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.
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.
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.
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,