Very pretty highlighter. Its a nice shimmery nude so looks very natural on the skin which is what I like. The shimmer is very fine so looks like a glow rather than a harsh sparkly line on the cheek bone.
Reviewed on Tue 03 Sep 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with acne/problem, light tone skin and green eyes. My hair is medium brown, oily with normal texture.
I have used this highlight for years. It used to be my holy grail! But things have moved on and i have found better. This has kind of disappeared in my collection and i just dont enjoy it like i used to, the colour is gorgeous but i have found formulas that i prefer from cheaper brands!
Reviewed on Tue 30 Jul 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with oily, light tone skin and green eyes. My hair is red, normal with coarse texture.
Amazing product - this is my go-to for an everyday highlight. It's neither too gold nor too pale so works well on fair/medium skin. Last for a while (bought my first one about 2 years ago and am only just repurchasing despite using it most days), looks beautiful on the skin and is well worth the price. Also really love the concept and packaging of all the -manizer sisters. Every girl should have this item in their makeup collection, it can be used for so many things from highlighting eyeshadow, as a mixer to lighten up darker colours of eyeshadow or to add a sheen to matte colours. I also use it under the brow bone and to highlight the inner corners of my eye aswell as on my collarbones. Truly great product and formula and I 100% recommend it.
Reviewed on Tue 12 Mar 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with normal, medium tone skin and green eyes. My hair is dark brown, combination with normal texture.
I have got this only about 2 weeks ago after hearing so many great things about it, also the fact that it is #1 on GlamGeek I just had to purchase it and I am glad I did it is honestly amazing and know one of my favourite highlighter. The packaging is a simple grey compact with a great quality mirror, I love the design on the front all theBalm product have the same 1940s vibe packaging which I love. The product it self is amazing, the colour is a sort of champagne/ gold colour which is my personal favourite and I think it would go well with light-medium skin tones. I love the formula I don’t think I have ever had a highlighter this smooth but still with amazing results. This is super finely milled with no chunks or any sort of texture what so ever, it is really smooth and I honestly believe that it might as well be just a straight up pigment! This is not a glittery highlight since there is no glitter in it which I think makes it look more ‘natural like’ and more smooth. The texture is very soft and buttery it just glides onto the skin with no problem, this doesn’t look powdery, or patchy on the skin what so every it melts right into the foundation making it look very seamless. This doesn’t have a cast when you look straight ahead but when it catches the light it looks straight up shiny and glowy. As many other highlighters this does pickup on some texture where the highlight is places but it isn’t crazy or as noticeable as some other highlighters. This doesn’t transfer or smudge throughout the day at all even without setting powder. I find that the staying powder is so good I can go with it without setting spray for over 10 hours before it starts to disappear drastically. This is one off the best highlighters I have tried and I love it so much after using it only for 2 weeks!😍
Reviewed on Thu 14 Feb 2019
I am in my teens with combination, tanned tone skin and hazel eyes. My hair is blonde, normal with normal texture.
I originally got this as a sample from a subscription box and I am glad I got it. I don’t usually go for the more expensive but this is the best highlighter ever!!! It has amazing pigment that stays on all day, also it doesn’t need multiple swipes to have the colour show up. Even though it’s about £20 it is totally worth it. I would defiantly recommend this!
Reviewed on Mon 04 Feb 2019
I am in my late teens with dry, light tone skin and green eyes. My hair is medium brown, unknown with normal texture.
I can see why this is so highly rated! It's a beautiful shade with loads of pigment. I love how you can layer this without it going chunky. You can blend this out for super natural glows or build it up to make it blinding. (I can't get it to Ofra levels of blinding, but you can get it more blinding than the Elf baked highlighters) It's not as smoothing as other highlighters I have tried, but I wouldn't say it exaggerates texture. I've used it every day for around 6 weeks and have made a good dent in it, but haven't hit pan! There's so much product that I doubt I'll ever finish it. I think £20 is a bit steep for any highlighter, but Beauty Bay are always having sales so I'd definitely recommend this if you see it on sale
Reviewed on Tue 29 Jan 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with acne/problem, fair tone skin and hazel eyes. My hair is blonde, oily with fine texture.
Mary Lou lives up to its name, the highlighter is very pigmented and stays put all day. The only issue I had was it can look quite chunky if you don’t blend properly, the yellow tones don’t suit all skin tones which may also have been my issue so Cindy Lou is my text try!
Reviewed on Fri 25 Jan 2019
I am in my late teens/early 20's with sensitive, fair tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
This highlighter is the one I reach for all the time. It can be applied with a light hand for a natural finish or you can build it up for a more blinding highlight that really catches the light. The texture is really smooth and buttery and when applied it doesn't excentuate your pores or dry skin which I love. The colour is a very light golden Champaign colour that gives the skin the most amazing glow. It's not to dark for my light skin which is great. Looks great in person and in pictures highly recommend.
Reviewed on Tue 27 Nov 2018
I am in my late teens/early 20's with normal, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, normal with fine texture.
This highlighter is beautifully pigmented and yet looks relatively natural on the skin. It creates a dewy sheen rather than an oily appearance and from what I have seen (and experienced) it compliments a lot of different skin tones.
The pigmentation is excellent and it has soft champagne hues.
Reviewed on Tue 16 Oct 2018
I am in my late teens/early 20's with combination, fair tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
I have this in gold. Its buildable depending on how much glow you need. Can use as a eyeshadow base and all over for highlighter. I only use a small amount so it looks more natural. Much better than other brands which can look too heavy
Reviewed on Sat 13 Oct 2018
I am in my mid 20's with dry, light tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
This really is an iconic highlighter. It’s actually the first highlighter I ever bought and it’s still one of my ultimate favourites. The pigment is amazing and it’s a nice size as well perfect for popping in your handbag even a clutch bag. Very flattering shade with lovely tones in it. The packaging is super cute as well. Universally flattering.
Reviewed on Wed 10 Oct 2018
I am in my mid 20's with combination, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is dark brown, combination with normal texture.
I got this after hearing so much about the Mary Luminiser on YouTube. It is a stunning, blinding highlighter that looks gorgeous in photos and is perfect for a night out. Beautiful product and cute packaging.
Reviewed on Sun 19 Aug 2018
I am in my mid 40's with combination, light tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, processed with normal texture.
It's a very nice subtle highlight. You do need a smooth base in order for it to blend well. I bought it because it was highly reviewed. I think a cheaper highlight would work exactly the same, nothing really stood out with this highlighter.
Reviewed on Tue 17 Apr 2018
I am in my late teens/early 20's with dry, light tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
I brought this not long ago for the second time, it’s a beautiful subtle shimmer and is so easily built up for a more obvious glow, it blends beautifully and looks stunning. The price is affordable for a high end product, however i have loads of highlighters and this one has broke on me for the 2nd time and it didn’t fall from a height and fell onto carpet so I would say it’s prone to breaking so be very very careful , a even more affordable alternative would be MUA highlighter in the shade iridescent gold xxxx
Reviewed on Sun 04 Feb 2018
I am in my late teens with acne/problem, brown tone skin and hazel eyes. My hair is light brown, oily with normal texture.
A newly bought highlighter for me and it is beautiful. It is buildable so if you like it subtle you can have it that way but if you want to be seen from the moon (like me) then that also works. It has shimmer and works perfectly for pale skin. It gives you that glow all day.
Reviewed on Wed 29 Nov 2017
I am in my late teens/early 20's with acne/problem, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is blonde, dry with fine texture.
What a beautiful highlighter!
It's just the right shade for pale skin tones, it has a small amount of shimmer but not much. It looks natural but can be piled on to look more intense. I had debated about getting this for months (maybe even years) but I finally bought it and I don't regret it. Go and try it in store and see how beautiful it is :)
Reviewed on Thu 21 Sep 2017
I am in my mid 20's with oily, fair tone skin and green eyes. My hair is light brown, normal with normal texture.
Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter by theBalm
Where to Buy
Prices last updated 19 September 2019.
Where to Buy
theBalm Mary Lou Manizer Highlighter is available to buy at Birchbox, lookfantastic, HQhair.com, Feelunique, Beauty Expert, and allbeauty.com.