The BEST Highlighter!

To be honest, I was a bit late to jump on the whole 'highlighting' bandwagon; but the more I got into watching beauty Youtubers do gorgeous dewy make up looks which were make even better with the use of a bit of highlighter, I knew it was about time I gave it a try. 

To begin with, I picked up the Make Up Revolution Vivid Baked highlighter in Peach Lights (post here); which I'm not going to lie, was damn good for the price (£3.00 to be exact)! While it did add a pretty and luminous glow to my skin, I found the colour to be a tad too purpley/pink toned for my skin tone, making the product look more like a shimmery blush as opposed to a natural looking highlight. 

I mean, for that price I can't really argue with the quality of the product itself. There were a few different shades to choose from, so I'd definitely be up for giving one of the others ago to see how a different colour fairs with my skin tone. 

Then, The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer landed in my hands. Ok, when I say 'landed' I mean sort after and hunted down by yours truly.... but lets just say it was totally worth it!

After seeing everyone rave about this product, I was 100% sure that I needed to give it a go for myself, y'know, to see if it really was THAT good! Wandering around Duane Reed one afternoon in New York City, while Dan took a nap in the hotel, I caught sight of a Balm Cosmetics stand..... and there it was! In all its beautiful highlighter glory (am I making this post too dramatic?). 

Now, the big question: was it worth it?

To summarise: Yes. 

Now I know that doesn't count as a 'review', but if you want a simple, to the point and honest answer, then there it is. If you want to know more, then carry on reading.

Packaging: I really love the whole design surrounding The Balm Cosmetics as a brand, which instantly makes any of their product seem more appealing (after all, we all like things that are aesthetically pleasing). Not only does it look good, but the packaging on the Mary Lou Manizer is sturdy and well made, keeping that precious product in tip top condition (even when travelling). Inside there is a great sized mirror for use on the go.... or in badly lit hotel rooms where the only mirror is situated in an area with hideous lighting (not great when applying makeup). 

Colour: This is the perfect colour for my skin tone, so if your pale skinned you will definitely get on well with this highlighter as it has a very golden/yellowy hue making it appear natural against pale and yellowy skin tones. If you are darker skinned or have a far more pinkish undertone, then it would definitely be worth swatching this product before purchasing or leaning towards a different coloured highlighter (I'm pretty sure The Balm do other shades). 

Pigment: Wow. There really isn't much to say about the pigment of this highlighter other then, damnnnnnn! You really don't need much at all if you want to achieve a natural looking highlight. The only issue is that because it is so pigmented, you need to be really careful when applying as it is super easy to go overboard... and lets face it, no one wants to look like a glitter ball. 

Highlight Quality: As a highlight is work amazingly on the top of the cheekbones, on your brow bones, cupids bow and even in the inner corner off your eyes to really make them pop! It is super easy to build up, so you could move your look from a subtle dewy day look to something far more dramatic in no time at all. It leaves the most gorgeous shimmer (without being too glittery) across your skin and catches the light beautifully, making it look natural and effortless.

So, as you may be able to tell, I just love this product and I'm so glad I finally picked it up. It works wonderfully on my skin and I would 100% say it is worth giving a go (if you haven't already)!


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