Palette Perfection: Cargo ‘Let’s Meet In Paris’ eyeshadow palette

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I’m based in the UK, and it’s really hard to find some of the American and Canadian makeup brands over here – I have discovered that Sephora do international shipping, but that gets expensive if you just want one small thing. We can get NYX, Anastasia Beverley Hills and Elf, plus a few more if you know where to go online, but there are some brands that are really hard to find.

My delight when I discovered that Debenhams (my go-to place for ordering makeup online) was now stocking Kat Von D was tempered by the fact that they stopped carrying Cargo cosmetics products. Cargo seems to be a brand that’s never really ‘broken’ the UK – I discovered it on a trip to Canada in 1999 and fell in love with their eyeshadows and lipsticks. I was only 17 at the time and to find a makeup brand that actually had the colours I wanted, and was way better quality than a lot of the stuff I was buying in the UK, was amazing.

I kept the stuff I got on my Canada trip for years, and used it pretty much daily. I can’t remember the names of the shades of my first eyeshadows that I bought in Toronto, but one was a nude colour and the other was a deep, russet brown. The lipstick was a frosted colour, but in the late 90’s and early 2000’s, that was the look.

When all my Canadian-bought products ran out, I was very disappointed. It was impossible at the time (round about 2005) to find Cargo in the UK, so I used friends in the USA as shipping posts to send me stuff from Cargo and hoped that one day I’d be able to get it over here.

Lo and behold, eventually Debenhams started stocking their eyeshadow palettes and some other products, mostly mascara and lipstick. I saved up my Debenhams points and treated myself, a few years back, to the ‘Let’s Meet in Paris’ eyeshadow palette.

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I’ve not used it as much as I thought I would, for the simple reason that I didn’t want it to run out in case I couldn’t get it again. The shadows are old, but they’ve been kept clean, and don’t make my eyes itch like some people think elderly eyeshadows should.

You can see there are some shades I’ve used more than others. ‘Creme Brulee’ and ‘Baguette’ are my go-to shades. ‘Baguette’ is used on the inner corner of my eye and ‘Creme Brulee’ is a fantastic shimmery lid shade. All the shades work best with a wet brush, because as you can see, there is fallout from the pans. The shades are pigmented, and if you use a dry brush, you can pick up far too much on the bristles, so tappy-tap the brush to remove any excess before applying to your eyelid.

Funny thing is, though, it doesn’t fall out too much on your eyes, as long as you use a good primer – I use Too Faced Shadow Insurance and have never had a problem with eyelid fallout. The worst shade for that in this palette is ‘Versailles’, which I’ve hardly used at all, and that’s basically why I haven’t used it. The rest are totally fine, and you can create some really nice looks from these colours.

Here’s a couple of closeups on some of the colours – fear the fallout:

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And excuse the cat hair in the second photo, Fashion Cat is moulting literally EVERYWHERE and I cannot clean up behind him as fast as I’d like. Also I realise I’ve not touched the ‘Croissant’ shade – I think I need to rectify that…

This isn’t a palette for daily wear. The shades are quite shimmery and metallic, so are more suited to a night out. The only truly matte shades are ‘Baguette’ and ‘Cafe’, and even those have a bit of a subtle shimmer. This palette works well on my blue eyes, and I can see it working for people with brown or green eyes too – there’s enough shade variations that it would work for anyone, actually.

I’m not even sure if this palette is available to buy anymore. I’m going to start using it more regularly, I think, and not worry about running out the pans. It seems silly to have a palette that I love so much sitting on my table and hardly being touched because ‘I like it too much’. That’s dumb – I’m sure I can find the shades again from somewhere.

I also need to practice creating more daytime looks from the paler and non-shimmery colours in this. I can see it meshing quite well with the two Makeup Revolution palettes I have, and also a MAC eyeshadow I own. As I’ve been writing this post, I’ve come up with all sorts of ideas.

Everyone has their favourite palette, don’t they? I just wish mine was easier to find in my country!

(All opinions in this post are my own and I have not been paid to review this product or any other named products.)

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