers or a brush for application. Despite being overly pigmented, the best thing about this highlighter is the fact that it is buildable and blendable. Thus, I can sheer it out with a use of fluffy brush or sweep a layer of powder foundation to lessen the glow of this product. 
 This applies smoothly on the skin. As you can see on the swatch, it does not look gritty or sparkly at all. This just gives off a  beautiful sheen/glow on the skin. The color is a gorgeous champagne that looks very nice on my medium yellow skin tone.
 Here is a photo of me using it. Can you see how it made my skin look healthy?

I heard contouring is out and strobing is in! This is definitely a great buy for me! I will definitely repurchase (if and if I ran out anytime soon). Since this is very pigmented product, a little goes a long way. I honestly don't think I can even finish a pan!

I highly recommend this everyone who wants to achieve that Glow!!


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  1. Ohhh.. its pricey pala talaga! Pero i think it will last lang po ano?? Super laki ng difference pag may shine effect! Nkakafresh and nkakabata!! Looking good po :)

  2. Ahh super tagal ko na binabalik-balikan sa Beauty Bar to but I never make the purchase. I think I should na talaga! It looks great on you!

  3. Ang ganda ng highlighter sa yo. :) I've been wanting this forever, but I can't find it anywhere ever since Sephora pulled TheBalm from their shelves. Hanapin ko na lang online. I heard a lot of raves about it. Good choice. :)

  4. I love Mary Lou. I got it as a gift and ever since trying it out, it is now the best highlighter for me. Lately I bought the Betty Lou and Cindy Lou! :) You should try the others soon too! The Mary Lou looks natural glow on you. :)

  5. This is my holy grail highlighter katabdem ng bahama mama. ❤️

  6. This is my holy Grail highlighter Katandem ng another hg product na bahama mama

  7. nice ang ganda nya sa face,,looks natural

  8. Saan nyo po nabili? Super naghahanap po ako nito kaso ang hirap hanapin. Out of stock sa shop bar the balm

  9. Saan nyo po nabili? Super naghahanap po ako nito kaso ang hirap hanapin. Out of stock sa shop bar the balm


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