Is Cargo Triple Action Mascara an Eyelash Triple Threat?

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cargo triple action mascara review

Cargo doesn’t get enough love… That’s what I’ve always thought. They’re like an actress who you KNOW deserves top billing in big blockbusters but keeps getting saddled with bit parts in movies that go straight to DVD.


And I swear to Tabs they have my house bugged! It’s like they’re watching me rush in the mornings because so many of their products are designed to save time, like their new Triple Action Mascara ($20, available in a single shade called Black).

New for fall, it’s supposed to do it all, a regular triple threat, able to thicken, lengthen AND curl. Yes, actually curl, or so they claim, like a lash curler.

Is that even possible??

Cargo says it is, thanks to “advanced pigment and styling polymer technology!” — and a special brush.

I’m the type of gal who’ll use multiple mascaras to get a great lash look, but I’m not married to the idea. If a single mascara really could do it all, I’d definitely prefer that (hallelujah!).

cargo triple action mascara review

cargo triple action mascara review

I graced my thin, stick-straight, average-length lashes with Triple Action a lot last weekend, and wouldn’t ya know it? My beloved Cargo just didn’t come through (this time).

I like the shade (it’s black; what’s not to like?) and the smooth, lump-free formula, but honestly, that’s about it.

Because Cargo claims it curls, I tried it sans lash curler and only saw the slightest, almost imperceptible change in curl. As for thickness and length, there wasn’t much of those either.

By the end of the days I’d worn Triple Action, my lower lashline was a smudgy mess. I’m talking “please don’t feed the raccoon!” Boo! πŸ™

Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: I had high hopes for Cargo Triple Action based on past great luck with the brand, but this time I think they’re only average (and comparable to a decent drugstore mascara). Available at Ulta and Grade: C

For kitty Christmas lists…


Thank you, Applepark, for sending me this and for MAKING MY DAY!

I wonder if Tabs will fit into one of these… He’s a little on the girthy side, so it’s hard to say.

Prices vary by playhouse ($19.99-24.99), ha! Yup, I guess tanks do cost a little more than firetrucks. Available at

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Nina says:

    id like the little plane for linus but … he wont fit too! πŸ˜€

    too bad abt that mascara – the search for porn star lashes continues! πŸ˜€

  2. Sarahc says:

    Well it looks like the search for my HG mascara continues.

    Hahaha! I can totally see Tabs driving that little tank.

  3. Toni says:

    Love the kitty toys! Too cute! Too bad about the Cargo mascara. I love mascaras and am always on the lookout for fabulous mascaras. Sounds like this one is not going to make my wishlist! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Lindsay says:

    Tabs totally needs the plane!
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  5. Christine says:

    You know, I find the best curling mascaras to be the ones that dont say anything about curling! I immediately stay away from mascaras that make that claim

  6. Vixxan says:

    I have not had much luck with mascara. I just use whatever free ones I get with purchase.
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  7. Amber says:

    I like that bracelet!!
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    • Karen says:

      I picked it up at a random store in Milan last week. πŸ™‚ I’m not usually a cuff kinda girl, but this one really moved me.

      How was your day? Mine went by fast!

  8. Phyrra says:

    Awww I love the play houses for Tabs!
    Sad about the mascara.

    I’m not sure if you ever try mascara primers? I’ve been getting great results with Hard Candy 1000 Lashes + Flirt! It Curls mascara. Though I have started loving mascara in general since I started using primers.
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  9. leo says:

    The Monster wants the tank!!
    I’ll have to build her one… πŸ˜‰

  10. HautePJ says:

    Aww that’s a shame the mascara was average. I really like the sample I have of CARGO’s Lash Activator though – have you tried that? And I agree they are under-rated. Their blushes and lipgloss are some of my faves.

    And that cuff is AWESOME.

  11. Kim says:

    Oh, that’s disappointing about the mascara. However, excellent work making us feel loads better with those sweet kitty playhouses. Totally cute! Though, knowing my gals, they’d never get near them and would choose to play in the box they arrived in!! πŸ™‚

  12. sara says:

    oh. my. god. old gregg NEEDS that kittycat tank!! thanks for sharing, karen! xo

  13. Instant Karma (formerly L) says:

    I’ve been tempted to buy the little kitty tank for a good two years for Aisha and Tigger, but I don’t know if they’d like it. I can barely even get Aisha to use the scratching post! Tigger is more of an explorer, so he might like it, but Aisha would probably just sniff it and then walk away, lol!

  14. Mel says:

    I couldn’t agree more with you by your review!!
    I too hoped to gain alot from the mascara but also ended up looking like a racoon. Only think that stopped this was Clarins Lash fix πŸ™ Great review!

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