I definitely prefer a matte face, but I don't know what it is, maybe the holiday season, but lately I've wanted a really glowing highlighter. This particular one from theBalm has been on my to-buy list for quite a while now, but I'd always wanted to have a swatch before getting it. Problem is in Australia this is sold at selected DJs stores only and my local stores did not have it so I hadn't got it until now. In the end I bought it from MYQTY online boutique, sight unseen, without swatching it and I have no regrets.
The Mary Lou Manizer (luminzer) is a finely milled white gold shimmer powder. You can use it both as a highlighter for the face and as an eyeshadow. I've used both, and both are equally pretty. It feels really creamy to the touch and is very pigmented. It might look perhaps too pigmented in the pan, but I don't think you can go OTT with this powder as once applied it looks really natural on, like you're naturally glowing. There's not a single glitter particle in sight to make you look like a disco ball. (I've actually read some reviews where people say it's too glittery -to that I say, huh? Are we talking about the same product? Yes it's very pigmented but there's no glitter people). If I want a subtle glow I apply it under my blush, if I want a more obvious glow then I apply it over the blush.
Overall this is definitely worth it if you're after a highlighting powder that will make you look lit from within. In Australia this retails for $34.95 AUD.
Have you tried this highlighter? Any other favourites?