NARS Taj Mahal, The Brown Skinned Beauty’s Dream Blush

Ever complain that a blush doesn't show up on your skin because it is not pigmented enough? Well you will never have that problem with NARS Taj Mahal.

NARS Taj Mahal on Dark Skin

NARS is notorious for making extremely pigmented blushes with names that, well actually make you blush. Ever complain that a blush doesn’t show up on your skin because it is not pigmented enough? Well you will never have that problem with NARS Taj Mahal.

NARS Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal is a burnt orange with a golden sheen. A brown girl’s dream blush, especially if you have warm undertones. Don’t worry though, Taj Mahal can be worn by any complexion it’s just all about the application.

Can be applied lightly as a highlighter to the cheekbones or all over the cheeks for a nice glow, used as a bronzer, or can be applied full on for true to pan color. I suggest building up the color layer by layer using a light hand though… you do not want to over apply this. Taj Mahal is smooth like butter and blends well, not dry or patchy at all.

Products Used


Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer
Sleek Luminaire Highlighting Concealer in L05 to conceal under eye
Revlon ColorStay Foundation in Cappuccino mixed w/ NARS Orgasm Illuminator
Ben Nye Neutral Set Setting Powder


NARS Taj Mahal Blush
Sleek Contour Kit in Dark to Contour
NARS Albatross Blush to Highlight


Urban Decay e/s in Smog all over lid
Urban Decay e/s in Darkhorse on outer v, crease & lower lash line
Urban Decay e/s in Virgin to highlight brow bone and to blend
Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel in 77 Matte Black on upper lash line and waterline
MAC False Lashes Mascara in Extreme Black
Wet ‘n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit in Ash & MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW45 to define brows


MAC Lipglass in Explicit


NARS Blush retails for $27. Too much for you? Try NYX Powder Blush in Cinnamon or Copper. Cinnamon is a little lighter and Copper is pretty close just a little darker, sorry no swatches as I sold mine.

Do you own NARS Taj Mahal?

72 Responses

  1. it look so beautiful! I love it! I really like this makeup look you are just stunning girl!

    I want it!!! —off to to “LOOK” at it. LOL!!!

  2. I been waitn4this moment all my life hehe*for this post* sounds crazy hun but absolutely love Taj Mahal on u=gorgeous and awesome pics too

    Love Nars,love Taj Mahal it was my first purchase from Nars.

  3. Very pretty pics, you are WERKING it…I don’t own Taj Majal but I want it now, it gives off a natural glow!

  4. Taj mahal Definitely looks good on you! And I agree on how it can look good on any skin tone but with the right application.

  5. Taj Mahal is gorgeous. I am getting it ASAP. By the way where did you get the earrings, they are FAB?

    1. Thank you. I got them from a street vendor near my job, he gave them to me for free if I modeled them lol. He always has nice pieces.

  6. Thank god for you1 LOL u are my make up guru! That blush is the truth! gonna get me one asap! really love the glow u got goin on! xoxo ty

  7. Omg that looks gorgeous on u! I’ve worn it a couple of times and wasn’t blown away (which I was expecting 4 a damn near $30 blush), but I get complements every time I wear it. And if it looks anything on me like it does u then I guess it was well worth the investment.

    1. Thank you and girl I bet it looks good, that is why you are receiving them compliments. Don’t doubt it, definitely worth the investment 🙂

  8. Have you tried Sleek’s “Aruba” blush? It’s said to be a dupe of Taj Mahal but matte. I have ‘Aruba’ but i wonder if it’s worth having both.

    1. I have Sleek Aruba and it is a brighter, more intense matte orange. I think it is worth it to have both in your collection. You can see a look that I did with Aruba here

  9. I think Nars makes the best blush, this shade is just beautiful. I can’t believe that is drug store foundation. It looks really good on you!

    1. Thanks Ariel and yes, Revlon ColorStay is the best drugstore f/d. I love the stuff. I’ve recently been showing Nars blushes more love after neglecting them and I am totally hooked. I’ve been wearing Taj Mahal all wknd and everyone always compliments me on it and ask what I’m wearing.

  10. Love this look and you look beautiful. Have had Taj Mahal for awhile now and had not used it. I was not sure about applying it properly. I did this today for work and loved the result.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad you are getting the hang of using it. You are going to be hooked now hon. I’ve been using it a lot since I got it. It looks awesome with winged liner, NARS Albatross to highlight the cheekbones and MAC O lipstick. Gorgeous, but simple glowing look!

  11. 1. Orange is definitely your color!
    2. I had forgotten how pretty Taj Mahal is! You are going to make me stop being lazy and make up my face! It looks GREAT on you. Great post!

  12. I went to sephora today and I saw Taj Mahl I’ve been hearing so much about and it is beautiful but what I fell in love with was Albatross…. I tried some on and was like Omg I was put off by the white like color but when I put it on my cheeks just popped and it was love at first sight…..I say that you use it as a highlighter so I said why not and I’m so glad I did…..Exhibit A was not so bad

    QUESTION: to set my foundation what should I tried I have heard a lot of buzz on MUFE HD POWDER

    1. Albatross is my favorite highlighter, I have to force myself not to use it everyday lol. Love Exhibit A too, you just have to use a light hand. I have to do a post on that one!

      You have to be careful with the MUFE HD Powder when taking pictures with flash so you don’t end up with the dreaded powder under the eyes look. I recommend Ben Nye Neutral Set Translucent Powder. It keeps oil at bay and doesn’t change the color of your makeup. I use this pretty much everyday.

  13. Where do you purchase the Black Radiance Complexion Perfection Shine Control Primer. My face be greasy like I wash it with Bacon grease.

    1. Lol at Bacon grease. I found in it Rite Aid on Montague, but I’ve seen it in other Rite Aids and a few Duane Reades in the city.

  14. i wish i had your skin colour, i have snow white skin ad theres no way to make this look good on me! so jealous, you look incredible!

  15. Omg, I love that lip color and hoped that you listed it in the details. I feel like I’ve been looking for a shade like this forever – thank you! Btw, I know this is an old post but you look awesome!

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