The Balm strikes my wallet once again. After the success story that is Frat Boy on my face, like a lab mouse to a cube of cheese in a maze, I was back at The Balm's stand in the shopping centre. A swatch-fest ensued. With blushers, bronzers, eyeshadows and the stunning Mary Lou Manizer streaked across both forearms, a mad glint in my eye and a complete disregard of any restraint, I made her mine.
I love highlighters more than is reasonable. I began my love affair cautiously, opting for the subtle. Like a junkie in need of a higher high, I've since graduated to the starker. Mary Lou Manizer delivers so much glow, it's very easy to overdo. However, when a small amount of product is used it is beautiful. It delivers a detectable, champagne sheen of gorgeousness to wherever you apply it.
The texture of this powder product is intriguing, in the sense that it is a powder yet has an almost creamy texture. This is fabulous for those wanting to avoid a powdery, glittery face. The ingredients listed include silica, synthetic wax and dimethicone, which explains the silky slip to the product. Those wary of these potentially comedogenic ingredients beware, however I feel these ingredients have a lot to do with the performance of this product. As mentioned previously, this is not the subtlest highlighter, however the 'second-skin' appearance which allows it to remain within the (reasonably) natural realms may be chalked up to these silicones. The fact Mary Lou Manizer doesn't contain chunky glitter filler can also be thanked for keeping it from edging into Chola territory.
Admittedly, I apply this rather liberally; cheekbones, brow bones, inner corners of my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and finally on my cupid's bow. A good highlighter works wonders accentuating, or giving the illusion of 'pulling forward' wherever it is placed. Highlighter is the 'smoke and mirrors' makeup item which helps a Moon-faced me somewhat fake higher cheekbones, a straightened nose, brightened eyes and poutier top lip.