The Cargo Tokyo in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette $34 is inspired by the cherry blossoms of Tokyo. On my recent trip to Nashville, TN the cherry trees were in full bloom and it was glorious to see. A gift from Japan, there are over 1,000 cherry trees in the Nashville area. Both the outer carton and the palette have a design of a delicate cherry blossom branch. This 12 pan palette has both matte and shimmer shades in soft spring shades of pink, mauve and plum. It also comes with a double-ended brush.
- Ginza – shimmery wheat
- Sakura – matte mauve
- Spring – matte bone
- Hanami –matte beige gray (greige)
- Mochi – matte dusty pink
- Kawaii – shimmery burnt sugar
- Sado – rose gold
- Kimono – shimmery deep plum
- Harajuku – shimmery lilac with strong gray undertone
- Shibuya- matte brown
- Cherry- shimmery peach (don’t know why this is called cherry b/c it is NOT pink)
- Blossom- bright shimmery reddish pink
The eyeshadows are arranged in 3 quads and 6 duos of coordinated shades to achieve a variety of looks from neutral to soft romantic spring looks. These shadows are quite sheer so if you’re looking for bold, vivid color, keep on movin’. A quick and easy look is to pair one shadow from the upper row with the corresponding shade from the bottom row. I appreciate that in a palette–it’s especially good for makeup beginners.
I’m disappointed in the paler shades: Spring, Hanami and Mochi are lacking pigment. All the rest are great, but 3 out of 12 means 1/4 of the palette falls short. Sakura, Kawaii, Cherry and Blossom are very pretty and Harajuku reminds me of MAC Satin Taupe.
The double-ended brush is nice–one side is great for packing on color and the other for blending.
For this look I put Mochi in the crease, Kawaii on the lid, Shibuya under the lower lash line and Spring in the brow arch.
For a sunset type look I used Blossom in the crease blended with Mochi, Cherry on the lid, a little it of Harajuku under the lower lash smudged and Spring in the brow arch.
Bottom Line: While I not thrilled with the palette, I don’t hate it either. I would give it a solid B. If you like sheer, soft looks this might be just what you’re looking for!