Not too long ago, I posted an Apothica and HauteLook haul. I promised reviews and now that I've gotten a chance to use the Cargo set I picked up for $39 at Apothica I wanted to share my thoughts on it. I also promised a review of the Urban Decay stuff I got on HauteLook, so don't worry, that one will be next!
The Spring Collection 2012 set came in this cute makeup bag. The quality isn't the greatest, but hey, I can always come up with a use for yet another makeup bag!
The kit included four products: a blush in Coral Beach, an eye shadow duo in Sardinia, a long wear lip gloss in Fresno and a 3 Triple Action Mascara. Before this kit I had never tried anything by Cargo, so I figured this would be a great chance to try out a variety of their products. However, right off the bat one thing bugged me: the tin packaging that the eye shadow duo and blush come in. The pan of blush had detatched from the packaging so it would just fall out whenever I opened it. This is a common issue that I've had with other brands, but it still bugs me. I shouldn't have to super glue my brand new makeup into it's own packaging, haha.
As for the mascara, it came in typical packaging with a slightly unusual brush. It has rubber bristles and is rather thin overall. The packaging claims that the mascara thickens, lengthens and curls- I'll let you be the judge of that when we get to pictures later in the post ;)
This lipgloss surprised me in how tiny it is! It is about the length and width of my middle finger. However, I can't seem to figure out for sure if it's full size or not (the Cargo website doesn't list amounts). Regardless, it's .15 fl oz if that gives you an idea. It's your usual tube with a small doe foot applicator.
Finally, heres the blush and eye shadow! The blush has four shades that are variations on pink and peach and the eye shadow duo has a light brown and pretty baby pink. Hopefully you can see how theres a gap between the pan with the product and the case around it, so they're really not in there super securely.
Now for the most important part- the swatches!
The shadows and blush are all pigmented, soft and perfect for a natural spring time look. The gloss is a light milky pink, but on the lips it's pretty much sheer. It has a slightly not-so-great scent that I can't really describe, and it has a thick and sticky-ish texture that is typical of long wearing lip glosses. I don't mind the feeling though and I can see myself wearing this a lot this coming summer! Finally, as you can see, the Mascara is a basic blackish brown.
Last but not least, here are some action shots of these products in use for my makeup look for today!
Heres a good shot of the mascara. Honestly, I'm already pretty lucky in the lashes department so I'm not totally blown away by the difference this mascara made. This was one coat though and I haven't had any issues with clumping or smudging, so I'll definitely be using this. I also like the brush- I've always been partial to rubber bristled brushes.
The eye shadow duo is good for a basic, natural eye look- here I'm wearing the pink on the lid and the brown on the crease. It's not particularly dramatic or unique, but it's great for an understated day to day look.
In the picture below you can also see the blush and the lip gloss. See how sheer the gloss is? I'm not complaining though- I think that these four products are pretty much a complete natural spring look in and of themselves. I predict that I'll be reaching for them a lot in the coming months =)
* Disclaimer: I did purchase this set using an Apothica gift card that was given to me as part of my sponsorship. However, beyond the sponsor link on the upper right column of my blog, my relationship with Apothica doesn't influence any of my opinions or the content on my blog!