theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette ($28.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a slim, travel-friendly palette featuring three of theBalm’s famous highlighters. I’ve loved all three over the years, and to have them in a palette like this is awesome! The quality is exactly the same as the full-sized versions I have: rich, smooth, and buttery textured combined with great color payoff and luminous finishes. The full-sized versions retail for $24.00 and contain 0.30 oz. of product (or $80.00/oz.), so this palette contains $26.40 worth of product. You pay a tiny bit more to try three, but you get three for about the cost of one single shade, and the sizes provided will last quite awhile and are still large enough to get most blush brushes into them.

Mary-Lou Manizer is described as a “honey-hued.” It’s a light-medium, golden champagne with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen that gives the skin a luminous glow. The texture is soft, smooth, and blendable on the skin, and the shimmer toes the right side of the line where it doesn’t emphasize pores, but it is a noticeable highlighter. The color wore well for eight and a half hours on me. Huda Beauty Seychelles (LE, ) is lighter, cooler (95% similar). Urban Decay Angel (DC, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). Huda Beauty Capri (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop A Smile and a Song (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Dior Glowing Nude (002) (LE, $58.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Twilight (P, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Mean Money (PiP, $36.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Melt Cosmetics Stargazer (P, $39.00) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Ablaze (Highlight) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Highlighter) (LE, $60.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Hourglass Champagne Flash (P, $42.00) is cooler (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Hello Light (P, $24.00) is lower quality (95% similar). Tarte Champagne (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Born to Dazzle (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Strobe Globe (P, $7.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Plisse Lumiere de Chanel (LE, $70.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Glow (Original) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Fine Line (PiP, $8.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Frenzy (Left) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (LE, ) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is described as a “peachy pink.” It’s a subdued, light-medium peach with a hint of pink in its undertone and pink shimmer. Of the three, this has the least shimmery finish, though it still produces a soft glow on the skin. It’s one of those products where the sheen becomes more pronounced as the product is blended and worked into the skin. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable consistency. The texture is less dense (a little thinner) compared to the other two shades. This shade lasted for eight hours on me. MAC Adored (LE, $34.00) is warmer (95% similar). bareMinerals The Magic Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Rose Gold FX (LE, $31.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Nuanced (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Lust (LE, $34.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Guerlain Perles d'Etoiles (LE, $60.00) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Talk of the Town (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (95% similar). Laura Mercier RosΓ© (LE, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Coupe d'Chic (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Benefit Rockateur (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). The Estee Edit Gleam (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). MAC Luna Luster (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Chanel Metal Peach (LE, $70.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (80% similar). Colour Pop Swipe Right (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (80% similar). bareMinerals The Many Splendors #2 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Betty-Lou Manizer is described as a “sun-kissed glow.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a golden, frosted sheen. It is intensely pigmented with a lush, buttery, dense texture that applies beautifully and blends out with ease. It has a strong sheen, but it doesn’t emphasize pores. The color wore well for almost nine hours on me. Anastasia Bronzed (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Jolie (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Carat (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Guerlain Terra India (LE, $53.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Cloudy Copper (LE, $27.00) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). By Terry Light & Tan Vibes #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Topaz (DC, $38.00) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Bronzer) (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Santos (LE, $8.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Tropic Like It's Hot (PiP, ) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Sun Bunny #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Gold Deposit (P, $34.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Laura Geller Sunswept (P, $28.00) is less shimmery, darker, more muted (85% similar). MAC Desert Roadtrip (LE, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Candyman (P, $8.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Revolution Rock on World (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette
theBalm The Manizer Sisters Luminizing Palette

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Luminizer

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow

theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow
theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer Bronzer/Shadow

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
  • Anastasia Peach Nectar Illuminator
On eyes:
  • Sephora Welcome to My Loft Eyeliner
On lips:
  • Charlotte Tilbury Amazing Grace Matte Revolution Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

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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Beautiful, and still a good deal considering you get all 3 shades in one compact palette. Mary-Lou has been my favorite highlighter for years!

Yes, unlike the Hourglass palette, you can still justify it with the “but I get three for the price!” but you aren’t getting a total rip-off in product!

This is so adorable! I wish they would have put this out sooner. I have Mary and Cindy-Lou. But, not Betty-Lou. I really love Betty-Lou now that I see it on you. I love it as a blush. I’m thinking about getting this. It would be great to have for travel, like you said, and for convenience. Plus, the packaging is just to darn cute and the Balm is on check with prices.

These are so pretty and a great price for three products! Something about the packaging doesn’t thrill me… would it kill them to feature a WOC on their package? LOL

I think they have included other skin tones on their newer packaging – two of these have been out for a very long time.

I have a narrow Hakuhodo one. I ordered this earlier. But, then I just noticed the comments about the powders being too soft for travel. Making me wonder if since I have the other two, maybe I would be better off getting Betty-Lou in a full size because I was thinking it would be good for travel. Ugh..Jumping the gun for a cute package maybe wasn’t the better way to go.

I have the full-sized Cindy Lou and I use it as a blush. It’s too dark for a highlighter but it’s PERFECT for a subtle cheek color. I was thinking of picking up Mary as well, but Betty is a no-go.

ooh, great idea! πŸ™‚ now I really want this! πŸ˜€ I’m probably too pale for the bronzer to work as bronzer, but I love bronze eye shadows! then this would be an awesome kit of highlighter, blush and eye shadow!

Adorable! I own Mary and Cindy, and Betty is probably too dark for me. So… I don’t need this. I actually would be scared to travel with it because the formulas are so soft and may be too breakable, what do you think? It would make a good gift, though.

I’m glad you don’t think it’s too soft for travelling. This would be one I would tend to go for unless I was traveling for something formal. They are really pretty and if they happen to (knock on wood) get lost or broken,replacing is not too stressful.

That makes sense. Its really cute too! Lol. They have already shipped it- very quick. I’m always worried about my highlighters shattering when I take makeup anywhere. This is variety, not expensive if it should be damaged/ lost, great quality,and cute packaging. So, it solves that problem for me. So, I’m happy about that.

I was eyeing this but I swatched in store–Mary Lou was a great, but the other 2 ran too warm or dark. So I got the Becca Afterglow Palette instead, which also had my fave Moonstone. Then a week later, Haute Look had Mary-Lou on sale for $12, so I grabbed it. So, I don’t need any highlighters for a while!

This is an amazing set for someone who doesn’t own any of their highlighters. Great Christmas gift! I of course already own all three separately. #HighlighterJunkie

*Side note* I would love to see a rose gold shade added to their collection.

Good to hear this one gets the thumbs up from you! I saw makeupandbeautyblog’s review on it earlier today and Karen was also very enthusiastic about the palette.

Ugh. I just ordered the Mary-Lou Manizer a few days and now I’m wondering if it’s going to be too gold/yellow for me. Maybe I’ll just gift it to my youngest daughter who’s skin tone is close to yours, Christine. At least I know it would look great on her!

Note to self: “No more bandwagon jumping in the future!”

Oh no, I bought this earlier this week and was thinking about returning it because I’m a Becca addict. I might have to reconsider if they are really that amazing

This is a no-brainer for those of us who never did spring for any of them…despite doing 4 balm blushes on Hautelook for 50%. Smaller sizes are great for those of us that don’t highlight so often. The Becca is intriguing, too. Nice to have some good solid product….and they’re permanent? Betty looks a lot redder than Becca Topaz on my computer. Piiiiisah!

I think this is a wonderful idea, and I’m so glad to hear the quality is the same as full sized.. Newbies can try all three without investing as much, it’ll make an amazing gift, and it’s perfect for travel.

I’ve been wanting Mary-Lou for ages, and I love a glow-y blush (which I would use Cindy-Lou for), and once you go for two you might as well go for all three! Even if I didn’t end up loving Betty-Lou as a bronzer, I adore those kinds of shades as eyeshadows so I think this palette would be a great investment for me.

I’m passing on this because I already have all three and they will probably last me until I die, but I do love Cindy-Lou. It’s a perfect subtle blush. And Betty is a nice bronzer.

Beyond gorgeous!!! I was literally looking at this palette last week. So glad this is a great value and the highlighters are such good quality!!! This will be my first The Balm purchase.

This is such a fantastic idea and even better that it gets an A rating. I’m glad this is permanent, I can wait until closer to Xmas to haul as a gift for a highlighter loving friend. Added this to my wishlist. (By the way, Christine, is there a way to delete items from the wishlist?)

These look divine and at a reasonable price with a perfect rating. What’s not to love about this product? They look great on you Christine – no wonder you have used them.

I thought this little palette was a great way of trying all 3 products before committing to a full size. I had always wanted to try Mary Lou, but since we can’t buy these at a physical store in my country (only available online), I was a little reluctant to blind-buy just in case it sucked. So when this popped up, I thought EXCELLENT! Obviously I bought it and oh yes, Mary Lou is just what I hoped it would be and Betty makes an excellent eyeshadow.

I have, and love Mary Lou, and I didn’t see much use out of Cindy and Betty, but having read the comments here, I really would love to get my hands on this set.
Cindy as a blush was something I have given a thought, using Betty as an eyeshadow is such a good idea!
Thank you to Jenny and Rachel for mentioning this in the comments!

I’m super pale, so would probably use only Mary-Lou out of the set — maybe I should just purchase the full size of that, rather than this palette.

All of the shades look great on you, Christine!

Cindy-Lou looks amazing on you, Christine! Well… they all look beautiful on you, but Cindy-Lou is especially nice. I’m still crossing my fingers that Mary-Lou will work for me.

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