A Beloved Canadian Makeup Brand

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Cargo Cosmetics

Canadian makeup brand now in the Philippines!
I remember reading, ogling and coveting these beautiful blushes housed in round metal tins a few years back when I just started out beauty blogging. I wasn’t so familiar with Cargo Cosmetics yet but have always wanted to own one of their world famous water resistant blushes. They were hard to get a hold of – you basically had to pre-order them through a reseller and there weren’t a lot of resellers then as there are now. As I dug deeper into the beauty blogging world, I sort of forgot about the blushes and moved on to other brands. So when I got an invite to the launch of Cargo Cosmetics here in the Philippines — you guys could not imagine the excitement I felt! Even ask my sister, who was also invited but almost forgot if I hadn’t reminded her. I freaked, “Are you serious?!! You’re thinking twice about going?! It’s CARGO COSMETICS, gurl. You are going.
Cargo Cosmetics is a cult Canadian brand (I actually didn’t know this, I thought it was American) that was founded in 1996 in Ontario. I’ve always wondered why they named it “Cargo” and the explanation behind it is they believe that makeup is every woman’s ‘cargo‘. I can definitely attest to that — you guys should see how my makeup bag takes up 3/4 the space of my everyday bag even if I’m just going to the groceries. LOL. Cargo, indeed. What’s more, it’s a cruelty-free makeup brand and they don’t hire third parties to test on their behalf.
Check out the products they have in their range below!
This is their travel-friendly Liquid Foundation. Oil-free, ultra hydrating foundation with medium to full coverage and a silky finish!
Love their metal packaging – very utilitarian chic and quite unique compared to other makeup brands’ packaging. This is their Contour Palette. See below for photo of shades!
When opened, it reveals a Highlight, Cheek and Contour shade.
The small thin tubes are their Foundation + Concealer in one. This is something I have my eye on. #ConcealerFreak
This is their Beachblush containing four harmonious shade “stripes” that blend together for a perfectly balanced cheek color with a radiant warmth
I fell in love with their blushes in an instant – powders are so finely milled and goes on the skin so frikkin’ smoothly! No way would you look like a clown even if you wanted to. Can’t believe I’m in love with blushes all over again!
They have really beautiful shades as well. Bali, Mendocino, Tonga are my favorite shades
These are their Essential Lip Color lipsticks which I haven’t heard much about. They are supposedly rich and intense in pigment with a lightweight feel, moisturizing and plumping – all in one tube. Didn’t get a chance to swatch these ‘cos I was too preoccupied with the blushes and bases #badbeautyblogger
The eyeshadows they have are equally under the radar but the powders are just as smooth, finely-milled and silky as their blushes. Love their shades as well! Plums and browns = my favorites.
Spent the launch catching up with Martha (who was newly-engaged then!!! WOOT!), Liz and Shen. My sister took the photo!
Has anything caught your fancy? Let me know if you’ve tried anything from the brand – I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. What else should I try besides the blushes?
Cargo Cosmetics are now available at all Beauty Bar stores!
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  1. November 11, 2016 / 3:51 pm

    Hahahahaha yes, my makeup kit takes up much space in my bag as well and is the reason why my bag is always heavy. Reviews on the bases, please! 🙂

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