Skin ref: Lancome Teint Miracle in #005 Beige Ivory. Very fair -fair skin with warm yellow/gold undertones. Golden blonde hair warm honey-like blonde highlights, hazel eyes (brown-green) that change tone in different moods/lights: Olive green dark olive/brown, soft hazel. Colour season analysis: Warm Autumn.
Logic dictates that I should not wear this colour, that this is a colour for those who are very warm toned I.e. Jennifer Lopez's skin tone or deeper. I'm not either of those, as you can see from the description above; I'm fair skinned blonde haired. Tried this on today, I was totally shocked. It looked stunning. Applied with a Real Techniques Powder Brush, it actually looks natural on me. Glowing and natural, like I've been out in the summer's sun in height of summer's haze. I lightly dab the pan, brush off excess and build up the colour lightly. I'm very surprised, given how fair I am, how natural this looks on me. Radiant, healthy looking it makes me look, as my sister commented. This is isn't going to suit everyone, simply because not everyone suits orange blush.
Yes, it is true that fairer skinned ladies will have to go lighter handed than perhaps someone of a deeper complexion. It's easy to end up looking like a clown gone wrong. Go lighter, dust off and build up is the way to go. It looks scary in the pan; you're reading of an author who's only recently introduced colour into her world, trust me be not scared. On the right person it looks stunning, like you've just got a gorgeous summer glow. Highly recommended for anyone fair to deep, warm undertoned people. I cant speak of how it looks on cooler toned people, if you are and wear this, then please let me know how it wears on you.
It is true to description; a blazing burnt orange with a very subtle with gold shimmer running through it. It's got to be one of the brightest colours from Nars's range of blushers, perhaps even on the market. This undeniably a very warm toned orange with gold running through it.
It's name is true to honor. India has often said to be synonymous with words such as: vibrancy, heat, richness, energy and colour, to name a few. It does represent very well in the pan. It is a vibrant colour, it makes no apologies. It doesn't apologies for being different (I haven't yet found a dupe, even if I did I'd still pay the price and pick Taj Mahal anyday). This isn't a colour that pretends to be something its not, leaving you to think it's one colour when you swatch/apply it; it's another. It is as it is in the pan, no hiding no false pretenses. Sure you'll either love, like, hate or be indifferent to it, that's up to you to decide where it stands with you.
Maybe it's just my interpretation, but I think what Nars tried to capture was a very tiny snapshot of the warmth and vibrancy that India and its people have....in one blush pan. Maybe I'm wrong, maybe I'm right who knows?.
Highly pigmented, one of the most pigmented blushes I've ever come across. Go easy on it. I don't normally like shimmer in a blush but I love it in this blush, because it's not really noticeable.
Pop down to your local beauty counter/department store and check it out before you buy. What's the worst that can happen; you try it and don't like it....or you love it and end up buying it?. I have purchased this. I love it, funny enough years ago I discovered this I was scared of it. Now I'm not scared of anything ????????.