Cargo x Star Wars The Light Side Eyeshadow Palette ($28) is one of two, limited edition eight pan eyeshadow palettes that launched to celebrate the release of Star Wars The Last Jedi. Star Wars is my religion I’ve been geeking out to it since as far back as I can remember so when I heard about this launch I was very excited. I have to express disappointment in Cargo’s PR Team though as when they sent me information on the release I asked them for a sample of the eyeshadow palette and was told it was selling out crazy fast and samples were limited. I totally understood at the time and I purchased it from Kohl’s directly instead. I had plans on buying the entire collection as a fan anyway but I wanted samples as I felt they’d arrive faster versus me purchasing the items from Kohl’s website.
I was pretty sad to see the collection hasn’t sold out, it’s readily available, and I’m sure a single eyeshadow palette sample would have been easy enough to send to me for review considering nothing sold out. Yet another case of irritating makeup FOMO. None the less, I am just happy I was able to get my purchase in without it selling out fast even though I had to wait a little longer to review it for you because shipping from Kohl’s takes a while longer than it would from a public relations team directly.
Here’s the deets!
As a Star Wars fan well, this isn’t going to get your blood pumping too hard. It’s a simple black matte sturdy cardboard palette with a gold Rebel Alliance icon and Star Wars The Last Jedi printed on the front. The most exciting aspect of the palette is the inside which has a glittery overlay that surrounds the mirror and eyeshadow wells that looks like the galaxy dotted with little stars. But overall, well, it’s not exactly in your face Star Wars merch if you know what I mean!
None the less, I’m a girl and girl’s are just now being recognized as Star Wars fans so, I’m always pretty darn excited when some makeup brand decides to take on my fandoms. I just wish they’d do it with a bit more creativity. I mean, the packaging is pretty basic and they didn’t even name the shades after characters, places, or events in the film. The shades are merely numbered from I-VIII, a nod to each film.
As I mentioned above the palette is available in two shade selections one of which is inspired by the Light Side and that’s the one I purchased. There’s also a Dark Side Palette which I also purchased but Kohl’s messed up and sent me two Light Side Palettes so, I have to return and re-purchase and I’ll review that as soon as I get it.
I am delighted with the shade selection here. It’s a round up of neutral, easy to wear shades with soft, silky, easy to blend formulas. The palette contains three satin shades and the rest are silky mattes. I don’t think these are shades that actually work well together but they do well on their own for quick eye looks or to coordinate well with metallics or even as transitional shades. I actually liked the shades to use in daily, natural looks as I can quickly swipe on a single color, accent with eyeliner, put on a load of mascara and have an instant eye brightening look that’s work friendly and easy to apply. The colors are pigmented, silky, have little fall out, and blend easily. This is the perfect aging eye palette!
I’m not sure the shades evoke Star Wars vibes but all in all this palette contains an excellent selection of neutral, easy to apply shades, with a beautiful silky formula that blends well and looks great.
Cargo x Star Wars The Light Side Eyeshadow Palette is available now at kohls.com.