Once upon a time, when I was a brand new blogger back in 2010, I did a post on the Cargo Swimmables Eyeliners. They were one of my most popular posts on the blog and to this day, 5 years later, they remain one of my most searched for and clicked-on posts. If you want to really laugh, you can click here to see the original post from May 1st, 2010 and see just how far technology and my blogging skills have come. All embarrassment aside about my early blogging, I have great news. Cargo has brought back a Kohl’s Exclusive Swimmables Shadow Stick Gift Set, which includes 4 gorgeous eyeshadow pencils that are completely smudge and waterproof. I’ve got full swatches, a review, and a makeup look inside. Let’s recreate the magic of 2010!
The Cargo Swimmables Shadow Stick Gift Set is a Kohl’s exclusive and contains 4 smudge and waterproof eye pencils. There is also another set of shades with different colors, but I decided to go with this set because it reminded me of the beach and I love the neutrals with a pop of turquoise.
Each pencil is thicker than a typical eyeliner pencil. It comes with a pop-off cap that houses a creamy crayon-like tip. The set comes with a sharpener so you can sharpen the pencils when they start getting low. I like the ease of an eyeshadow pencil for the warmer months. They’re really easy to apply directly to your eyes and they travel well.
Left to right: Sea Horse, Sea Shell, Coral Reef, and Sand Dune.
The pigmentation on these is fantastic. One swipe across your skin and you’ve got intense, creamy color payoff. The colors are also absolutely gorgeous. They are metallic, shimmery, and really glow. I love these shades separately, but put together, they make the perfect beach-inspired look.
As far as these being smudge-proof and waterproof, they mean business. These will not come off with a typical makeup wipe unless it is oil-based. I tested these out by running them under water, using hand soap, and using a makeup wipe. They didn’t budge or smudge at all. This makes them perfect for really hot weather. If you’re going to any concerts or music festivals this summer, these are a great eyeshadow pick for you because they’ll last through rain, humidity, and hours of wear.
THE MAKEUP LOOK: I applied Sea Horse, the turquoise blue, over my entire lower lash-line and water-line for a pop of blue. I applied Coral Reef over my entire eyelid. I used Sand Dune in the crease of my eye for some darker definition. I finished it off by applying Sea Shell to the inner corners of my eyes for a bright pop of light.
Application Tips: These require some helpful application tips because they’re so waterproof and smudge resistant.
- These tend to dry and set on the eyes really quickly, so your best method is to work with them quickly. Apply and then blend out immediately before using your next color.
- You can easily use a brush to blend out any harsh edges or lines with these like any other product. For a really simple, quick application, use your fingers. I used my fingers for this entire makeup look, not ever once picking up a makeup brush! I applied the entire look in less than 5 minutes. You can pat and blend with your fingertips very easily.
- The product itself can feel slightly sticky while it is setting, so allow it time to set. It usually stays put after just ten seconds or so. After that, it’s not going anywhere until you’re ready to use makeup remover.
I enjoyed the Cargo Swimmables Shadow Sticks a lot. I would highly recommend them to anyone who prefers more natural makeup or doesn’t have a ton of time on their hands to be slaving away in front of a makeup mirror every day. They make applying eyeshadow incredibly foolproof and you can use your best tools to blend: your fingers. I also love that you put these on and you don’t have to worry about them budging at all. You can easily go swimming with these on and you’d still have perfect eye makeup afterward. This is just one of those products that has truly miraculous technology that allows it to stay put, and Cargo has consistently kept the quality of their Swimmables up!
The Cargo Swimmables Shadow Stick Gift Kit Set is a Kohl’s Exclusive product. You can find these in Kohl’s stores nationwide or online at Kohl’s.com. Each set retails for $32.00USD, which in my opinion, is quite a beauty bargain for a prestige brand. There is also another set that is exactly like this one but with 4 different shades, which you can check out here.
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