Oh, this is a bold, vibrant shade of blush. There’s no shying away from that! It’s undeniably warm-toned and just brings forth every image of summer. With a very, very light hand, it works as a golden orange gleam, and the more color you use, the deeper and more reddened the color gets. The pigmentation is insane; incredibly rich that deeper complexions will not need to build up the color to see it show up on their skin tones, while fairer complexions will have to use feathery touches and, perhaps, a stippling brush, to yield softer color. Taj Mahal had a soft, finely-milled texture that applied smoothly and blended out easily. This blush wore for nine hours without fading–which makes it one of the best NARS’ blushes I’ve tried.
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It’s summer — one of the best ways to add color to any look with ease is through a good blush. Tangerine is no doubt in this year, but how about some orange? Benefit Cha Cha Cha is the closest you’ll find here for a tamer shade of orange.
NARS Taj Mahal Blush ($26.00 for 0.16 oz.) is a vibrant tangerine orange with a soft, golden sheen. It is pigmented to the max, as many NARS blushes are, but this one is even more so than the average NARS blush. I found it really difficult to get the amount I needed, so keep a buffing brush on standby for quick fixes.
When worn lightly, it can be a beautiful shade of lightened peach-orange with a golden shimmer-sheen. It looks absolutely gorgeous on warmer skin tones, especially those with deeper complexions. It can, quite obviously, be built up for a very intense look, if so desired. Texture is soft, smooth, and the blush looks luminous when applied to skin. It gives skin an added warmth and subtle glow from the shimmer-sheen, and if you go easy, it’s very, very wearable and flattering.