2.22.2014

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer was a somewhat out of character purchase for me. Firstly, I'm not very familiar with theBalm products (not personally a fan of their cutesy packaging); secondly, between the few highlighters I already have and love, there's not much desire left on my part to branch out and try any new ones. With that said, I will preface this post with this: Cindy-Lou Manizer is beautiful.
theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer is shimmery, peachy-pink 3-in-1 higlighter/blush/eyeshadow. (I know how overused the phrase "peachy-pink" is, by the way, but in this case, it really is the most apt shade description.) Unfortunately, I was unable to capture the true gorgeousness of this powder on camera. In person, the shimmer is so multi-dimensional, and there is a slight lavender shift that can be detected in the sunlight that is so unique and absolutely stunning. The powder itself is smooth, buttery and finely-milled without being powdery. It's incredibly blendable and sits beautifully on the skin.

Unblended swatch (left) and blended out

For skin tones NC20 and lighter, Cindy-Lou Manizer will likely function more as a blush 
than a highlighter. This is how I most like to wear it as well. It provides a subtle peachy-pink glow with shimmer that catches the light beautifully without emphasizing pores. NC30 skin tones and darker will likely enjoy using Cindy-Lou Manizer more for highlighting, although I sometimes use it for this purpose, too, simply by applying it with a stippling brush for just a light dusting without too much pigment. Ladies in the NC25 range will probably sit right on the fence in terms of whether Cindy-Lou Manizer will function better as a blush or highlight on their skin tone.

Wearing Cindy-Lou Manizer as my blush

Although I purchased Cindy-Lou Manizer with the intention of acquiring a pink-toned highlighter that would be unique to my collection, I ended up with an absolutely stunning blush instead...and I'm totally okay with that! Personally, the subtle lavender shift that my camera refuses to capture is my favorite thing about this blush. It sets it apart from a sea of peachy-pinks. Shimmer fiends - you need this.

theBalm Cindy-Lou Manizer is available from their website for $24.

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