Recently I had a birthday (# 47 to be exact!) and I was pretty excited to receive this palette from my sister (OK, some pretty heavy hinting occurred in the form of an e-mail with a link saying “this is what I want!” I always find its best to be direct in these matters!)
The “Luminizers” from The Balm have achieved almost cult status and I’ve been dying to try them for a long time now. As part of the Makeup Obsessives admin team, I have heard SUCH good things about the girls; Mary-Lou, Cindy-Lou and Betty-Lou – my main problem was which one I should get first. Thankfully the good folks at The Balm were onto it and solved all my problems in one go with this nifty little palette that has a version of each of the fabulous sisters!
Obviously, being part of a palette, the pans are smaller than normal – 3 grams each as opposed to the standard 8.5 grams. However, for someone like me who couldn’t decide which one to get, they’re perfect!
Mary-Lou Manizer is the loumaniser or highlight and that’s the one that gives you the gorgeous glowy look – I love to use it on my cheekbones to give them some definition. As you can see, I have a pretty round face (it matches my body!) and highlighting my cheekbones helps with this! (By the way – Kylie Bax told me I had beautiful cheekbones at netball the other day, so I am suddenly lovin’ them!)
Cindy-Lou Manizer is a contouring powder. Now frankly, I’m no good at contouring and can’t really be bothered with the whole palaver, but since I got this one I have taken to sucking my cheeks in and swooshing it around on the hollowed bits. I’m not sure I’ll be mistaken for Twiggy any time soon, but I do quite like the subtle shadow effect it gives!
Betty-Lou Manizer is the bronzer of the trio. And woah … when I first “subtly” applied this I looked like I’d been on sabbatical in the desert. You need to go lightly with this ladies – start small and build gradually. It does give you a lovely healthy glow once you get the application technique right though so it’s highly recommended.
Below is a picture of moi, wherein I have applied the Mary-Lou and the Cindy-Lou sisters to my mug. I don’t know if it’s a great capture, and it’s certainly not the best picture of me, but actually I’ve found it quite difficult to photograph makeup. I don’t know how the famous YouTubers do it to be honest! Speaking of YouTubers – how freakin’ GORGEOUS is Carli Bybel?!
Anyway – at least you can see the highlight, if not the contour!
Now as I mentioned earlier, I am part of the Makeup Obsessives admin team, so I hear a lot about all sorts of different products in our group . Many of them I have tried, due to being the ultimate consumer, but to be honest, the majority just haven’t lived up to the hype. The Manizer Sisters, however, really do make a difference to my skin and I feel like they give it a lovely glow which is always nice at my age!
If I had to choose, and when I go to repurchase, I would definitely go with the Mary-Lou and the Cindy-Lou first. And as always with products from The Balm, the packaging is fabulous – Mumpty does love that retro feel and the characters are wonderful.
So that is my little review of my much-loved Manizer Sisters palette from The Balm. If I had to cut my review to two words; they would be BUY IT!
Coming to MumptyStyle soon: my reviews on L’oreal Serioxyl hair growth system and Only Good natural body wash. Check my Reviews page for other makeup and makeup-related reviews. And click here for my recent review on the Creme de la Creme eyeshadow palette from Sauce Box.
Mary, Cindy and Betty love …