I think it’s about time I inserted a post that wasn’t liquid lipstick related right? (l o l we love them!). So, I thought I would do a review for you guys, comparing and reviewing the new Dew Manizers from TheBalm Cosmetics, to the original OG Lou Manizers. Since I haven’t reviewed either of these before, I will be doing this simultaneously and comparing both formulas! I was very kindly sent these by TheBalm Cosmetics, so it’s only right I review it for you guys! As always, all the opinions in my reviews are my own, and if a post is sponsored, I will mention within the post.
I really enjoyed writing my last blog post for you guys, simply because the response of the breakdown was super positive, I’m glad you enjoyed it and I really appreciate the feedback you guys give!
As always, I will be giving you guys some background info on the products, pros and cons and my overall thoughts.
Lou Manizers – Mary and Bonnie
- Works as an eyeshadow, shimmer and highlight
- RRP £16-£20 for 8.5g but price can vary with different retailers and discounts
- Powder formula
- Claims to make your makeup look softer and younger
- Subtle glow
- Cruelty free
Dew Manizers – Mary and Bonnie
- Works on the eyelids, lips and cheek bones
- RRP £13.50 for 6ml but price can vary with different retailers and discounts
- Creamy and lightweight
- Can mix in with moisturiser, primer or foundation (I do not recommend this)
- Liquid formula
- Radiant and dewy finish
- Subtle but buildable glow
- Cruelty free
So, if you already follow me on my Instagram page @styledinsepia, you’ll know that I am REALLY loving the Bonnie-Lou Manizer, as I prefer the shade for my skin tone much more (NC30/35).
Bonnie-Lou vs. Mary-Lou – I do like both of the colours of these, but I find that on my skin complexion, Mary is a little too light, and if not careful, can make me look a bit more silvery rather than actually making me looked like a glazed donut, so if I do choose to wear Mary, I’ll make sure I go in with a light hand and make it look subtle, it just doesn’t look to great on me when I build it up.
Bonnie, for some people is a little too dark for their liking, but let me tell you don’t be blind sighted by the swatches. Remember, when applying highlight its best to feather it out with a more fluffier brush, so the pigment doesn’t overtake, but you still achieve the glow you are looking for. I personally LOVE Bonnie-Lou, and would definitely say the colour is like a peachy gold – exactly what I look for in a highlighter and my complexion.
Bonnie-Dew vs. Mary-Dew – The colours of these are similar but actually different to the Lou Manizers. Mary-Dew, is a light, beautiful gold, that actually seems more appropriate and suited to a wider range of complexions, I do really like the colour of this one.
Bonnie, is again, gorgeous in my opinion. It’s more of bronzed gold, and is definitely suitable for people with my complexion and deeper, definitely a highlighter for deeper skin tones! The colour is not overpowering at all.
I’ve inserted some swatches of both the Dew Manizers and the Lou Manizers, below for you to compare and contrast for yourself. (You can find more of my swatches on Instagram using the hashtag #sepiaswatches):
Lou Manizer – These highlighters come in a powder formula, and apply really beautifully. They are a little bit more on the powdery side if you don’t blend them correctly (will talk about application in another section). They sit on the skin nicely, and are super buildable to get your desired glow. I find the consistency is perfect for everyday wear, as for example, something like the Fenty Killawatt highlighters are super blinding, or for example MAC WOG, so this is like the perfect in between. The consistency is also pretty buttery and smooth, it doesn’t feel chalky in the slightest.
The actual formula itself does not contain any glitter, but has a light shimmery effect which for me is exactly what I want. Sometimes I find formulas are overly saturated with glitter and after a few hours on your face – well you can look like a mess.
Dew Manizer – These are new recent releases (2018) in currently popular liquid formula. However, the consistency is pretty thick, and not as runny as other brands. This actually makes sense, as these do have a multi-functional purpose. They make great eyeshadow toppers! If you’re like me, and still struggle with liquid formula application, then the consistency of these may throw you off because they do have a rubbery texture when blending out, I will be mentioning my recommended way of blending/application later on!
The formula doesn’t again contain any chunks of glitter, so you can achieve a glow rather than a glaze (lol), but there are small flecks of shimmer which are beautiful in the light! This formula is a little bit more on the metallic side, so do use sparingly unless you want to look like the Tin Man, hence why I prefer the darker shade, Bonnie Dew.
Lou Manizer – The price of these can vary a lot, and I do think are a little on the pricey side for £16-£20 each. However, with that being said, you can definitely find this cheaper from retailers simply by using discount codes or checking out latests offers. You do also get a lot for the price, so if you love these, they will definitely last you a while!
Dew Manizer – The price of these can also vary a lot, but I find the pricing pretty reasonable for what they are, at £13.50 each. You don’t get a lot of product in comparison to the powders, but liquid tends to dry up quicker than powder, so you don’t want a lot anyway, unless you are a makeup artist or similar.
Lou Manizer – The powder seems to last pretty well on the skin, doesn’t separate or go muddy after a while. It will however transfer onto your clothing like all other powder highlighters (especially if you wear a headscarf like I do) so do keep this in mind. It doesn’t seem to rub off or look like its faded after a few hours wear which I think is a good thing, so not much need for top ups!
Dew Manizer – Lasts pretty good on the skin too, because of the dry-down liquid formula, it seems to not rub off as easily, the only issue I have is the fine glitter spreading itself everywhere, but it’s not a major issue. I also don’t recommend topping up on this throughout the day, as if you’ve tried liquid highlighter, you may get that visible patch (which you’ll see when you look directly into the mirror), because of the build up in product, which isn’t my favourite thing, but you will get your wear out of it for sure.
Lou Manizer – The packaging for the compacts is pretty simple, but is exactly what I look for in a compact, easy to store, simple and round, and comes with a mirror. The outer material is plastic, so you don’t have to worry about it smashing too much. I also like the quirky illustrations TheBalm are so famous for having on their packaging!
Dew Manizer – This comes in a thick, long tube, much like a concealer but in a bigger form. The applicator is also much like concealers and liquid lipsticks, which I personally think is better and allows for easier and more controllable application, especially if you apply to the eyelids! It’s pretty sleek, and I actually think for a liquid formula, this and the squeeze tubes are more appropriate, it makes travelling and storing them much easier. Only if you really tried, would you be able to smash the outer packaging, so don’t worry about this too much.
So here, I’m going to give you my recommended way of applying both of these formulas!
Lou Manizer – So I know people like different methods to apply powder highlighter, and that’s totally okay, however I personally don’t like my cheekbone highlight to take up half of my face, so I use a small fluffy brush. Since I’ve had the small brush from the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, and had no idea what to do with it, I actually use this for my highlight! I like to do small circular motions, applying and blending simultaneously, I use the other end to apply under my brow bone.
Dew Manizer – Liquid highlighter application tends to trip people up a lot, and what I always recommend is never apply these directly to your face, some dry almost instantly, and this does dry faster than a few, so I do recommend applying a tiny amount to either the back of your hand or a palette, and tapping it onto the skin with your finger and blending, or with a wet beauty blender. Some people like to use a brush, but it’s personally not my thing, if it is, more power to you!
The rubbery formula can dry down fast, and if you don’t work quickly with this formula, can actually worsen your makeup!
Where to buy
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A few things to consider:
- These are not meant for a blinding highlight, but you can achieve that if you really build the product
- The Dew and Lou are meant to be variations of each other, so there will be slight difference in colour, and of course, consistency
- If you are allergic to glitter, please to make sure you check the ingredients before purchasing
- Don’t mix the Dew Manizers in with your foundation or put underneath, the consistency just isn’t right for this, and this method makes your skin more prone to having clogged pores
For anyone who is interested in the ingredient list, here they are below.
Lou Manizer: MICA, ISOEICOSANE, POLYETHYLENE, BORON NITRIDE, POLYISOBUTENE, PTFE, SILICA, SYNTHETIC WAX, DIMETHICONE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491).
BONNIE-DEW – 0.19 FL OZ
INGREDIENTS: WATER ((AQUA) EAU), CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, MICA, GLYCERIN, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SYNTHETIC FLUORPHLOGOPITE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CETEARYL OLIVATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, JOJOBA ESTERS, PHENOXYETHANOL, DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491)
MARY-DEW – 0.19 FL OZ
INGREDIENTS: WATER ((AQUA) EAU), MICA, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, GLYCERIN, POLYGLYCERYL-10 LAURATE, SORBITAN SESQUIOLEATE, POLYGLYCERYL-3 DIISOSTEARATE, POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE, CETEARYL OLIVATE, SORBITAN OLIVATE, JOJOBA ESTERS, PHENOXYETHANOL, CALCIUM SODIUM BOROSILICATE, DIMETHICONE, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, TIN OXIDE, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDE (CI 77491)
Overall, I can’t lie to you guys, whilst I think the Dew Manizers are stunning, I just way prefer the powder formula, but that really is just a personal preference. I do think the Dew Manizers for me will be used as eyeshadow more. The Lou Manizers are just classic, and for me are more worthwhile purchasing, but if you’re a liquid lover, you’ll like the Dew Manizers, you’ll just have to master application!
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