When I first saw Taj Mahal in person, there were opposing thoughts going back and forth in my head: (1) “Woah! It's so bright, so orange, I'd never wear it!” and (2) “But my goodness, it's so pretty, so unique! I have nothing like this in my collection. I have to have it!“. The SA sensed my hesitation so she asked if I wanted to see it applied on my cheeks. As soon as I saw how it looked on me, my first thought was a lost case. Taj Mahal, when applied carefully and strategically, is such a magical color that gives your complexion a beautiful, golden sunkissed glow that you will fall in love with instantly!
I suppose there's nothing much left to say about NARS' iconic rubberized black packaging! Sleek, modern, lightweight, but also a dust and fingerprint magnet! At least it's pretty easy to clean with damp cloth (or scotch tape). The compact comes with a nice-sized mirror and a clear plastic protective sheet (not shown).
Taj Mahal is a super vibrant, burnt orange shade with ultra fine golden flecks. It is incredibly rich and pigmented so it is one of those blushes that requires a feather light hand and a loose-bristled fluffy brush to apply for a soft, non-jarring result. I find it a little tricky to sheer down the color once you over apply so I'd start slowly and then gradually build up the intensity until the desired effect is achieved.
When applied lightly, Taj Mahal leaves a light orange tint with a soft golden sheen on the skin. I wouldn't say the color looks “natural” on me (since obviously, my natural flush is not orange) but it certainly gives my complexion a unique shade of youthful and healthy golden orange glow. It's so unlike anything I've tried before and that's what makes it so special and addicting!
Besides having insane pigmentation, Taj Mahal also has one of the best blush formulas. It feels soft, smooth, and super silky to the touch, plus the powder is extremely finely-milled and doesn't create any powder excess or fallout. A little truly goes a long way since a light touch of the brush will usually pick up more than enough color for both cheeks. Good thing the powder is easy to blend and trust me, with Taj Mahal, blending is key!
In the picture above, you can clearly see the gorgeous “golden” sheen on the right. I barely touched the surface of the blush to do this swatch and that should tell you how incredibly rich and pigmented Taj Mahal is! :D
Another great thing is you will never need to touch-up! At the end of a 9-hour work day, Taj Mahal still looks just as vibrant as when I apply it in the morning though I'm pretty sure it lasts much longer than 9 hours!
And here's how it looks on me:
From what I know, Taj Mahal is among the more popular cheek colors for brown-skinned girls. However, I do think this shade can be universally flattering regardless of skin tones as long as you apply it strategically and pair it with complementary eye and lip makeup. I've seen fair-skinned girls wearing it with desirable results so don't shy away from the intimidating color without giving it a chance. You won't realize how stunning and special this shade is until you try it! :)