Cargo Shanghai Nights – First Impression Review


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Welcome to my blog! Today’s post is rather special. I’m dedicating this post to a friend who was in Shanghai for International Contemporary Art Exchange Exhibition recently and he shared some of the highlights of Shanghai at night pictures which I thought would be interesting to be added in this post.

I’m feeling very excited, so let’s get started.

cargo eyeshadow palette

I happened to have a new eyeshadow palette in my latest collection. And it’s the Shanghai Nights Eyeshadow Palette by Cargo which I want to talk more about in this post.


I got this Cargo palette from Winners recently and the packaging has been screaming out my name for review. Finally, I decided to give in after seeing these pictures taken by my friend of Shanghai while he was there. It sort of reminds me of the palette I have and hence I collaborate both real life picture of Shanghai with the Shanghai Nights eyeshadow palette.


I wasn’t particularly looking for another big eyeshadow palette but since I’m the infamous eyeshadow junkies, I took a double take when I saw the price on this palette. I was lucky enough to pick up this palette from Winner for $16.99, I was over the moon 😉


The packaging itself is stunning, really colourful cardboard with bright pictures of “Shanghai at night”. You all know by now if you’re following my blog post that I’m an eyeshadow junkie and this palette really stands out in my collection with this bright packaging. It opens up to quite a substantial size mirror, 12 beautiful shades and a dual ended brush.


The brush is decent, nothing great but definitely preferable to the typical sponge tip applicators that often come with palettes.

shanghai night eyeshadow by cargo

Let’s look at how this palette reminiscent the night lights of Shanghai! 

Starting with the top row from left to right there is:

  • A deep, cool toned matte taupe shade,
  • A bright, satin blue which I thought was going to be stunning but really just doesn’t show up very well,
  • A lighter, cool toned matte taupe,
  • A gorgeous pinky champagne, shimmery shade that actually swatches and goes on the eye beautifully,
  • A shimmery mid toned brown, still on the cool side and finally
  • A shimmery white shade that doesn’t show well on my skin but makes a truly beautiful inner corner highlight.

The bottom row left to right is:

  • A matte off white shade, perfect for a browbone highlight if you don’t like shimmer up there,
  • A deep army green-ish grey, shimmery shade that swatches quite true to colour and I like a lot,
  • A really pretty deep gold, shimmery shade,
  • A more true army green shimmer shade that doesn’t swatch well,
  • Another huge let down which is a bright, satin purple and finally,
  • A shimmery black that I personally like and is definitely quite pigmented.


[Shade names closed up pictures: Wai Tai, Skyline, Bund, Lychee, Jin Mao, Neon, Hu, Street Style, Ginger, Jade, Bar Rouge and Nightlife]

There are four matte shadows, five glittery metallic and three shimmery eyeshadows in this palette.


I personally like the color selection. There are some Taupe, Brown, Black, Champagne and brighter colors such as Blue, Green and Purple. But if the colors are your thing, I say go for it!


Swatches without primer. What you see is what you get. It’s pigmented enough and the texture smooth and soft. The shimmery shadows feels creamy whereas the matte might need some improvement on longevity and better pigmentation.

shanghai eye look

A short eye makeup tutorial on how I did this look.

cargo eye look

It lasts for a long time but not forever kind, if you know what I mean. If you used an eye base or eye primer before the shadows then I can easily say I could lasts for 6 hours without touch up. Another thing I noticed is the matte and metallic shades faded faster than the shimmery ones.

shanghai nights look

Lastly, for picture perfect I applied eyeliner and false lashes by Elf and VOILA!

Overall, there were a bunch of hits and misses in this palette but I feel like for the regular price of US$39.00 on Cargo website the good shadows don’t make up for the bad ones and I could never justify purchasing this if it’s not for $16.99 or on sale price. I love the concept of it and the way the shades are laid out, if it was of better quality you could definitely do many many eye looks with it on its own.

eyeshadow palette collection

Lastly, for $16.99 a palette I’m not even complaining, lol! I’ll get another palette anytime for Holiday giveaway.

Would you pick up this palette? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below.

Thanks so much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo

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Starter Kit By Cargo – Unboxing


cargo sarter kit

Hi Everyone! Hope you guys are doing great! Today, I’m going to share my unboxing of this Starter Kit from Cargo Cosmetics which I got recently from Winners. I’m so excited to do this unboxing with you guys.

Cargo is another proud Canadian brand with catchy motto “Be-you-tiful” and the well known eco-friendly Plant Love line.

4 in 1 starter kit cargo

Okay, it’s stated here on the box that the suggested retail price is $39.00 but I paid $24.99 for this Starter Kit. The shade I got is in Medium and I believe there is another color option.

In this kit you’ll find a travel size TexasLash Mascara, travel size One Base Concealer, a full size Bronzer and a Swimmables Eyeliner Pencil. I’ll do a full reviews on these products once I’ve tried them thoroughly. Don’t forget to check back 🙂

cargo eyeliner

First up is this ultra creamy, extreme wear, waterproof eyeliner with the feel of a liquid and versatility of a pencil. It claims to locks comfortably into place for up to 14 hours. The texture is creamy and it glides on effortlessly to create a variety of looks. I’m so excited to try this bad boy out. The eyeliner is packed with concentrated pigments and it provides rich colour payoff. Since, we’re already feeling the summer heat, this Swimmables Eyeliner Pencil will stays put through sun, sweat, swim and tears.

The shade I got is in  Black Sea with a net wt: 0.04 oz . It’s available in 6 beautiful shades for $18.00 when sold separately at Cargo Cosmetics website.

cargo bonzer

I love metal tin packaging and this Bronzer look so adorable. It comes in a huge pan and the formula is silky smooth. I got this in Medium but also available in Dark and Matte Medium for $29.00 online. Net wt: 0.31 oz

This bronzer has some light shimmer which gives a healthy looking finish without looking orange. The texture when you touch the pan is hard but it picks up the formula amazingly. I think the reason why the texture is hard is due to the manner the way it was packaged to avoid breaking. It’s very pigmented and it blends so well. A little goes a long way and the color payoff is incredible.

mascara cargo

Cargo TexasLash Mascara in Black for $20.00 a tube. I love this formula for it makes my lashes look more volume and longer without feeling smudgy or clumpy. I don’t feel any eye irritation using this mascara which I sometimes get with other brands. Image on the left is without mascara for comparison purposes.

The packaging is simple and nice and I’m more surprised to see the huge wand applicator. I noticed that the bristles are very closed to each other and very soft. It works well in holding up my lashes and extended it. Well, you see I don’t have a long and curly lashes like “Bambi” does, but I’m just as content with the appearance from this mascara on the right picture.

one base foundation cargo

Final product in the starter kit is the One Base Concealer + Foundation in One by Cargo in the shade 02. I got mine in a travel size 0.17oz but the regular size is net wt: 0.6 oz for $28.00. It comes in 7 pretty shades from Very Fair to Dark with neutral undertone.

I’ve always wished to wear a concealer with foundation in one application and this One Base seems to be the answer to my wish. I don’t usually put foundation all over my face except with BB cream but this concealer + foundation is really marvellous. I can’t stop myself from trying it the second I pulled out the doe wand applicator. Which I did and here is what I think on my first impression. It’s time saving and it gets its job done in a second. All I did is just make a few swoosh under my eyes and on the area which I need covering and I just pat them in. It blend and absorb so nicely. I’m really impressed! I can feel that the texture is really really nice and it’s smooth and so lightweight. It feels like not wearing any products at all on my skin. It gives a very natural looking finish which is not too shimmery or glossy. I just love it. Love it!

There are four products for me to play with. However, they have been quiet lately, I haven’t heard any new product announcement from them but I’m hoping for more new collection in the near future. Cargo products is in the mid-range of cost as well.

Overall, I’m super happy with this Starter Kit. There are some products above which I’ve briefly reviewed and some that I wanted to try out more before giving my final thoughts and opinion. I hope you like and find this unboxing helpful.

Which of the beauty item from Cargo that you have in your makeup collection?

Thank you so very much for taking the time to read.

Sharon xoxo