Saturday, 1 March 2014

The Balm Manizer Duo Kit

 I've been eyeing The Balm's famous Mary-Lou Manizer, as I am utterly obsessed with highlighters. Luckily, I've been able to try out The Balm's Manizer Duo Kit ($36 CAD on Obsessed Canada), which includes full size compacts of Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer. Normally these are $24 each, so this is such a great deal!

The Balm Manizer Duo Kit

The Balm Manizer Duo Kit

The Balm Manizer Duo Kit

Up first: The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer! I absolutely love the packaging, it's just so cute. The compact opens up to reveal a golden beige powder that is incredibly soft & pigmented. I'm really loving the formula of both of these powders, they're such a dream to work with. I've been using an angled blush brush to apply Mary-Lou Manizer to my cheekbones after I've applied my blush. Since this shade is so pigmented it's fairly easy to go heavy handed. Tap your brush to remove excess product, and then apply for best results. I really love the golden sheen that this highlighter brings to my face. If you don't like an obvious highlighter, then this might be a bit too overt for you. 

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Next up, Betty-Lou Manizer, a shimmery bronzer. I tend to enjoy matte bronzers, so this is a big change from what I'm used to using. While I absolutely loved Mary-Lou Manizer, I unfortunately can't say the say for Betty-Lou Manizer. My skin is fairly pale, and I just found the colouring of Betty-Lou Manizer, to be a bit too dark and orange. I think that this might work well for someone with a medium to dark complexion, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with a lighter skin tone. I am able to wear this bronzer if I take my time with it and really buff it in to my skin, but it just isn't worth the time that it takes. However, I really love the formula of this bronzer - it's so creamy, pigmented, and it wears really well. If The Balm released a lighter bronzer shade in this formula I'd be all over that!

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

The Balm Betty-Lou Manizer

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Betty-Lou Manizer

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Betty-Lou Manizer swatches

The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer & Betty-Lou Manizer

I highly recommend checking out this duo from The Balm, or just picking up Mary-Lou Manizer if you're quite fair. If you're curious about Betty-Lou Manizer, this duo is a great way to try out both shades at a reduced price! Have you tried either Mary-Lou Manizer or Betty-Lou Manizer? If you're also a pale gal and can get Betty-Lou Manizer to work for you, I would love to know your tips & tricks! :)

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26 comments:

  1. Betty would make a gorgeous eyeshadow! It would take forever to finish that way, but might be a nice way to use it since it doesn't work well on your skin?

    writingwhimsy.com

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    1. I'll definitely need to try it as a shadow! I need to play around with it as a bronzer too (it might work better in the Summer with a tan!)

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  2. Have both and love both... wish I used them more often :S

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    1. Oh you should pull them out and start using them! :)

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  3. Mary-lou is gorgeous! And the packaging is super cute :)

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  4. Wow, what a killer deal! I don't have either, so I'll have to check this out. They look lovely on you :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Definitely check it out, the duo is such a great deal! Thank you so much :)

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  5. haha I'm pretty fair, so I guess I would have to go with the Mary shade! Love the look of these products! This has been on my wishlist for ages!

    www.lilting-grace.blogspot.com

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    1. Ya I wouldn't recommend Betty for anyone with fair skin! But Mary-Lou is just gorgeous :)

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  6. Looks very pretty on you! I have the Mary louminizer but now I want Betty too. Thanks for recommending the website, another great shopping site for Canadians :)

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    1. Thank you so much! The site is offering free shipping within Canada right now with no minimum order! :)

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  7. These look GORGEOUS on you! I LOVE Mary-Lou Manizer. I am dying to swatch Cindy Lou!

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    1. Thank you! Cindy-Lou looks amazing as well! :)

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  8. So obsessed with these, I've been using Betty as an eye shadow! :)

    www.natalielovesbeauty.com

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    1. I'll definitely need to try Betty on my eyes! :)

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  9. ooo the bronzer looks way better on you than it does me. but then again, i'm still navigating how exactly to use that but it might also be a bit too orange for me. oh wells.
    Jenn
    A Beautiful Zen

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    1. Thanks! I took a lot of time to blend out the bronzer lol or else it's definitely too orange for me.

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  10. Agreed with Jenn, the bronzer does look pretty good on you!! Don't know if it's the lighting, but it looks peachier on you (in a good way, hah)
    I've also been using Betty on my eyes...gotta use it up somehow!

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    1. I also have MUFE's new HD Blush in 515 on my cheeks, and it's an orange shade, so that might be what you're seeing!
      I need to try Betty on my eyes! :)

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    2. Sorry! The bronzer is all over my face!

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  11. I REALLY want to try out Betty Lou-Manizer, but this kit looks even better since you get 2 products for a great price! Looks great on you!

    xo Brianna | Glazed Over

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    1. The kit is such a fantastic deal! :)

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  12. I've been seeing a lot of great products from The Balm lately. I have only ever tried one of their concealers, which I really like. I wish they still carried the line at Sephora, I generally don't like ordering things online too often.

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    1. I'm really wanting to try their Nude Tude palette, but I just can't justify buying another neutral palette! I agree, I'd much rather buy in store :)

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Laura