Review, comparison and swatches of The Balm Mary-Dew manizer Vs her classic older sister Mary-Lou Manizer!

Some would say sisters should never be compared and their uniqueness is what makes them truly shine. However in this case a little side to side comparison is really necessary! For those that know me it is no secret that I love The balms range of powder highlighters known as the Manizer sisters. They have a beautiful formulation and can be used in so many different ways. So when I heard about Mary-Lou Manizer being formulated into a liquid formula I was super excited!

I love a dewy, glowy finish to my makeup and the Becca shimmering liquid skin perfectors are my perfect got to for a lit from within glow. I knew that the Mary-Dew Manizer would pack more of a punch and I was all for it!

So which one should you go for? I think which way you will be swayed will depend heavily on preference and whether you prefer liquids or powders when it comes to highlighting.

Formulation and Colour:

Mary-Lou: I really cant fault this buttery soft almost cream like powder. It is soft to the touch and blends out beautifully. You can really build it up to give a very high shine look or sheer it out for a more subtle everyday look. It is a satin smooth pearlescent finish and has no chunky glitters or sparkles. It applies smoothly and is perfectly pigmented for all your glow needs. It is a beautiful champagne gold that looks flattering on a variety of skin tones.

Mary-Dew: This liquid format is a quite thick in consistency and has a metallic finish so definitely more of a blinding highlight than the original. You can sheer it out and there are very tiny but flattering sparkles in there. I love this on bare skin for a pop of glow and a little mascara especially on warmer days when I like to minimise what I put on my face. It does dry down super fast so you do have to work quite quickly with it. The colour is just as you would expect from the name and has the same tone and champagne colour as the original



Mary-Lou: This product is marketed as a 3-in-1 and can be used as a highlighter, eyeshadow and an all over powder (which I would approach cautiously unless you want to look like a disco ball!). I use this with my staple highlighter brush which is the Real Techniques small setting powder brush. It picks up just the right amount of product (always tap off excess product for more control) and it diffuses the product beautifully. This highlighter blends in effortlessly and melts into the skin rather than sitting on top of it. It is great as an inner corner highlighter or all over the lid as a quick wash of colour. (I use powder products on my eyes as eyeshadows all the time, its a great way to get the most use out of your products!)

Mary-Dew: Comes with a doe foot applicator to decant the product and dab it where you need it. The only problem with that is that it picks up a lot of product and I found that dotting it on your cheekbones or swiping the product across can cause problems when blending it out. the product dries down really quickly making blending out quite difficult. I would swipe some on the back of your hand and either tap it onto the high points of your face with a Beautyblender / beauty sponge or even a stippling brush (I love the elf small stippling brush). I think you have to play around with it to see what works for you!

Mary-Lou or Mary-Dew?

My Love for the Mary-Lou Manizer can’t be wavered however I love how pretty the liquid form is. They both work great as a highlighter and a multi purpose product, and the two combined is a force to be reckoned with. They are an identical stunning champagne colour however the Mary-Dew has tiny kisses of shimmer that are a delightful addition. If you like a high shine, metallic non chunky but a beautiful wet look highlighter than Mary-Dew is for you. This is great as a metallic eyeshadow and can even be used as a liner using an angled brush! If you like a no fuss, easy to apply creamy high shine highlighter that is travel friendly and can be built up to your hearts content then stick with Mary-Lou. I like them both and they are both beautiful!


Mary-Dew Manizer Deals:

Allbeauty on sale for a great £8.95 thats a 34% discount!

Mary-Lou Manizer Deals

Allbeauty on sale for £12.95 10% sale

6 thoughts on “Review, comparison and swatches of The Balm Mary-Dew manizer Vs her classic older sister Mary-Lou Manizer!”

  1. The new sister Mary -Dew sounds quite interesting. I think the only thing that would be bothersome is the fact that it dries quickly, which I can’t stand in some liquid highlighters, basically you have to work one area at a time.

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  2. I’ve been using The Balm’s product for years and Mary Lou has always been in my bag. I love the way it feels and a little goes a long way, which I also love.

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