Timeless Favourites: The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer
















I thought I would kick-start the new ‘Timeless Favourites’ series (you can read more about the series here) with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer.  Mary-Lou Manizer used to be regularly featured on YouTube and on make-up blogs as a favourite of many make-up lovers.  I wrote a post on this product back in 2016 and thought it would be fun to re-visit the product, as it is still in my collection.

I’m so glad I tried out this product again as it has become one of my favourite highlighters all over again! Mary-Lou Manizer is a pale, champagne-gold powder highlighter which can be used to add radiance to the face, cheeks and eyes.  I think it is perfectly suited to obtaining the strobing effect which is so popular right now.

Outer Packaging

The powder comes in a box with a cartoon-style design on the front and back. 

The front of the box provides the product name, product summary (highlighter, shimmer, eyeshadow) and weight (8.5g/net weight 0.3oz).

Outer packaging of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (front of box)















The back of the box provides the product name, ingredients and distribution information.

Outer packaging for The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (back of box)















Compact Packaging

The powder is encased in a metal-like compact with a design mimicking the design on the front side of the outer box.

Front of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer compact















The back of the compact gives information on the product name, weight and ingredients.

Back of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer compact
















The powder compact is sturdy, yet sleek and lightweight.  It also contains a mirror in the lid, which allows for easy application or top-ups if you are on the go.

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer (Please excuse the reflection in the mirror! The compact lid has since snapped off, which meant I had to use the photo from my original post on the product).




















Shade, Texture and Finish

Mary-Lou Manizer is a light, creamy-white gold toned powder.  My skin is light-medium and the shade of Mary-Lou Manizer gives a beautiful, radiant glow to my skin.  For info, I wear 2.0 in Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation, 11 Vanilla in Loreal Infallible 24HR Matte Liquid Foundation and Warm Ivory in Boots No 7 foundations.

The Balm makes two other shades in the Manizer powder highlighter range (more information given below), so you might find one of them to be more suitable if Mary-Lou is too light or too golden for you. 

The powder itself has a very fine, softly milled texture, which makes it apply smoothly to the face.  It doesn’t feel chunky or break up when you apply it to the skin; it glides on beautifully and gives a lovely glow to the skin.  

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Compact














This product is very pigmented and has a strong sheen.  The strong sheen means that you can get a quick, highlighted effect easily and without having to load-up the product.  I find that I only have to lightly ‘tap’ my brush into the powder to get a good application on the face.  I would say that this product is less suitable if you prefer a very muted highlight, as it does have quite a strong shimmer to it.  I think you can, however, blend it out to give a slightly softer effect if you wish.



One thing I love about the Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter is that it is incredibly versatile:

  • It can be used as a cheek highlighter to make the cheekbones stand out.
  • I like to use it down the centre of the nose, above the cupid’s bow and above browbones to add extra radiance.
  • The light-gold shade means it can be used as an eyeshadow; try applying it on the lid for a wide-awake effect on the eyes
  • It can be applied to the inner corners of the eyes to add extra brightness.



Swatch of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

















More concentrated swatch of The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer













Other Products in the ‘Manizer’ Range

There are other highlighting products available as part of The Balm’s highlighting range which are worth checking out.  

The ‘Lou-Manizer’ range includes ‘Mary-Lou’, ‘Cindy-Lou’ and ‘Betty-Lou’ highlighting powders.  Cindy-Lou Manizer is a light peachy-pink which can be used as a highlighter, light blusher and also an eyeshadow.  Betty-Lou Manizer is a golden-bronze shade, which again can be used as a highlighter, blusher or eyeshadow.  Betty-Lou is darker than the other shades, making it particularly flattering on darker skin-tones or as a bronze-sheen on paler skins.

The Balm also recently released liquid versions of the Manizer highlighters called ‘Dew Manizers’.  There are two shades available: Mary-Dew Manizer’ (a light, creamy white-gold) and ‘Bonnie-Dew Manizer’ (a deeper, champagne-gold).  I haven’t tried the Dew Manizers so I would love to know if you have and what you think of them!


Stockists and Price

Mary-Lou Manizer costs £16 and is available from various retailers in the UK, including Superdrug, Debenhams, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic.

If you like the look of the Mary-Lou Manizer but don’t want to commit to a full-size compact, you can find this product as part of various palettes and sets.  ‘The Manizer Sister’s Luminizing Palette’ costs £24 and contains smaller versions of all three shades.  This is a great option if you fancy trying all three or want a travel-friendly option for using all the products.  The ‘In The Balm of Your Hand Greatest Hits Vol 2’ contains a mini Mary-Lou Manizer, as well as various other mini-sized cult products from The Balm.  I have the latter palette as I wanted to try out more from The Balm.  Let me know if you would like a post on the ‘Greatest Hits Vol 2 Palette’!

Have you tried The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer or any of the other Manizer highlighters? Or do you have a different favourite highlighter? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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