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The mini chocolate bar face palettes: Bronze and Glow & Light and Glow

Now if you follow my blog then you know that I am all about that Makeup Revolution chocolate palette life.  To be fair, mainly I’m about chocolate in general, but the combination of chocolate and makeup is next level attractive to me.


Anyway, when TAMBeauty released two new MINI chocolate bar face palettes into their I Heart Makeup/Makeup Revolution range I was super excited.  I love tiny things.  Like, anything that is normally big that is made into a little version… so cute.  Aside from the packaging though, the products within really appealed to me and I have not been disappointed.

I’m going to start with the Bronze and Glow palette because this is my favourite contour palette duo.  Full stop.


Bronze and Glow

The ‘bronze’ shade is perfect for my skin tone.  It is quite neutral so you can contour with it, but it isn’t too ashy either so you can use it as a bronzer too.  These powders are really finely milled, soft and blend so easily.


Bronze and Glow highlight compared to theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer

The highlighter in this duo is stunning too – champagne in tone and the perfect amount of glow without being shiny or frosty.  It reminds me very much of theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer.  It is certainly extremely similar when sheered out on the cheeks but as you can see from the heavy finger swatches above Mary-Lou is a little more yellow toned.


Bronze and Glow swatches

Honestly, Bronze and Glow is a great palette.  If you find this packaging to be too kitch and cutesy for your taste, Makeup Revolution also has the same powder products packaged in their Renaissance Glow palette which has much more classy packaging but identical products.


Charlotte Tilbury – ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt & Highlight.  Image credit – Nordstrom

The Renaissance Glow is designed to be a dupe for the Charlotte Tilbury ‘Filmstar Bronze & Glow’ Face Sculpt and Highlight… meaning that the powders in the chocolate Bronze and Glow are also a dupe!  Winner 🙂


Light and Glow

I wasn’t initially as attracted to the Light and Glow palette as the Bronze and Glow palette but… chocolate packaging!?!  Saying that, when I heard that this might be a dupe for Too Faced’s Candlelight Glow highlighting powder in Rosy Glow, I was intrigued.


Too Faced Rosy Glow Candlelight Glow.  Image Credit – Temptalia

Now I don’t own Rosy Glow to do a direct comparison for you but from the swatches I have seen online they certainly do seem very similar.


Light and Glow swatches

I have really enjoyed the light and glow highlighters – and they are both highlighters!  I thought at first the pink shade was a blush but it is a pink highlighter with a gold shift.  You could use this as a blush topper, but even on my fair skin the pink shade can be blended out to a lovely glow or mixed with the white/gold shade for extra bright shine.  These are both very pretty!


MUR Vivid Baked Highlighter – Golden lights compared to the Light and Glow white/gold highlighter.

The white/gold highlighter reminded me of the Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighter in Golden Lights.  As you can see above, the colour is certainly a dupe but the formula is obviously very different as one is a standard powder and one is a baked highlighter.


Bronze and Glow swatched beside Light and Glow

So.  A million photos later let me rap this up.  I really like these two little chocolate face palettes.  I think the quality is great and if the colours work for your skin tone then I totally recommend these.  If you are interested in trying them for yourself you can find the chocolate face palettes on TAMBeauty for about AU$10.

Have a great day!


theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

I feel like writing this blog post may be a bit redundant.  Mary-Lou Manizer from theBalm is a cult classic highlighting powder and everyone probably already knows about it and/or owns it BUT it is new to my collection this year so I figured I would add my 2 cents to the literature on this product.


Firstly, the packaging of this highlighter is quite funky.  The compact itself is nothing special, although it does have a nice sized mirror, but it is the imagery on the lid that is so iconic of theBalm’s style.


theBalm: Mary-Lou Manizer

The powder itself is smooth, soft and finely milled.  The colour is a lovely champagne that pulls a bit gold when applied to my fair skin.  Gold shades of highlighter can be very hit or miss for me with my fair complexion, but this is shade pale-girl friendly.  This is a pigmented product so you only need to tap your brush in lightly.  It is certainly better to build this up slowly rather than getting overzealous and then trying to tone it down.


Mary-Lou Manizer swatched


Aside from the shade, I really enjoy how well this highlighter blends into the skin.  I apply this with a highlighter brush and then buff it in and it is extremely illuminating without sitting on the skin in an unnatural way as some powder products tend to do.

My verdict?  This is definitely worth the hype!

I love highlighters and I have WAY too many in my collection but having now tried Mary-Lou Manizer, I can safely say that if you already have this in your collection, then you  have all the highlighter goodness that you need.

TheBalm is a cruelty-free brand, but in Australia, they aren’t exactly budget-friendly.

Glow on my friends 🙂