Review: Cargo gives you a time out on lip gloss

by Bionic Beauty on 17.Sep.2009 · 5 comments

Cargo’s Classic lipgloss got a packaging upgrade. Ever wonder if your lipgloss has gone bad? Well, Cargo has tried to take out the guess work. When you open your new lipgloss, you pop this little card into the top and it starts counting down to 9 months. It’s called “TimeStrip Technology”. Apparently that’s how long lip gloss lasts in their opinion.

Bionic Beauty review - Cargo lip gloss with TimeStrip Technology

Bionic Beauty review - Cargo Classic lip gloss in Whistler

Do you know anyone who throws away a $20+ lip gloss after 9 months? I really don’t. I know my makeup case has about 30 glosses that are all between 2-3 years old. I do purge occasionally, and I certainly check for funky smells, separation or changes in color. And I never keep them longer than 3 years (and I pitch after a bad cold).

Bionic Beauty review - Cargo lip gloss with TimeStrip Technology

Cargo adds an expiration date reminder to their packaging!

As for the lipgloss itself, my color is Whistler, this color is splendid for ladies who like lighter lip looks. It’s a flattering peach with silvery shimmer. It’s beautifully shiny without any hint of sticky. It’s eerily similar to Three Custom Color’s supremely popular gloss shade “Whisper”… even in name. I’m not sure if it’s just a coincidence or if these two glosses are direct competitors.

Anyhow, the lip gloss is lovely. The gimmicky “time card” I could do without- and I certainly don’t want to pay extra for it. Cargo Classic lip glosses are available at for $22Cargo Classic lip gloss in Whistler.

What are you thoughts? Do you pitch your lip colors after 9 months? After a year? Or at other intervals?


1 Jessica September 17, 2009 at 5:27 pm

I keep mine about a year or so, but I usually use them up in that period so I buy new ones pretty much yearly 🙂

2 Evelyn P September 17, 2009 at 7:06 pm

I usually only have four in use at one time, and they last about a year. Then I buy three or four more. I would never pay $22.00 for a lip gloss or lipstick, that’s a bit excessive to me.

3 Lori Slone September 17, 2009 at 9:30 pm

I’m not sure if I will need that shade I might have one too many…

4 Bionic Beauty September 17, 2009 at 9:40 pm

Hey Lori, If you want to link to a particular Picasa photo, view that photo- then click on the “Link to this photo” text on the right side of your page. You should be able to choose your settings there. I use Picasa to host all the Bionic Beauty photos! 🙂 Feel free to friend me on there if you want.

Hope this helps! I can’t wait to see your collection!! Maybe I should have a series where we all send in photos of our makeup stash. That could be fun!

5 Kirsten P. September 18, 2009 at 4:20 am

I usually keep my lip glosses & lipsticks for a few years, even though I probably should throw anything after 10 months out, but they’re still good! I always meticulously inspect my makeup before using them anyways, and if I see discoloration or oxidation, then I’ll just throw it out. I even have eyeshadows and face powders that are over 5 yrs old, but won’t even think about throwing them away! 🙂

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