I'm obsessed with eye shadows and blending (as if you didn't know!). I think it stems back to my arty days..... Believe it or not, that's what I wanted to be when I was younger - an artist. I loved to paint and draw, and I spent all my time doing it. Even at weekends and after school. I was always very arty and got accepted into art college - I even set up my own card making business when I was 15 years old. I only closed it as I soon realised that as much as I enjoyed it, earning £1.00 an hour wasn't really going to pay the bills! Anyway, I digress.... So it doesn't surprise me that my two favourite parts of my makeup routine involve blending - eye shadows and contouring. Using various coloured eye shadows with different techniques can make some dramatic looks. I love playing with makeup and I don't want to keep doing the same look day in and day out, so I've been trying to be more adventurous with the shades I use.
One look I know I've wanted to try for while is a smokey blue eye. I don't own many blue eye shadows so when I saw the Cargo Cosmetics Land Down Under * palette with some gorgeous blue shades in it I knew it was for me!
Cargo Cosmetics was established in 1966 as a professional makeup line and has since been used by makeup artists world wide, so you know anything used by the professionals has got to be of the highest quality.
I've been trying out their Land Down Under palette, HD blush/ highlighter and Swimmables eye pencil. Below I've gone into more detail on each product below, but I've got to say that for a cosmetic company that isn't as well known as other makeup brands I've been really impressed. The quality of their products and packaging is top notch so if you want to discover more carry on reading.....
As the name probably indicates this palette is inspired by the sites and beaches of Australia and is new to the Cargo collection for summer 2016. With such a beautiful country it's no surprise that this palette contains 12 vibrant and shimmery shades, along with some good staple mattes.
All the colours are really pigmented, although I can't tell for sure if Opera is as I'm so pale it's the same colour as my skin! My two favourite colours are Manly and Bondi as they are such intense blue shades and like I say, until now I didn't own many matte blue colours and I've not seen any like these in other palettes. All colours blend well with little fall out.
Surprisingly the beautiful embossed white case hasn't got that dirty yet (give me time!), neither has the inside, which is pale cream in colour, and although it's crafted from cardboard it feels very sturdy and well made.
The palette also comes complete with a black eye liner (always comes in handy) and a good quality double ended brush, so for £35.00 I think it makes the whole palette extremely good value for money.
Cargo Cosmetics can be purchased in the UK at many top online retailers such as Debenhams, Beauty Bay and Feel Unique.
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Items marked with * were gifted to me for review purposes.