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I was one of the lucky people who managed to get their hands on the Cargo Cosmetics’ Vintage Escape palette when it was released towards the end of 2013 last year. Everyone who watched Tati’s Youtube review of this palette, would have possibly wanted to take a look at this palette, and I was no exception. Unfortunately, this palette quickly sold out given how affordably-priced it was.
I was only intrigued to try out Cargo Cosmetics after much online research and reviews. It seemed like such a cult cosmetics brand.
Cargo is a Canadian cosmetics company founded in 1996 by Hana Zalzal. Originally based in Toronto, Ontario, it is now a multimillion dollar company with makeup sold in five different countries. A signature of the brand is their oversize metal tins of lip gloss. The name CARGO comes from the idea that makeup is every woman’s “cargo.” Having received many awards and being a global corporation, CARGO has become a well-known and respected brand. Some awards received include the Red Dot award from Germany for design, and the Canadian “Top 40 Under 40” award.
– Source: Wikipedia
Cargo does not retail in Singapore currently and is only available via BeautyBay.com and other online stores. I ordered my Vintage Escape palette via eBay, and I’ve had this palette since December 2013.
The palette contains 12 eyeshadow shades in a range of neutrals, smokey browns and smooth charcoal. While most shades are in a majority of warm tones, Cargo also included a few cool-toned shades, and packaged this palette in a solidly-made, brown faux-leather case with a magnetic closure. I love how well-made the packaging for this palette is. It certainly makes travelling with it a breeze. The palette also includes a dual-ended brush with a shader and slanted liner.
So far, I have really enjoyed using this palette. The eyeshadows are creamy, highly pigmented, easy to work with and are extremely blendable. The colour shades are neutral enough for everyday day-time looks and yet can transform a day-look into a smokey night look.
Although, I would’ve preferred the blue-toned (Twigs) shadow to be brighter – a more cobalt shade then this greyish blue. Other than that, and given that this palette was released as part of the Fall 2013 collection, the Vintage Escape palette is a nice change from the usual neutrals-type palette then say, the Urban Decay Naked and Naked 2. And I have to say, the bronze and gold-toned shadows in this palette are second to none. I have not seen creamier shadows than these. Cargo truly knocked my socks off with the quality of their eyeshadows in this palette.
Here is a look I created with my Cargo Vintage Escape palette.
For Spring 2014, Cargo has released the ‘Suited to a Tea‘ palette, containing 12 cream eyeshadows in neutrals and fun-coloured pastels.
However, the review of this palette done by Tati has not been positive. You can watch her video here.
Once again, thanks for reading!