Welcome back to my life Cargo Cosmetics

It’s nice to welcome back an old love into the fold. I’ve bought a lot of Cargo over the years but when it was removed from Sephora it wasn’t on my radar and I lost touch with them. Now that my local Ulta carries the line (as well as CVS’s Beauty 360 stores and JC Penney Sephora stores) the line is easier to find and love begins again.

You know me and eyeshadows and Cargo’s were always ones I enjoyed. I mostly have had single colors though so their eyeshadow palettes are new to me. I’ve now got the Essential Palette in Smoky Grey and it’s a whole new generation! There are 5 Essential Palettes ($32) and each have the same layout but the colors differ. Besides Smoky Grey there’s also Bronze, Cool Neutral, Warm Neutral, and Dark Neutral. The layout is Browbone, Lid, Crease and Outer Corner. When you open your palette there’s a clear plastic cover sheet that shows how and where to use the colors. Don’t be like me and drop it and think it’s nothing. I’m glad I picked it up and have it to demonstrate a great way to use this palette.

Smoky Grey contains a white that has a light grey undertone for the browbone; a lightly shimmered medium gray for the lid; a beautiful brown toned taupe to be used in the crease; and for the outer corner a dark smoky charcoal. Of course you don’t HAVE to use the colors exactly this way. Since I love taupes on my lid I’ve worn that shade as a lid shade (that’s what I did in the photos of my eyes). I promise no one is going to come into your bathroom to tell you did something wrong! But if you follow their directions you have a foolproof way of doing your eyes.

I used a sponge tip applicator to show you swatches and applied them heavily. The texture of these shadows is great. No chalkiness and there’s no shadow fallout. The finish of these shadows is great too because they aren’t flat and they aren’t too shimmery. If I have any complaint at all it’s that even though the Outer Corner color looks super dark, it’s not as dark as it looks. I don’t like black eyeshadows for the most part so it’s really not a complaint, I guess it’s more of a comment. Great price, very nicely designed palette and quality eyeshadows.

I also have been using Cargo’s Triple Action Mascara ($20). I chose this mascara since it seemed different than their others and from ones I’ve used. Even though it was created for High-Def filming and the last thing I want is for someone to film me in any definition, I still wanted the mascara that would give me superstar eyes. The wand is a thin rubber one that is great for definition and lengthening especially. You can build it up for volume too. My pictures show the amazing definition of this mascara. I’m quite impressed with that aspect of the mascara. I find that the mascara lasts me throughout the day without giving me those dreaded raccoon eyes. There’s never any flaking with this either.

Both of these Cargo Cosmetics eye products are winners to me. Winners on my eyes and also in my mind’s eye. — Marcia

Disclosure: items were provided by PR for review consideration.


  1. nice to see cargo again too. i love that Ulta is so Sephoraesque

  2. I wish I could get my eyeliner on as thin and even as you do.

  3. I might have to try the mascara – always on the lookout for one that won’t smudge on me.

    I still have never forgiven Cargo for discontinuing their old foundation, though (the ones that had planet names) – that really was my favorite foundation ever.


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