It may be Fall, but I could wear vibrant lips all year round. I swear Vancouver is sucking the moisture out of my face already, my skin feels oily/dry and my lips have flakes the size of a pinky nail. The Cargo Essential Lip Gloss in Rio is currently my life saver at the moment to mask those flaws!
I’m a lipstick girl, but recently, the lip glosses technology is evolving faster than iPhones. I haven’t experienced the Cargo brand much but I have heard great things about their waterproof blush and their magic brush. Toss me a lip product that I’m instantly interested, and the word “essential” in Cargo Essential Lip Gloss(3g) caught my attention. As this is named as an “essential,” my expectations jump to- no stickiness, shiny but not shimmery (personal preference here,) and shows up on my lips.
This new generation line of Cargo Lip Glosses is in a larger package and it delivers super high shine gloss, intense colour payoff, and locks in moisture. The key ingredients are Vitamin E, Jojoba Seed oil, and Castor Seed oil to bring deep hydration and “decrease appearance of furrows around the mouth.” The presence of Hydrogenated Polyisobutene “offers supreme moisture and boosts collagen creating a wonderfully emollient restoration to skins suppleness and softens lip tissue.” (I’m always a bit wary about products providing volume, I feel a bit gimmicky since I never really feel like my lips look fuller than it’s natural state, unless a light reflects off it, but that’s thanks to physics.)
The packaging is simple- silver lid with an attached doe foot applicator, and a transparent tube to see the colour in all its glory. Rio is a semi, sheer coral-red colour. Not an ultimate red, nor too bright; I think it’s a great elementary colour for an eye catching lip. (By the way, I noticed that the names of these lip glosses are almost similar with Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains, as they’re also named after cities.)
One of my favourite part of the lipgloss is how well it hides the flaking lips. I’ve had many encounters with glosses that are moisturizing, but they accentuate the outline of where the lip skin is dying. Cargo Essential Lip Gloss sort of melts the chapped lips (sounds kind of gross) but no one can tell that underneath my gloss is a massive bed of wrinkles and flakes. Another plus of the gloss is the lack of chunky glitter, it glides on smoothly and does deliver shine. In my review on the Make Up For Ever Artist Liner, I am also wearing this lip gloss- I think it matches with green/blue eyeliner quite nicely. 🙂
Though the gloss isn’t sticky, it doesn’t really dry on the lips so if your hair is flying around, there will be some sort of unexplainable magnetic attraction between gloss and hair. The longest I’ve had on the gloss was for 3.5 hours (because I need to eat/drink periodically!) and it comes off easily with a napkin. I haven’t tested this for a longer duration, but I think wearing it between 2 meals is pretty good.
Final conclusion: There are no bells and whistles in Cargo Essential Lip Gloss- I find that what I want in a lip gloss is packaged in here already. There’s nothing mind blowing about it, but if you’re looking for a higher end lip product without spending too much, these glosses is a great choice! I’d consider them as a great gift for a makeup lover as well. Cargo Essential Lip Gloss can be purchased at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, or London Drugs at $19 CAD (or online for $16 US.)
Disclaimer: This post contains a sample sent for review. All opinions are my own.
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