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The Cargo Venice Enchantment Eye Shadow Palette: Venice, Here I Come!

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One of the good things about the post-holiday period: the sales! They’re a good reason to wait to make some purchases until after the holiday shopping madness mellows, because sometimes you can find things like holiday makeup palettes marked down.


Like this one from Cargo, the Venice Enchantment Palette. It was originally $34. It comes with 12 powder shadows, a black liner and a dual-ended brush.

The $34 wasn’t too bad to start with, but it’s marked down now to $27 on Cargo’s website.

Even better.

Cargo likes to take a travel angle with their whole philosophy on makeup, and it makes sense.

I mean…they’re called Cargo, after all. 🙂

This palette here was inspired by the rich, romantic opulence of Venice, and I WANT TO GO TO THERE.

The wines, brassy golds, olives and the burgundy shade go a step beyond the usual beiges and browns. They’re like “new neutrals,” and I can see myself wearing a lot of them, especially the olives and the burgundy, with the neutrals in my collection. I also like the amount of shimmer here. It’s juuust right for what I like to wear on my lids.

cargo venice eye shadow palette swatches

Swatches from the left in Canal, Magic, Carnival, Murano, Gondola and Mask

cargo venice eye shadow palette swatches

Swatches from the left in Gilded, Rialto, Lido, Lagoon, Bridge and Palazzo

This is the palette I wore last week to that Newborn Care Class, and I only had about 10 minutes to get ready with it. I patted the olive color on my lids, swept a matte neutral brown into my crease (I always have one or two around), then lined my water lines with the black liner (it’s smudgy and soft) and softened out the edges with the brush that comes with the palette.


The shimmer? Just right. It’s dialed down (very much like you’d see over at Bobbi Brown), so the shadows aren’t overtly frosty, and they only need a few swipes to blend.

Only thing is…I’m not too sure about the wear time, because when I got home after the class that night, I’d already started to see some creasing on my lids (and the class was only a few hours long).

But, if you like your shimmers on the subtler side, and/or you’re a Bobbi Brown gal who doesn’t like it when your eyeshadows look too eyeshadow-y (my friend Jen is like that), this could be good palette for you. Plus, hi! — it’s on sale right now!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Lulle says:

    I had seen pictures of that palette before, but seeing your swatches it’s a lot more beautiful than I thought. I love the toned-down shimmer, and the entire bottom row of shades looks fantastic. Lagoon, Bridge, even Lido, look amazing, and the soft sheen makes them unique. I’m very tempted to get it on sale now!
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  2. Polarbelle says:

    Lagoon! Murano! Lido! OH MY!!!
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  3. Katrina says:

    This palette looks gorgeous; such am unusual combination of colours! I’m really into plummy tones at the moment so this sounds right up my street!

  4. I like my shimmer toned down and I adore Venice, but I don’t think I will get this palette.
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  5. Aww, bummer about the creasing… because the colors are just beautiful! <3
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  6. Agata says:

    I do like the shades in this palette but I like my shimmer to be more visible!

    And when I think of Venice, Las Vegas comes to my mind immediately and the Venetian Hotel 🙂
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  7. Chris25 says:

    The excellent color selection and sale almost make me forgive the creasing issue. Oh my word.
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  8. Tatiana says:

    Beautiful colors. Just about my level of shimmer. I used to have a few singles of Cargo eyeshadow. I had no idea they were still in business.
    Hope you stay dry and warm today. It’s pouring buckets down this way.

  9. Kim says:

    Some very nice colors and definitely a good price. Venice is beautiful but your sensitive nose might not be so keen. 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your classes! When we went, it was once per week – 2.5 hours at a time for 5 weeks. They were educational and a lot of fun. 🙂

  10. Erin says:

    This is great for your warm toned folks! A little to warm for me but I can say as someone who has spent a lot of time in the Venato and a bit of time in Venice proper, these are very venetian colors for frescos and fabrics. I think the finish would be perfect for 40+ folks too, shimmery but not frosty!
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  11. Holly says:

    I just recently heard about Cargo Cosmetics. I wish it was easier to find all these great companies in actual stores; while I love your reviews, I really prefer looking at & swatching the products myself. That Lagoon is lovely, though!

  12. Jenn S. says:

    I recently bought the Cargo Summer In the City palette from for $10, but haven’t received it yet. I’ll be interested to see what kind of wear time I get from the shadows. Colors really lured me in though. They’re beautiful, like the Venice colors. I’m such a sucker for a pretty palette!😩😄

  13. Nicole O. says:

    ooo , i’ve never tried cargo before , but this palette looks really nice !

    i’m loving carnival , murano , & lagoon .

    love olive tones with hints of gold .

  14. Jennifae says:

    Beautiful colors… but I really need my eyeshadows to stay put without creasing. I have enough problems with “creaseless eyeshadows” creasing on me.
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