theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Review, Photos, Swatches

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer ($24.00 for 0.30 oz.) is described as a “soft peachy-pink highlighter.” It’s a soft, pinky-peach–but I’d actually call it rose gold–with a frosted sheen. bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE) is lighter. bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is very similar. MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $25.00) is darker, less peach. Benefit Rockateur (P, $28.00) is not quite as shimmery, darker. MAC Adored (LE, $30.00) is pinker. MAC Lust (LE, $30.00) is pinker, more metallic. See comparison swatches.

You may have heard of Mary-Lou Manizer. This is a very similar product, just in another shade. It adds luminosity, warmth, and an overall glow wherever it is applied. It can be used on cheeks, as well as on lids and the rest of the face, if desired. On my medium complexion, it adds subtle rosy, bronzy warmth but not a lot of obvious color, along with a glowing, luminous sheen. On fairer complexions, I would expect that this could be used as a subtle blusher in addition to being a highlighter. It doesn’t have a chalky or white base, so it should work as a highlighter on deeper complexions. The finish is high-shine but forgiving, so it doesn’t emphasize pores. It lasted for eight and a half hours on me before starting to show signs of fading. This powder had such a soft, buttery, silky texture that it was easy to apply and blend, and it’s very, very pigmented–a little goes a long way.

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theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

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Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I’m a Mary Loumanizer obsessed girl and I guess I’ll be running to check this out as well! I love how pigmented and buttery these are. This one especially looks like I could use as a blush as well.

I might be partial because of the name but it looks really beautiful. I think my skin is light enough that I could even use it as a blush

I already love Mary-Lou, and have been anxiously awaiting Cindy-Lou since they announced it! I’m ALL over this! It’s just as cute as I hoped it would be!

I really like the look of both this and the Mary one. I’ve tried the Mary one once, and I think I might prefer that one over this, just because my face is really pink.

I have Mary Lou, but I haven’t figured out how best to apply it yet. Applying on my cheekbones with my fingertips doesn’t allow the product to blend enough, so it just looks like patches or lines of glitter. But using a brush picks up wayyy too much product! I should practice with it more, but now it mostly just sits in my drawer.

Very pretty on you, Christine! This would probably be like a light, highlighting blush on me. I think this will work well for darker skin tones as a highlighter.

Can you recommend a highlighter to pair with this if this is worn as a blush? I’m a N10, so I think this has too much color for a highlighter but would make a lovely blush.

Hi Em,

What is it about the site that you can’t access/use through Safari? I have no trouble viewing/browsing the site on my iPhone so I’d love to know what you’re trying to do that you need something more specific for 🙂 We would have to hire a third party to develop an app, so we could only do it if it made sense as they can be really expensive to do!

I have a really hard time seeing words. As I have vision problems and have to literally enlarge through iPhone reader. But I cannot read the additional comments and your replies through the reader. I completely understand what you’re saying. Lol.

I don’t have Hot Mama, but since it’s typically referred to as a NARS Orgasm dupe, it would be more of a blush than a highlighter with a stronger pink and gold coloring.

The second I heard about this I knew I needed to get it. I love Mary-Lou Manizer, it’s one of my all-time favorite products. I think Cindy-Lou would probably work best as a blush for me, but I don’t mind!

This is gorgeous. The last thing I need is another highlight, but I will be picking this up sometime because Mary-Lou is probably my favorite. I know I’ll love this.

I’m going to get the Mary Lou one considering my skin is warmer but is that highlighter build-able to give me a dewy look or is it too subtle? Thanks!

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