Monday, November 23, 2009

Zoom In On: Cargo Catalina Blush

As what had been made obvious by my previous posts, I am so in love with blushes. Cargo blush in Catalina is one of my serious blush loves. The photos of my Catalina will show you just how much I love it. I used it almost every day during the months after its purchase. I remembered feeling so happy when I hit pan on it. ( I usually feel this way for all of my makeup items. Maybe because “hitting pan” is an affirmation that the money I spent did not go to waste as I was able to use the product a lot of times.) I sort of neglected Catalina since I was buying new blushes almost every month this year.
Catalina is a matte bubblegum pink shade that is perfect during those days when you just want a barely there makeup and a natural light pinkish flush on your face. This shade is always likened to Nars Desire although many said in reviews that the latter is brighter and a lot warmer than the former. Nevertheless, I love Catalina because it flatters my skin tone so well and its staying power is also superb.
I also like Catalina for the following reasons:
  • The blush is so finely milled and it seemed to be packed so tight on its container that you don’t see a lot of powdery left-over when a brush is used for application.
  •  I LOVE its utilitarian tin containers as it is very unique. It is also easy to ply it open. Because the case is made of tin, it is sturdier compared to that of Everyday Minerals pressed blushes. The product also adheres well to the casing even if I have hit pan on the middle.
  •  Very pigmented and because of its staying power, there is no need to retouch very often.
  •  It contains more product at 8.9 grams which is a lot bigger than other high-end brands.
It does have limitations however. These are:
  • It is not locally available. Some online stores sell it but it is not always available.
  • Pricey. Retails around Php 1,400 – Php 1,600.
  • Its casing tends to rust or discolor as is evidenced by the pics I included. This happens however, to the exterior part of the packaging only.
  • It isn't travel-friendly. The packaging does not include a mirror and a brush. When you use this, you would have to bring a separate brush and mirror with you.
  • The shade, in particular, may not show up easily on some skin tones as its shade intensity is very light.
  • The shade is very “dupeable” ( if such a word exists lol).             
  • It turns a little “peachy” on my oil mine of a face especially during really humid days.
Despite these limitations, I love Cargo blushes to bits. I would be collecting these blushes if only it has a distributor here in the Phils.
Thanks ladies!


Nina said...

That looks pretty! I haven't tried Cargo blushes but I think they're worth the investment because you get so much product! How long did it take for you to hit pan?

geli-pet said...

i've only been into make up for 3 months so i haven't hit the bottom of anything yet... haha... but i'm very excited to :D

CHARRY said...

nice shade you got there. I've been wanting to try cargo blushes too, but it's not available here :(