Cargo Suited To A Tea Eye Shadow Palette Review

Cargo Cosmetics Suited to a Tea Cream Shadow Palette

“Set in a beautiful spring inspired watercolor illustration, the “Suited to a Tea” palette features 12 cream based eye shadows with this season’s must have colors.”

I’ve never been all too familiar with Cargo Cosmetics. I know they were carried in Sephora for a few years, and I probably swatched some of their products here and there, but aside from a lone nude lip liner floating around in my collection, I never really delved into their selection.

When I saw their new spring line in Kohl’s a week or so ago, I was drawn in by the cute packaging and “tea” theme to the collection. I’m a sucker for all things having to do with tea (as well as coffee, if truth be told), and I had to take a peak inside the adorable package that held their Suited To A Tea Eye Shadow Palette. I mean, just look at it; all pink and dotted with teacups and makeup?! Of course it helped that I immediately fell in love with the spring-y, pastel selection of colors inside this palette too–there were not only a good range of shimmery  neutrals but also some lovely purples and blues and even a smoky gray-green (oh my!). The inside of this palette had a look reminiscent of a watercolor palette and that just went straight to the heart of me.

I couldn’t help myself. I had some Kohl’s cash and have been longing for some fun, colorful shadows I could still see myself wearing to work, so I figured I would give it a shot…

Cargo Cosmetics Suited to a Tea Cream Shadow Palette Open

There are twelve 0.045 oz shadows in this palette, as well as a double-ended shadow brush that has a shader brush on one end and an angled liner brush on the other. As I said earlier, all the shadows are cream shadows and are very smooth and, well, creamy to the touch. The colors also all love lovely “tea party” themed names:

  • Top Row: Ganache, Bloomsbury, Crumpet, Devonshire, Oolong and Tisane
  • Bottom Row: Petit Four, Earl Grey, Wedgewood, Ritz, Macaron and Mayfair

Again–how cute is that?

Now, as soon as I got this home and started testing out the colors, I realized they were all pretty sheer. They swatched better on my hand (below) when swiped with a finger than they applied on my eyelid with a brush. Even still, the hand swatches below still took 2-3 swipes each, but that built them up to decent swatches and they looked really pretty.

When it came to applying them with a brush, that was another story. I really had to pack them on to my lid to get a strong color payoff and the process was rather frustrating. On one hand, I liked how the brighter colors–like the sky blue Wedgewood or the pearly pink Macaron–weren’t super bold. I liked that they had the potential to be “work colorful” and add a spring-y pop to my eyes without my look being too dramatic for that everyday sort of wear.

On the other hand–what’s the good of shadows so sheer you need to spend 10 minutes diligently patting on each color, only to have to reapply even more after any attempt at blending washes the color almost completely away? Especially when it comes to the lighter shades, like the lavender Petit Four–it was damn near impossible to get enough color on my skin to make it show up like that.

::cue the sad trombone::


Cargo Cosmetics Suited to a Tea Cream Shadow Palette Top Row Swatches
Top Row: Ganache, Bloomsbury & Crumpet Bottom Row: Devonshire, Oolong & Tisane
Cargo Cosmetics Suited to a Tea Cream Shadow Palette Bottom Row
Top Row: Petit Four, Earl Grey & Wedgewood Bottom Row: Ritz, Macaron & Mayfair


This, sadly, is a palette you can skip.

I might sound like a broken record here, but the color payoff of these shadows was pretty sad all cross the board. They just aren’t as nice on the skin as they are in the pan. I’m so sad; these all had the potential be lovely colors if they had lived up to their looks! I wore a look where I blended Petit Four and Ritz with some basics neutrals from my Naked Basics palette over Urban Decay Primer Potion, and–honestly–it was pretty lackluster. They were a nightmare to work with and kept sheering out so much when I tried to blend that I found myself reapplying them again and again and again… Not fun.

To make matters worse, they also proved have no staying power on me. Despite mixing them with powder shadows and using a primer beneath them, I still had a horrible amount of creasing a few hours later. (It was about 3-4 hours later when I noticed the creasing, tops.) They settled into a muddy, thick purple line in my crease. Embarrassed, I blended them back out with a finger as best I could, just to make it through the rest of the work day buuuuuuut when I checked myself in the mirror at the end of the day, they had still managed–somehow!–to crease on me again!

I hate to bash a product, but this whole palette was a terrible let-down. Normally I can think of an alternate use for a failed product but the only thing I can see using this for, maybe, is a smudge along the lashline–and even then, given how sheer they are, I just don’t think they’ll make it worth my while.

Sorry Cargo; this palette missed the mark big time.

10 thoughts on “Cargo Suited To A Tea Eye Shadow Palette Review

  1. I love the tea concept is super cute, but it does look like they missed the mark with the colors. Too bad, it had such potential!

    1. It really is too bad; they looked like they would be great springtime colors. I’m still fiddling with them from time to time, trying to coax some sort of look out of them but so far I haven’t been able to make them work. Applied lightly, the color is almost nil on most of them; applied heavier, they crease like mad.

      Such a letdown!

  2. What a shame at the beginning of your post it made me want to go but it-looked so interesting. Unfortunately it doesn’t sound kit worthy to be. Thanks for the review!

  3. I skipped purchasing this because of the bad reviews. Also I’ve never had luck with any kind of cream eye shadow. They’ve always been kind of meh for me. But the palette was so freaking cute. Oh it was frustrating. I can’t help but wonder if it would have been better as a powder form. Ulta has an offer today only to get this palette free with any $50 purchase. It’s my b-day month so I thought, what the heck & I’ll also get double points. So I did “buy” this today. Well, it was free, so I figure no loss if I hate it.

    1. I was really bummed that this was a dud for me. The colors looked beautiful in the pan! I really do wish they had been powder instead; perhaps then they would have worked better.

      I’d love to hear what you think of it once you get it!

    2. Omg me too I just got it because it was free on the ulta site. I guess it’s true what they say about free stuff it’s not worth it most of the time. I can’t wait to try mine and see how this works and I’m asian so my skin tone is going to be hard if it’s very sheer.

  4. I got this free from Ulta as well. The immediate creasing had me thinking I’d done something wrong so I went looking for reviews. The verdict is in from multiple sources, this palette is a bust. Too bad too because the colors are sooooooo pretty. Looks like play makeup for the kids!

    1. I’m so sad to hear that; I was really hoping my palette was a fluke or maybe part of a bad batch they had since fixed. Such a shame, because they looked so beautiful in the pan!

  5. Ahhhhhhhhh I’m so sad 😦 The packaging and the colors are sooooooooo cute and unique. I really don’t care for cream shadows though :-/ Thank you so much for reviewing this. You just saved me some $. Boooooo 😦 Great review!

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