As promised - Mary Lou's just too good to share the spotlight with any other highlighter. I'm pretty sure she'd just about be on board with a joint post with her partner-in-crime from The Balm.. right?
Fun packaging aside, this little product duo really pack a punch (without completely annihilating your bank balance) in the highlight/bronze/sculpt department. I've been road-testing these for about six months now, and they have definitely made it in to the repurchase camp!
No matter whether you're a highlight addict or total newbie, Mary Lou-Manizer from the Balm is a must have. From very fair up to medium, olive skin tones, this champagne-honey toned highlight is seriously flattering. I reckon on a darker skin tone it could look pretty bright - but that's not necessarily a bad thing, is it?! It's very buildable - one sweep with a fan brush for a light pop of shimmer, or go to town and layer up to Jamie Genevieve highlight levels. You may find this accentuates fine lines if you really go to town with it - but in day to day circumstances, this is totally beautiful. On my oily skin, this lasts about 8-9 hours normally (which is pretty sensational for a highlight for me!)
As with many of my favourite products - this has a double use. It's also a really beautiful eyeshadow; intense inner corner highlight, soft wash of shimmer, or full-on disco ball; Mary-Lou's got you covered.
Another total hero from the Balm is the glorious Bahama Mama. This little baby is firmly settled amongst the cooler toned bronzers on the market - no weird orangey tones here whatsoever. Remember the days when you had to spend a zillion pounds on any bronzer/tanning product to avoid looking like an Oompa Loompa (i.e. the 90s in their entirety)?!
This cool brown tone basically means that Bahama Mama is completely fantastic. It's about half the price of most comparable bronzer formulas, and although its a pretty teeny little package, it's so pigmented that you shouldn't go through this too quickly. It's like a bronzier version of the cult classic Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium, which means that it is actually possible to use this to lightly sculpt the face and add a little bit of warmth at the same time. What more could you want?!
Due to my currently NC40ish skin tone, this doesn't look that pigmented in this swatch - but rest assured, this stuff is fantastic. As with my previously mentioned cream contour/eyeshadow base love Illamasqua Hollow, this can also be used as a really lovely matte eyeshadow. I often use this as a wash all over the lid, but you could use it as a transition colour or just to define the crease of the eyelid. If you're brunette, this is also a really lovely brow powder and gives a nice, soft, full eyebrow. Beautiful.
If I'm travelling, I usually take these two powders, foundation and some setting powder - and that's it for the face. They just cover so many bases for a fresh, lovely, daytime look - and they're pretty robustly packaged, too!
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