If you recall, I reviewed Cargo Cosmetics’ Emerald City Eyeshadow Palette ($34.00) and Eye Pencil Kit ($25.00) back in October (read the blog post here), which are part of this year’s beautiful limited edition holiday collection. I was given an opportunity to try out the brand’s other new release, the Blockbuster Eyeshadow Palette, an ultimate palette with a whopping forty-four shades in an array of wearable warm and cool, neutral and smokey colors. I’ve been crushing on this beautiful mega palette for weeks now and I’m so ecstatic to share it with you today, so go grab a snack, and sit back because I’ll be going into details about all of the colors, as well as the makeup look that I created with some of the shades.
The Blockbuster Eyeshadow Palette ($39.00 for 40 g) has the same stunning green and gold packaging like the other items in the limited edition collection and is massive in size with dimensions of 7.5″ x 7.5″. The aesthetic is so perfect for the holiday season and there’s a wonderful selection of colors in this palette to create a variety of looks. There’s also a full-sized mirror on the inside with the eyeshadows arranged diagonally to produce nine rows altogether with four rows of cool tones on the top, one large row of nudes in the center, and four rows of warm colors at the bottom. There’s a lovely mix of matte, satin, and shimmer shades, and I love how all of these colors were strategically placed to form a very well-thought-out and cohesive palette. Even though this is a huge palette, there’s a great balance in the structure so that it’s not overwhelming or intimidating to use — you can take a look at the palette and immediately see and understand how the colors are grouped together, which makes application a lot easier.
One major thing that I really like about these eyeshadows is that none of the shades are drying — regardless of the finish, they all felt soft and smooth. On the other hand, there was inconsistency with the formula as the colors didn’t perform uniformly — some matte shades were rich and others required layering, and some shimmer shades had wonderful pigmentation and others needed to be applied wet for more vibrancy. The formula isn’t as cohesive and effortless as the one in the Emerald City Eyeshadow Palette, but that doesn’t make this palette a dud because the colors are fairly workable and a little extra effort will surely produce a beautiful result.
There was a lot of unevenness during my swatch session, so I needed to layer majority of the colors for more depth, and this did transferred over to the actual application of the colors onto the eyes. These eyeshadows will need to be used with a primer underneath and will require building up for a more vibrant finish, which wasn’t difficult to do since the colors have wonderful blend-ability and layered on nicely. These fixable issues aside, my overall experience with working and wearing these eye colors was pretty good. While some colors needed a bit more work than others, the end result was still a seamlessly integrated look, which is the most important thing, at the end of the day. Are these colors easy to work with? Yes! Do they wear well with one another to create a well-blended look? Yes! Are they crease-free and long wearing? Yes!
I love the endless possibilities with this palette and for the price and amount of colors, it’s a great deal! Whether you’re a neutral lover or prefer to be on the bolder side, there’s plenty of options here to cater to everyone’s needs. I adore and truly enjoy the variety of colors, and I’m excited to experiment more with these shades!
Here are the swatches for all forty-four shades; no primer was used. To make swatching easier, I broke the colors up into five groups — two cool tones, one nude, and two warm tones.
- A1 – satin black
- B1 – matte plummy purple
- B2 – shimmery deep navy blue
- C1 – shimmery purple
- C2 – matte mauve
- C3 – shimmery deep plum
- C4 – dark gray with iridescent shimmers
- C5 – deep moss with a satin finish
- C6 – shimmery dark navy (a little lighter than B2)
- D1 – shimmery taupe with a frosty sheen
- D2 – satin grayish taupe
- D3 – shimmery cool brown
- D4 – muted lavender taupe with a satin finish
- D5 – shimmery cool-toned taupe with a gray undertone
- D6 – satin gray
- D7 – icy gray with fine shimmers
- D8 – satin blue with a gray undertone
- E1 – frosty cream with a shimmery finish
- E2 – pale yellow with a pink shift
- E3 – matte blush pink
- E4 – shimmery lightened rose gold
- E5 – cool light pink with a matte finish
- E6 – shimmery champagne with a silvery sheen
- E7 – muted gold with fine golden shimmers
- E8 – matte soft peach
- E9 – pale tangerine with a satin finish
- E10 – matte vanilla
- F1 – shimmery rose gold
- F2 – warm light brown with a satin finish
- F3 – peachy pink with golden shimmers
- F4 – satin lightened orange
- F5 – shimmery light brown
- F6 – shimmery bronze brown
- F7 – antique yellowish green with a satin finish
- F8 – light golden green with a shimmery finish
- G1 – satin reddish brown
- G2 – shimmery brown with a red tinge
- G3 – shimmery warm medium brown
- G4 – light yellowish tan with a satin finish
- G5 – warm brown with gold glitters
- G6 – olive green with golden shimmers
- H1 – shimmery brown
- H2 – deepened emerald green with a satin finish
- I1 – matte cocoa brown
Here is the makeup look that I created with this palette. The warm tones were calling my name, but I felt like I’ve been wearing so many warm colors lately, so I wanted to play with the purple shades to create a cool-toned look instead. I did a wearable smokey purple halo eye look with a little pop of glitter in the center of the lid for a fun, sparkly touch, finished off with a mauve liquid lipstick.
I used the colors:
- E5 – Crease
- C2 – Crease / Lower Lash Line
- C1 – Inner & Outer Lid
- E10 – Center Lid
- E2 – Brow Bone / Tear Duct
- A1 – Lower Lash Line
- G5 – Lower Lash Line
Thank you for reading and I hope you found this review helpful!
(I received this product complimentary of Cargo Cosmetics. The opinions expressed in this post were completely genuine.)