I don’t remember how long ago I first tweeted about this palette, but it’s probably been a good two months. I feel bad it has taken me this long to finally feature it! Anywho.. I was doing my usual aisle-by-aisle walk through of Ulta and (as it usually does) something sparkly caught my eye….

CARGO Metallico Eyes Palette

Ahhh. Is it legal to have this much sparkle in one palette?!?! My first thought when I saw this was…”OMG, these are like Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill!!!” (only in my head I  say ETK) =P It’s too long of a thought otherwise.

Swatches of the top row, dry and wet.


Swatches of the bottom row, dry and wet.

I love how these apply when wet. When dry they are more of a sparkly sheer base, but wet…they are POW in your face. I see several shades here that look like Chanel (Illusion d’Ombre) or Giorgio Armani (Eyes to Kill). The best part was that this palette (and a super cute bag and a double ended brush) was only $39. That’s just over the price of one Chanel or GA shadow. Only, you get 8 shades!

As far as performance goes, as I stated above, the colors are better when wet (I use Fix+ from MAC) and perform more like the Giorgio Armani ones when you do so. I wouldn’t say they are as long lasting though. I don’t have to use primer with GA, but I did with these. I also don’t have to use Fix+ and I really felt like I needed to here. The texture is nothing like the ones from Chanel and really not like the Buxom Stay-There shadows either. These seem closest to the Eyes to Kill formula because it feels like densely packed “loose” particles, and both formulas are designed to also be used wet.

L-R: CARGO , Buxom Stay There Shadow in Pug, Giorgio Armani ETK #4

L-R (with flash) CARGO, Buxom Pug, GA #4

I thought I’d share some side-by-side swatches of what the CARGO palette greyish/purple shade looks like compared to Buxom’s Stay There Shadow in Pug and Giorgio Armani ETK in #4. A lovely friend is sending me some of her Chanel Illusiore and I cannot wait to compare that with these three as well.

I have used these all over my lids as a base, and I have used some of the shades as liner. I find as liners they last longer and never smudge or budge, but when I use them all over the lids, I do notice a little bit of creasing by the end of the day. If you layer if with a powder shadow I find no creasing at all. Doesn’t the black totally remind you of Chanel’s Mirifique?! I had the Chanel artist put Mirifique on my eyes as a liner when it first released and I was so disappointed that the sparkle was totally lost in translation. Not here my friends…check out how I wore this today:

CARGO Metallico Eyes palette black shade as liner

The sparkle is absolutely there and is totally eye brightening. This is on it’s own, but if you prefer even more black and dark liner, just layer it over a black shadow. It’ll look amazing!


FOTD Product Rundown-




Whether or not this palette is for depends on a few things…how often or how much you like sparkly shades and if you have been wanting a similar effect to the more expensive versions but didn’t want to shell out all that dough for just one shade. I believe this mimics the effect of other shadows like it on the market.

It is worth noting that the compact is small (think a bit bigger than a credit card) and each shadow is .7 grams. The Chanel and Giorgio Armani ones have 4g of product and Buxom gives you 3.5g. If you do the math, .7×8= 5.6g of product total. So you ARE getting more. What I like about this palette the most is the range of colors. I cannot say I will entirely use up any one shade of Eyes to Kill or Chanel. It just probably won’t happen. So to own smaller sizes of more shades to me is a better value overall.



18 responses to “CARGO Gives Me Sparkle!”

  1. Alex says:

    Gorgeous palette and stunning look – as always! I’m not sure how much use I would get out of this, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t want it now!

    • Danielle says:

      Aww, thank you! I know, sometimes it’s not always about practicality. Sometimes, I want something even if I know I would rarely use it. *gulp* xD

  2. Jessica says:

    You look absolutely glowing, such a beautiful look Danielle!

    And can I just say that I actually laughed out loud when you said Eyes To Kill Intense is too long a thought! I completely know what you mean … I abbreviate makeup terms in my head all the time.

    ♥ Jessica

    • Danielle says:

      Aww *hugs* thanks doll!

      Hahahah! Great minds, eh? xD

      • Jessica says:

        I catch myself walking through Ulta thinking, “Should I get more UDPP? No, I really am more of a TFSI girl. Then again, TFSI doesn’t work quite as well under my ETK shadows.” (Alright, so perhaps that was a bit exaggerated, but you know what I mean haha).

  3. Courtney says:

    Great post! That glittery black looks great as a liner.

  4. pearl says:

    Love the sparkly colors…Your look is gorgeous.

  5. I love me some glitter and shine, so of course I love the look of this! The shadows seem like they have a really interesting texture. 🙂

  6. wow wow wow, i need this palette. worn wet, it is AMAZING

    Vonnie of Socialitedreams.com

  7. Arianne says:

    Glitter Geek approves.

    LOL. Seriously though, what a palette! You look beautiful.

  8. kelly says:

    my goodness…so much sparkle!! its so pretty on your FOTD. i love the way you used it. and i LOVE gem of roses on you!

  9. Dustyn says:

    I just did a nice little shop on the Ulta website and was so sad to find out that I wouldn’t be able to get this from them. In store only. Oh well – it’s BEAUTIFUL! And you are such a gorgeous person to pull it off too 🙂

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