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.
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
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 “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”.
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!
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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