High End vs Budget: Highlighter

High End: Becca x Jacyln Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop

  • RRP $60AUD (from Sephora)
  • 8.5 grams

Budget: the BALM’S Mary-Lou Manizer 

  • RRP $29.95 AUD (from Sephora)
  • 8.0 grams

Money Saved: $30.05; Size Difference: .5 grams (Champagne Pop has slightly more product)

(Image from Sephora Online, Left: Champagne Pop, Right: Mary-Lou Manizer)

These are 2 of my favourite go-to highlighters which I use over and over again. I’m slightly biased as I have revealed in an earlier blog that Champagne Pop is my All Time Fav highlighter, however I will try and compare the 2 as fairly as possible!

First things first- the price. Mary-Lou Manizer is half the price of Champagne Pop, and there is a H-U-G-E price difference of $30.05. In terms of packaging, I think Mary-Lou Manizer takes the cake. All of theBALMS packaging is so quirky and fun, which is a nice change from the typically plain packaging adopted by most cosmetic brands. See The Manizer Sisters Collection;

(Original Image by TriedAndTestedBeautyProducts)

Now down to the nitty-gritty, the colour & quality. The most obvious difference between the two highlighters is colour. The undertone of both products is champagne/beige, however Mary-Lou Manizer (pictured left) is more frosty and neutral, whereas Champagne Pop (pictured right) is definitely more golden and warm toned.

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(Original Image by TriedAndTestedBeautyProducts)

Both are extremely high quality, however I find that with Mary-Lou Manizer, the colour pay off isn’t as great as Champagne Pop. The pigmentation of Champagne Pop is what warrants the high price- you only need the tiniest bit of product to create an instant glow. When swatching each product, I had to apply more and more layers of Mary-Lou Manizer to fairly compare the two. Pigmentation is definitely the biggest difference between the 2 products- while they are both very pigmented, Champagne Pop greatly surpasses Mary-Lou Manizer as you only need the tiniest amount of product.

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(Original Image by TriedAndTestedBeautyProducts- top; Mary-Lou Manizer, bottom; Champagne Pop)

Champagne Pop is NOT vegan, however is cruelty free, whereas Mary-Lou Manizer is both vegan AND cruelty free, which is another point-of-difference for the later!

The Verdict

If you are not willing to pay such a high price for a highlighter yet still want a high quality product, then theBALM’S Mary-Lou Manizer is definitely for you! The colour and packaging is amazing, it’s 100% vegan & cruelty free and a very affordable price. However if you are willing to spend double the price for a higher-quality and more pigmeted product, then Becca x Jacyln Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop is for you!

Buy Champagne Pop from Sephora online here.

Buy Mary-Lou Manizer from Sephora online here.

Thanks for reading- TriedAndTestedBeautyProducts x


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