I picked up the Cargo 5-palette eyeshadow in Egypt not long ago on Hautelook, and they’re on sale now. This is a stunning combination of blue, green and copper that grabbed my attention immediately.
The packaging is really nice – it’s a clear plastic box that shuts so perfectly, yet opens so easily. I feel like I could easily toss this in a bag that’s not going to be treated lovingly, and not worry about it at all.
These shadows are rich – soft, pigmented and blendable. Get just a little on your brush, and they’ll apply lightly but evenly. Get a little more, and they go on boldly. They’re easy to work with, so that you can get a great look even if you don’t have the best application skills. I’ve got some other Cargo shadows from this haul, and they’re the same. It wore very well without fading or creasing, even without primer.
The colors may look like an intimidating combination. This was one of those purchases where I honestly wasn’t sure I’d be able to do much with the colors, but I loved them so much I had to try. They turned out to be more flexible than I thought. Most have shimmery finishes, but what I call “low shimmer” – they’re very finely milled so the shimmer is very subtle. It catches the light beautifully, but looks more mysterious than a more definite shimmer shadow.
The bright shimmering sapphire blue goes on a bit sheerly (but evenly) if you get just a tiny bit on your brush, but can be built up (as shown here). It’s a gorgeous, soft, mysterious blue that could be used as a lid color or for lining, defining the crease or in the outer corner.
The satin finish teal color at the bottom is gorgeous and soft, and I think will compliment many different skin tones – note that it’s one of the less pigmented colors in this set, but it’s still nicely pigmented.
The shimmery chartreuse has enough gold in it to reflect more light than I expected from looking at it in the pan, so it can actually be used as an inner color highlight or a lid color.
The shimmering emerald color is definitely pigmented and green, making it a great choice for lining, crease or outer corner. It’s not as dark as I expected at first. It’s a medium jewel-toned green.
And finally, the copper color doesn’t have enough red in it to make your eyes look tired, and does have enough gold to catch light brilliantly. You can use it on the lid, crease or outer corner.
Here’s a look I did with these colors, taken twelve hours after application, without primer. Note there’s a tiny bit of fallout under the eyes (which happens on me with most shadows, I just think of it as a normal thing that needs to be touched up through the day), but otherwise it looked the same as when I put it on:
Copper on the inner lid, blending into the chartreuse, with the green in the outer corner and deep blue in the crease. I lined the inner corner with the chartreuse and the lower lashes with the emerald. I lined the upper lid with a Cargo Swimmables eyeliner in Teal. Here are more views of the same look:
This is a great palette if you’re looking for some color. You can actually do several very different looks with it, but it’s also great for injecting a little color into combinations from another more neutral palette. At the current sale price of $16, I think this palette and the other color combinations available in this group are well worth it.