You know you are sad when you can name colours of a brand off by heart and do virtual comparisons of shades and textures. I can’t do that with many brands, I can completely do that with Nars…god knows I’ve spent too many hours on that counter.
So when I saw the stunning-gorgeousness of Mekong, their new espresso gold flicked shadow, alarm bells immediately entered my head
*Galapagos, Galapagos DUPE DUPEDUPE DUPE!*
Actually they are quite different:
Brown based, check.
Gold flecks, check.
The rest?Texture wise they are a little different. Galapagos is harder, a bit chalker than Mekong, which is like buttah, its so smooth. Having said that, Galapagos is still very soft and pigmented, its just a tiny bit drier perhaps because the gold particles are a little bigger (therefore fall out more likely).
Mekong is a very dark dark brown, rich espresso shade whereas Galapagos is a quite a warm toned chocolate brown. I think they are both are gorgeous but cool toned ladies may find Galapagos harder to wear since it is on the warm side – Mekong is pretty universal.
It didn’t come across so well in the picture, but there is quite a strong difference in the base browns. I like both a lot – Galapagos I would say would be nice as a lid colour, whereas Mekong is so strong that is should be a contour unless you are specifically going for a smoky eye look.
Different enough to own both? Yes, if you love browns.