February 10, 2020

NARS Tinted Glow Boosters

Earlier this year, NARS came out with a new customizable complexion enhancer! Available in 4 shades, the Tinted Glow Booster can be worn alone for a lit-from-within glow, under foundation to extend the wear of makeup, or as a subtle highlighter on the highpoints of the face.

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NARS Tinted Glow Boosters Review Photos Swatches Before After Kalvoya Simos Tangsi Barbuda

This product is pigmented but very sheer, so I think there is a color for everyone even if the shade range is small. I currently use the shade Kalvoya, and can probably use the same color when I'm tan if I use it as a primer.

To be honest, I didn't like it by itself or over my foundation. As an highlighter, it didn't play well with my foundation. I tried to apply it with my Beautyblender and my fingertips, but it lifts off my foundation every single time.

I'm surprised it didn't work for me because I usually love NARS' liquid highlighters (the Hot Sand Illuminator is worth every penny!).

When I wore it alone, the coverage was almost non-existent and while it doesn't contain large chunks of glitter, the sparkles were a bit too noticeable for me.

I included a before/after but as you can see, it barely covers my imperfections. I know some of you would love a sheer product like this one, it's simply not what I'm looking for in a foundation.

NARS Tinted Glow Booster Review Before After
NARS Tinted Glow Booster in Kalvoya (without powder)

With that being said, it's a great primer! The formula has a creamy gel consistency, it feels hydrating on the skin (thanks to NARS' exclusive Jojoba Hydraglow Complex) and slightly sticky, but not too heavy.

I only use one pump and it's enough for my oily and dehydrated skin. I love the fact that this product is fragrance-free and doesn't exacerbate my acne and eczema.

It adds such a beautiful luminous glow to the skin, without looking overly greasy. The shimmers are less noticeable when I apply foundation over it, it doesn't look sparkly at all.

My complexion is radiant, it's almost as if my skin is lit from within. And I noticed that my foundation lasts longer than usual!

NARS Tinted Glow Boosters Swatches Kalvoya Simos Tangsi Barbuda
NARS Tinted Glow Boosters, heavy swatch on fair skin (NC15)

NARS Tinted Glow Boosters Swatches Kalvoya Simos Tangsi Barbuda MAC Equivalent
NARS Tinted Glow Boosters, light swatch on fair skin (NC15)

Kalvoya (Light) is slightly lighter than NC15 and has gold undertones.

Simos (Medium) is similar to NC35 and has golden orange undertones.

Tangsi (Medium Deep) is similar to NW42 and has copper undertones.

Barbuda (Deep) is darker than NC45 (but lighter than NC50) and has gold undertones.

NARS Tinted Glow Boosters Packaging

The NARS Tinted Glow Boosters retail for $51 CAD for 30ml and are available at Sephora.

(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial. This post contains affiliate links.)


  1. hmmm seems pricey for something that I wouldn't really notice on my skin but if it's as good of a primer as you say it is, I will have to check it out!!

  2. Please try the new Tarte glow wand!

  3. Not really. It’s sheer. You can use to mix with foundation or moisturizer for a glow. Use it on top of foundation for glowy cheeks etc or mix in with shape tape to make it more emollient and forgiving.

    1. Ohhh ok! I'm on a low buy right now but I will let you know if I try it!

  4. Ooh - I love a sheer wash on no makeup days, and like that this would be a good primer too! I like to try and mix these with foundations for a lighter feel in the Spring and Summer!


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