REVIEW: CARGO Colour Eye Shadow Palette in Shanghai

Product Brand and Name, Price (CDN), Where Purchased

CARGO Colour Eye Shadow Palette in Shanghai, $28.00 CDN @

Reason for Purchase

I am a big fan of CARGO products; I have some of their eye shadow singles (in the round silver pans, packaged the same way as their blushes) and wanted to try out a palette (or five - yeah...I bought five of them...).

Notable Features

This is a quad palette.

Like all CARGO products, this palette is named after a real place: Shanghai, China.


This palette is exactly the same size as a MAC Pro Palette x 4. It’s made of a clear resin-type plastic. The lid of the palette has an Asian-themed print set inside of it. Here is what it looks like:

The lid to the palette snaps shut; there is no magnetic closure like the MAC palette.

Once you open the palette, you will see a square mirror set inside the lid. The four shadows are square and identical in size - they are set in their own pans, and squished right up against a very skinny grey plastic frame.

Experience Using Product

You get four complimentary colors inside this palette: a shimmery white, a shimmery fawn brown, a shimmery pale peach, and a shimmery taupe. Here is what the shadows look like:

and here is a swatch:

The fawn and peach colors kind of disappeared on my skin when I took this picture - they do show up on your lid, though!

The white color is very pigmented. It makes a great brow-bone highlight.

The fawn brown color is a lovely lid color; it goes really nicely on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin.

The pale peach color is slightly chalky compared to the other three shades in the palette. To me, it has the least amount of color payoff. You can tell in the photo above that it barely shows up on my skin. Thankfully, it’s slightly more visible on my eyes.

The brown color in the bottom right corner reminds me a lot of MAC’s Satin Taupe - but this shade by CARGO is just that extra bit creamier (if a powder can be creamy!).

This palette gives me a really nice neutral eye, without using all brown eye shadows. I use all four shades to create a nice simple eye look: white on brown bone and inner corner, fawn on lid, peach in the crease, and the brown as the outer v and liner shade.

Would I Re-Purchase, Recommend, or Reject

A girl only needs so many neutral eye shadows! With that said, I really like this palette - and I would recommend it to someone who was looking for a set of neutral eye shadows that are not all browns. However, the shades would probably get lost on medium and dark skin tones; these colors will work best on fair to light complexions.

To learn more about this palette, you can visit the CARGO website (you can also shop from their site! - USA or Canada only) or the Sears website.