There’s something about the beauty department at department stores like Debenhams. The uber chic and sparkling white counters manned by staff in crisp uniforms make you feel like you’re in another world, a world where beauty products are holy grail. When I step foot onto their high shined floors, I practically hear angels singing and feel as though I’m going to see the pearly gates and a woman playing a harp. This is my idea of heaven (aside from that new Sky advert with a million David Beckhams in)
Debenhams is renowned for stocking some of the most popular beauty brands in the business, so making it onto their shop floor is a sign of quality.
CARGO are the latest brand to be joining the beauty hall of fame at Debenhams.
I have to admit I had never heard of them until recently, they’re an American brand, so maybe you may not have either. But in the world of beauty blogging, country aint nothing but geography – ask all those people applying their Maybelline Babylips and Tarte Amazonian blushers.
CARGO was founded in 1996 by Hana Zalzal who wanted to create professional color cosmetic line that would be used by top makeup artists would covet but could also be accessible for women everywhere. With their individual packaging and quality products, Cargo is one of the best professional brands in the beauty business. It’s all about creating modern tools for the timeless art of self-expression.
To celebrate the launch of the CARGO line into Debenhams, I was sent a selection of nude products to try out including their single tin eyeshadows in Flint (a dark grey toned brown which is perfect for defining the crease Lana Del Ray style or using wet along the lash line for a smouldering liner) and Windsor (a great base colour for a neutral eye and also comes in handy for using on the brow bone) – both shadows are extremely creamy feeling and pigmented.
The product I was most excited to try was the Water Resistant Bronzer – you heard me – water resistant. I’m not much of a bronzer wearer, bronzers tend to make me look either orange or muddy faced. Applied with a normal hand this could be guilty of that exact thing (its quite warm toned) but applied lightly this gives the perfect glow on my cheeks and end of my nose (tip from Terri Lowe there) instead of blush. I find it just looks more natural in the summer than blusher – everybody loves looking sunkissed. I tested this out on one of the hottest summer days and there was not so much as a slip from it – considering trying it out while watching The Notebook to REALLY test its water resistant claims.
Lastly I tried out their lipgloss in Las Vegas Strip, which is a lovely sheer nude shade with a hint of a shimmer. The formula is rather hydrating but not sticky in the slightest and it smells divine. I’m not much for nude lips, I usually stick to a bright lip and a simple eye – but this will come in handy for gorgeous Angelina style lips when I create a smokey eye.