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MUG SHOT: NARS King Kong is a monster hit

June 30, 2011 by pam

I have to admit that when NARS came out with its Limited Edition Fall Vintage Collection last year, I was too enamored with the green goddess Zulu to pay attention to King Kong.


And when the collection became available in Rustan’s, I snubbed it again, choosing to buy Zulu and Midnight Express instead to add to Mash which I already had.

But I got my shot at redemption when I went back to Rustan’s on my birthday for some polish-shopping. And although I was also drawn to Schiap and M Butterfly (two colors that I have yet to cross off my continually growing NARS wish list), I decided to go for Full Metal Jacket and King Kong instead, completing my set of last year’s vintage shades.

And it took me months and months but this week, I finally wore NARS King Kong.

And now I’m kicking myself for waiting too long because I think it’s beautiful.

Yes, NARS King Kong was inspired by the movie King Kong. The first one, which NARS describes as “a classic movie about the infamous giant ape who becomes smitten with beauty.”


NARS describes the color as “copper brown infused with gold.”


I know the polish looks nothing like King Kong – many people have said so.


But seriously, do you want polish that’s black, hairy and can smash buildings?


Nope? I didn’t think so.


I would happily settle for polish that’s not black, not hairy and doesn’t smash buildings.


And that’s exactly what NARS King Kong is.


And it has more than just the lack of hair going for it.


It’s beautiful, it really is.


It’s a reddish brown coppery bronze shimmer.


On me it looks more brown than red.


I love how glossy it is.


The formula was nice and smooth. Application was super easy.


I used two coats.


I’ve had King Kong on my nails for five days now and I only have minimal tip wear.




I love it so much I just might watch King Kong the movie.

NARS King Kong is still available in Rustan’s Makati for ₱995.


  1. Sam says:

    I love this color! Is this similar to Rebel Yell?

    I think I might have to pick this one up!

    • pam says:

      Rebel Yell might just be King Kong’s creamy sister.

      I want to buy that shade too! And when I do, I’ll post comparisons :D

  2. Eugenia says:

    I am now gritting & gnashing my teeth in utter frustration; when these vintage shades were reissued last year, I, like everyone else, raced to get Zulu. And Midnight Express. And Mash. Finally, I went back for Full Metal Jacket. But King Kong?……he was excluded from the little party. Now, thanks to your amazing swatches, I may just need some serious nail polish therapy for THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY. I will now begin my hunt for the mighty ape…lol!!

    • pam says:

      Aww! Eugenia! I want to see King Kong on your nails! Let me know if you have a hard time finding it, I will pick it up for you here :)

  3. Sue says:

    Looks awesome. I don’t usually wear browns but want this one.

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