Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

My first experience with Cargo Cosmetics eyeshadows.

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

I was thrilled when one of my favourite online shopping destinations, HQHair, gave out the Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet in Paris eyeshadow palette as a gift with purchase with orders of £50 and above. I bought a Micro-Pedi for my Mum and a NARS foundation for myself to get the Cargo palette.
The palette they sent out, Let's Meet in Paris, is definitely Winter-friendly and belongs to the Holiday releases, but that doesn't stop me from loving it. These things are perennial; there are no rules or laws. If they are still available for sale and companies are sending them out to people, then we can drool all over them. Or not, as the case may be.

Check out my swatches of the Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet in Paris eyeshadow palette.


Packaging


Beautiful! Cloth-covered and looking very luxurious, the lid (magnetic) is made of cardboard (edges) and plastic while the body is made entirely of plastic - the latter makes any fallout easy to clean. I don't know who chose the design for the baroque cloth covering, but it is so Renaissance! The palette is very sturdy and has survived travel through the post and being dropped twice (not by the mailman).
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

The palette opens up to reveal a mirror, 12 eyeshadows and a double-ended brush.
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

The brush is an improvement on those sponge applicators that brands see fit to include in palettes, but falls short when compared to the brushes in the UD palettes. There's a shading end and an angled liner end.
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

Formula and pigmentation

Okay, these are not all silky. The texture does feel a bit dry and rough when you run a fingertip over some of the pans. Dense, yes. But they don't feel gritty when you pack the colour on the eyelids. A couple of shadows fall under the cliched buttery-silky description. Some shades have fallout. I would compare these to Sleek eyeshadows, fallout-wise. Pigmentation is far superior! See for yourself further below.
These need proper makeup remover to get them off. They are waterproof and immune to micellar water (proven further below) unless you are prepared to scrub. That's the take on staying power. I have not had creasing, though I do wish Cargo would do some nice mattes. Not a huuuge fan of glitter here. 

Shades

All shades are named after French landmarks, cuisine, icons or phrases. All shades but two - three, since one is a duochrome - are neutral-ish, with plenty of smoky eye options.
Macaron: Shimmery pale gold. You've seen this shade in pretty much every neutral palette.
Eiffel Tower: I had expected this to be silver or grey-black; instead it is absolutely dusty golden with a metallic finish. 
Louvre: Glittery metal silver.
Creme Brulee: The shimmery golden copper that is a staple in most neutral palettes.
Bonjour: Glittery blackish brown with olive undertones. Fallout alert.
Cafe: A name like that is obviously cocoa-hued. There is sparse glitter that barely shows up while swatching. There is fallout.
Baguette: Ivory-beige with pink tones. Pearly finish. Softest in the palette.
Croissant: My favourite of the lot! This is a duochrome! Multichrome, if you like. It comes off as taupe on the finger and moves on to a ruddy hue in the sun and looks more pink in the shade - you will see in swatches further below. Silvery-grey taupe and brick-red. Magnificent! This shadow was an absolute breeze to apply and felt downright creamy.
Versailles: I expected this to be a rich, deep green, but it is a very grey, almost blackish, green. Ah well. There is fallout.
Madame: Ooh, nice. An eggplant purple. The glitter barely shows up in swatches.
Bastille: I would have loved to see more references to the French Revolution, and I associate the word "Bastille" with the shade red (Charles Darnay, Sidney-I-love-him-Carton and all that). Instead, this is a deep gunpowder grey. There is fallout.
Beret: Deep brownish-black. Chalet School fans, this is the colour of the early uniform on some of the Armada covers of the Austrian days. Incidentally, it matches Jo's beret from the covers perfectly! There is fallout. The shimmer barely shows up.

Swatches

On bare skin, DRY, in natural light. Sorry about the weird tape marks.
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

In the sunlight.
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

Now, just to give you an idea of how durable these are, I used Bioderma on the shadows, thereby wasting about half an ounce. Look! Photo indoors, artificial light.
Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatches

Verdict

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris eyeshadow palette review, swatchesThat is some serious pigmentation! I love Croissant, Eiffel Tower and Madame; they're among my all-time favourite shadows. Just take a look at finger swatches of Croissant alone on the left. Can you believe that is the same shade?
This palette may not be a new release; some of the shadows are dupeable, and there is plenty of scope for smoky eye makeup looks here, but that pigmentation and some of those shades make it all worth it. As also the gorgeous packaging.
Now that theBalm's formula has changed a bit, I'm glad to discover an amazing eyeshadow formula from another brand. I can't wait to pick up more palettes from Cargo - I've been eyeing one called Shanghai Nights. If Cargo keeps up with this pigmentation and colour shifts and has more frequent palette launches, I have a feeling a few brands would get a nice run for their money.
You can pick up this palette here on Amazon or here from Debenhams, or here from FragranceDirect or from BeautyBay, LookFantastic or HQHair. Or just hit the widget below; there's a nice deal to be had, featuring more goodies.

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  1. Renu, those are seriously impressive swatches! What a great variety of shades too. I would like to try something with a few shades other than neutrals or light purples. I think almost all powder shadows have a little fallout so that doesn't deter me. very interesting palette!

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  2. I love Cargo, it's been a while since I purchased anything from it 'tho but this palette is seriously calling my name.

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  3. I can't believe that's one shade (crossaint!). This palette looks really pretty! I love the metallic finish of the shadows.

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  4. Wow, the pigmentation is no joke! Very impressive!

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  5. What a lovely palette! And that staying power. Dang, that's great.

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  6. LOVE this!! from the case designs to the palette colors, looks like a must have

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  7. Great swatches! I like the colors in the palette!

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  8. Another palette to add to my list of NEEDS, lol.

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  9. Love love love. Such a gorgeous mix of colors in this palette, and the packaging is SO pretty.

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  10. That is SUCH a gorgeous palette! Me want! :P

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  11. This is one of my all time favorite palettes! The colors are amazing

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  12. They look like they have some serious sparkles going on.

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  13. That is some serious staying power! And gorgeous shades. I have a Cargo palette - Shanghai nights, and now I need to get it out and play with it. :)

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  14. I love me some shimmer so this sounds great

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  15. Your swatches are beautiful!!

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  16. The palette has some beautiful shades in it. I love that this was a GWP, rarely do you get anything major like this.

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  17. What a great GWP. I love Croissant, it''s a stunner!

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  18. I've been neutralled-out by palettes of late and I'm in the mood for something edgier. Not quite lime green; I'll be happy with the maroon, deep green and eggplant in this palette.

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  19. It is my first Cargo palette but I definitely want more! If they made more palettes, a number of brands would sweat.

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  20. Isn't it amazing? I can't get enough of that duochrome!

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  21. OMG I'm lusting after Shanghai Nights. Beauty Bay has it on half-price right now and I keep telling myself I have too many palettes and no space....

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  22. This is GORGEOUS! I can't believe this was a GWP!

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  23. Gorgeous swatches and shades!

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  24. Me too! Will definitely check out more palettes from Cargo!

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  25. I agree! That packaging is beautiful!

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  26. LOL This is definitely a need-to-have!

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  27. I agree! I can't stop talking about the packaging!

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  28. They do - a bit of fallout from a couple of the chunkier glitter shadows as well.

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  29. I definitely want more from Cargo - seriously amazing pigmentation and staying power!

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  30. Gorgeous! Cargo is such an underrated brand. I don't hear much about them, but everything they have I love.

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  31. I love the durability and the colors but it stinks that the formula is so crappy. The packaging looks so pretty, too!!

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  32. Thank you! I used tape to even them out!

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  33. Then you'll love all the Cargo palettes!

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  34. HQHair and LookFantastic give out some really nice GWPs - I got the RT Core Collection free a few months ago.

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  35. Croissant is my favourite eyeshadow right now!

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  36. Those are stunning colors!

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  37. Me too - I'd love to try more of their products!

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  38. I love HQHair's GWPs! They're giving out a Balance Me skincare set with orders of $75 right now and I'm forcing myself to stay away.

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