Cargo Eyes

Recently, Marcia reviewed the Cargo Essential Palette in Smoky Grey.  Today, I am going to give you the low down on my preferred Essential Palette.  My favorite is the one in Cool Neutral ($32).

This is an eyeshadow palette with some heft!!  The best thing about this palette – and all Cargo products, really – is that it’s fool-proof.  No matter what your level of ability, it is almost impossible to screw things up.

Not only are the different colors labeled within the product itself, it also comes with an overlay that illustrates where to put each color.

The colors are very rich with great pigmentation.  As you can see, the brow color is cool vanilla with a tiny bit of shimmer, the lid color is a neutral tan that is light and cool enough to make the eyes really pop (especially for those of us with deep-set eyes), the crease color is a slightly shimmery taupe, and the outer corner color is a beautiful deep brown with a touch of shimmer.  None of the colors are extremely flat, and none of them are super shimmery.  All the colors add up to a sophisticated, easy to wear daytime look that can be amped up enough to also make a smoky, evening eye look.

And I highly, highly, highly recommend the Smoky Eye Brush ($32).

Oh my gosh, I cannot believe how much I love this brush.  I don’t know if I am just uncoordinated or what, but I have always has problems doing the outer corner of my lid so that it looks good.  This brush makes it so easy!!!  I want to jump up and down and YELL, “YOU NEED THIS BRUSH!!!”  But that might get me hauled off to a place for people in need a ‘nice long rest’, so instead I will just type it in bold letters.

Look at the shape – it rests perfectly in your palm, and the other side is flat, so it doesn’t bump up against your face.  The brush itself is flat, and smudges out eyeshadow just perfectly.  The overall size is great, it gives you control and makes application a total breeze.  I use this brush every single day.  It should go right at the top of your wish list.

To finish off an eye look, consider checking out the blu_ray concealer ($28).  This reminds me of Ellis Faas products in that it has a sponge tip, and you twist the applicator for product to come through the sponge.

This concealer not only covers up flaws, but it also fights wrinkles – yay!  It has something in it called Visilox, which is an alternative to Botox, so it helps to smooth out your fine lines.  I have it in light/medium, which looks like this:

I find that it does a great job of covering imperfections, it has a medium coverage.  It doesn’t settle into fine lines, and it really lasts longer than most liquid concealers.  What I love the most is that it doesn’t just cover, it also brightens, and without looking fake.  At my age, I need something that doesn’t emphasize wrinkles by being to dry, and doesn’t call attention to my dark circles by being too obvious.  This concealer really fits the bill.

I used to recommend Trish McEvoy for great basics, easy to use items that were perfect for those starting out as well as serious collectors.  I have to say now Cargo tops my recommendation list.  It’s a great line that continues to impress me.  – Lisa

Disclosure:  Items reviewed were PR samples


  1. […] Cargo eyeshadow palettes: I’m obviously on an eyeshadow kick lately and Cargo started this kick. Once I tried their palettes I became more obsessed with eyes than ever. Cool Neutral has gotten me through many work days because I know that even if I wake up late I’ll end up with a polished eye. […]