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….
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.
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.
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:
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-
- Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation in Medium mixed with Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer in Nude
- Collection 2000 lasting perfection concealer in medium
- Bobbi Brown Blush in Blushed
- MAC MSFN in Medium Plus
- MAC Shadows: Nylon (inner corner), Club(crease), Typographic (outer V and waterline), Moleskin (to blend out)
- CARGO Shades: Light Peach (inner corner) and Black as liner on upper and lower lashlines
- Buxom Lash Mascara in Blackest Black
- MAC Gem of Roses Lipstick
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.