Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Battle of the Shimmer Bronzers: Tarte Park Avenue Princess vs. theBalm Betty-Lou Manizer

Today in the Battle of the Shimmer Bronzers, I will be comparing Tarte's Park Avenue Princess and theBalm's Betty-Lou Manizer.

Just like in my Battle of the Matte Bronzers, one of these products is actually a deluxe sample.  I got the Tarte Park Avenue Princess in a Sephora 500 point Beauty Insider Reward set a while ago. 

Here is what the full size Tarte Park Avenue Princess looks like.  Park Avenue Princess also comes in a matte waterproof version.
Packaging:  The full size Tarte bronzer comes in a very sophisticated, faux snakeskin compact.  TheBalm's packaging is always adorable.  Betty-Lou Manizer a.k.a "The Bronzing Bandit" is shown on the front.  I prefer the Tarte packaging, based solely on looks. 

Size:  Tarte's Park Avenue Princess is .32 oz, while Betty-Lou Manizer is .3 oz.  Not much difference in size.

Product:  Next to each other, they look very similar.  Park Avenue Princess looks like it would be slightly darker than Betty-Lou Manizer.  Both are very soft, smooth powders.

Color:  Betty-Lou Manizer is more coppery golden.  Sephora's website describes Park Avenue Princess as "highly pearled light yellow gold."  With a heavy swatch, Park Avenue Princess looks more wearable at a bronzer, while Betty-Lou Manizer looks more like an eyeshadow. 

Availability:  I always have to mention this with theBalm products, because the availability is limited.  Betty-Lou Manizer is available on theBalm's website, and it is one of the few theBalm cosmetics products that is still available on Sephora's website. 

Cost:  The full size Park Avenue Princess is $29 at Sephora.  Betty-Lou Manizer is $24 on theBalm's website or on Sephora's website.  Betty-Lou Manizer is also included in Fake It Don't Bake It kit at Marshall's for $10, if you can still find it. 

Overall:  I wouldn't rebuy Betty-Lou Manizer, because it isn't very wearable for me.  Although I love the packaging, I don't think i would spend $29 on the Tarte shimmer bronzer, since I love my Milani Baked Bronzers so much.


  1. Thebalm betty-lou manizer looks awesome! I love how you reviewed it :) great job


    1. Thank you so much! I am planning to do more comparisons soon, especially with the products in the Sephora "In The Glow" Sampler.

  2. the balm is sold at rexal! ;D