Top Secret Cargo: The Pro Picks Collection Includes Makeup for Every Day

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Urgh! Why do so many pre-packaged makeup kits contain at least thing I just don’t want? I call ’em bad beauty eggs, because it only takes one of them to throw a kit’s bargain/value ratio completely out of whack.


I expected it to happen again when I took my first look at the Cargo Pro Picks Collection ($39), a tiny kit of four items for face and lips.

I’ve had the kit in my makeup rotation for the past few weeks, and I gotta say — this little tiger rocks! πŸ™‚

Wearing Cargo Pro Picks!

It comes with the Los Angeles Cargo Color Palette, Reverse Lip Liner in Flesh Tone 02 (a creamy medium/fair peach), Blu_Ray Mascara in Black and Cargo’s Classic Lip Gloss in Tobago (a sheer, shimmery melon), and it’s available at Ulta stores now (but no longer carried at Sephora, boo!).

Not only would the items in the kit cost $86 if they were purchased separately, but each one’s something I can wear every day.

  • Los Angeles Cargo Color Palette: Its four shimmery powder shadows just sing spring to me. πŸ™‚ I’ve been using them to add concentrated POPS of color (gosh, they blend well) to my lids… There’s also a little tutorial on the back of the quad for a boldly bright and colorful eye.
  • Blue Ray Mascara: Hello, uber-long lashes! This jet black beauty delivers mad definition. The comb brush head took some time to master (meaning I made a mess at first), but now I love how well it separates and lifts.
  • The Reverse Lip Liner: I think this creamy, natural-colored lip pencil makes my lips look slightly fuller and more defined. Plus, it hella locks gloss in place.
  • Classic Lip Gloss in Tobago: I like how this non-sticky, moisturizing gloss glides across my lips. Adding just a touch of shimmery peachy pink, I think it also looks natural.


Oh, have I mentioned that all four of the goodies in the kit are full size? Yup, none of that deluxe or mini-sample size BS! πŸ™‚ If you’re looking for a good deal on a few fun new colors for spring, you might give the Pro Picks Collection a try. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A

One last thing, but I’ve been meaning to ask if you’re as bummed as I am that Sephora no longer carries Cargo. Sure, it’s still available at Ulta, but now it’s *that* much harder to find.

Grrr… I think Cargo makes some great stuff; wish they’d find a way to boost their distribution.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Liza says:

    Aw, I’m sorry that Cargo is out of Sephora, too! The first non-drugstore makeup I ever bought was a Cargo eyeshadow single, and it was electric turquoise… so pretty in the pan. I think it’s called Aegean. I wore it freshman year of college to every party. Long live Cargo! and turquoise eye shadow!

  2. Ithfifi says:

    Offt I want this like now! Looking at the general thing I wasn’t sure, but seeing the face chart it seems right up my street! I’m guessing this will be hard to get over here in the Uk πŸ™ ~ Gonna have to do some serious hunting!

  3. Rae says:

    This set looks wonderful! I’m always worried that pastels will come off as chalky instead of vibrant, but judging by the look of your FOTD, Cargo hit the spot with this quad πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately, there’s only one makeup boutique that carries Cargo in my city (our Sephoras stopped carrying it as well, and we don’t have Ulta stores,) and it’s currently closed! (They’re moving a couple blocks over.) I guess this is kinda a good thing — it’ll help me keep to my no-buy πŸ˜‰
    .-= Rae’s last blog post… ‘cone-free moisturisers with SPF, part two =-.

  4. Tiffany says:

    I am so sad Cargo isn’t at Sephora anymore πŸ™ I don’t like shopping at Ulta very much, the women who work at the store here are always so rude πŸ™

  5. Ithfifi says:

    I feel ashamed that I didn’t know we had it over here! 😑 Keeping my eye out for this!

  6. Jen says:

    I’m also sad we don’t have Cargo at Sephora anymore! I almost went apesh*t during the clearance sale.

    This set looks amazing (especially that palette, *DROOL!*)… but we don’t have Ulta here. When I ordered online, it said “Yay, you get free shipping!” but it was a lie. Booo…

  7. I’m curious about the reverse lip liner, do you just trace the outside of your lips with it, or do you fill it in a little bit? The packaging is very pretty too πŸ™‚ watercolors!
    .-= Makeupmorsels’s last blog post… Hello All! =-.

  8. mkdallas says:

    Ditto the question on the reverse lip liner, Karen!

  9. Cassie Pang says:

    Karen, you rock! Thanks for the great review. I’ve been looking at this but was unsure of those colors… I was afraid they were too 80’s tastic! Thanks for all the excellent blogging!

  10. Kylie says:

    Karen! I was so excited to see this kit on your site a while back, and now I’m extremely excited and will be picking it up on my next trip to Ulta.

    Some good new though- I was talking to a trust sephora manager who said that the reason Sephora stopped selling Cargo is because they are making a move to CVS, which is pulling in brands like Laura Geller, Bloom, Modelco, Paula Dorf and now CARGO! They are trying to appeal to a high end based clientele, and its available online, and it looks like soon to be in store also.

    anyways, hope this helps some of you without access to Ultas!

  11. Lindsay says:

    It’s so lame that they’re gone from sephora πŸ™ Ulta’s so far from me. Love the blues on your eyes!
    .-= Lindsay’s last blog post… Review: Maybelline Full Γ’β‚¬ΛœN Soft Mascara =-.

  12. Anh says:

    I agree. Karen, can you show us a before and after with the reverse lip liner? Or maybe do a tutorial?
    .-= Anh’s last blog post… dresses for a gray day =-.

  13. Melissa says:

    karen, i LOVE your plaid top! where’s it from?

  14. Nina says:

    I knowww – so bummed that Cargo is not available @ Sephora anymore. I think though, they will carry Cargo at the JCPenny stores/stalls. Not sure but I remember reading that somewhere. Could be totally wrong.

    I am lovin’ the look on you …. and the mascara seems to be a winner. I guess a trip to Ulta is in order …. I wonder if there’s a coupon this week….

  15. Suzanne says:

    They just stopped stocking Cargo ANYWHERE in australia *cry* so I’m relying on ebay, which saddens me massively. I LOVE their sheer foundation and PlantLove lipsticks…
    .-= Suzanne’s last blog post… 10.0.06 made baby jesus cry =-.

  16. shivotra says:

    i’m so mad that sephora stopped carrying it. i have to find random little boutiques that carry cargo and its annoying.
    .-= shivotra’s last blog post… MAC Coppertone Blush Swatches =-.

  17. The lip liner looks like the liner from D&G spring line,The set is pretty!
    .-= The Crochet Queenn’s last blog post… Soft Lime Green,Turquoise and Copper Brown Scarf, Brown Beads and Ribbon added to Fringes =-.

  18. Scientific Housewife says:

    I’ve never tried Cargo before but the kit looks great!

  19. Kim says:

    Is cargo goin’ down into beauty extinction? Last time I went to Sephora, they had all their stock diminished and whatever was left was in the $5 dolla’ bins. I always thought their stuff was cool but maybe not worth the price tag they attached to certain things.

    • Kim says:

      Ohhhhhhhh, I feel like a dumbass now ;D. You just said “not carried at Sephora anymore.” Guess I didn’t catch it the first time I read through it.

  20. Karen B says:

    This looks like such an awesome kit. If only I could get it somewhere *pouts*
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… The many faces of SHE =-.

  21. Aleia says:

    Ladies, its on Ulta’s website, incase there is not a store around you. And there is a free shipping code (51160). Looks appealing, especially that it comes with mascara, liner and gloss. Going to order now πŸ˜‰

  22. Ditte K. says:

    What was the seemingly bad beauty egg in this collection? πŸ™‚ At first look it would probably be the lip liner for me.

  23. Diana says:

    Hey, if you were looking for a really great deal on this, Urban Outfitters has this kit on sale for $9.99 right now, and they have a discount code too (take10).
    If you ran out, now would be a good time to restock.

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