Dec 01 2014

Brand Spotlight: Cargo Cosmetics Review


Pulling a little switcheroo today. Usually I post Brand Spotlights on Tuesdays (twice a month). But with Blogmas and everything, I had do some maneuvering. Tomorrow my November Favourites will go up – today you guys are getting a Cargo Cosmetics review. Cargo is a brand I’ve used on and off for a few years. Though I currently do not have many of their products in my collection – that’s not a reflection on the quality of the brand. Since Sephora stopped carrying Cargo and Ulta only carries the collection online, it just became more difficult for me to access. Of course, there is always Amazon.


Cargo Cosmetics Review - Brand Spotlight

Anyway, I thought I’d reacquaint myself with the brand. A few weeks ago, I realized that I lacked a red lip gloss in my collection (strangely enough) so that’s where I started. With a few other orders, I found myself in possession of two deluxe samples and therefore, have been testing out: the Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Prague, Water Resistant (“Swimmables”) Blush in Bali and Beach Blush in Echo Beach.


Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Prague


Cargo Cosmetics Review Essential Lip Gloss Prague


The Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Prague is a beautiful, raspberry red. Cargo has recently repackaged (and I think also reformulated) these glosses which promise super high shine, intense color payoff, long-wear and hydration. As promised, I can confirm that this gloss has a “slick texture that feels creamy, gliding over lips without being sticky”. They are formulated with Vitamin E and Jojoba Seed oil. I’m not sure what I was expecting, as I’ve not heard much about these glosses, but I really, really enjoy the formula. The colour, Prague, is absolutely stunning and the finish does make the lips appear fuller. I see more orders in the future. 🙂


Cargo Cosmetics Review - Essential Lip Gloss Prague  Swatch


Cargo Cosmetics Review - Essential Lip Gloss Prague Lip Swatch


Cargo “Swimmables” Water Resistant Blush in Bali

Next up we have, Cargo ‘Swimmables’ Water Resistant Blush in Bali, which are one of Cargo’s signature products which promise to be sweatproof, weatherproof and water resistant. According to Cargo, these blushes are formulated with a unique silicone-coated powder that provides better adhesion to the skin and withstands water and a “l-lysine , an amino acid found naturally in the skin which increases the long wearing and water resistant properties because of its natural affinity to skin”.


Cargo Cosmetics Review Water Resistant Blush Bali

Cargo Cosmetics Review - Water Resistant Blush Bali Swatch


I get the sense that Cargo blushes, in generally, lean toward sheen finishes rather than matte – and this blush in Bali is no exception. Highlighter not required. Even more impressive, 10 hours into the day it looked EXACTLY the same as it did when I applied it in the morning. Bali is a rose pink which I think would be flattering on a range of skin tones (up to medium). Also, the sheen doesn’t accentuate pores and fine line as much as some other formulas I’ve tried. Still, be careful with application as it can easily be overdone.


Cargo Beach Blush in Coral Beach

The Cargo Beach Blushes are designed to be blush and bronzer combos promising to create “flushed cheeks with a sun-drenched glow”. Though fantastic for the Summer months, Coral Beach, a Warm Peach Bronze, will make a great year round “nude “as well. It has the same effect as something like MAC’s Coppertone. The Beach Blushes are offered in five (5) shades ranging from lighter to deeper bronzed tones. The wear time was also pretty good. Again, the sheen can be intense so apply accordingly! I have medium to large pores on some areas of the cheek and still found this blush to look absolutely lovely!


Cargo Cosmetics Review Beach Blush


Cargo Cosmetics Review - Beach Blush Swatch



Hope you guys are still enjoying these Brand Spotlights! Have you tried Cargo Cosmetics? What do you think of the brand? Any recommendations? I’m thinking of picking up one of their eyeshadow palettes.





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  1. I’ve never heard of Cargo Cosmetics before but I’m loving the packaging! The Lipgloss is so intense and Amazing! I need to get my hands on some 🙂 !!!

    Serene xoxo

      • Kimmy on December 2, 2014 at 3:55 pm
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      It’s kind of a brand that isn’t everywhere but I’m starting to think I’ve overlooked their products, lol. I was definitely impressed with the lip gloss!

    • lauralondonblogger on December 3, 2014 at 12:28 pm
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    Thanks for introducing me, once again, to such a lovely brand! Now, I’m not really a lipgloss gal – I purchased Dior Fluidstick last summer to give glossy lips a go (it’s actually very similar in shade to the one you have on) and it’s not just laying in my shelves, barely used. Such a shame, I know. That Bali blush looks so beautiful and right up my street! The Cargo Beach Blush shade not so much – probably because I’m rather on the pale side it could look a little dirty on my complexion, but seems to swatch beautiful on you!

      • Kimmy on December 3, 2014 at 1:35 pm
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      Hey girl! I think you could do a bronzy blush for sure but probably something a little cooler with some rose in it. 🙂 I feel you on the lip gloss. I own a ton but I don’t reach for them as much as lipsticks, that’s for sure. But the right gloss, can be worth it, no? Lol. And agreed…Bali is beautiful. I wore it three days straight after testing it the first time. xo

  2. They used to sell Cargo at Sephora here years ago… Then they stopped, but I remember using a couple of things and loving them! These sound great, the lipgloss is stunning and a water resistant blush? Sounds too good to be true! 😉 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Kimmy on December 17, 2014 at 11:14 am
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    It’s too bad that Cargo isn’t as accessible as it used to me as they make some really great products that aren’t too badly priced. I’ve been loving the red gloss for the holidays. 🙂

  3. Soooo is the blush really water-resistant? Now I want to know! The wear time sounds impressive in any case though!

      • Kimmy on December 18, 2014 at 10:49 am
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      I actually haven’t gotten it wet yet, but it does last all day – with sweating as well. I’ll experiment soon and get back to you. 🙂 xo

  4. The gloss look gorgeous and seems nicely pigmented! I think I need to get this one 😀

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