Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Cargo Contour Palette Review - Malibu

Contouring my face is something I am still trying to master and for some reason it is my favourite part of doing my makeup :) I developed an obsession with highlighters and I adore many different ones, but... finding the right contour colour is a struggle. I know that most girls use their normal bronzer to define cheekbones (I do it too), but makeup artists recommend using something with less orange hues, preferably with grey undertones. If you find the  'contour and highlight' thing confusing, I have a fool-proof solution for you! The Cargo Contour Palette is a godsend and offers perfect colours to help you  create gorgeous cheekbones and add dimension to your face in three easy steps.

First of all, the packaging is nice and sleek. The brushed silver compact with a big mirror inside makes it perfect for travelling and touching up your makeup on the go. The palette is a decent size and you get 6g of each colour (18g in total). You can see how big the palette is compared to the size of my hand! It is perfect! There is nothing worse than buying a face palette and struggling to sweep your brush in the powders, because the pans are tiny. With Cargo Contour Palette, you don't have to worry about it. To make things even easier,  the shades are embossed with the application steps: contour, cheek and highlight and the back of the palette shows exactly where to apply each colour.

There are two colour options of the Cargo Contour Palette- Malibu and Monaco. My palette is the Malibu one, with a pink cheek colour, a light brown contour and a light beige highlighter. The Monaco trio features warmer shades, with a peachy cheek colour. The formula of these is finely milled and applies beautifully. I noticed that the pink shade was slightly chalky, but it didn't affect the pigmentation and it was easy to apply and blend.

The highlighter is slightly shimmery, but it looks very natural on my skin and doesn't have any visible glitter particles. It is subtle, adds a touch of radiance and reflects light beautifully. I apply it onto the tops of my cheekbones, in the centre of my nose and cupids bow.

The contour colour is a cool toned medium brown and it is a perfect contout shade for my face. It doesn't look orange, so creating a natural looking effect with it is easy peasy. You can see how it looks on me on the photos below. To add a flush of colour to my face, I apply a small amount of the pink shade onto the apples of my cheeks - it looks scary in the pan, but once blended into the skin, it looks gorgeous! The lasting power of the trio is around 6-8 hours, like most cheek products. It gives me an excuse to get the fancy compact out and touch up mid-day :)

Overall, I am very impressed with the Cargo Contour Palette and I will treat myself to the other colour option for Christmas. If you struggle with contouring and want a 3in1 solution, I would definitely recommend picking this up in Debenhams, who now stock Cargo Cosmetics online and instore.

FACE:  Clarins Extra Comfort Foundation, Clarins Instant Light Concealer, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light, Cargo Contour Palette, EYES: Urban Decay Vice 2 Palette, Bourjois Liner Pinceau Liner in Black, Bourjois Twist Up The Volume Mascara, Eldora H105 Falsies,  EYEBROWS:  Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette,  LIPS: Korres Lip Butter in Wild Rose

*PR sample



  1. This is so nice, it looks really fresh on you. I like palettes arranged like this.

    1. Thank you :) I love this trio. It is perfect.

  2. this looks great! I'm sure you get asked this all the time but what camera and lens do you use to take your pictures? They are so clear

    1. I use a (super old) Olympus E510 with two digital lenses: 14-42mm and 40-150mm and two analog lenses from an old analog slr. I always mention though, that I wouldn't recommend this camera, because it takes a lot of time and effort to get the photos right and I am never happy with the way they turn out. I would recommend a Canon or a Nikon, if you want something better for beginners. I am buying a Canon 600D soon.

  3. This looks lovely! I've never heard of this brand before

    AmeliaRose | Beauty Blogger

  4. Product looks so luxe I want to buy it because of the packaging it's so gorgeous , must go to debenhams

  5. This is so cute! Looks quite different to Cargos usual packaging though, I really like this chrome type finish, it's quite industrial, but still looks adorable. You look gorgeous wearing this Sandra.

    Molly x
    Lyon Notes

  6. What a handy palette, that contour shade looks perfect for my skintone.

    Sophierosehearts x

  7. This looks fab, very similar to an Urban Decay palette I have. I'm looking for some a little less orangey toned though so this could be perfect! Thanks for the post.


  8. That looks really nice. My Sephora@JCP used to have Cargo, but discontinued the brand about a year or so ago.

  9. i adore the packaging~ It's like nothing i've seen before with the metallic design :)
    The colours are gorgeous and i like how nicely it is set out~ Really good for make-up beginners. The korres lip butter is so pretty, i need to get myself one soon~

    Thank you for the review, i've never heard of the brand Cargo before until today ^^
    Have a lovely evening <3

    *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

  10. I saw these at the Debenhams press day. I love the idea of them. Great for travel too as you don't have to lug around 3 different products!

    Leanne @ Leanne-Marie | Beauty, fashion & lifestyle. x x

  11. I simply adore the look of Cargo cosmetics, the packaging is so unique!
    I'm really bad at contouring, I can't seem to get the hand of it at all.
    Amy x
    -A Little Boat Sailing-

  12. The tones in this really appeal to me - you are torturing me with temptation this week Sandra! ;)

    Nic x

  13. Love the sleek, compact packaging, this will be a great one for on the go. The set out reminds me of Wet n Wild palettes!

    à la foliee

  14. Packaging is gorgeous, wish they didn't write on it though. Who's going to put the bright pink in the wrong place ffs?

  15. Wow the colours look perfect. I might NEED one I think =D xx.


  16. oh what an amazing product, i shall have to try this out


  17. wow, you look so gorge! what a yummy mummy x

  18. This trio looks amazing and the packaging is very stylish ❤


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