September 14, 2009

the Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review and Swatches

The bloody Balm gets me every time with their uber cute glam packaging and interesting little cosmetic releases that make it seem like the world will end if I don’t haul it.

Such is the case with their new highlighting powder entitled Mary-Lou Manizer. I’ve no idea what the name is about I guess it’s a cross between man and luminizer? I’m not really sure but hey whatever floats your boat the Balm, I’ll go along with anything you say if you keep pumping out these cute packages of makeup goodness.

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Jump ahead for the deets.

This style powder been done before peeps with the new Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight. Now it just comes down to which one you might want to purchase in the future.

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Too Faced has it for formula in my opinion but the Balm wins it hands down for packaging. Actually if you’re splurging I’d recommend hauling both as they are different enough to do so however if you’re just wanting to keep it to one gold shimmer powder for the season here’s the deal on Mary-Lou.

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She’s a golden beige shade that can be used to highlight your face and cheeks, as an eyeshadow, or as an all over powder. There’s a heavy dose of shimmer in this powder so brace yourself for some sparkle. She works a treat as a shadow but on face and cheeks she could prove too much as it does give off the disco effect if you’re as heavy handed as I tend to be. When compared with Absolutely Invisible Candlelight she’s more intense in golden sheen and not quite as subtly white gold. Personally I dig it for a shadow as it has a nice sparkle of golden beige on lids however on my face it was really scary glitter-festival.

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The packaging alone makes me love it as it features a glam pin-up style Mary-Lou with a popping red pout, getting the book for being an all in one powder, being too pretty, too popular, and the antonym of a womanizer.

Overall, if you’re just a big lover of super unique packaging you’ll want to haul this for yourself. As I said I loved it as a shadow but not as a highlighting powder. If you’re looking for a more subtle look I’d settle on Too Faced version but if you’re splurging I’d go with both as each has a little bit of different to it in color, texture, and formula.

Likey! The novelty of the product alone gets this Muse.

Anyone try?

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  • robyn

    isnt the name mary-lou manizer cause “lou manizer” said as one word sounds like luminizer? the name is a cute way to put luminizer plus adding in the man bit

    looks cute anyways 🙂