September 5, 2008

Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette in Tahiti Review

If you’re a tiny bit tired of all the metallics, vampy lips, and generally dark smoked out looks that normally come with the Fall season you might want to indulge in some of Cargo’s vibrant, bolder, and hipper Fall Collection.

I few weeks ago I told you about some of Cargo’s new Fall Collection and I was quite happy to get my hands on one of the several Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palettes released this season. Although Cargo definately has a bit of a natural, neutral look on offer for those who prefer a warmer makeup for the cooler weather, they also happen to have spiced it up a bit and added some pretty Muse friendly shades to their new palettes. Being unconventional is the spice of the Muse’s life and thankfully Cargo obviously agrees when they created the Color Eyeshadow Palette in Tahiti.

You know how much I adore teals, aquas, and greens and Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow palette in Tahiti contains all of the above and then some! One of the key things that grabbed my attention about Cargo’s new palette is the very interesting packaging. Cargo has for many years come in a unique tin casing which was quite a different presentation for makeup however in the last two years they have definately branched out and added new and interesting packaging. Cargo hasn’t forgotten it’s roots and still offers many of the same tin cases to this day that they always had.

New Packaging vs. Old Packaging

The Cargo Color Eyeshadow Palette is actually considerably different from those tins of old. This palette comes in a slick, heavy clear plastic case with a gorgeous image on the cover. Open it up and four large shadows await your hand plus a generous size mirror!

The shadows are huge and comparable to Bobbi Brown’s Metallic Eyeshadow singles. I think the thing that can be appreciated most about these shadows is the buildable color option. Each shade applies sheer and light however the color is easily buildable with a few extra swipes. Going from a lighter look to an eyepopping look with ease and simplicity definately appeals. I personally prefer a pop when I use colors like the ones in the Tahiti palette however many are a little bit scared of bolder shades. The palette makes it easy and goof proof to create a softer look without going completely bold. The shades aren’t heavily pigmented however with a heavier hand you can definately get awesome color payoff. They blend wonderfully well and are a very interesting silky texture. The entire palette contains four flattering shades that just work together which I love. My biggest pet peeve is being presented with a quad of shadows that don’t work together and leave me puzzling over how to use them, not the case with this palette. The colors simply work alone or together to create a stunning, bolder look for Fall.

The Tahiti palette contains a grassy green shade, a deeper grasshopper green shade, a true blue shade, and a greenish aqua shade. The colors are semi-matte and contain no shimmer however this does not prevent them from being great.

I created three seperate looks with my palette but you can easily get a dozen or more looks from the one palette by wearing each shade separately or combining shades to create different looks or colors. I was particularly delighted with how well each shade meshed and morphed with the next to create a new shade.

This look was created by using the lighter and darker greens in the palette.

This look was creating used three of the four shades. I used the greenish aqua on my lid and creased and deepened it by adding a bit of the blue. I finished the look by adding a bit of the deeper green shade to V of my eye.

This is my favorite look! I used the greenish aqua shade all over my lid and crease and lined my lower lash line with the blue color. I think the blue contrasts beautifully with the aqua!

With 8 shades to choose from and a $28 USD price tag I’m really liking Cargo’s Color Eyeshadow Palette for both it’s versatility and it’s stray from the Fall norm!

Tahiti is definately worth checking out! I enjoyed my adventure with this one!

Check it out at Cargo’s website or your local Sephora!

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Anonymous

    Hi. I really enjoy your great reviews and pics- very hepful! I’d like to know something about the Cargo Tahiti palette. You mentioned the colors had no shimmer. On Sephora’s website the description says they all have shimmer. Curious because I only like shimmery shades and really wanted this one. Thanks.

  • the Muse

    hello there anonymous!

    Thank you so much! I’m glad you find them helpful ๐Ÿ™‚

    It’s strange they advertise it as shimmery because I really don’t see any shimmer at all in these.

    They are a very silky, semi-matte finish. The blend beautifully well. No shimmer though that I seen ๐Ÿ™‚

    If you look at the close up shot of the colors you can see absolutely no shimmer in the formulas of the least none that I noticed and I consider myself an expert on shimmery shadow hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

    I hope this helps!

    Don’t let the fact that they do not contain shimmer sway you as the shadows have a really interesting texture that’s super silky!

  • (g)ezebel

    Musey Muse!

    ohmygah, the packaging of the e/s palette is sooooo cute!

    great EOTD/FOTDs, as always.

  • the Muse

    I miss you around here ๐Ÿ™‚

    thanks for visiting!

    Aw shucks thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m loving all the vibrant shades!

  • dark nyx

    Hi Muse! I stumbled on your site while looking for a Heroine Make mascara remover review and have been looking to your blog for reviews ever since! Ohhh btw, I use the remover as my primary mascara remover with MM mascaras and it works great! Just comb the remover on both top and undersides of your lashes and leave for three minutes.

    Anyhoo, I wanted to ask you about MM Line Impact. I saw your FOTD of the red one and it looked so good on you, I thought I’d try it out too. =] I love how long Trick On lasts and the texture, but how are the Line Impacts? I’ver heard some not so great things about them. =T

  • helly

    aw muse! love the first look on you!!! its again, so fresh and so clean and crisp!! it kinda reminds me of the lilac shade you did a few days ago, you should try pairing it together!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


  • In the name of beauty and brains

    You are a class act my dear!

    I love the detail! Your blog is now autumnal and the way you compliment the cosmetics with matching hues in your clothing…..WONDERFUL!!

    I LOVE IT!

  • Robin


    thank you so much for reviewing this. i passed this by at sephora a few times even though i really wanted it. i knew you’d get it sooner or later so i decided to wait and hear what you had to say about it.

    glad i did.

    today i brought it and i love it as much as u do.

    thanks for the review!

  • tessie

    It’s been a long time since I bothered looking at any of Cargo’s offerings but you changed my mind with this palette!

    It’s beautiful and on my wish list.

    Thanks for the review.

  • MiuMiu

    I thought I was in heaven today.
    I finally had a chance to walk around in Seoul and I went to one of their department stores (home plus) that’s similar to walmart, and they had a missha and etude house store!!! @[email protected] I felt so strange cuz the lady kept following really closely, and i didn’t even speak korean hahaha. i think my first pay cheque here will be spent on a whooole lot of etude house! btw, everything seems so much smaller in person, sigh…but it’s cheap so it’s ok. any other korean brands you recommend?

  • makeupmag

    I like the tin packaging – quite similar to the old UD! One of my favourite greens used to be Cargo Green Bay! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Laura

    Oh my,
    these are gorgeous. I love teals, greens and blues.
    Another one for my wish list methinks.

    You look beautiful Miss Muse <3

  • tinky

    I got this palette a week ago and I love it as much as you! I agree, that it is very different from the norm fall colours!

  • the Muse

    hey nickki!

    Thanks so much honey ๐Ÿ˜‰ blues and aquas are so very muse like hehe!

  • the Muse

    hi there darky nyx!

    Thanks so much for visiting me daily ๐Ÿ™‚ I greatly appreciate it!

    Fantastic!!!!!!! Sadly it doesn’t work so well for me but I use it inbetween especially when I am using a fiber mascara ๐Ÿ™‚

    The line impacts are some of my favorite MJ palettes ๐Ÿ™‚ the colors are fantastic and the texture of the shadows is so unique ๐Ÿ™‚

    I actually like them more than the trick on palettes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I hope this helps!

    I have photos up of all the MJ palettes if you search you’ll find ’em ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the great comment!
    Hope we talk again soon!

  • the Muse

    hello helly!

    Thanks honey!!!!!!!!! Good idea! That was the purple from BB! I may just do that ๐Ÿ™‚


  • the Muse

    hello gio!

    Thanks so very much! It’s truly a unique palette ๐Ÿ™‚

    Definately check it out!

    Happy Sunday!

  • the Muse

    hi robin!

    You’re most welcome ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s my pleasure!

    Thanks for trusting my review so much that you waited to get the palette!

    I’m so happy you like the palette! maybe you’ll consider doing a guest FOTD for us using it!?


  • the Muse

    hello tessie!

    You’re most welcome! Glad I’ve tempted you! it’s definately different and unique for the Fall! Just think how great it’ll look next spring and summer too!

  • the Muse

    hello millie!

    Fantastic! Lucky, lucky you! I wish I was with you!

    LOL! I don’t speak korean either so we’d be a pair wouldn’t we?!

    It is tiny but is a wonderful, wonderful line! VOV is another great line, Cathy Cat, DJ, Oh lord there are TONS! I have a Korean Cosmetic entry somewhere! Search around my blog you’ll find it ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Happy Shopping!

    PS Missha makes these awesome lip markers I’ll be reviewing shortly! Get ’em they are awesome!

  • the Muse

    hello mags how are you!? Long time no see ๐Ÿ™‚

    Me too! I remember the old UD packaging ๐Ÿ˜‰ Used to be cute. I love green bay it’s a fav shade of mine too!

  • the Muse

    hello tiny!

    Absolutely! Enjoy your palette ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the different looks you can create and it’s so not dark and dank like typical Fall collections ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for the comment!
    Hope to speak to you again soon!

  • rachel

    Have you tried the London palette? i was searching everywhere for swatches of that palette ๐Ÿ™

  • Tigress

    I know this is old, but I just dicovered this palette at Ulta and I want it! The shades are so gorgeous and you get a lot of product. Definitely need to get this one.