Nope, not for me. I swatched it in a Sephora store where it looked to be an amazing dark brown with reddish-gold glitter. "What a great liner shade that would make," I thought. But alas, once ordered and tested on my eyes it only looks black. I truly do not need another black shadow or eyeliner. That being said, it seemed like the quality was wonderful; very, very smooth and exTREmely pigmented. I wish this had worked for me!
Now my very favorite brown eyeliner... way better than the MAC or BB gels for depth and vividness. If I ever want a super deep smokey brown eye I'll use this but for now it's a sultry, exotic eyeliner. Looks great with the Indian Summer duo.
I disagree that this looks black. It is definitely an espresso brown, the look of deep Colombian coffee after you've freshly ground it, except it sparkles. I apply it with my finger tip, as an amorphous smudge on the upper lid. Along with mascara, it defines my eyes without the heaviness and obviousness that a manicured, groomed application would impart. It's like a stain for your eyes, adding a chiaroscuro effect, along the same line that Nars' Pampa lipstain does for lips. Basically, it's a neutral and looks great with nude or slightly blushed lips and cheeks.
This is really just a black with shimmer and glitter added to it and that is what you see when you open it but it really goes on black. It is also very messy and almost powdery so it is hard to keep it off your cheeks. Don't love it -- don't even like it -- back it goes. NARS has some great shadows but stay away from the black based ones -- they are deadly.
Wow! That's some deeeeep brown! On me it is a cool ashy brown with bronzy shimmer. Not for everyday except as a liner. Definitely hard to dupe....it is very original. will be a gorgeous smoky eye.
Wow! Mekong is a intensely pigmented espresso (black-brown) colored shadow with heavy gold shimmer. This makes a killer smokey eye, but it also looks amazing as a liner, smudged along the lashline either wet or dry. I won't need to buy this again, but if I had to I definately would :)
I LOVE this color as an eyeliner on my lashline. I bought this originally to use as a liner on my lashline to eccentuate my lashes. It is gorgeous. It is a dark almost black brown with cute glitters in it. The quality of this is amazing and the staying power is great. It can also be used all over the lid but I would rather save that for a night out dancing. It's a very lovely color and I don't think an eyeshadow like this can be easily duped. Check this out!
Mekong is basically Fall 2009 in a compact. This was the only color that really jumped out at me on the NARS Fall 2009 line- besides that one gorgeous deep plum lipstick. It is an out of this world freaking gorgeous blackish deep brown with a hint of gold reflects in it. Very unique. The color pay off is incredible and it blends with ease. The color is very buildable too and looks amazing as an all over color, or can be used to smoke out any look. IMO, it flatters all skin tones.It lasts all day and stays in place.
It is pricey, but i imagine that it will last me a long time and it is so versatile. This would even make a gorgeous eye liner. I seriously have never been so in love with an eye shadow before! :)
I am surprised by the terrible rating this eyeshadow has. I just purchased this @ lunch today after the MUA tried it on me. I really like this eyeshadow, apart from the huge Gold glitters (I love Nars but the huge Gold glitter has got to go...) I think it'll work really well with Silk Road, esp for contouring the creases.
I have been looking for a brown shade to replace a discontinued Shiseido product I used for years as a liner shade. From the photos, Nars Mekong seemed ideal.
An SA in Sephora had on, I noticed, a beautiful shadow on her lids that looked like a very dark slate. When asked, she said it was the Nars Cordura duo, which is brown. This seemed unusual given the color of the darker Cordura shade, and this sleight of color wheel has been carried over to Mekong.
Mekong is not brown on me at all. In the pan, it appears to be a dark brown with a russet undertone and small gold flecks throughout. When applied, it takes on the bluish tinge of charcoal and as a liner under the eyes it is indistinguishable from a soft black. I would not associate the color on my lids with the color in the pan and will continue to look for a dark brown liner.
Performance-wise, Mekong does not work as a liner. Even though I applied it slightly wet, it dried into a fine powder and immediately began to turn into dust and flake away. It was more successful as a lid color, even though far too dark for me to have any real call for it. It is also too dark for me to use in the crease and perhaps it will be employed at night solely to give some sort of exciting eye look at the outer corners of the lids. In this manner it would make a decent, if overtly vampish, smoky eye.
I do love quite a few of Nars products (Pigalle, Silk Road, and nearly all of the blushes), so I am surprised at the poor quality of this shadow, tonal issues aside. It is no better than a drugstore shadow in a Maybelline compact, which is something to give this cosmetic-buyer pause.
I am editing this to add a comparison to the darker shade in the Cordura duo. I prefer the brown in Cordura. It is slightly warmer and browner and doesn't read as charcoal/black. Mekong is definitely too black/sooty for me. continued >>