The Review: This is another Birchbox find. Yaaaay, sample boxes! Every time I start thinking they're getting disappointing, I wind up getting something really great that keeps me shilling out my $10 every month. TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer is one of them.
Basically, this is one of those delightful all-in-ones; it can be used as an all-over luminizing powder, a highlighter, or an eyeshadow. I've tried using it as all three and have liked it every which way. When it comes to my whole face, I tend to go for a more matte finish as opposed to a "luminized" one (don't want to be no sparkle bomb), but as a face powder, it's surprisingly subtle when applied with a light hand. Still, I prefer to use it as an eyeshadow or a highlighter. Loooove it as an eyeshadow, because it's such a pretty color and blends well with all my other shadows. Thus far, I have noticed no creasing! As a highlighter, it's amazing because it's a gorgeous champagne shimmer and is pretty buildable. Subtle highlight or more pronounced, your pick!
On the more technical side, it's a very finely-milled powder with a lot of pigment, which is why it's so versatile. No scent. Plus, the packaging is super cute. Love, love, love. And it's huge! You get so much product, considering you only need the tiniest amount to get a lovely highlight. This is definitely another product where it lives up to its claims and doesn't piss me off. The only thing I can really think of to gripe about is that it's $24, and I am a broke-ass biatch these days. Damn you, economy and damn you, job, with your crappy peon's salary. But honestly, I don't mind spending the money on something like this because it's high-quality, very versatile, and will last me ages thanks to the giant amount you get.
Rated Beauty Grade: A
Where to buy: Nordstrom, Beauty.com, Birchbox