Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Cargo Cosmetics Vintage Escapes Palette Review & Swatches

Autumn always feels like a rushed season, as soon as September strikes the dreaded 'C' word is mentioned every now and again and people look towards the end of the year and plan their resolutions and turkey dinners.  However, autumn has had a bit of a homecoming in recent years, with Pumpkin Spice everything, several candles celebrating the scents tied with this time of year and an abundance of tag videos, (side note - what even is a haunted hayride?) It seems the blogging world doesn't want to see autumn go unnoticed, and neither do I. I'd like us savour our Pumpkin Spice Lattes just a little longer and chat about unmistakably autumnal eyeshadow palette which is the Cargo Cosmetics' Vintage Escapes Palette. This baby houses 12 shadows with a 7:5 shimmer:matte ratio, includes a double ended brush and is wrapped up in a faux tan leather exterior. The colours themselves are mainly warmer toned shades with a couple cooler tones for balance, and I must say I am thoroughly enjoying this palette!

Let's talk the case and brush first. The outer part is cardboard covered in faux leather but the casing for the shadows themselves is a sturdy plastic so I do believe the case would be able to handle a battering if you're someone who travels a lot. My only issue with the case is the magnetic closure is showing signs of wear, maybe the magnets are too good or the glue isn't good enough, but it's nothing a bit of double-sided sticky can't fix! The brush included is okay, it by no means is one of those 'oh my god why did you include this piece of rubbish' type applicators, but it isn't one that I will be reaching for over those in my current collection. The shadows themselves across the entire palette are brilliant quality, blend out like a dream and are well pigmented so can be built up to full-on colour in no time. The colour selection is definitely geared towards a more warm, autumnal look but this palette can easily be used all year round. 

T-B: Hot Cocoa, Crisp, Cuddle, Harvest Moon (My camera had real trouble picking up the last two!)
Hot Cocoa
This is one of those palette staples, Hot Cocoa is a cooler toned medium brown and is perfect blending out a look no matter how subtle the look, and I have used this shade through my brows a couple of times and it works perfectly for them too!

Harvest Moon
Another palette essential, a light matte shade perfect for prepping the lid or a nice highlight under the brow, maybe not the most exciting, but it is such a lovely texture and a shade you'll get loads of use out of.

Crisp is Harvest Moon's shimmery counterpart, although it is noticeably more yellow toned. One of the more shimmery in the palette, this sure packs a punch and would be great to brighten up those inner corners.

Cuddle is a light dusky pink shade with a subtle shimmer running through. This could be one of those quick wash of colour/there but not there shades if used on it's own to bring a little brightness to the eye or it could tie a more shadow-heavy look together!

T-B: Frolic, Cinnamon, Autumn, Withered Leaves

Frolic is a cooler toned metallic brown shade. It sounds like an odd'un but I think it is a really unique colour which could be the main focus of an eye look or would look great blended into the outer corners as part of a heavier look.

I feel like cinnamon steals the show in this palette, it's like a burnt, antique gold colour which is so buttery I can't stop swatching it. A light dusting gives a off a really pretty sheen, but I love amping this shade up to it's full potential with some nice smudgy black liner.

Autumn is deeper than Cuddle but still holds that dusky pink quality in matte format. This is another shade which I think you could use to blend out a look or for a simple eye look it would make green/hazel eye really pop!

Withered Leaves
This shade was the only shade I was umming and ahhing over as to whether I'd wear it prior to purchasing the palette. My mum is a big fan of green eyeshadow so part of me wanted to de-pot it and give it to mumsy, but after a swatch or two I found this shade sheered out makes for a really interesting colour which isn't like anything I own so sorry mumma - I'm holding onto this one.

T-B: Twigs, Black Crow Rustic, Chestnut
Twigs is that classic smokey eye shade which I must admit is potentially the only one that looks out of place next to the other shadows. That being said, it is a great colour and one that a lot of people (myself included) would get a lot of use out of it so I understand why it's been included!

Black Crow
Ain't no palette without a matte black, however Black Crow isn't as pigmented as the other shades which may not necessarily be a bad thing because trust a black shadow to come along and ruin your whole look. This could be used to deepen the colour of a look without having you resemble a panda.

Rustic is a lot more coppery than Cinnamon, but it is similar in the captures the light and your attention. If you've got blue eyes, I can't even begin to imagine how this would look on your lids - damn near short of perfect I'd say!

Chestnut is a matte brown shade which in the pan looks quite reddy, but when swatched that doesn't translate. This is a great shade to line the eyes with and blend in with those other browny hues.

Overall, I'm a happy bunny with this palette and can see me reaching for this one even after autumn is through. It has the capability to be used on a daily basis for quick and simple daytime looks but also can be used to make several very special looks indeed. I don't think the price point is extortionate either as it works out to roughly £3 a shadow which all 12 are well worth. This may be hard to source at a counter - I know Debenhams stock Cargo however I purchased mine from Feel Unique who ship worldwide! This is a great addition to my palette stash so I'd run and grab it quick if I were you, after all, winter is coming.

Are you enjoying Autumn?
Which shade is your favourite?
Let me know in the comments!!

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