I was lucky enough to be asked by Obsessed Canada to review two makeup products from The Balm-which is a complete makeup, skincare, hair care and nail polish line. The Balm has a “beauty in five minutes” philosophy which marries well with the busy modern day woman. The two products I got to sample are the Mary-Lou Manizer aka ‘The Luminizer’ and the Betty-Lou Manizer aka ‘The Bronzing Bandit’.
The packaging for both products is super cute, complete with retro-looking cartoon characters. Each compact has 8.5g of product and has a handy mirror inside.
Lets first discuss the Mary-Lou. If I had to pick a favorite between the two it would be this one!
What is it?: The Mary-Lou is a powder highlighter/eye shadow that can be used anywhere on the face to brighten and add a complimentary glow.
Pigmentation: Great colour pay off. I also enjoyed that it is a nice champagne colour that will compliment any fair-medium/dark complexions. I often find some highlighters too peachy or gold for anyone with a fair skintone like myself but the Mary-Lou is a perfect shimmery shade.
Texture: LOVE the texture! It almost feels like a cream and applies like butter on the skin. The actual shimmer particles are super fine so it gives your skin a nice even glow.
Longevity: Wears really well throughout the day, no fading for at least 8 hours. Did not crease on my eyelids on top of a primer.
Application: I like to use any flat sided brushes to apply the Mary-Lou. I used MACs #192 brush for the cheeks/face and MAC’s #252 brush for the eyes.
And now lets talk about the Betty-Lou…Love me some bronzer especially in the dead of winter! The only thing I found with this bronzer is it was a little too rich in colour for my pale skin. I think come the Spring/Summer when I get a little bit of a tan it will be a better match for me.
What is it?: The Betty-Lou is a powder Bronzer/eyeshadow that is silky smooth and will give you a sun-kissed glow anywhere on the face.
Pigmentation: A little goes a long way. I had to be careful to not overdo it because my face would easily grab the pigment which I would then have to tone down with my face powder. I would recommend to definitely bring the colour down onto your neck to prevent the tan face/white neck look 😉 It’s a nice warm golden shade that would work best on someone with a medium skin tone.
Texture: Same as the Mary-Lou, its very creamy and glides onto the skin. The particles are super fine and gives a subtle glow to the skin
Longevity: Its stays put and remained on my face. There was little to no fading throughout the day.
Application: I used more fluffy natural bristle brushes to apply the Betty-Lou Bronzer. I used MACs #217 for the eyes and MACs #129 for the face.
Overall I think these two products are great individually and they also work great together to create a beautifully sculpted and highlighted face. These are two keepers that I will definitely be adding to my professional kit. I would give them both a final score of 4 kiss marks out of 5.
Go and check ‘em out: http://www.obsessedcanada.com/manizer-duo-kit-by-the-balm/