Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Review

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette Review

I love a good eyeshadow palette, although I've only recently dipped my toes into the world of high end makeup with the impulse purchase of the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette. Previously all of my eyeshadows had been drugstore and there are some really great drugstore options, but I wanted to try something new, I also wanted to move slightly away from my very natural, nude normal eyeshadow and experiment with colour a little bit. 

That's where the Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris palette came into play. I stumbled upon it while scrolling through the Fragrance Direct website and couldn't believe it when I saw it was only £13 (It's now up to £19.99). After a quick internet search where I found the palette on Debenhams for £35, I thought at such a good price I had to try it out, however I am a blogger so I did search out a few reviews first, and there wasn't that many, it seems this palette hasn't been talked about that much. The reviews were generally good, so I went ahead and purchased. 

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette Review
[Top Row L-R : Macaron, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Creme Brûlée, Bonjour, Cafe]
[Bottom Row L-R : Baguette, Croissant, Versailles, Madame, Bastille, Beret]

The palette itself is black plastic with the cover being cardboard covered with fabric, I do love the pattern on the cover and the palette is very light and seems quite durable. There is a magnetic fastening to keep the lid closed and a reasonable sized mirror. I do think the inside packaging does make it seem a little bit cheap, especially as the sale price is £35. As you can see I used the palette before photographing, and it's definitely not the easiest to clean, every time I tried to wipe away the eyeshadow on the edges it spread more and just made a bigger mess. This isn't really a downfall just makes for a slightly less nice photo! 

As you'd probably expect the palette comes with a brush, this one is double ended with an angled brush on one end and a fluffy shadow brush on the other end. The brush isn't terrible but it definitely isn't great, I like the angled end, but i find the fluffy end sheds a bit and isn't amazing for blending or applying shadow, I will still use it occasionally but I'm more likely to use my other makeup brushes. 

I'd say this palette is definitely not an every day palette, it doesn't contain any matte shades which is definitely a down side in my opinion as you'd probably want to use another palette along with this for a blending or transition shade. However I do really like this palette for a more statement eye look, especially in the evening. I do love a glittery or shimmery eyeshadow which this palette is filled with, so if you're into matte shades I wouldn't recommend picking this up. 

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
[Top Row Swatches - L - R : Macaron, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Creme Brûlée, Bonjour, Cafe]

Now onto the swatches. This is the top row and features some of my favourite shades. The first shade Macaron is a pale gold, champagne shimmery shade that is a nice inner corner highlight. The next three shades are my favourites, they're all really creamy and very pigmented, they apply beautifully and are such bright metallic shade especially if you build up the application a bit, my swatches are just one swipe of the product and they still show true to colour. Eiffel Tower is a metallic gold, Louvre a metallic silver and Creme Brûlée a metallic copper colour. 

The next two shades on this row are Bonjour a dark brown with gold glitter, and Cafe a lighter brown with small gold flecks, both of these shades come out darker than they look in the pan in my opinion, with Bonjour looking like an almost black brown, and cafe being a darker brown. Unfortunately these shades are no where near as nice as the previous ones in the row, they're not as creamy or as pigmented, and they are a lot harder to work with, this especially applied to Bonjour which was crumbly and didn't apply smoothly which you can see in the swatch.

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
[Bottom Row Swatches - L - R : Beret, Bastille, Madame, Versailles, Croissant, Baguette]

This is a lot darker than the previous row and contains a few more troublesome shades. Baguette is a very pale beige shade with a hint of shimmer, this applies nicely and is creamy. Croissant is the shade that surprised me the most, as in the pan it looks like a browny blue however when applied it looks a lot more or a red copper shade with a teal shift to it. This is one of my favourite shades as I have nothing else like it and it is beautifully creamy and pigmented, like the other shimmer shades it applies really well. 

The next four shades I found to again be slightly problematic. When I first saw the palette I was so excited to try Versailles, a dark forest green with lots of small flecks of silver and gold glitter, however I found this shade to be crumbly and have a lot of fall out when applied to the eyes. It is a gorgeous shade of green though so Im hoping to find a way to make it work better. Madame was another shade that looked gorgeous in the pan, a dark metallic purple with fleck of gold glitter in. In this swatch it has photographed a lot brighter than it looks in real life, where it is less of a bright purple and instead has a very dark almost black undertone. This shade does apply a bit better than some of the other glitter shades but the pigmentation is lost once applied to the eye which is a shame. 

Bastille is a dark shimmery silver shade, that in the pan looks like a steel blue but once swatched looks more of a dark silver colour, this shade applies okay, it isn't as creamy as the metallic shades in the top row, but it isn't powdery or crumbly like Bonjour and Versailles. Finally is Beret a dark charcoal with silver glitter, this shadow was similar to Bonjour in the application, being crumbly and powdery and not applying smoothly or being as pigmented as the other shades. 

Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette

Overall I'd say this palette is good. The shimmery metallic shades; Macaroon, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Creme Brûlée, Baguette and Croissant, apply beautifully they're pigmented and great colours for a more statement eye. The other shades aren't as great with Bonjour, Beret, Versailles and Madame being difficult to work with and a bit of a let down with the pigmentation, however I haven't tried these shades wet which I think would help with application and make the shadows more vibrant. 

I do think this palette has a lovely variety of colours and has a lot of potential to create some amazing looks with a little bit of patience and experimenting. I also love all of the names, makes me want to book a trip to Paris! I've enjoyed trying out a new brand as I'd never had anything from Cargo Cosmetics before, and If you're into eyeshadow and want to try a palette that has some slightly different shades then I'd recommend giving Let's Meet In Paris a go, however I do not think it is worth £35 and if you're going to get it make sure you get it cheaper from somewhere like Fragrance Direct. 

Also I would say if you're looking for a palette that will cover all your needs this isn't the one, the lack of matte shades and the problematic shades definitely stopped this palette from being a potential favourite.  

You can buy the Cargo Cosmetics Let's Meet In Paris Eyeshadow Palette at Fragrance Direct for £19.99, and at other retailers, including Debenhams for £35.

I hope this review was helpful, let me know if you've tried any Cargo Cosmetics makeup? And if you've got an all time favourite eye shadow palette, drugstore or high end, let me know in the comments. 

26 comments

  1. Love a good honest review, Emma! It's such a shame about that lovely purple shade, I hate it when colours look different on compared to in the pan! xxxx

    Rhianna | robowecop

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  2. Thanks! It's not a bad palette just not a great one. Im so gutted about the green and purple, also annoying how it looks quite vibrant in the swatch I've done but it doesn't actually look that nice, its a lot darker. Think Im going to try them wet and see how they do. They good shadows are really good though! So such a shame about the not so good ones. xxx

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  3. shame about the price, a few of the colours looks gorgeous xx

    Hannah | Heyitshannaah

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  4. This did look promising, but I do like my matte shades so think I'll steer clear!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  5. Sounds like the palette has both good and bad points to it! Can't believe it retails at £35 in Debenhams, the packaging doesn't replicate the price! Madame looks like a gorgeous shade xx

    Hannah x | hannatalks

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  6. It looks like a gorgeous palette although I would prefer some more mattes x


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  7. Incredible colours, those swatches are stunning. I'd love to try this product!

    Anything & Everything | Bloglovin'

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  8. Great review. I really enjoyed this post, the shades are pretty amazing!
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  9. This is such a cute packaging and amazing shade selection. Crazy how different the prices are between retailers though!
    Caroline xx
    www.seekingellejay.blogspot.com

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  10. Looks like an amazing palettes :)

    I love the color and the pouch too :)

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  11. oooh, Versailles is the one that stood out to me as well. Sorry to hear it's not living up to expectations. Like how the photos show the shimmer in these shadows - always like a bit of sparkle ;)

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  13. Yeah It's definitely not worth £35 in my eyes, but I was lucky getting it for £13 and I think it's probably a good palette at that price. x

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  14. Yeah it's definitely not a palette you can use on its own, nice for a more dramatic or evening eye look, but would be so much better if it had a couple of mattes in it. x

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  15. Yeah it's so not worth £35! The good shades are really good, so if they were all that good it would be perfect but the few not so great shades do let it down. xx

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  16. It is gorgeous, some of the colours are amazing, but yeah it's definitely lacking in mattes! x

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  17. If you like glittery shades then I'd definitely recommend it, but only if you can pick it up for less than the original price, I wouldn't pay more than £20 for it. x

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  18. Thanks, they are beautiful colours definitely. x

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  19. I love the packaging, and the colours are beautiful, but yeah I couldn't believe the price difference, one of the main reasons I brought it, figured it was a bargain! x

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  20. It's an alright palette, not a favourite but I'll definitely get some use out of it. :) x

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  21. I've tried Madame wet now and it looks so much better than dry, it's beautiful. x

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  22. Yeah Versailles really stood out to me but it just doesn't work well, fall out and not pigmented and difficult to work with. The shimmery shades are gorgeous though. x

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  23. It's a really nice palette. :) x

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  24. Thank you so much, I'll check it out now :) x

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