Average Rating 4.5/5
Review by Metraria
A GODSEND FOR FOLKS WHO HAVE OLIVE SKIN WITH GREEN UNDERTONES!
Yup, that's right: I'm starting this review with all caps. Why? Because I want to make sure that people with green undertones notice this review! Not because I need the attention, but as a public service announcement. It's soooo hard to find makeup that suits green-olive skin. Most makeup lines offer only warm neutrals, in peaches and red-browns that look absolutely terrible against undertones like mine.
This is the first palette I've bought where all the shadows are great!! Cargo definitely isn't using this to get rid of unpopular shades. The textures are uniformly excellent, and I find that the colors are all very wearable. Now, I have light -- but not pale -- skin. So I can't say for sure how wearable these colors are on darker or lighter skintones. However, since the shadows can go on sheer and cover a wide range from light to dark, my guess is that this palette is good for most skintones.
These shadows are great for an easy, polished, look that's appropriate for business formal. It's a very natural look on me, but it shows up enough to be recognized as makeup. (What a strange balancing act women have to play with our clothes and makeup in the workplace.) By the same token, you can create a more noticeable look by using a shadow on your lid that's lighter or darker than your skin. You could even create a smokey eye!
Because my skin is so light, eye shadows are often surprisingly dark on my lids. But these colors appear on my lids the same way they look in the pan. The finish is matte for all intents and purposes. They have the tiiiiniest bit of mica shimmer, but it's just enough to keep from looking flat. The texture is very finely milled, and they blend beautifully. They're really a dream to apply. It's a dry pressed powder, but the application is so smooth it's almost creamy.
I'm shocked that Cargo and Bobbie Brown are the only makeup lines I've seen that offer cool neutrals in something other than eyeliner shades. But fortunately, the palette fills this underserved niche extremely well.
UPDATE and WARNING: The individual pans of eye shadow are NOT firmly attached to the case. They're just attached with a glob of glue that's a little sticky, but clearly isn't up to the task. I think the best solution is to attach the pans to the case with a little super glue. If you don't want to do that, then I suggest you firmly press each pan into the palette from time to time, and avoid knocking the palette over or turning it upside-down. Normally, this would make me knock my rating down by a lippie. But the quality of the shadows is so great that I'll stay with my original rating.
*** Update 3, on June 9 2012 *** Just wanted to let you guys know that I still think this palette is great!