Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Taupes You Can't Have #3, Cargo Yukon Eye Shadow

As you may have noticed, Joeybunny and I are evil. Last month you all were treated to the 2nd in the monthly series of:

We, being the sadists that we are, thought the idea of featuring a taupe eye shadow that is discontinued (DCed) and or hard-to-find (HTF) at the end of each month would be an absolutely delicious evil we could propagate amongst our readers. Joey and I have a large collection of DCed and HTF taupe eye shadows and we decided they deserved love and publicity. Now the fisrt month we featured MAC Innuendo and last month we showed you Shu Uemura ME Silver 945. So what is in store this month?

Cargo Yukon!

An extremely generous reader sent this lightly used eye shadow from Cargo Cosmetics. She was so sweet to send it because it was a taupe eye shadow I had been searching for and was unable to find. I do admit that I wasn't really searching all that hard, but hoping it would show up none the less. Why was I looking for this shadow after trying oh so many other items from Cargo with less than "amazing" results? Because Cargo changed the formulation of their shadows a few years back and with it they discontinued one of their best products, Cargo Yukon eye shadow!

The shadow itself is silky smooth and has an almost metallic cast to it. It is loaded with pigment and produces very little powder fallout. It is a cool grey brown leaning towards frosty. It can pull purple on some people but on me it's a pure brown beige taupe. The staying power on this shadow is quite significant and it rarely fades or creases on me. (I always use an eye shadow primer). The shadow looks wonderful all on it's own but can pop with a deep plum or funky forest green.

You can still find this shadow, used on makeup swap sites or unused on evilbay, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny. It's a whopping 3.5 grams (about the size of Benefit Velvet eyeshadow or twice the size of an Urban Decay or Mac shadow single) so you will get a lot of taupe for your money.


  1. I love a good taupe! I have huge liner skills envy! xo

  2. I never thought it would happen, but you're converting me to taupe eyeshadow ;]

  3. Oooh looks stunning on you! Do you have Cargo Fiji? It is similar to Yukon but warmer.

    I miss Cargo old eyeshadows.

  4. ok that's it, I think I'm addicted to taupes now because of you :-s (mua wil approve, at least)

  5. Slight correction: you might not pay a pretty penny if you pay attention ;-) I got a lot of a BN Cargo Santa Fe and Yukon e/s for less than $10 shipped for both of them combined on eBay a few months back!

  6. This is one of the first Cargo eyeshadows I ever bought and I am ashamed to say that I don't think I have even touched it! You have inspired me to pull it out and give it a go!

    Best, Lisamarie

  7. Haha I'm gonna say it...I HATED Cargo Yukon.

    Worst. Taupe. EVER.

    It was a sheer, overly shimmery cool-toned purple on me, and I swapped it as soon as I was able to. Gah, I shake at the memories.

    However, my Cargo Fiji is one of my most beloved taupes, because it is actually taupe on me (and god, is it gorgeous). What the hell were the Cargo people thinking when they discontinued these eyeshadows!?

  8. Agh, I LOVE the old Cargo eyeshadows. Sadly, this isn't one of the ones I have.

  9. Yukon does pull purple on me - a very nice purple. I find it nearly identical to Fyrinnae's "Koala". Has anyone done a comparison?

  10. Must. Have. Yukon.
    Is it similar to Stila Cloud, though?

    1. I won an unused Yukon on EBay yesterday - go, me! :)
      I wonder, though, if this shade is really discontinued. It seems to be unavailable everywhere right now, but it's showing up as "backordered," with an October shipping date, at Apparently a few Macy's stores still have it, too.


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