Hi guys! So… as you guys may know, I’ve been on quite the blush craze and while I’ve tried to limit myself from buying too many more blushes, I still always seem to buy blush. LOL. Last weekend I was feeling sorry for myself for being sick, so I took a short pick-me-up trip to the mall (don’t worry, I’d been on antibiotics for days so it was very unlikely I was still contagious at that point). One of the items I picked up was NARS Taj Mahal ($26), which I’ve been eyeing for a long time now. In my opinion, it’s not just one of the most unique and beautiful blushes from the NARS line, it’s one of the most unique and beautiful blushes I’ve ever seen!
|NARS Taj Mahal powder blush with insert|
Isn’t it gorgeous?! I know it looks scary orange in the pan but it’s beautiful when blended out on the face. Taj Mahal is described on the NARS site as a burnt orange with shimmer.
|Typical black NARS rubberized compact||Back of compact with label|
It comes in the typical NARS rubber packaging which I’m kind of torn on. I do like how it looks but I hate how it attracts powder, dust, etc and I’m terrified of when it’ll start melting and getting sticky (many people have reported this with NARS packaging, especially in hot, humid weather).
|NARS Taj Mahal powder & swatch on finger||NARS Taj Mahal swatches on skin, slightly blended & heavy swatch|
Taj Mahal has a frost or satin-type finish with gold shimmer and it’s a very gold or yellow-toned orange (like compared to a standard orange highlighter marker, for example). In my opinion, it’s one of the most pigmented NARS blushes as well as one of the smoother ones. Taj Mahal isn’t exactly easy to apply since it is so pigmented, but I find it easier to blend than my other NARS blushes. The texture actually reminds me of the Tarina Tarantino Dollskin blushes (the frost ones, anyway) except much more pigmented. Lasting power is excellent too as long as I spritz with setting spray.
Interesting aside, I usually have the absolute hardest time with NARS blushes lasting on my face! Which is really weird considering everyone raves about how pigmented they are and how long-lasting they are. The last NARS blush I got was Torrid, which I received from the lovely Thao, and while I did like the texture much better, it lasted all of 4 hours on me! Like it literally looked like I had forgotten to put on blush after 4 hours! (And believe me, I am really very sallow – I have no natural cheek pigmentation.) But since it was a gift I was determined to make it work. I finally figured out setting my makeup with Shu Uemura’s Depsea water AFTER blush instead of between powder and blush finally made the powder last on my skin. Now Torrid & the rest of my NARS blushes last for 14 hours with no problems at all. :D
And here are some comparisons of NARS Taj Mahal to other orange-y blushes in my collection. As you can see Taj Mahal is very unique.
|Clockwise from top left: Rock & Republic All-Nighter (FOTD), Immoral, MAC Nuance (FOTD), NARS Taj Mahal, MAC Improvise||Swatches (L-R): MAC Improvise, Nuance, NARS Taj Mahal, Rock & Republic All-Nighter, Immoral|
I basically have nothing like it. Which is awesome! I have a lot of blushes… and I try very hard to keep my collection dupeless. Most of the time when I’m browsing makeup, the blushes I see are very similar or close enough to blushes that already exist in my collection. It’s very rare that I find something so different, like Taj Mahal. =)
And to prove (I hope, anyway) that Taj Mahal is not impossible to wear, here is a FOTD of me wearing it. I apologize for the foundation and the lighting. I’m testing foundation application methods right now and as the sun’s position is moving I’m having a really hard time finding the best place to take pictures near my vanity again.
I thought it turned out really well, no? Taj Mahal transforms into this beautiful apricot flush on my skin (just shy of and a little more yellow than NC30) that really lights up my face. I think paired with my favorite eyeshadow combination of all time (MAC Melon, Museum Bronze & Blonde’s Gold) and the Jupiter Brown lipstick, Taj Mahal gives me a very golden look without making me look tanned at the same time. I can definitely see myself wearing it a LOT this summer. :D