Product Review: Cargo Classic Lip Gloss

Cargo Classi Lip Gloss, US$22.00 (On Sale at Sephora for US$5.50)
Cargo Classic Lip Gloss, US$22.00 (On Sale at Sephora for US$5.50)

I have to admit – Cargo isn’t my usual brand for makeup and I rarely buy it. I bought this because it was on sale at for only $5.50 and since it has great reviews and I needed something cheap to get free shipping, I bought it in Big Sur, a mauve rose color that looks very neutral.

Am I glad I did. This is pretty ingenious actually – it comes with a time strip to tell you how long you have left on the product’s 9-month shelf life once opened. I am not usually a big fan of lip glosses as they tend to be really sticky and some taste horrible, but this one is so non-sticky and wears almost like a nice lip balm – doesn’t drip, doesn’t feel heavy and the color is just right. The Big Sur shade is actually very neutral (more neutral than I initially thought) – a nice medium pink-brown shade but the color is so sheer you can’t go wrong. It is also very conditioning and moisturizing – even after I blot it off, my lips still feel moist.

I believe this is one of the best lip glosses I have ever tried. The non-sticky part is my favorite and it’s pretty long wearing. It’s the best US$5.50 I have ever spent!

(Cargo items are flying off the shelves fast at as I am typing this. Get them while you can!)


4 comments on Product Review: Cargo Classic Lip Gloss

  1. semicollante
    March 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Hi, Joseibi 🙂 Sorry I keep pestering you with questions, but it seems that you have all the answers. Right now, I have switched to DHC cleansing oil, with the lemon juice toner, and laneige night cream following it. I’ve given the clarisonic to my mom (which she loves), and am going to start exfoliating twice a week with the laneige strawberry peel. I think my skin loves it so far. 🙂 Thank you so much for your advice!
    However, I realized that I only need cleansing oil when I’m using BB cream, whereas when I’m using mamonde 10 hr makeup base and foundation before, I just washed with my regular cleanser, and it did not give me any trouble. Can you tell me why this is so? Is BB cream somewhat more adhesive, thus harder to clean? I’ve started using BB cream because people claim they have all those almost magical benefits, and I never thought about what it does to me. They give me the same effect as base and foundation, but when I do not remove properly, they give me pimples. I have used BB cream for around a month, and have not yet really seen any “healing” benefits. So I was wondering what you think of BB creams because you are so knowledgeable about skincare and makeup. Do you think the hype is well deserved?
    Thank you so much! Your blog has become a daily staple in my life. 🙂

  2. Joseibi
    March 30, 2010 at 11:15 am (7 years ago)

    Dear semicollante,

    Don’t be sorry, I am glad to help even though I don’t think I have all the answers either! 😉 your regime sounds great. I love Laneige’s strawberry yogurt peel (and the massage pack too). It smells so good.

    Some of the foundation or BB creams are just by nature a little more pore clogging than others. Some people are ok with them, some experienced what you had – breakouts. Korean products tend to use nanotechnology, so even though the traditional (non-nanotech) makeup is supposed to only sit on the surface of your skin, the nano-sized particles can be absorbed into the skin. Or it could be just that particular BB cream you have problems with (something in the ingredient may cause a reaction with your skin). We will never really know the answer (skin is very mysterious!) but now that you know you need cleansing oil, that means you probably weren’t able to remove the BB cream with your other cleanser, which caused you to breakout.

    BB creams claimed to be this and that, but from my experience, it is a glorified tinted moisturizer. The Korean BB creams are so close to being a foundation, I don’t know whether there are any added benefits to them. I once tried a Korean BB cream and reviewed it here: but because I have no blemishes, I didn’t find it to be useful at all. I also find a lot of Korean base makeup to be slightly heavy (too thick) and too pink, with few exceptions.

    Anyway, some people do swear by BB creams but if your skin is fairly clear, you probably won’t reap much benefit from them. Your skin care routine is very good so as long as you can keep your skin clear, you won’t need any coverage! 😉

  3. semicollante
    March 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm (7 years ago)

    Thank you, Joseibi. I have tried quite a few BB creams, and my experience is quite weird actually. The first one I tried is by VOV Castledew. I took it on vacation for a week, cleaned with a regular cleanser, and it worked great, lightening my acne mark. However, 6 months later, when I somehow began using this BB cream again, it not only broke me out, but eventually burnt my face. I assumed it was expired. I have since tried four more BB creams, two from Jadilla J, one from skin79, and my current one from Hanskin. The former three have all broken me out after five days to a week. I am using DHC cleansing oil with hanskin, so after three days, I haven’t had any problems yet. So you can see my confusion.
    I started using makeup base and foundation at the early age of 12, not because I needed it, but because mom thought it protected me from the computer radiation and sun. Until a year ago, I still don’t really need any coverage, but mom always say my skin has a better texture after foundation.
    The reason I need foundation now is my acne marks. When I was 12ish, I always had a lot of pimples since mom didn’t believe in cleansing. When I was 14, I discovered clean and clear bp cleanser, and my face was clear for 2 years. Before last year, my pimples never left a mark, so that they were gone within 4 days. However, when I turned 15, my occasional pimples started leaving marks that would fade after 6 months or so. I know that skin is complicated, but do you have any idea how I could suddenly develop acne marks?
    Thank you so much 🙂

  4. Joseibi
    April 2, 2010 at 2:45 pm (7 years ago)

    Dear semicollante,

    I can only imagine how difficult and frustrating it is to try different products and experience breakouts! I can only guess that the BB creams didn’t agree with your skin, or that they weren’t completely removed and clogged your pores.

    You do need a sunscreen but foundations don’t really protect the skin from radiation or pollution. I remember you use a very strong sunscreen daily, right? That should prevent the acne scars from getting darker. Even if you are indoors and if you use any whitening products, be sure to use a high protection sunscreen (minimum SPF 25).

    Are your pimples severe when they leave marks? I hope you don’t pop them! Popping them will definitely leave scars. Nothing can really remove the acne scars quickly but you can try exfoliating once to twice a week, that will speed up the new skin forming to replace the scar but it won’t be a quick solution. It may take months to do that too. Or if you have some light scarring the exfoliation will lessen the severity within a few weeks.

    It’s hard to pinpoint what brings on the pimples, some dermatologists think the position of the pimples will indicate a problem – for example, according to Dermatologica brand website, if you have pimples on your chin and forehead it could be hormonal; around the sinuses, allergy/congestion; on the nose – oiliness. If your diet and skin care regime didn’t change it could be a case of the hormones. In adults, dehydration can be a cause of adult acne too (which is a typical Japanese approach – brands like Ettusais and Kose Junkisui are based on this theory).

    I hope that once your hormones settle you will have less breakouts. Sometimes it’s very frustrating to find the right products that work for you! I don’t know if I was able to help you with this answer but I hope that your skin will settle down soon! 😉


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