How many times have you ever felt heartbroken over some overpriced face bronzers, lipsticks or makeup brush sets? Expensive beauty cosmetics are such lovely heartbreakers. The thing with cheap cosmetic products is that they can make or break your beauty routines. And because you did not spend much money you know that if they fail you, it doesn’t hurt that bad. Let’s face it nobody has high expectations for cheap products. But just because they’re affordable or cheap doesn’t mean they won’t work. Miracles do happen.
TheBalm Mary-Lou Manizer aka “The Luminizer” is an all-around honey-hued highlighter. You can use it on your eyelids, on the apple of your cheeks, under your eyes and above your brows. You can also apply it on the bridge of your nose. Basically, it aims to enhance your skin, rather than to mask or conceal it. In my case, the dark circles around my eyes are a bit unnoticeable whenever I use highlighters though I still use my Naturactor Cover Face.
I had a fun make-up session with my niece and decided to take photos using The Balm face highlighter. The make-up is lighter since I didn’t want her to use too much foundation on her face.
Her under eyes are slightly highlighted
Highlighted her cheeks
Highlighted her nose
Why You Might Love It
It’s cheaper but it works (almost ) like any other branded highlighters in the store
It contains a ton of product (like seriously) that you won’t be buying another one anytime soon
It really shimmers and brightens your face as long as you know the right places to highlight
It hides the dark circles around my eyes
The packaging is cool and edgy plus it comes with a big mirror
It’s easy to use especially for beginners
It’s a 3 in 1 product: you can use it on your cheeks, eyelids or under your eyes or brows. It works as a highlighter, eyeshadow and shimmer powder.
Why You Might Not Like It:
(If you like online shopping and you happened to buy it online, even if it’s carefully wrapped) There’s a big chance that if the product is delivered, it would spill like loose powder. Though it looks compact, it does have the tendency to spill out into the lid when you put it inside your bag. This is the reason why I can’t bring it anywhere I go.
It’s quite powdery. But you can always apply it with a wet brush.
It doesn’t stay for a long time.
Use a setting spray to wet the brush before application.
If you have dark circles around your eyes like me, then take advantage of its shimmer to achieve a summery look.
I’ve tried Benefit High Beam and it doesn’t work for me. It’s oily and lacks glow. I mean if I’m going to buy a liquid highlighter, I would buy Jeffree Star’s Liquid Frosts. My Mary-Lou Manizer works perfectly fine and it doesn’t cost a lot. Whether you’re an expert when it comes to highlighting or still a beginner, this highlighter is one of the decent highlighters today. For $24 (1032php), it’s a great steal, quantity wise. Although if you want something cheaper than $24, you might want to check out Wet and Wild’s highlighters. If you want to invest in a good quality highlighter, check Jeffree Star’s highlighters. There are different unique shades to choose from and they come in huge pans so it’s a good deal.
Contouring became extremely popular because of Kim Kardashian. Bronzers and highlighters can completely change how you look. Makeup can do magic, it doesn’t matter if you’re using drugstore or luxury products. If applied properly, highlighters can actually make your face glow to make you look younger and healthier. And so far, my Mary-Lou Manizer is doing its job.