Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick swatch & review

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick

If you follow me on Instagram – and you totally should follow me because hello, cat pictures – you’ll know that I was teasing last week about a makeup brand making its return to Australian shores. Well, today is the day it’s out on Kit Cosmetics counters and the secret is out: Cargo Cosmetics is back in Australia!

If you’ve never tried Cargo before, lemme dish the skinny. The brand is a small, tightly edited line of staple products in key colours, achieving fame in the late 90s for packaging their makeup artist favourite products in basic metal tins (which, to a 2013 eye is not all that unusual, but back in the late 90s Cargo was one of the leaders of the edgy yet functional makeup packaging brigade alongside Urban Decay and Stila). The line isn’t enormous but the colour selection is on trend and on point, with a forward focus on HD camera-friendly base products.

The return of Cargo to Australia is pretty nifty, especially now that it’s a part of the Kit Cosmetics colour stable, and I’ve got two lip products from the line to show you: Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana and Santa Fe.

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Colors are buttery smooth lipsticks that give high colour payoff without sacrificing comfort or hydration. Shea butter, olive oil and jojoba oil provide a decent emollient slick to the lips without feeling greasy or thick, ideal for dryer lips that can otherwise struggle a bit under full opacity cream lipsticks.

An aspect of the Essential Lip Color line that I particularly enjoy is that the lipsticks are designed to be worn on bare lips. You can wear a coloured or clear lipliner or primer with them if you choose, but the lipstick itself is best applied to a dry bare lip. As I’ve often said/confessed here over and over and over again: I’m lazy when it comes to makeup. If something is designed to not need eighteen different products and a lip brush and a waning new moon at the crossroads at mightnight to effectively use, I’m all for it.

The wear time of these lipsticks is excellent, with Santa Fe lasting a good five hours on my lips and Punta Cana doing double duty by both lasting for hours and leaving a vibrant and even lip stain as it faded. I had no issues with bleeding or feathering, but if I was wearing the attention getting hot pink of Punta Cana out somewhere important, I’d buy myself a little extra insurance by using a clear lipliner on the edge of my lips to really lock the colour in place. Better safe than sorry, right?

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Santa Fe

Santa Fe is a pinky-brown nude shade with a barely there touch of shimmer. It’s deep enough to skip the dreaded concealer lip look, yet not so dark that it runs to the risk of looking like a brown-brown lipstick. The sparkle is very subtle and doesn’t feel gritty or textured on my lips.

Similar colours include Face of Australia Mocha Latte, Clarins Gloss Prodige in Chocolate and Clinique Chubby Stick in Whole Lotta Honey.

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is an intense bright fuchsia cream, and I mean intense. It’s bold and vibrant in just one swipe, and holds its colour for hours. I’d suggest using this lipstick with a lip brush as it’s ultra unforgiving of unconfident shaky hands and can’t be quickly fixed up with a q-tip or tissue: once it’s on, it’s on!

Similar colours include MAC Candy Yum Yum, Nars Funny Face and YSL Le Fuchsia.

Cargo is back: GET HYPED.

Who: Cargo
What: Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe
How Much: AU$28.95
When: available now
Where: Kit Cosmetics, Mecca Cosmetica (online only)

These items were kindly provided to swatchgirl.com

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

Cargo Essential Lip Color lipstick in Punta Cana & Santa Fe

There are 7 comments

  1. Carla N.

    I’m loving the looks of Punta Cana, BUT I already have MAC Girl About Town, Show Orchid,Full Fuchsia, Candy Yum Yum, and Hollywood Nights; not to mention Stila Intriguing, Illamasqua Atomic, Bobbi Brown Rose Blossom.
    See a pattern here? :)

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