Today we are reviewing a product I’m especially excited about – TheBalm Mary Lou Manizer highlighter. This product is a life-changer because it really is all purpose – you can use it as eyeshadow, shimmer, or highlighter, and it’s priced quite reasonably for 0.3 ounces. Be warned, though; a little goes a long way when it comes to this luminizer! For best results as a shimmer or highlighter, use a very light hand when applying; for eyeshadow, you have a bit more freedom.

thebalmThe Mary-Lou Manizer is meant to be used primarily as a highlighter for a subtle pop of color and shine on the cheekbones or inner eye, although it can be worn anywhere. It has a warm champagne color with bits of gold color that makes it complimentary to any skin tone (although they do have darker shades if you are worried about it being too dramatic). The package may seem small for the price, but you get a LOT of use out of the product if used correctly. Just as with any luminizers and highlighters, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s going to become very obvious when you apply this makeup. However, the cute packaging and long-lasting shimmer make it well worth the price.

Be advised: If you are aiming for a “no make-up”/natural look, this probably isn’t the luminizer for you – you can definitely see it. However, if you are getting all dolled up for a night out on the town, The Balm Mary Lou Manizer is perfect. Just a light brush stroke across the cheeks and nose for a healthy glow that will have people wondering, What’s her secret? Or go all-in and apply it as a highlighter and an eyeshadow in the same application for a shimmery finish that will have you looking like you were kissed by angels.

As a side note, when you are finally finished with the product, you can hang on to the cute little compact as an adorable purse mirror (I recommend fully washing it after using up all the powder, as to keep it cleaner for longer). Just be careful not to drop it before you’re done with it or it could crumble.