April 13, 2010

Cargo Los Angeles Eyeshadow Quad Review and Swatches

The Cargo Los Angeles Eyeshadow Quad is available in the new Cargo Pro Picks Collection which is an Ulta Exclusive Set that’s a mere $39 bucks for your purchasing pleasure.

Sweet eh?

Learn more about the Cargo Pro Picks Collection and what’s inside by visiting this link.

And jump ahead to see the Cargo Los Angeles Eyeshadow Quad.


What is it?

A collection of four playful eyeshadow shades of color in one palette!

The Good….

I’ve actually tried Cargo Shadow Quads in the past and quite like them. The colors in this particular palette are super vibrant and bold. You get a white for highlighting your brow area, a sea foam green and a teal for contrasting on lid, crease, and v, and a purple for lining lower eyes with. The shadows are all super pigmented and velvety smooth. They apply very nice and blend easily.

The Bad….

Although the shadows have a beautiful texture at times they can be a tad tricky to blend out or blend with other shades because the formula dusts off your eye easily when applying too much pressure and in some cases colors tend to blend together a little too easily making it difficult to contrast. They wear well enough but a gentle hand wins the race when you’re doing a full look with all four shades in the palette.

Below I used all the shades in the palette but as you can see the blue tended to run right into the green so I didn’t get too much contrast sadly 🙁

Who might like it?

  • Anyone who loves vibrant shades of eyeshadow that comes in fours!
  • Anyone who adores the Cargo brand!
  • Anyone who wants a fun, fresh palette for Summer to create some bolder eye looks.
  • Anyone who’s a beginner to the world of bolder shades of shadow.

Who might not like it?

  • More experienced shadow users who don’t have the time or patience to deal with a chalky formula that slips and slides around alot during application.
  • Anyone who doesn’t like bolder shades of shadow such as teals, greens, and purples.

Final thoughts…

Overall, I thought the palette was gorgeous for Summer wearin’ and tearin’ but was every so slightly disappointed that I had to be so patient during application as lord knows I’m not a patient girl. The shadows are super on their own but trying to use them together I created a little bit of a mess. I can’t resist the killer deal you get from the Cargo Pro Picks Kit though which includes this palette and several other full size Cargo products.

Quite nice, just takes a little patience to get it right.

Available exclusively from Ulta.

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Disclosure: The following item was provided to Musings of a Muse by a PR firm for review purposes. For further information please see my FTC Guidelines or my Disclosure/Disclaimer posts.

About the Muse

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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  • the Muse

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  • Lindsay

    Ooo those look purdy on you! Bummer they don’t work that well. I miss the days that cargo had individual eyeshadows at sephora. If I’d known they would discontinue that I would have bought a million pans of Carmel, the best eye highlighter eva…
    Hope you’re feeling better today!


    Those colours look so good on you muse!! especially with your dress + headband

    I doubt I could wear those colours 🙁 but it looks super pigmented and the packaging is so beautiful!!

  • Marina

    I like the colors, especially the seafoam. It’s a favorite color of mine…But chalky? No thanks…I really can’t stand chalky formulas. I’m not that experienced, but I definitely don’t appreciate that kind of formula. I have my eye on the Seafoam mineral from Beauty From the Earth…I’ve been building a cart for the past couple weeks…all I need to do is click order XD

  • Chung

    I’m not interested in the palette for myself but I just had to say that your eyes look so beautiful in those pictures <3

  • Donna

    It’s not me! I’m just ONE Donna!!

    The teal actually looks really good on you. I am hesitant to even try teal because my eyes are dark dark brown, almost black. But it looks nice on you! Did you get the whole set? Is it worth it?

    • the Muse

      LOL Donna 😀

      I didn’t get the whole set sadly, just the palette 😀 they are all full size goodies so I’d say worth it. 😀

  • Gabriela

    I haven`t tried this brand yet and I think I won`t try it soon. I like the colors but I don`t like the negative part.

  • Zang

    I’m sure I can find out myself from sephora, but, did sephora get rid of the cargo line from their stores?

    • the Muse

      yes zang. this kit is exclusive to Ulta and Sephora in JCPenny is the only place Cargo is sold now. Not at sephora.com nor in stores sadly. Ulta and Beauty360 shops still sell Cargo though!