theBalm Cindy Lou Manizer: Review, Pics, Swatches!

theBalm Cindy Lou Manizer


Purchased by me


When I discovered that theBalm had launched a new highlighter called Cindy-Lou Manizer, I knew I HAD to have it. You may think it’s because my name is Cindy  Lou and you would be half right. My name is NOT Cindy Lou, it’s Cynthia Elizabeth thank you very much. However, my work name is Cindy Lou, much to my aggravation.

You see, when I was originally hired at my place of employment, my supervisor liked to call me Cindy Lou. I explained to him that was NOT my name…no, no, my name is regal…Cynthia Elizabeth…like a princess…not Cindy Lou!  Unfortunately, this only served to make him call me Cindy Lou CONSTANTLY. I tried to correct him for the first few years and then I just gave up.

I only let him get away with my re-naming because he was such a sweet and giving man. He often took the office staff out to lunch or bought pizza (on his dime).  A holiday or birthday did not go by without him buying us flowers, and I even saw changing a flat tire for an employee. He was also a hoot and we loved to play practical jokes on him because he was such a good sport. I remember one time another office worker and I went into his computer when he was out of the office and changed his auto correct so that when he typed the word “and” it would change it to “pickle.” The look on his face when he had to come out of his office and ask us what was happening was hilarious!!

My boss retired over 10 years ago but what I find remarkable is that people STILL call me Cindy Lou! I’ve been working at the institution for over 16 years and EVERYONE—old and new employees have adopted the moniker. So, again when I saw theBalm Cindy Lou- Manizer….well you get the drift.

Cindy-Lou Manizer is the newest addition to the family. Mary-Lou, a beigey/honey and Betty-Lou a bronzer are her older sisters. Cindy-Lou is a triple threat: eye shadow, blush and highlighter. If Mary-Lou was too dark for you, Cindy-Lou is just right for us fair gals. It is an illuminating  peachy/pink highlighter that adds luminosity, warmth, and an overall glow wherever it is applied. For us pale girls, it can be used as a blush and eye shadow as well; I think it looks beautiful on the inner corners of the eye. If you have a medium to dark skin tone, you will probably want to opt for Mary-Lou and use Cindy-Lou for a highlighter only.

theBalm Cindy Lou Manizer

Like her sisters, Cindy-Lou has a silken, buttery texture that, although a bit frosty, does NOT emphasize pores. This girl really has staying power too, she shined for 8 hours straight!

theBalm Cindy Lou Manizer

Bottom Line: if you’re looking for a complexion enhancer and are fair skinned, this multi-tasking powder may be right for you! Great for us over 40 gals looking to revive that youthful glow!

And don’t call me Cindy Lou! Well….okay whatever you want.



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  1. Awwww, what a great story Cindy!! I didn’t realize the Balm had a new highlighter! It’s gorgeous. 🙂

  2. How did I not know about this one?????

  3. Hey Cindy Lou – I have a friend whose dog is named Cindy Lou so she needs this!! I love your swatch. I wasn’t sure when I saw it what the shade really was but now I see I could use this too.

  4. Dolllybelle says

    Hi Cindy Lou Elizabeth, I notice you don’t put a link to where this can be purchased. Could you tell us where to find the products you review? I’ve never heard of any of these. Thanks!

  5. I love the story! Your old boss sounds like a really nice guy 😉 I am not sure if I’ll like a frosty highlighter, so I might have to swatch this before I can make up my mind. We are finally getting theBalm here in Belgium now, which is great news!


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