theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer Highlighter, Shadow & Shimmer Review & Swatches

I've been looking and wishing for a rose gold highlighter for the longest time and guess what, it finally became a reality when I met Cindy-Lou Manizer aka “The Con-tour Artist”! ;)

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

Cindy-Lou Manizer comes in a similar packaging as Mary-Lou Manizer and is described by theBalm as a peachy pink highlighter and it in fact looks that way in the pan. Upon swatching and wearing on the skin, however, it turns into this stunning rose gold shade (at least on my medium NC30 with yellow undertones). It is truly the perfect color to brighten up my complexion. It deposits just a hint of pink as well as subtle luminous effect that looks very youthful and natural. :)

The shimmer in Cindy-Lou Manizer is unlike anything I've seen before. From swatches indoor, you will see speckles of gold and peachy bronze but in sunlight (or studio bright light), you will notice a sheen of light pink as well. It's very beautiful and I'm glad I was able to capture the “pink sheen” effect on my actual cheek (photo below). :)

The powder is soft and buttery creamy to the touch. It is incredibly pigmented and extremely blendable. I don't find it to be difficult to apply at all. I was able to pack it on my cheeks without being too shimmery or shiny. Unlike Mary-Lou Manizer where you have to be cautious and apply with the lightest hand, Cindy-Lou Manizer allows you to go “crazy” and it still won't look overdone. It doesn't seem to emphasize pores or fine lines either, but I tend to apply highlighters away from those areas anyway. I like to use a small paddle-shaped duo-fiber brush such as MAC 159 for highlighting but any smaller, loose bristle brushes should work just as well.

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

As with most highlighters, you can apply Cindy-Lou Manizer anywhere on the face to bring that feature forward. I like to use it on top of my cheekbones, brow bone, down the nose, and inner corners. You may use it on top of your eyeshadows as well to add a little light-reflecting shimmery effect.

I have also tried applying it on top of my other blushes and it looks great that way, too. It blends in most beautifully with pink, peachy, or coral blushes. The wear time is excellent up to about 6-7 hours before it starts to fade.

I think for paler complexions (<NC30), the pink hue will be more obvious and you can use it as a blush as well as a highlighther. For medium complexions (around NC30-40), the pink will become subtle but with a right amount, it can still be noticeable. For deeper complexions (>NC40), I'm not certain what the effect will be like but my guess is it would work mainly as a highlighter. :)

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
Wearing theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer on cheekbones, brow bone, and down the nose
Wearing theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer on cheekbones, brow bone, and down the nose
Wearing theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer
Wearing theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

Comparison to Betty-Lou Manizer and Mary-Lou Manizer

Mary-Lou Manizer is on a golden champagne side, Betty-Lou Manizer is more of a golden bronze, and Cindy-Lou Manizer is obviously a peachy pink/rose gold. My favorite shade? Cindy-Lou Manizer. :)

Clockwise from top: Cindy-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer, and Mary-Lou Manizer
Clockwise from top: Cindy-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer, and Mary-Lou Manizer
Clockwise from top: Cindy-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer, and Mary-Lou Manizer
Clockwise from top: Cindy-Lou Manizer, Betty-Lou Manizer, and Mary-Lou Manizer
L-R: Mary-Lou Manizer, Cindy-Lou Manizer, and Betty-Lou Manizer
L-R: Mary-Lou Manizer, Cindy-Lou Manizer, and Betty-Lou Manizer

And FYI, I didn't break or drop the compact! It arrived like that because it wasn't packed properly. Fortunately, the company agreed to send me a replacement free of charge! #YES #winning :)

Do you find highlighting a necessary step in your makeup routine?

Purchase

US$24 at NordstromAmazontheBalm

฿1,150 at Sephora Thailand

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20 Comments

  • You look absolutely amazing! The highlighter looks really good on you. Am I the only one that thinks Mary Lou looks exactly like Taylor Swift? LOL!

    PS: I emailed you!! :-)

  • Soooo prettyyyyyyy… *drools* (sorry, didn’t want that to be creepy, but since I think you wearing it looks as good as in the pan, it might actually be a bit creepy-sounding :-P)

    I’d actually love to get a hold of the Cindy Lou-Manizer, but I have to wait tip it pops up on NZSale, and then these inevitably sell out in like 5 seconds…

    • 5 seconds is plenty of time if you were first in line!! LOL! Do you have theBalm counter in NZ or is there a special retailer that sells their products?

  • WAAAIT: did you buy two and BREAK one for the pictures? Wow!!! It’s really really cool to see powder like this, but I’m not sure I’d ever want to break anything (I’m a wimp)!

    • NOOOOOOO LOL! I didn’t break it, Sunny! I mean, I ruin stuff once in a while for photos but only in the corners of the compact, never the whole thing! Haha.

      This one was actually sent unwrapped so it broke during transit. They sent me a replacement free of charge so I now have 2 of them! Yay!

    • Thanks, Eesha! Highlighters are difficult to photograph (at least for me), so I’m glad I got this shot that you can see the pink! :)

  • Hi Jaa, I just discovered your blog and already am a fan of your photographs, they are so drool-worthy!
    Just wondering do you think Cindy Lou will look more like a blush on NC30? How does it compare to Benefit Sugarbomb?

    • Hi Stephanie! Thank you so much! ^_^

      I think Cindy Lou would be a little too glowy to apply as a blush, unless you like glowy blushes/cheeks of course! :) I mostly use it as a highlighter on top of my cheeks.

      It is very very close to Sugarbomb! Cindy Lou is a tad pinker and Sugarbomb is peachier but from afar you probably can’t tell the difference.

      Cindy Lou is softer and creamier texture-wise, and also more pigmented.

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)

      Thank you once again for stopping by! ❤

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