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Honestly, CARGO, this is a great product. Really a great product. In really, really crappy packaging.
Cream blush is my favorite. (Well, and liquid blush. That’s my favorite too. And gel blush. Also my favorite.) OK, let’s just say I like cream blush a lot. So when I saw these from CARGO, I had to give them a go.
CARGO Color Sticks come in five shades: Champagne (very light beige-gold; more like a highlighter), Key West (a very light pink), Maui (mid-tone pink), Santorini (bright berry), and St. Tropez (bronzy orange gold). If you buy one, and want to remember what color it is, you should probably take a Sharpie and write the name on the side of the case. The little sticker on the bottom of the tube that tells you what color it is will jump off and fly away as soon as you exhale anywhere in its vicinity, and there’s no other marker on the case itself that tells you what shade is in there (the lid is also opaque so you can’t see the color through it). Because the bottom of the tube is not a continuous flat surface, it’s also really hard to put your own label on instead. I did succeed with one of mine, but I had to wrestle it down and secure it with electrical tape. Not exactly the kind of chic, jetsetting look that CARGO promotes.
Which is a shame, because these are really very nice products! At least, they are very nice cream blushes. I bought the two I thought I’d use most, and the color is vivid but not overpowering. In-store, I found Santorini a little too intense for me, but remember that I am relatively fair-skinned, so if you are a darker-toned beauty, it would probably look awesome on you. The color blends easily — you can apply with a brush or fingers or straight from the tube — and it lasts all day on me.
CARGO says you can use these on eyes, cheeks, and lips. I wasn’t super-impressed with using these as a lip color; I found them drying and they weren’t really attractive on the lips. I haven’t tried them as eye colors. I wouldn’t try Maui as an eye color anyway; I do like pink eyeshadows but this is not a very usable shade. I might try the St. Tropez, just as a lark, but we’ll see. I’m happy that they’re good cream blushes. These all-in-one products never actually function as all-in-one products.
Photo with no snarking, and swatches!
Left: St. Tropez. Right: Maui.
CARGO Color Sticks: $28 each
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Poor. I’d have given them a “fair,” since $28 is still a lot for a cream blush, but the crappy packaging brings it down to a “poor.”
Purchase again? Maybe. I own the two colors that I think work best for me; if they were to come out with other ones that would also suit me, I’d have to think twice (at least) about the packaging before deciding whether or not to commit.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)