Cargo Vintage Escape review & swatches

I know that it’s a bit late for an autumn palette review, but it’s so cold and gloomy outside, and I thought that a little warmth, be it in the form of eyeshadow, will not go wasted.

The beauty pictured above is Cargo’s Vintage Escape eyeshadow palette. If I’m not mistaken, it was a limited edition and it was part of last years fall collection, but you can still find it on Amazon or eBay for a fraction of the full price. Normally I’d be wary of fakes when shopping on these two particular sites, but since Cargo is not one of the most expensive brands out there I don’t think there is danger in this particular case.

The palette contains 12 shades (5 matte and 7 shimmers) of eyeshadow and a dual-ended brush. Usually the brushes which come with palettes like this really suck (I’m looking at you The Balm cosmetics), but surprisingly enough, this one is pretty good and I find myself using it. The shader side is soft and picks up shadow well, and the liner side is, well, a gel-liner brush – not hard to mess up.

The colour selection is gorgeous – there is not a single shade I don’t like. Somehow it captures every pretty autumn colour – the soft and deeper browns, copper, blue-gray, muted green and even a deep matte black. I look at it and I see my favourite season.

Below are the shades swatched over the Too Faced Shadow Insurance. For every colour there is a finger swatch on the left and a brush swatch (done with Zoeva 234 Smoky Shader brush) on the right.


Harvest Moon is a matte white/yellow. It’s pretty sheer, but works great as a inner corner highlight or browbone colour.

Cuddle is a shimmery light pink. It looks coral in the pan, but it’s not.

Frolic is just beautiful. There’s no way to capture this colour on pictures and the swatch does not do it justice. It’s rich warm brown with green shimmer. There is something similar in Wet’n’Wild’s Comfort Zone palette, but Frolic is way prettier in my opinion.


Crisp is pretty close to Harvest moon colour wise, but shimmery. It looks just a tad yellower to me.

Hot Cocoa is a warm matte light brown. Perfect transition shade.

Autumn is a matte muted orange. I really like this one, because it is so hard to find a wearable orange eyeshadow.


Cinnamon is a deep bronze metallic shade.

Twigs is a shimmery blue-gray.

Black Crow is a deep matte black.


Withered Leaves is a shimmery gold-green.

Rustic is a shimmery copper.

Chestnut is a deep matte warm brown. It looks really dark on the eyes.

All of the shades are pigmented, buildable, easy to blend and don’t have a lot of of fallout. The mattes are definitely on par with my Urban Decay Naked Basics 2.


The packaging is brown leather on the outside, and black plastic on the inside. The palette closes with a magnet and comes with a big mirror. It doesn’t look cheap and it’s sturdy.

Pictured below is the list of ingredients. I did my research online and it turns out that Cargo is a cruelty free brand and does not test it’s products or ingredients on animals. Cargo products are also not sold in China. Sadly, the company is owned by TPR Holdings which does own other brands that conduct test on animals.


Overall, I love Vintage Escape. I love the formula, I love the shade selection, I love the diversity and the fact that you can create a look using just this palette and nothing else. On me the shades wear well for 6-7 hours over a base. When it comes to Cargo eyeshadows I’ve heard that they are a bit of a hit or miss – sometimes the palette will be good and sometimes not so much, but this one is a true gem in my opinion. If you can get your hands on it, make sure to get it.


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