Saturday, March 31, 2012

Review: theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer

If you see my March blog archives, I did a few of review posts for theBalm. Just want to let you know, theBalm did not send me free stuffs to review and I believe they even did not acknowledge me. I purchased everything with my own money, and it is seriously my new favorite brand! theBalm was used to be in my Sephora counter, I did not know why I always skipped it, which in other means, I never bought any single product of theirs. Well, now my Sephora has removed theBalm from its shelf (I wonder why), and I am so sad!! Little did I know, theBalm has really good quality products and now I have to purchase them online :(

Anyway, that's just my little story for theBalm, not that it is necessary, haha. So, back on track! Today's review is about theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer. You know I am a fan of Mary-Lou Manizer (click here for its review), which is a shimmery highlighter. Betty-Lou Manizer has the same concept of Mary-Lou but it is a shimmery bronzer. Now, like I said in my Top 5 Bronzers post, I encouraged you to stay away from shimmery bronzer because it can make you look like a disco ball. However, I do not use this as a bronzer, but as a warm highlighter instead.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as "a silky smooth, all-in-one bronzing highlighter, shimmer and shadow." It has no paraben and talc free, which is a plus because these two ingredients can harm your skin! This product can diffuse light to give your skin a subtle warmth. It is a warm golden bronze with shimmer and sheen. The shimmer itself is not like glittery, so it is pretty fine, while the sheen really reflects the light and gives you that subtle sheen and glow.

Like the description says, the texture is very smooth and it has a good color payoff. You just need a one stroke application to get the 'glow.' It applies smoothly to the skin as well, it is not chalky or anything, so it'll look natural on your skin.

I like to use bronzer to contour, which means I almost apply bronzer all over my face: under cheekbones, jawline, sides of forehead, and neck. Imagine if I apply Betty-Lou Manizer in all of those parts. Even though it will give you a natural glow, but if I apply it all over, it will look fake. So, what I like to do is I use my regular matte bronzer on those parts, and then I sweep this onto the middle of my forehead, apple of cheeks (under my blush), and chin. However, I just dab my brush lightly onto the product, and apply it to those three parts, so I am not using a lot of products. That way I will get a really natural subtle goddess glow on my face.

The packaging itself is super cute. TheBalm has always impressed me with its creative name and packaging. It comes in a sturdy compact and a mirror on the inside. The size is not too big, not too small, just fits on your hand or your makeup bag perfectly! :)

Overall, I love this product but I do not know if it is necessary to own both Mary-Lou Manizer and Betty-Lou Manizer. If you like a highlighter that really can show up your features, I'd say go for Mary-Lou Manizer, because the color is just perfect to luminize your features. However, if you like that natural goddess glow, then go for Betty-Lou Manizer. It is really your preference, I personally like to highlight my features, and Mary-Lou Manizer is the perfect highlighter that can do that. I also feel a highlighter is a more necessary product for your makeup collection, whereas bronzing highlighter is more of a pleasure (especially for the spring and summer!)

Where to buy: theBalm site, Sephora, $24 for 0.30 oz. 

What do you think of this product? Are you interested in buying it (if you haven't owned it yet)? Which one do you prefer? Betty-Lou or Mary-Lou? Leave in the comment below! And don't forget to like my Facebook page and follow my Twitter

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theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer 

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer 

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer 

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer swatch


  1. this looks like a real good product. I've always wanted to try theBalm especially the Shadow Lady palette.. one day! lol

    Thanks for sharing

    PS - u are super pretty Alex! ^^

    Rina :)

    1. Hi Rina!!! I felt the same thing too before, like I've always wanted to try theBalm products, but I always ended up not to, but now I am addicted to their products haha. OMG Shadow Lady palette is on my list for next review! :)