Swatch & Review: Cargo Blush in Rome

Have you ever been to Rome? I haven’t. After living in Europe for more than 3 years, I am a bit ashamed to say I haven’t visited Italy! In my imagination however, Rome is where Princess Ann meets Joe Bradley (put your hands in the air if you find Gregory Peck irresistible), Russel Crowe takes revenge on the evil emperor in the grand Colosseum, and Julia Roberts dosing her plate of spaghetti with a generous amount of Parmesan… Oooo Rome!

OK, I’m here to tell you about my Cargo blush named Rome instead of traveling. Cargo blush in Rome is one of the three things I got in my Beautybay order. I have heard good things about Cargo blushes, and since I wanted to try a coral blush, Rome found its way into my shopping cart. I have to admit up front that I am not the biggest fan of their packaging. The box it comes in looks a bit cheap for some reason (I guess I just prefer the classy and minimalist black-and-white boxes from MAC and Bobbi Brown), and out of the two blushes I ordered I do have a little problem opening one of the tins. Also, since the tins look all the same, unless you flip them over you wouldn’t know which one it is. I personally prefer the plastic see-through parts that a lot of blushes have, or Tarte’s compacts with different colors.

Now that we’ve got the only pitfall out of the way however, I can start telling you good things about Rome!

Rome is described as a “soft tangerine” by the Cargo website, but it is nowhere as tame as the website would like you to believe (the color I see on my screen is extremely muted compared with the real thing)! In pan Rome is a pretty bright coral. You can see a golden sheen and shimmer, but that only really comes out when you swatch it. Swatched on my NC30 warm-toned Asian skin, it is almost a peachy coral. It is undoubtedly warm-toned, and the golden shimmer adds even more warmness. When I swatched it on the back of my hand, I was a bit disappointed to be honest. I had expect it to be a bit more pigmented, but I had to build it up a little so that it would look the way it does in my swatch pictures.

As you can see, there is quite a bit of shimmer, but it is very fine. I have the impression that it looks more peachy in swatches than actually on my face. Texture-wise it is definitely the finest I have tried, very beautiful and not at all powdery. Compared with Tarte blushes which could be powdery in swatches (but not so when worn), Cargo is by far more finely-milled.

This is how it looks on me. In person it is a lot more visible, and a lot more coral than peach. I used my MAC 168, and it didn’t kick too much powder loose. It is not crazy pigmented, but it is very buildable, and I quickly reached the desired intensity. The shimmer is definitely not non-existent. Compared with Tarte Peaceful for example, whose shimmer is hardly noticeable on cheeks, Rome is definitely a shimmery one. However, the shimmer translates into a lovely glow-from-within without emphasizing my pores. I think this is a shade that will work even better when I am more tanned (though I’m in love with it already), and it will work very well with bronzers too. The greatest part? I wore it for 12 hours, and by the end of the day it was hanging onto my cheeks tenaciously! It didn’t even fade a single bit, which is something Tarte 12-Hour Amazonian Clay Blushes claim to do but fall short a little (I still love them. They are more pigmented than my Cargo ones, but by the end of the day they do tend to fade a little).

Cargo blushes cost 26 dollars (I think they very recently raised the price by one dollar), but it contains a whooping 8.9 grams. Compared with blushes in the same price range (NARS blushes cost 27 dollars and contain 4.54 grams, Tarte blushes cost 25 dollars and contain 5.67 grams), I consider this a steal! For my European/worldwide readers, the great news is that you can get Cargo products at a reasonable price from This is one of the rare sites that can do currency conversion right, instead of making consumers pay 25 euros for something that costs 25 dollars, so make sure you take a look!

Bottom line: I highly recommend Cargo blushes. If your skin tone is light-to-medium or darker, and you are warm-toned, definitely put this one on your wish list for spring and summer! It reminds me of sunny weather and makes me long for Rome!

How about you? Are you a coral fan? Have you tried Cargo? Are you also already dreaming about warmer weather?

Sunny xx

11 responses

  1. Looks like a pretty blush! Where does beautybay ship from? I want to Rome with my bf when we were in highschool, we had a blast! And yes, I am longing for spring! I’m soooooo tired of the winter I really dislike it so much! I’m already getting my brighter make up ready!

    • It really is a pretty blush! Beautybay ships from the UK, so shipping is reasonable too. You should subscribe to their newsletter because sometimes they have a minus 10% discount or free worldwide shipping!

      I’ve got to make it to Italy at some point. I’ve heard so much about it! I think we’re having a mild winter here, especially compared with last year (remember all the snow from November to February? It was crazy). I could just do with a bit more sunlight, but otherwise I’m still alive and kicking. But brighter looks never hurt anyone, so rock that brighter makeup Teri!

      • Thats awesome that they are in the uk, I’m definitely going to take a look! Im so in trouble by the way, bought waaay too much stuff during the winter sale, so its gonna be a bit less make up for me in february :(. I really loved the snow from last year by the way, it was great, only the muddy mess it creates was a bit annoying, but ah well you cant have it all :).

  2. this is an amazing review!
    thank you so much for the swatches and comparison to tarte blush.
    i agree with you. i thought this color is quite muted thanks(?) to the website swatch!

    i like cargo blush for NOT turning.
    for some reasons, not many blushes retain their true colors on my cheeks. ;/

    • Oh no, it’s defensibly not that tame! Do you own any Tarte blushes? They’re pretty good too, and they don’t oxidize on me (though I don’t currently own any that does).

  3. Great review Sunny! I really like the color of this blush – it gives you a very pretty hint of color!

    I’ve read a lot of good reviews on Cargo blushes but never tried them myself since they are a bit pricey, but I guess considering how much product you get, it’s a lot better of a deal than NARS or other high end blushes ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Rinny! You should give Cargo a chance. It has almost twice the amount of product compared with NARS, so if you find a color you like it’s a pretty sweet deal ๐Ÿ™‚

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