I purposely left this one last for the Project Pan update, since this was slightly different from the rest of the items in that I opened a brand new product at the onset of the project, in an attempt to pan it in 12 weeks.
A face powder is one of those products that I use daily, and I was curious how much product I can go through in 3 months.
The Cargo HD Pressed Powder is one of my top 5 pressed powders – the shade #20 used to be always sold out so I stocked up on a few of them. After this one is finished, I have one more in my stash.
I remember when this powder was first launched – it was probably one of the first beauty products to tout “HD” in its name due to the emergence of HD TVs. I recalled reading how this powder was favoured by newscasters because how good it makes them look on HD TVs. Nowadays, every other product calls itself HD – I think the HD name has lost it caché. I also don’t hear much about Cargo in the beauty world anymore – I think mainly due to its lower distribution since its exit out of Sephora.
What I love about this powder is how it makes the skin look airbrushed – blurring fine lines, pores – without looking powdery or “made up”. It provides a medium coverage, blends seamlessly into my skin, and maintains a skin-like texture. The main downside is that this powder isn’t the best at shine control – that’s why I prefer this powder during the cooler months when my t-zone tends to be less oily.
I’ve been diligently using this powder Every.Single.Day. since the start of Project Pan. It turns out, I really don’t use that much powder! This is what it looks like after 3 months of use:
No pan in sight! There’s a slight dip in the pan you can at the sides, but I estimate it will be another 3 months at least, until I see any sliver of pan in the center.
I use a bit fluffy synthetic kabuki brush with this pressed powder – the one shown is from “Essential Beauty” (cheapo one I found at Winners years ago). Recently I also like using an oval “toothbrush brush” to smooth over the surface and pat onto areas of my face with tighter angles like around the nose (this brush shown is from Cailyn, also found at Winners, back in August). I don’t carry this compact in my purse since I find the packaging to be bulky. And although it contains a nice mirror, the compact doesn’t allow room for a sponge, so you would have to carry a sponge or a brush separately.
The ingredient list is pretty short:
Talc, Nylon-12, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Zinc Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Silver Oxide. May Contain (+/-): Mica (Ci 77019), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499), Ultramarines (Ci 77007), D&C Black 2 (Ci 77266).
The Cargo HD Pressed Powder contains 8g of product and is made in Canada. It is sold at select Rexall and London Drug stores in Canada. In the US, Cargo is sold at Ulta, Walgreens, and Kohl’s.
• Ultra fine powder
• Natural finish, not powdery
• Blurs lines and pores
• Good colour match
• Not high oil control
• Compact not great to carry in purse
Stash worthiness: 9/10
And what the heck! The weight went up this week? I weighed this thing TEN TIMES and it still weighed 0.001 more than last week. 😮 This joke isn’t funny!
As usual, the only item that went down in weight was the Body Shop Fresh Nude Foundation:
And this is the last Project Pan item, and we’ll be posting our final summaries this Wednesday. 🙂
What’s your favourite face powder?