A week or so ago, I did a lukewarm review for Cargo's Metallico liners, so this week I'm going to give credit where credit is due and show you one of my all-time favorite foundations, Cargo's Foundation, Oil-Free. It's a versatile, very wearable product, and I'm on my second tube--which must be a record for me. I've been remiss in not reviewing it before now, so it's time to set the record straight.
The first thing you'll notice about Cargo's Foundation, Oil-Free is the packaging. It's very clinical, in my opinion, housed in a metallic pouch with a small tube-like opening. It's not the prettiest out there, but it does allow you to squeeze every last drop from the package, which counts for a lot to me.
The packaging is also very sanitary, with it's tube dispensing system. There's no problem with getting your fingers into the product.
I like the fact that you can see the foundation color clearly through the packet, making it easier to determine your correct color, although there have always been testers available when I've purchased so I could make absolutely certain of my color choice.
The consistency is nearly that of a cream, although it spreads easily like a liquid would. Here's a shot of just how thick it is:
As you can see, there's some definite "body" to this formula. That being said, it's very lightweight on the skin, and it spreads evenly and easily. Coverage starts out light/medium, but can easily be built to a heavier coverage, especially with a Beauty Blender sponge used to "bounce" it onto the skin. Regardless of how much you use, the finish remains semi-matte and natural looking, and it lasts all day without pooling in pores or settling in fine lines. Although I get a bit glowy at the end of the day, the foundation is in no way shiny, nor does it get greasy.
Bottom Line: A rich, yet fresh, oil-free foundation. The coverage is easily buildable and always natural. The color selection is adequate, with 8 colors (mainly in the middle of the spectrum, although I'm thrilled that they have a shade that's even paler than me). I return to this one again and again.