I finally dug into the palette and swatched the shadows. I don’t know WHY I was so stressed about messing up the shadow patterns… they’re etched in there pretty deep. After I swatched them, you could hardly tell that I’d used it at all…
These are all of the shimmers except the gold (that’s all I could comfortably fit on my arm).
This is the gold and the two mattes.
I had the hardest time trying to photograph the bronzer and blush, so you’ll just have to trust me on the description. The bronzer has a shimmer (which is not detectable at first glance at the palette) and goes on a true bronze on me. I’d use it with other blush colors to add shimmer, or by itself. It shows up on my NC43 skin pretty solid. Any skintones darker than that would likely get a good shimmer or a highlight. Any skintones lighter than that could likely use it as a true bronzer.
The blush is a corally pink. Alone it’s a pretty standard color. Good color payoff, but I can see it going ashy on darker skintones. I think it looks best blended with the bronzer. I almost want to say you can get a result much like NARS Orgasm … or even Super Orgasm if you add more bronzer — but don’t hold me to that.
That’s it for the swatches. Now for the Giveaway:
When the regular Holiday Giveaway is done, I’m going to pay 4 of these palettes forward. I made a bunch of phone calls, did some extensive driving, and even whined a bit to get my hands on them! I really wanted you guys to share in the joy of this palette because I feel that it’s really awesome.
Four winners will be chosen at random in the months of January and February — to win the palettes! I’ll do a more extensive post about it as the time gets closer.
In the meantime, the winner of the Golden Opportunity Prize (Part 1) will be announced tomorrow.
Good Luck Everyone!
A quick stop at ULTA before heading home yielded this (not so) little treasure:
The Cargo Lumieres Palette has eight eyeshadows, a blush and a bronzer. Highly pigmented (I tried them all). The colors are pretty universal. Looks like six shimmers and two mattes, and the shadow pots are big. Like Make Up For Ever big…
Like all Cargo palettes, the packaging is just gorgeous… and the price point is perfect: $29.00. And like all Cargo palettes, this one is going… FAST. There was one more at ULTA when I left (and I go to the out of the way one in Burbank). I may go back and get the other as a gift later this week. But I’m not holding my breath about it being there. Like the Dior 5-Golds quint (which I went back for another the following day), it’ll get snapped up by some lucky makeup maven and be gone… just like that.