Neat and New to Me: NARS Mekong Shimmer Eyeshadow

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Neat and New to Me

Unlike my Unsung Heroes series, which features permanent collection products I’ve known and loved a long time, the Neat and New to Me series showcases permanent collection products that slipped under my radar for a while, but then I discovered them! — and now I think they’re neat and new to me.

NARS Mekong has been making me smile! 🙂 And rhyme!


That was a rhyme, right? (Mekong making…?)

It has a dark brown espresso matte base with golden micro glitter, and it’s take-your-breath-away gawgeous with warm reddish browns and purply browns on the eyes, and reds, burgundies and plums on the lips.

I recently discovered it, which means that I finally gave it a try, and I feel like such a goofball for waiting so long. Give it a swatch if you can before the end of winter, but I warn you — brace yourself. It’s a total knockout.

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NARS Mekong Shimmer Eyeshadow

I’ve been wearing it for smoky eyes, and also as a liner, and when I use it for smoky eyes, I pack it on my lids with a flat eyeshadow brush, and then blend out the edges, drawing just a smidgen up into the crease, before incorporating a couple of matte transition shades.

Then, to offset the heaviness on the top area, I line and smudge a purple or warm reddish brown pencil liner, usually MAC Prunella or MAC Teddy, both of which I think really complement Mekong well, along my lower lash line.

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Wearing NARS Mekong on my lids in a smoky eye look with MAC Prunella along my lower lash lines…

nars mekong eye closeup

As a liner, oh! — so beautiful. First, I’ll wet my brush head to incentivize Mekong’s golden glitter and make the shadow look almost glossy (I’ve always wanted to use “incentivize” in a sentence, LOL!), dip it into the pan, then gently pat the brush on a tissue a few times to unload some of the excess water. Then I’ll line my upper lash lines and promptly gasp. Oh! 🙂


It’s a glossy look, but not overly glittery, so I feel like it’s still appropriate for regular day wear.

nars mekong eyeshadow

For gals and guys who play on #teamneutrals with me, this one’s a NARS must-have. You can find it now at NARS counters, boutiques and online for $25 for a single eyeshadow with a compact and mirror, or $18 for a refill like the one shown here.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. hanna says:

    Woah I love how pigmented it is. Looks great!
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  2. Chris25 says:

    I have Mekong and it really is everything you say it is. Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette has a good dupe for it.
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  3. Agata says:

    Such a pretty shade. I have been really into dark brown shades recently! I will put in on my makeup wishlist!
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    • Karen says:

      I love them so much! They seem like they wouldn’t be interesting but when you find the ones with something special (like this one) they’re really great. 🙂

  4. Katie says:

    That smoky eye is gaaaw-geous, Karen! What were the other crease shades used with Mekong?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katie,

      Thank you! I used NARS Blondie as a transition shade and NARS Bengali to deepen the crease. HTH! Let me know if you have any other questions. 🙂

  5. Mimibelle says:

    How do you store/organise all your makeup? You must have a ton of it. Could you do a post on that?

  6. Rachel R. says:

    That’s a very sexy shade on you!

  7. That one is very pretty. I wonder if it would look to harsh on me.
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  8. Michou says:

    OMG are we eyeshadow soul sisters? I just finally ordered this shadow in the NARS sale and am eagerly awaiting its arrival. So glad to see your swatch shows it is as beautiful as I recall. Heee! It looks perfect on you!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michou,

      We just might be! What else did you happen to pick up during the sale?

      • Michou says:

        I also ordered the Audacious lipstick in Charlotte and blush in Taos. They take FOREVER to ship though… Ordered it the 27th and it is still processing. It’s so hard to be patient for great makeup…

  9. Alison M says:

    Mekong is one of my go-to for a quick smoky lid. Right up there with Cordura which just goes to show I have a thing for that color family 🙂
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    • Karen says:

      Honestly, I love me some brown eyeshadow, especially when it has a little something extra to it, and NARS do so many great browns! How do you feel about gold? Mekong looks amazing with gold pencil liner smudged on the lower lash line. 🙂

  10. Ruchita says:

    This is so pretty! I love the idea of doing a brown smokey eye with this shadow. Definitely great for every day wear!

    • Karen says:

      I had a feeling you’d like this one, Ruchita. All you have to do is pair it with your favorite matte crease color and bam! Easy everyday smoky eyes. 🙂

  11. Ooooh it’s gorgeous!
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  12. Ashleigh says:

    It’s calling my name! 😮

  13. Linda says:

    I was just looking at that color! Do you use the Nars primer with it? Is there much fallout?

  14. Kim says:

    The subtle gold sparkle is so pretty! If you worked with me, you could use “incentivize” on a very regular basis. 🙂

  15. Amber says:

    I’ve always meant to try this shade. It looks gorgeous on you!
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  16. Erin says:

    I always like how it looks on others but I’m worried it might pull more warm on me. I’ll have to re-swatch next time I’m at a NARS counter.
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  17. Tatiana says:

    What a gorgeous shade. I’ve been passing by the NARS counter more and more lately. So many colors I don’t have that I want. Sigh. Mekong looks beautiful on you paired with Prunella. I need to keep this combo in mind.

  18. Holly says:

    Absolutely amazing color! I’ve been thinking I need to utilize my coppers & bronzes more; this would fit right in. You look wonderful! ❤

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