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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze
Despite touting itself as an eyeshadow palette full of must-haves, CARGO's Essential Palette in Bronze is almost anything but. With a warm, soft shimmery yellow, a metallic warm bronze, a matte camel  with intermittent gold glitter, and a matte chocolate laden with gold glitter, this palette targets those with a warmer complexion who love some flash and sparkle.

The light yellow browbone shade comes off as slightly powdery and gives a subtle, nearly indiscernible sheen when blended out on the eye. The bronze lid shade has is smooth and pigmented. But, despite the show-stopping performance, it's so warm that it won't flatter most of those with cool skin. The crease shade is one that is relatively unique to this palette in that it has a matte camel shade as a base with relatively sparse gold glitter throughout. The odd thing about this shadow is that despite looking like it will leave your crease looking like a gilded disco ball, the glitter is only noticeable where the application is the thinnest ( around the perimeter of the swatch below). Although the pigmentation was a little inconsistent, it's an interesting shade, and something unique to my collection. Still, I'm not sure many would consider glitter an essential addition to their neutral look. Finally, the outer corner shade has a matte chocolate base with heavier gold glitter than the previous shadow. Much like the previous shadow however, it doesn't leave your eye looking as sparkly as you might imagine. And, although it's more consistent in application than the crease shade, the texture is slightly chalkier than other good matte shades I've encountered.

On the plus side, the packaging is nice with a thick exterior and sturdy closure and the top contains a nice, big mirror.

I don't want to give the impression that this is a bad palette by any means, but essential it is not. It's very warm and contains glitter that many wouldn't consider wearing on a daily basis. And, at $34 for 4 shadows, I would think the shadow quality would be stellar and not just so-so. Because the two matte shades with gold glitter make this palette relatively unique, I would recommend it for those looking for similar shadows.

FTC: This product was given to be as part of the Bloom Beauty Ambassador Program. I'm not obligated to review or mention it. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

CARGO Essential Palette in Bronze

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