Ok, beauty blogger confession time; I (until now) have owned none of the Luminizer highlighters. Surprising, as the majority of beauty obsessed peeps I know have at least one of the three highlighters, usually Mary-Lou Manizer.
I could never decide between Mary or Cindy-Lou and now I don't have to as I have all three, Betty-Lou being the third. And here they are in all their pretty glory, in this handy new palette from The Balm:
Mary-Lou is described as a honey-hued luminizer although I'd probably describe it as more of a golden champagne. It's a fairly dramatic highlighter but there's no glitter in it; it's smooth and flattering and I would say it's on a par with the Charlotte Tilbury highlighter (in the Filmstar Bronze & glow palette) that I already love except that Mary-Lou is a good bit brighter in tone.
Cindy-Lou on the other hand is a peachy-pink, light-reflecting pressed powder that can be used as a subtle highlighter, an eyeshadow or a warming blusher. I can't imagine using this as an eyeshadow as I'm averse to the bunny-eyed pink look but it definitely works as a blush, although I generally prefer a matte blush. It is also pretty as a highlighter though and I think it gives a nice understated glow. Mary-Lou is definitely more in your face and Cindy is her more chill sister.
Finally there's Betty-Lou, the bronzed babe of the trio. This is also recommended as a 3-in-1 and unlike Cindy, is kind of an ideal eyeshadow as well as being a great bronzer. You can't use this one for contouring, as it's shimmery and personally I think it's too much bronze to use as a highlighter for those with very pale skin, such as myself but it does give a lovely warm glow and would work well as a bronzer and to highlight darker skin tones.
I love the pigmentation in these; they're finely milled and are very pretty on. All three of these are €20.50 for the individual full sizes whereas the trio costs €28.00. For me, this is the perfect palette as I'm getting to try them all and even though they are smaller sizes, it's very unlike me to be able to finish a full highlighter, so this will work out economically for the better!
And that, ladies and gents, is how you justify an unnecessary purchase.
You can find the Manizer Sisters palette HERE from Cloud 10 Beauty.
Have you tried any of these lovely highlighters? Which is your favourite?