Average Rating 4.2/5
Review by mjmz1
Without question I'm a certifiable bronzer junkie and just so picky I can't stand myself. I own EL's Bronze Goddess, Sugar's Tropic Tan, Hoola, BE's Faux Tan, Armani's Sheer, Mac, BB, LG's B & B, Fusion's bronzers in two shades.. numerous drugstore brands which all have good ratings on MUA. And, I'm sure I'm forgetting a few more. This spring I discovered Cargo's Medium- one I'd missed (for whatever reason.) I bought the matte version after falling in love with numerous samples of the regular formula and acquiring a super sized sample of the regular. The matte version simply didn't work out. It's a lighter shade and more of a powder on me. I have plenty of regular powders, so off I trotted to Sephora to return the matte version in Medium (the only matte shade it comes in, as already stated here). I'm not certain I understand the reviews claiming this one has 'the glimmer factor'. I find it simply provides luminosity rather than a flat dull finish. As I get older, sparkle and shine is a BIG NO NO. So very aging and wouldn't dream of using something suited for a 20 year old in this respect. (Looking natural is the key as we age as everything accentuates the "getting older' flaws) On the other hand, a bronzer which is completely matte sometimes sits powdery on the skin and dulls the complexion. However, with Cargo's medium bronzer in the regular version, I discover a very conservative radiance that doesn't look like it came from a compact, if you know what I mean. I started with the large sample pot and decided to buy the large compact for $32 US... which I haven't touched yet. Yikes! Maybe they go low on the glimmer for samples and I'll end up agreeing it's too shiny after all. Or.. maybe I'm missing something and I really DO sparkle *GASP*-- although I've checked it out in all lighting including natural sunlight with no detection of glimmer at all. Only luminosity. This bronzer is a natural for warm-toned ladies. For reference I'm blonde, blue eyes and NC35 with combo skin. I usually use BB' face brush or Sephora's # 44 for application. Hoola is nice as a base if you go light handed and use a non-matte bronzer on top. Thanks to a wonderful friend for the Armani #4 Sheer Bronzer. It's the only matte bronzer to which I'm absolutely addicted. BTW, I won't touch bronzer or any product without a primer first. Anyway, Cargo is my new fave this season. I'm fickle so there's a high probability I wouldn't repurchase even though I might-- if and when the love affair ends. Who knows.