Buy This, Not That: Highlighter Dupe

the balm mary-lou manizer vs wet n wild reserve your cabanaAnyone who is a fan of makeup is probably into highlighters. I don’t use one everyday, but on special occasions or when you want to feel extra pretty, they work wonders for highlighting your cheekbones, defining your upper lip, and just making your face more dimensional and glowy. Recently I received a highlighter pencil in my Ipsy bag, but usually I use Wet n Wild’s bronzer in Reserve Your Cabana (don’t know why they call it a bronzer, it’s really a highlight). It costs around $4 at the drugstore, and gives the same effect as TheBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer (which I swatched in a store to test out). It’s a $20 difference for a product which is really the same thing, plus Reserve Your Cabana comes in a huge pan, so you get a ton out of it. The only time I would recommend buying the Mary-Lou Manizer is if you’re giving it as a gift, as the packing and brand make it feel fancier.



  1. I use Reserve Your Cabaña as my all-over face powder during the summer – I’m very pale with lots of freckles and a slight butterfly rash, so my skin gets darker in the summertime, but not that much darker.

  2. I use Reserve Your Cabana all over my face as well. Just a light dusting sets my foundation and gives a very subtle glow. It’s so affordable and I always keep a backup!

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