theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

theBalm / Mary-Lou Manizer I wasn't going to buy theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer purely because of the packaging but because of all ...

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

theBalm / Mary-Lou Manizer

I wasn't going to buy theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer purely because of the packaging but because of all the hype I was curious, so I used my Birchbox points to get it for free. The whole faux-retro branding is a massive put-off for me and on arrival I still wasn’t convinced. Although the grey plastic is quite weighty and feels nice and solid to hold, the design on the front is just one huge question mark, I just don’t get it.

Described on the website as a “honey-hued luminizer,” theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is super pigmented with only the tiniest amount required to create a subtle glow. In the pan theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer appears to be a metallic honey coloured powder but once applied it turns shimmery and translucent. Despite being super intense, it’s workable; buffed in well it can look ever so pretty and it stays put for hours. If you’re heavy handed you’ll end up looking a hot mess; the pigmentation is insane and dabbing the pan with your brush rather than swirling should pick up enough product.

Having such strong pigmentation isn't necessarily a good thing; it’s hard to gauge how much you've picked up with your brush making it easy to over do it with the “glow,” and this product has the tendency to look unnatural however you work it. I’d much rather a less pigmented product that I can build than one I have to handle like a hand grenade.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

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