Makeup Review: CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palettes

by PJ on Monday, October 20, 2008

in makeup, makeup - eyeshadow

(CARGO Essential Eyeshadow Palettes)

CARGO‘s Essential Eye Palettes are part of the brand’s fall 2008 collection, which focuses on wearable basics for the eyes. Today I am reviewing two of the three neutral palettes from the collection.

Essential Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Neutral

The palette includes:
– sheer matte ivory
– sheer pale beige with moderate shimmer
– matte light brown with very sparse shimmer
– matte dark brown with sparse shimmer

The powder is very fine, goes on relatively easily, and lasts well. The two light shades are very sheer. The ivory smoothes out the skin rather than highlighting it, and the pale beige adds shimmer more than color. The two dark shades are well-pigmented and add nice depth to the eyes. The overall look is softly matte without looking chalky. This palette will suit those with light and light-to-medium complexions.

Essential Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Neutral

The palette includes:
– sheer pale beige with a subtly luminous finish
– light taupe with very sparse shimmer
– matte cool chocolate brown
– matte dark charcoal grey

The tones in this palette are generally a lot cooler. The shades for the crease and outer corner are also a lot darker, and the lid color here is slightly more pigmented than the one in the Warm Neutral palette above. Again, the finish is matte instead of shimmery. Overall this palette creates a more intense look and is a lot more suitable for evening makeup.

I personally prefer the Warm Neutral palette, since I tend to prefer medium neutrals to darker ones and I like slightly warmer neutrals better. The light brown crease color also suits me well. But if you have a medium or medium-to-dark complexion and prefer cooler neutrals, I would recommend the Cool Neutral palette.

More neutral palettes:

Coffret D’Or 3D Lighting Eyes in Gold Variation

RMK Fall 2008 Makeup Collection

Lavshuca Summer Gradually Compact

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Beauty Product Reviews Monday, October 20, 2008

Thanks for the post, PJ.

I’ve never tried Cargo cosmetics…how long do their eyeshadows – including these – last?


PJ Monday, October 20, 2008


The colors last relatively well for me, and they stay on more or less for the whole day.

Thank you for your question. :)


Beauty Product Reviews Monday, October 20, 2008

That’s great news since I would rather not have to reapply during the day.

I wonder if it is suitable for sensitive eyes…worth a try! :)


Elvira Tuesday, October 21, 2008

I have never been a fan of cargo cosmetic because of the packaging but these palettes look very nice. I’m not sure If I’m in love with the matte finish. Do you think both palettes are easily dupeable?


PJ Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Personally, I can’t really say for sure if they are good for sensitive eyes. My eyes are rarely irritated by eyeshadows, and I have no problems with them.

Thank you for your comment again! :)


PJ Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Hi Elvira,

I don’t think it is too difficult to find similar shades. The difficulty is mainly in finding matte eyeshadows in general. If you want neutral shades with shimmer, there should be quite a few choices. I think some of Dior’s recent neutral palettes are very lovely…

Thank you for stopping by again! :)


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