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”! ;)
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.
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. :)
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. :)
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?