|I bought both of these products.|
I have declared my love for Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter several times on the blog - it's one of my very favourite products ever because it takes me from zero to pretty healthy looking in a few swipes! Many people thought that it was a foundation when it was first released but it isn't - it can be used as a primer or a highlighter and I use it in both ways. When Nars recently released a Tinted Glow Booster, I wondered if it would be a competitor or dupe for Flawless Filter so I couldn't resist buying it and comparing. I have been wearing half on each side of my face to compare and want to share my thoughts with you today.
Both products can be used as primers or illuminators over makeup. There are seven shades in Flawless Filter and it contains 30ml for £34 whereas Nars Tinted Glow Booster is available in four shades, contains 30ml and is priced at £28. Flawless Filter has a doe foot applicator, which I don't hate but it wouldn't be my favourite either whereas the Nars product has a pump, which I prefer.
Flawless Filter instantly gives life to the skin without having a disco ball effect - it just instantly makes skin look healthy and youthful, even on the skin's dullest days. I wouldn't necessarily say that it gives coverage but it does blur the appearance or pores and just makes the skin look young, fresh and healthy. I like to apply some to the high points of my cheeks, my forehead and a little across my cheeks before blending in and applying foundation. It works especially well with demi-matte foundation to lift the skin and add some glow without looking like you have applied a glowy foundation all over. I also love to pat a little on to the tops of my cheekbones for a natural looking highlight that just looks lit from within. I honestly can't rave about this product enough!
It's a shame that there are only four shades of Nars Tinted Glow available but given that it isn't actually a foundation, I think that everyone will find a shade that they can work with. As I said already, I love that this has a pump. It offers a similar glow to Flawless Filter but I find that it also adds some hydration, which makes it act more like a primer than Flawless Filter. Also, the glow it gives is much more subtle, which some people will prefer and for this reason, I think it could be worn alone on no makeup days. While I like it under foundation or even mixed with foundation (preferably), I'm less keen on this as an illuminator over foundation, probably because of how hydrating it is, which I know sounds odd given how dry my skin is, but I only like to wear it as a highlighter if I am wearing a powder highlighter over it. That being said, it is absolutely beautiful along the collar bones to add some glow and radiance. I think I'll wear this a lot more in this way over summer and mixed with body lotion to apply along my shin bones. If you are interested in trying Nars Tinted Glow, use the code LYMIN to save 20% at checkout on Look Fantastic.
If I had to choose just one to repurchase, it will be definitely be Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter, however if you tried a sample of it and found it a little too glowy, then you would love the Nars option. If you have tried either or both, I would love to hear your thoughts?
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