Cargo Tahiti Palette May Cause Springtime Blues (and Greens)

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cargo tahiti palette

It’s hella cherry blossom central out here, ladies! I’m talking about the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park. El Hub and I spent a couple hours there yesterday. I really needed a little time to relax, so we walked around the gardens, took a billion pictures of blooming cherry blossoms and shared a pot of Jasmine tea. If you’re ever in the area and looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, you could do a lot worse.



Mother Nature was all up in the house! The garden was bursting with pink, magenta, yellow, green and blue. With spring colors on my mind, I dove straight for the Cargo Tahiti Palette ($28) as soon as I got home.

The palette comes with four shimmery shades of royal blue, yellowish green, emerald green and jade. The mere sight of it teleports me back to the tea gardens.

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Swatches with flash

cargo tahiti palette
Swatches without flash

Not only are the colors gaw-geous, they’re super easy to use. Each one glides on smoothly and delivers intense pigmentation, yet the shades blend together with hardly any effort at all.

cargo tahiti palette

I love the sturdy compact (isn’t the decoration on the top lush?), and the pans are huge, too. I think they contain more product than MAC’s. You definitely get a lot of product for the price.


Cargo Tahiti Palette

Price: $28
Use: A spring palette of blues and greens for the eyes
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+

If there were one minor thing I could do to tweak this palette I’d ask Cargo to include a shimmery golden brown like MAC Soba, so that girls who aren’t partial to blues and greens in the crease would still have something to use. But even as it is, without changing a thing, I think this palette borders on perfect and I’m loving it!

I’m about to pump myself full of Zyrtec and go for a quick run. What are you plans for today?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Mishel says:

    aw, that sounds super relaxing, i wish we had gardens like that here in austin, tx…

    i LOVE that jade and emerald green colour! i wonder if i can find cargo products at ulta?

  2. Kerri says:

    Ohhh! I love this! I am a huge fan of green/blue shadows and I’m developing a huge lemming looking at the pretty shades (and they look so good on you, Karen). Please tell me this is easily dupeable or else I might have to pop out to Sephora…

  3. Kate says:

    Oh, I need to go to Cali and see those gardens. I’m also in desperate need of that quad.


    It SNOWED. Yes, you heard me. It snowed all night here at the end of MARCH. I hate the snow! Even Zena hates it. I’m fervently waiting for the sun to come out and melt all the icky, cold and wet snow.

  4. Catherine says:

    Oh man, I miss those gardens so much – they’re sooooo gorgeous and I bet even more so now in the spring.

    Thanks for the info too! I’ve always thought that Cargo’s quads were really pretty looking, but never heard much hype about them compared to other brands. I’ll have to look into these now. =)

    Catherine´s last blog post..Vacation! Summary and pictures

    • Karen says:

      Hi Catherine,

      I really like the brand and think they make some good things! You should totally check out this palette next time you’re at Sephora. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Heidi says:

    ahh I love MAC’s Soba eyeshadow. I’m wearing it right now actually. It’s a great color.

  6. gio says:

    I wish we had gardens like that here, they’e gorgeous!

    I love blue and green shades and that Carfo palette is so beatiful. I’ll have to check it out.

    gio´s last blog post..New Collection: Lancome Pink Irreverence Spring 2009

  7. Bj says:

    I love this palette, ive been playing lots with it. I totally agree about adding a brown, but i just dug through my stash and played with some different options. Today i used a wet eyeliner brush and used the royal blue for a thick liner on top, so pretty!

  8. Ash B says:

    Totally reminiscent of the Tropical Fusion Palette from CoverGirl, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative. There are beautiful gardens here in Austin too (although granted not quite that breath taking). Go visit the Zilker Botanical Gardens if you are in Austin.

  9. I love these, they look fabulous. I might have to buy ’em!

    I too need my Zyrtec, I just started having the spring allergies yesterday when it was a balmy 80 degrees here in the East Bay (YAHOO!)

    Vampy Varnish´s last blog post..Vampy Varnish and Ideeli

    • Karen says:

      Hi Vampy Varnish,

      Wow, 80 degrees! Let’s just fast forward to summertime, already!

      I grew up in the East Bay and one thing I don’t miss are my East Bay allergies!

  10. Stef says:

    Oh, how I am loving this palette! Last trip to Sephora I kept picking up brown palettes and putting then in my basket (I have about 20 brown palettes, how boring!) I rounded the corner, and there it was, in all it’s Spring glory. And it is SO wearable! Pretty on the outside too.

    Stef´s last blog post..we heart (and will miss) ER

    • Karen says:

      Hi Stef,

      Hey, you can never have enough brown palettes! I heart neutrals, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Have you cooked up any looks with your Cargo palette lately?

  11. Kate says:


    I know! Snow in March is just plain wrong! I hate it!

    It hasn’t all melted away as the world is still covered in big sheets of snow but it’s slowly melting. The sun is out melting it although it’s still freezing cold at 36 degrees.

    In the true honor of spring, I’ve been doing sunset colored eye looks (gold to pink to purple by using 4 or 5 of my HiP duos) to make myself happy. It’s the exact opposite of outside, ha ha. What’s really strange is that the shades I use make my brown eyes look bright amber which only happens when I’m outside during sunset and the light hits them just right. It’s really freaky and cool at the same time!

  12. Nicole15 says:

    This palette has been an instant fave of mine. I just bought it 2 weeks ago & am in love. The pigmentation in the colors is soo rich. Sephora is carrying this one & others in the collection. Cargo came out with other “island named” palettes all w/ different color schemes. Check ’em out. The shadows are huge & your getting 4 colors for $28. A steal!!

  13. tanya says:

    is it weird that this is making me thirsty? these colors are just so gorgeous…it really reminds me of a tropical cocktail…with a pretty umbrella in it, of course!

    tanya´s last blog post..decadence

  14. Apple Diva says:

    I like Cargo products. Seems like they are moving towards palettes instead of the single…Def worth the money.

    Apple Diva´s last blog post..Mozy On Down

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