Remember waaaaaaaaaaay back in May when I received this in my Birchbox? Well, regardless of whether you do or don't: I did. It took me awhile to test it out because a.) Summer laziness, and b.) I had a slew of other blushes I was trying out/drooling over.
Excuses aside, I finally got around to test driving CARGO's "BALI" blush this month and I'm ready to share all sorts of makeup feelings with you lovely readers!
Take the jump for the full review and swatches :)
Let me start off by saying: this review is going to be mostly positive... mostly.
I hate starting off the review with something negative (I'm more of a 'slap the negative between a compliment sandwich [with cheese, duh]' kind of girl) but, because it's written right across the back of the package and is a part of the name of the blush welllllllll it really can't be avoided.
CARGO claims that this is a "Water Resistant Blush"... hahahahahah no. It's not that I'm walking through waterfalls on the daily but, considering August is Satan's barbeque season, I'd like to say the humidity and sweat constantly bombarding my pores has been enough of a test for this blush. Sad to say it failed; and quite miserably at that! "BALI" stays on my cheeks for a good amount of the day but, when I go to take my makeup off at night, there isn't any blush to take off... it's already gone.
Apart from the 'water resistance' fail, this blush is all sorts of gorgeous. "BALI" is extremely soft, pigmented, and the perfect pale pink for my skin to give it a naturally blushing glow. The glow definitely comes from the pearly reflux laced throughout this blush; it's very delicate and subtle but enough to give your face a radiance without the use of a highlighter.
I promise I'm not naked in this last photo (you can see a small sliver of my blouse in the bottom left corner)... which is either going to comfort you or sorely disappoint; apologies either way.
Isn't that lovely??
So while this definitely isn't a holy grail product or a must-have in my cosmetics stash (the lack of lasting power makes it hard for me to recommend forking out $26.00 for this blush), it definitely has been well loved this past month and proves great for those days when you don't want to look overdone.
Have you tried any CARGO blushes?
What has your experience been?
What's your favorite blush for natural makeup days?
xoxo - Cassie