I hope you’re doing well? I’ve got another beauty review for you today and this time I’m talking about a product that I’ve been wanting for well over 6 months now! The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer highlighter is the first expensive makeup product I have brought myself. It’s usually always out of stock at Superdrug but when I was in the Leeds store there was one of these babies left and I couldn’t resist. The Balm in sort of a ‘premium drugstore’ brand as whilst you can get it at Superdrug (UK) the prices are a lot higher than most other brands but usually lower than what is considered High-End.
We have to start by talking about how much I love the packaging of this product. I’d call the vibe of this product retro as the image isn’t minimal which is usually considered modern. Instead it has a jail mugshot theme to it. Sounds weird but as you can see it definitely works. The circle compact also comes with a mirror so this product can easily be an on the go highlighter.
The highlight has been hyped about within the beauty community for a while now. In fact one of my all time favourite YouTube’s SophDoesNails has said this is pretty much her all time favourite highlighter; Soph’s highlight game is on top form so I definitely trusted her opinion. I’d say this is a gorgeous champagne coloured highlight that has a very pretty shimmer too it. There isn’t chunks of glitter which personally I like as it means that whilst the glow will be blinding it won’t look as though it’s festival makeup.
I’ve also been enjoying the formula of this product. It feels so smooth to swatch and doesn’t get clumpy which is a good sign. I’ve been having a lot of issues lately with acne on my cheeks and the other highlighters I own have been showing the texture, but with this beauty it simply adds a delicate (yet blinding) glow without showing unwanted texture. I find that a fan brush applies this best and so I’ve been using my Unicorn Brush Louboutin Fan brush to add glimmer to my check bones, brow bone, nose and cupids bow. I’ll be honest, I don’t think this is the most outrageous, blinding highlighter I own. BUT, it’s so pretty and just looks stunning that it’s by far my favourite. Even though I wouldn’t classify it as outrageously blinding, I still think it belongs in the blinding highlighters category.
Overall, this is a lovely highlighter that adds something a little bit extra to any makeup look. I’m so happy with my first expensive makeup purchase and it’s definitely given The Balm a good reputation in my eyes.
What high-end highlighter do you love? Let me know Below!