Cargo – ‘Around The World’ Palette Review

I was recently gifted the Cargo Around The World Palette and having now used it on numerous occasions I am going to share my thoughts on it with you.

Firstly, for those of you that have never come across Cargo make up before (like I hadn’t!) here is some very quick background information …. In 1996, Cargo emerged onto the scene as a professional makeup line that is used by the industry’s top artists. The concept: simple, professional results that would be easy enough for all women to achieve. So is this true? Read on to find out more….

I personally love neutral and earthy tones and I was delighted to find that this palette is full of them!!! I can finally make use of every single colour which I think is a first for me as usually most palettes contain some colours I would never choose. It includes 6 matte and 6 shimmer shades and a professional dual ended eyeshadow brush (more info about the brush soon)


On the back of the outer box, they have arranged the eyeshadows in to 3 quads (you use 4 shades per look) or you can try the 6 duos (quick and easy 2 shades per look). There are instructions on here too how to create each look which is useful when you are first trying them out. My only criticism here is that these are on the back of the outer box which is just extra packaging and something I would prefer to throw away as its a faff getting the palette in and out of the box for every use, I wish they had put this info on the back of the palette itself. Below is how I found the look for each quad:-

Quad 1





This produced a very simple, light and understated everyday look which would be perfect to wear at work. Not too much but enough to say you were up in time to put make up on!!

Quad 2





You can produce a warm smoky eye look with Quad 2, this was my personal favourite as I prefer the matte colours on my mature skin!!

Quad 3 


New York



I found Quad 3 to produce a warm natural look, a bit too much shine for my personal preference caused by Amsterdam and New York but this would look lovely on young skin. The duos are great for quick and easy day wear too, my personal favourites here being Tokyo/Athens and London/Dublin.

I really didn’t get on with the brush though, it produced a lot of fallout on to my lashes and face and I would recommend using an eye primer first, then I used my favourite make up brushes for application and blending which worked much better for me.

All in all I think this is a very good palette for the price and a great starter kit for young or old if you have never ventured into the world of palettes before. I believe you can pick one up at the moment for the very reasonable price of £15.00

And the final word from Cargo themselves, “At Cargo, we truly believe that the journey is just as important as the destination. Therefore we will always strive to deliver makeup to move you.”

Happy travels!


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