Review & Swatches: Cargo Beach Blush in “Echo Beach”

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach

Availability: ULTA, Cargo
Price: $30.00

Company’s Description

Imagine the perfect marriage of blush and bronzer! Four harmonious shades work together to provide perfectly flushed cheeks with a sun-drenched glow. Golden Goddess effects in a flash! Our BeachBlush™ has earned its status as one of CARGO’s most iconic products and even appeared as a question on Jeopardy! Packaged in our signature tin with generous surface area for easy swirling.

Cargo Cosmetic’s Beach Blushes come in 6 different color-combinations that each contain 4 blush/bronzer colors. This review is for Echo Beach, which contains a warm, berry bronze color medley.

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Packaging: 9/10

Cargo’s blushes come in the company’s signature circular tin packaging. The tops slide off and the light-weight nature of the material makes these a good choice for traveling with.

Quality: 8.75/10

Echo Beach contains a medium-toned dirty pink, a champagne-pink, a brick red, and a coppery-bronze. The shades are on the sheer side upon initial application. You can build up the pigmentation by applying multiple layers.

In the pan, this blush looks quite frosty. But once the product is applied to the cheeks you get a layer of sheen without any individual shimmer particles. You can get a soft sheen effect by applying the powder lightly or build up the blush to get a strong sheen finish.

I find the formula for this shade to be more stiff compared to most of Cargo’s regular-line blushes, which means you don’t get as strong of a color with the first layer. It also means that the finish is slightly uneven.

The combination of colors in Echo Beach can be used dynamically. You can use just the 2 lighter colors as a highlighter, just the 2 darker colors for a blush, all the colors combined as a blush, or all the colors combined and lightly applied for a slightly shimmery bronzing effect.

Ease of Use: 8.75/10

The best way to apply this blush is with a fluffy powder brush. You may find that you need to buff out the product and touch-up on patchy areas.

Price: 9.25/10

For $30.00 you get 9 grams (0.317 ounces) of product. For the price, this is noticeably more product compared to similar brands like Stila, LORAC, and Tarte.

Final Grade

Cargo Beach Blush Packaging

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach Swatches

Cargo Beach Blush in Echo Beach Swatch Blended


Mica , Dimethicone , Zinc Stearate , Ethylhexyl Palmitate , Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate , Octyldodecanol , Potassium Sorbate , Sodium Benzoate , Benzyl Alcohol , Bht , Tin Oxide
(+/-) CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499 (Iron Oxides) , CI 75470 (Carmine) , CI 45410 (Red 27 Lake) , CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake) , CI 15850 (Red 6 Lake)

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