Which Glow Booster is Best: Nyx, L’oreal, & Nars Comparisons

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Nars recently came out with a glow booster that is limited edition and I thought it would be good for you to see how it compares to others. If you don’t know what a glow booster is, it’s basically a gel-serum highlighter that is supposed to mimic a natural, lit-from-within type of glow. You can use it as a primer or only on the high points of your face like a highlighter.

Today I’m going to show you 3 glow boosters side by side and give a mini review of each. It’s important to note that none of the products I’m going to write about have extensive shade ranges. The glow boosters are meant to be applied sparingly or under foundation, so it’s not a big deal if it’s not an exact match. For the record, glow booster=liquid illuminator=glow enhancer.


Price: $7.50 at Nyxcosmetics.com, Target, Ulta, CVS

Ounces: 0.6 fl oz/18 mL

Shades available: 4

Shade I wear: 4-Sun Goddess

A little goes a long way with this liquid illuminator. It has more of a bronzy color to it so I mostly wear this in the summer when I have a tan from visiting the beach a few times. I’ve found that it doesn’t wear well throughout the day on me since I tend to get oily in my t-zone. It makes me look like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz when applied all over my face so I use it only on my facial high points. This liquid illuminator is not subtle at all so keep that in mind if you pick this up. I usually wear this under a tinted moisturizer/bb cream.

glow booster swatches


Price: $11.44-14.99 Lorealparisusa.com, Target, Ulta, Walmart

Ounces: 1.3 fl oz/40 mL

Shades available: 4

Shade I wear: 904-Deep Glow

The L’oreal glow enhancer runs a bit golden on me so I use this strictly as a highlighter under my foundation. In the picture above it blends into my skin, but keep in mind that the under part of my arm is lighter than my face. It’s also not a subtle product and it will really make your face look like it’s glowing. When I was testing this in the house, I literally looked like I applied a blinding highlighter all over my face. While that may sound cute I assure you it wasn’t. I use this product more in the winter since I tend to get lighter then and it looks so good under a matte or natural foundation.



Price: $39 at Narscosmetics.com, Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom

Ounces: 1.0 fl oz/30 mL

Shades available: 4

Shade I wear: Dark-Barbuda

This tinted glow booster is the most natural looking out of the 3 shown here. It’s subtle enough to wear all over the face and not have me looking Tin Man adjacent, even with my combination skin. I’ve work this under radiant, natural, and matte foundations with no issues. When I’m going for a more blinding highlight, I’ll either use a different glow booster or layer a powder highlighter over this one. Even though I’m wearing it in the winter with no problems, I feel like it’ll be suitable when I tan in the summer as well.


So that’s it for now. My favorite is the one by Nars because it’s more flexible in that you can wear it by itself or under other makeup without it being too much. If that’s the one you’re leaning towards, go pick it up or get samples before Nars stops selling it. When they say limited edition, they mean it.

Let me know if you plan on picking any of these up or if there are any others not listed here that I should check out.

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