Review & Swatches: Cargo Blush in “Tonga”

Cargo Blush in Tonga

Availability: ULTA, Cargo
Price: $29.00

Company’s Description

“Second to none” is how famed makeup artist Jackie Gideon describes our blushes. Jackie’s favorite shade is Catalina while celebrity artist Sam Fine loves Laguna. With professional formulations and a wide array of colors that range from neutral to vibrant, our blushes have earned their place on sets of film and television and have become must-haves in makeup kits everywhere.

Cargo Cosmetic’s line of pressed powder blushes come in 15 different shades. The shade Tonga–a pink terracotta color–is reviewed below.

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: 10/10

“Second to none” is spot-on.

First, Tonga is the kind of color that adapts to every possible situation you could be in, save maybe some crazy editorial shoot where you want extreme colors on the cheek. It’s a color that I see working with any skin tone and color. You can wear it with a conservative workplace look or a sultry nighttime look. You can wear a sheer or heavy layer.

Second, the formula is perfect. It is neither powdery, nor stiff. It has just enough softness to transfer onto your brush effortlessly while avoiding the dust-cloud that some overly-soft formulas create. The powder blends out evenly and sets into the skin. The finish is matte but doesn’t make the skin look the least bit dry or cakey.

Third, the blush has great lasting power. I’ve worn this blush through a 10-hour workday and into the night without seeing any color fading.

I really cannot think of any criticism of this blush. It is one of my all-time favorite colors and has a fantastic formula.

Ease of Use: 10/10

I spend very little time applying and blending out this blush because it transfers easily and blends beautifully over the skin.

Price: 9.25/10

For $29.00 you get 8.9 grams (0.314 ounces) of product. For the price, this is noticeably more product compared to similar brands like Stila, LORAC, and Tarte.

Final Grade

Cargo Blush Box Packaging

Cargo Blush Packaging

Cargo Blush in Tonga

Cargo Blush in Tonga

Cargo Blush in Tonga

Cargo Blush in Tonga Swatches


Talc, Lecithin, Nylon-12, Silica, Polyethylene, Zinc Stearate, Bismuth Oxychloride, Castor Oil, Silk Powder, Dimethicone, Coco Caprylate/Caprate, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Calcium Silicate, Methicone, Mineral Oil, Ultramarines, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Methylcellulose, Polysorbate 85, Iron Oxides, Carmine, D&C Red 6 Barium Lake, D&C Red 7 Calcium Lake, D&C Red 33 Aluminum Lake, D&C Red 36 Barium Lake, D&C Yellow 6 Aluminum Lake, D&C Yellow 5 Zirconium Lake, FD&C Yellow 5, FD&C Yellow 6

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4 Responses to Review & Swatches: Cargo Blush in “Tonga”

  1. Jeanne says:

    I got a Cargo blush in the Safari Kit and for some reason, I cannot open it anymore! I don’t know what happened, the lid will not twist and I can’t pull it off cleanly. I also had trouble with the eyeshadow that came in the kit (in a similar but smaller container) but that was slightly easier to open because it’s smaller, do you have any tips/ideas? Thanks!

  2. amarock says:

    I LOVE Cargo blushes! I’m on a mission to purchase all of them. The last one I purchased was Prague, which is similar to Tonga (but slightly darker) and I was torn about which to get (but of course knowing full well I’d eventually get the other one). And your post convinced me to get Tonga next!

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