Saturday, 3 August 2013

Soap & Glory Vs The Balm

This is the ultimate battle of the highlighters - the infamous Mary-Lou Manizer from The Balm versus the Soap & Glory Glow All Out luminizing powder. I have read many a discussion in the blogging world between these two trying to decipher which one is the best. Let's find out:

So here we have them both - In my opinion, they are both very different highlighters. They are completely different shades, have different textures and different pigmentations! I don't actually understand how we can decide which one is better; it depends on personal preference and what finish you want with your highlighter. 

Soap & Glory's Glow All Out - This is extremely finely milled, and imparts a shimmery rose glow to the skin. It's not very pigmented, but for that reason it works beautifully as a subtle radiant glow on the tops of the cheekbones, under the brow bone, in the inner tear duct area of the eyes, down the bridge of the nose, on the cupids bow of the lips, etc. 

The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer - This is not as finely milled, and imparts a shimmery golden glow onto the skin. It's very pigmented, and you need very little on the cheekbones. It's important to be quite light-handed when working with this product or you'll literally turn into a disco ball (and not in a sexy way). It can be used in all of the same areas to highlight the face, but it won't look as natural and again, you'd only need to apply very little. This additionally, could work well as an eyeshadow since it is very pigmented and with the right eyeshadow primer - BAM - you'll have the sparkliest eyes of them all! 

Top: Mary Lou Manizer
Bottom: Glow All Out

In my opinion, Soap & Glory is the winner because it's more wearable from day to day, although I do use them both. I actually really like Mary Lou Manizer and use it on the days I'm channeling my inner golden/bronzed goddess - it's also great as an evening look because the highlight really shows up on flash photography and looks gorgeous. However from day to day I love wearing the Glow All Out highlighter over my Benefit High Beam to set it in place and ensure it lasts all day. 

Which one do you prefer?

Happy reading, 


PS - For my London girls in search of The Balm products - they're only available at & Other Stories on Regent Street! 

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