Highlighter:: theBalm vs e.l.f.

I’ve used and loved theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer for a few years.  It is one of the best if not the best highlighter in my collection.  A few months ago while filling up my e.l.f. basket I decided to try the Baked Studio Highlighters.  I choose Blush Gems as it seemed to be a dupe for either the Mary-Lou or Cindy-Lou Manizer.


First Lets see what the products have to say for themselves…

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Meet Mary-Lou Manizer, a seemingly innocent honey-hued luminizer that catches everybody’s eye. This highlighter, shadow and shimmer diffuses light so your skin looks softer and younger while adding a subtle glow.

Lara Says:: This texture of the highlighters from theBalm are so creamy.  I love to use this as it blends out so nicely and the shimmer when blended looks more like a  luminous glow then glitter.

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An all-in-one essential, this smart shadow, beautiful blush and subtle highlighter is tucked inside a go-anywhere compact. The light-reflecting peachy pink hue adds a splash of color to your cheeks and a hint of shimmer to your lids, while illuminating your finest features.

Lara Says::  This Pink toned highlighter is my second favorite highlighter in my collection. It is just as soft and creamy the the Mary-Lou and blends nicely too.  I think I just use the Mary-Lou more because I’ve had it the longest.

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Create a radiant glow with this illuminating powder that highlights the skin with a sheer wash of shimmering color. Infused with Vitamin E, Jojoba, Sunflower, Apricot and Grape to nourish and hydrate the skin. The long-lasting baked shimmering color can be applied wet for a vibrant effect or dry for sheer pigmentation.

Lara Says:: This is not a dupe for either of theBalm highlighters.  It is not as close in color as I thought and it is definitely not as creamy. And it does not blend out as smoothly as theBalm so it can look more shimmery then luminous.  That being said it isn’t horrible but if given the choice I would choose to use theBalm over this. I’ve used it more as an eyeshadow then a highlight


Products Mentioned:: 

e.l.f. Studio Baked Highlighter $3.00 

theBlam Mary-Lou Manizer $24.00 

theBlam Cindy-Lou Manizer $24.00

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