REVIEW: Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Liquid Lipsticks – Gilded, Brilliant, Ritzy, Lavish & Opulent

Hello everyone!

From glossy to matte to satin, liquid lipsticks have taken on a plethora of finishes since they entered the beauty realm to parallel those of traditional bullet lipsticks and have rightfully stolen all the spotlight with their high-intensity colour. But the most recent liquid lip trend has more to it than just being imbued with incredibly rich colour; it is jam-packed with unapologetic sparkles and has hints of holographic shimmers to make you look like you’ve just stepped out of an editorial. Dubbed the metallic lip look, this latest beauty phenomenon rides on the beauty community’s love affair with frosty lips and has taken the beauty world by storm, so much so that virtually every makeup brand would have started its own line of metallic lipsticks (like Kylie Cosmetics Metals, which I reviewed a while back).

But for those who weren’t ready to squander their money on this fad, there was one problem. Metallic liquid lipsticks, though prevalent in the Western beauty markets, were not readily available in the drugstores here, leaving us with way pricier options from Sephora – that is, until Palladio (available at selected Guardian outlets) introduced a new addition to their lipstick line – the Velvet Matte Metallic formula.

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color

Product label

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Priced to meet the tightest of budget constraints (because of other makeup priorities 😜), these metallic lipsticks are so affordable at only S$11.90 a pop (4.16 g / 0.147 oz), they give ColourPop (US$6 for 2.8 g / 0.10 oz) and NYX (US$7.50 for 0.13 oz, will cost at least S$20 when it hits stores here) a run for their money and you can literally buy all 5 shades without feeling much of a pinch. On top of that, I did not see other brands carrying any metallic liquid lipstick range from my recent visits to Guardian and Watsons so I think it’s safe to say – but correct me if I’m wrong – that Palladio is the first and only drugstore brand so far to do so in Singapore.

Presented in clear plastic tubes with a container shaped like a lipstick bullet inside to make the overall packaging appear less effortless, these fragrance-free (with a hint of plastic smell) Velvet Matte Metallic lipsticks look very similar to the brand’s normal Velvet Matte (review here) range as well as Maybelline Velvet Matte Lip Color which may cause some confusion. Apart from that, there is an inconsistency in the printing on the plastic tube depicted on the website and the actual product – the former has ‘matte’ printed after ‘metallic’ while the latter the opposite as you can see. I don’t know, I feel that this boo-boo is inexcusable for an established brand in this day and age, especially where counterfeiting is rampant 🤔

Nevertheless, my verdict on the products is based on their performance, so if you’re not the least bothered by the packaging, read on!

#1 Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Gilded

The lightest shade in this metallic lipstick range is Gilded, a warm rusty brown infused with fine bronze shimmers. It applies buttery smooth and offers sheer but buildable coverage, leaving a tacky yet emollient texture which wears comfortably without settling into the lip lines. The lipstick does not dry down completely thus making it seem like a film of easily-removable gloss on the lips. Moreover, it clumps up around the inner rim of my mouth, forming a very visible (and unsightly) ring of crust. Glided fades to a muted brown after several hours of wear.

#2 Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Brilliant

Rock the edgy vibe with Brilliant, a deep burgundy brown laden in fine reddish brown shimmers. It goes on thick and creamy with somewhat streaky (and tacky) consistency to create that distressed appearance. Although it lends a mostly opaque coverage, it pulls and separates noticeably into the lip lines over time, making them seem ever so prominent. Each application gives less product and because it does not dry down completely, it can be removed with the slightest touch.

#3 Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Ritzy

Regardless of the finish, no lipstick collection would be complete without a classic red. Therefore, it is absolutely necessary to include Ritzy, a vivid bluish-red with purple shimmers into this line of metallic lipsticks to cater to those not quite ready to step out of their comfort zone. The consistency of this highly pigmented red is thick and creamy, and a little of it really goes a long way. Its rich texture gives an opaque payoff and is able to conceal the lip lines with just one swipe.

Its inability to dry down gives it a wet, sultry look but at the same time, it also makes it extremely prone to transfer. Besides, unlike the others, the duochrome effect in Ritzy is barely noticeable on the lips as the shimmers seem to get buried deeper into the product with additional applications. So disappointingly, it appears entirely red with only a strong sheen which I feel does not justify paying close to S$2 more than the regular Palladio Velvet Matte lipstick for it.

#4 Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Lavish

If bright siren red isn’t your cup of tea, there is a darker alternative going by the name of Lavish. This deep ruby red has brown undertones and is riddled with fine purple shimmers. Although the sparkles are mostly camouflaged within the product, the purple metallic tint still pops to some degree in the right light. The lipstick goes on creamy with an opaque coverage and is definitely patchier than Ritzy. Like the rest, Lavish is not touch-proof and has a tacky finish, but feels hydrating on the lips.

#5 Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent (US$8.00 / S$11.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic Cream Lip Color in Opulent

It may already be 2017. But like it or not, dark plum lipsticks are here to stay. This universally flattering shade goes well with practically every skin tone  – I’ve honestly never come across anyone who doesn’t look good in it. If you haven’t already added a dark plum lipstick to your stash, it’s not too late to get one now. And you being new to this whole vampy lip look, you may want to start small and Opulent is one affordable option you can consider.

Opulent is a deep burgundy with similarly unnoticeable fine purple shimmers. It has a creamy application with a streaky consistency that accentuates lip lines. Perhaps due to its thinner texture, Opulent dries down (albeit not totally) seemingly the fastest among all five shades featured here, and is perhaps the only one that does at all. Although not completely transfer-resistant, it cannot be removed with regular wet wipes unlike the others. It is emollient and more long-lasting which enables it to fade to a plum stain after several hours of wear.

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic swatch comparisons with other metallic liquid lipsticks I have. No dupes identified except for Brilliant and Kylie Cosmetics' Reign which are closely similar each other. Reign is more muted with a more even distribution of shimmers, making it look more metallic than Brilliant

Palladio Velvet Matte Metallic swatch comparisons with other metallic liquid lipsticks I have. No dupes identified except for Brilliant and Kylie Cosmetics’ Reign which are closely similar each other. Reign is more muted with a more even distribution of shimmers, making it look more metallic than Brilliant

Despite the name given to this line of lipsticks, they are barely velvet (creamy would be a better description) and matte (too much of a wet look to it) while the metallic intensity differs from shade to shade. I noticed the darker the lipstick, the sparsely distributed the shimmers. But generally, the metallic effect is not as pronounced as what you see in the market, which makes it very wearable in a largely conservative place like Singapore. I would recommend these to those looking to add a new twist to their lipstick colours without overdoing it or digging into their pockets. However, as one who prefers my lipsticks to be more transfer-resistant (I can’t be bothered to touch up my makeup once I’m out), these unfortunately warrant a ‘no’ from me.

What do you think? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or through my poll!

Thanks for reading!

Palladio velvet matte metallic cream lip color is now available online for US$8.00 each and at selected local guardian outlets for S$11.90 each.
Products featured in this review were editorially selected. All opinions, as always, are genuine and uninfluenced.

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REVIEW: Palladio Rice Paper in Translucent, Natural & Warm Beige

Hello everyone!

The hottest month of the year might have gone by but the agony still remains for people with naturally oily skin especially in a hot and humid country like Singapore. Our dewy makeup turns into a greasy mess within a short span of time as our complexion vigorously produces a surplus of oil enough to fry an egg. It’s surely impossible to stay matte without the help of blotting papers to soak up the shine but with so many choices available, looking for the best one for your skin at the right price can be arduous and time-consuming. Hence, to help you with your selection, I would like to bring your attention to the newest kind of blotting papers in town by Palladio 🙂

Palladio Rice Paper (S$6.90)

Palladio Rice Paper (S$6.90) – love the vintage oriental packaging!

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Palladio Rice Paper

These rice papers, like your regular blotting papers, are the quick fix for removing excessive oil on the face when outdoors. Housed in a handy little cardboard dispenser packet that fits into the smallest purse or pocket, each of these 40 on-the-go rice paper tissues pulls easily from the box despite their stiffer texture. The pieces don’t stick to one another so you won’t pull out more than what you need. Measuring twice the size of the packaging, they are big enough to dab the entire face so you would only need one piece at a time!

They are made from natural rice to provide great oil-absorbing functions and can actually do more than the usual job of blotting sheets. Each side of every piece has its own purpose – the matte side blots away excess oil while the powdered side provides occasional touch-ups. You can choose from three Asian-friendly shades – in Translucent, Natural or Warm Beige – to match your skin tone or foundation.

Three shades available in Translucent, Natural and Warm Beige

Three shades available in Translucent, Natural and Warm Beige

In Natural

In Natural

With a flap that locks easily into the slot on the side of the box, there is just nothing to dislike about the packaging. The blotting papers can also be simply retrieved without having to yank the cover open (and potentially damaging it). Furthermore, for the price of just S$6.90, it’s easily one of the cheapest high-quality blotting papers around in Singapore and maybe everywhere else.

Perhaps incorporating a reflective material on the inside cover would be ideal for people who want to check themselves while touching up their makeup with the powdered side of the rice paper.

Matte side

Matte side

The matte side reveals a yellowish and grainy and seemingly coarser texture akin to that of recycled paper but feels fairly soft and gentle on the skin. At times, I would use this side to prep my skin before applying makeup so as to prevent the makeup from becoming cakey. It also does wonders in ensuring that the skin stays shine-free for hours. When outdoors, using this removes any sign of oiliness on my T-zone with minimal interference with my makeup. Occasionally, it does take off a little of my foundation especially when I had forgotten to blot my skin for a long time, causing it to be sticky. But that slight patchiness can be easily fixed with…

Powdered side

Powdered side

..the powdered side! The rice powder is hardly noticeable. Yet, it gives a very natural and smooth finish to the skin and compensates for any uneven makeup caused in the process of blotting. Although the sole purpose of the powdered side is to touch up your makeup, it also does a reasonably good job in absorbing excess facial oil at the same time. Hence, if you’re on a tight schedule, you can kill two birds with one stone by using only the powdered side of the rice paper.

Touching up makeup with the powdered side

Touching up makeup with the powdered side

My natural skin tone leans slightly towards Warm Beige but I can afford to go one shade lighter with makeup on. I’m not sure why there aren’t shades catered to darker skins because obviously the ones available are way too light. Perhaps Palladio can consider having a more diverse range of shades now that they have entered the Asian markets.

Blot away!

Blot away!

On the nose..

On the nose..

One downside of these unique blotting papers is probably the rigidity of material which kinda impedes its malleability, so it tends to miss the oily spots around the inner corners of the nose.

The amount of oil my face is capable of producing within just an hour of makeup application -_-

The amount of oil my face is capable of producing within just an hour of makeup application -_-

Like traditional Japanese calligraphy papers, these rice papers are strong and highly absorbent – they do not tear or rupture easily upon contact with a ridiculous amount of oil no matter how many times you run over your face with them.

Stay matte - effortlessly!

Stay matte – effortlessly!

I used to think that blotting papers are a waste of money because facial tissue papers could do a similar job but these dual-function rice papers are a game changer. I make sure I slip a packet of these into my handphone pouch every time before I leave the house. If you’re in doubt, just give it a try. I mean, it’s only S$6.90! How much damage would it do to your wallet? 😉

Thanks for reading, lovelies!

PALLADIO Rice Paper IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL LOCAL GUARDIAN OUTLETS FOR S$6.90 EACH. It is also available on Palladio US websiteUlta and Paula’s Choice for US$4. FOR UPDATES ON UPCOMING local EVENTS, PLEASE VISIT PALLADIO BEAUTY SINGAPORE ON FACEBOOK.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

REVIEW: Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color Liquid Lipsticks – Angora, Cashmere, Raw Silk, Plush, Sateen & Suede

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t been doing any offline shopping lately, a new makeup brand has just landed at local Guardian stores in the form of Palladio. And believe me, even though it’s been barely a month since its inception here, I guarantee the groundbreaking range of tones Palladio has got to offer for your face, eyes and lips are going to put you in awe and other drugstore brands displayed around it to shame.

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Renowned for its own line of colour cosmetics enriched with herbs and vitamins such as Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural humectants and skin soothers such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile, the American beauty brand prides itself on delivering high quality and innovative products for all skin types at an affordable price point to give popular low-cost beauty brands like NYX a run for their money. Although unfamiliar to the Singapore market, Palladio has technically been in existence for over 25 years with virtual shop spaces on trusted US-based sites like Ulta and Beauty Bay so it is definitely an established brand you won’t go wrong with 🙂

With over 150 Palladio products (yup) brought to our shores, don’t be surprised to find yourself overwhelmed by the vast choices available! To help ease you into this new brand, I have specially picked out six breathtaking Velvet Matte Lip Color shades to talk about because you know, lipstick is life. Coincidentally, these velvet mattes are also one of Palladio’s bestsellers (apart from the Dual Wet & Dry Foundation and Rice Paper, which be reviewed on a separate post) so this review should render a rather accurate representation of the overall quality.

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

As always, being a sucker for design meant that I would also pay considerable attention to the packaging, regardless of cost. The clear tube is made of sturdy plastic (kinda reminds me of the lipsticks from the MAC Charlotte Olympia collection) and the contents of the lipstick stored in a separate tube shaped like a lipstick bullet within. While some may find the design a little juvenile, it actually appeals visually to me because it’s very different from what I usually see at drugstores.

On top of that, the doe-foot applicator that comes with it is comparable to those of branded liquid lipsticks I have. It’s soft, fluffy, of the right size and is able to hold quite a bit of product. It’s pretty obvious that much thought had been given to the packaging of these lipsticks despite the affordable price. Awesome, Palladio is off to a good start!

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

#1 Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

I picked Angora, despite not being a fan of vibrant lip colours, because I figured that everyone needs a red lipstick in their life for at least an occasion. Angora – a vivid orange-red with yellow undertones – delivers intense pigmentation and colour with a slight sheen to give an impression of a healthy and more luscious lips.  The texture is so smooth and rich, it feels like you’re applying raw poster colour on the lips. It leaves a tacky finish and fades to a stain over time. Somehow, it makes me skin appear sickly yellowish :\ But it could just be poor lighting..

Having used numerous sweet-smelling liquid lipsticks from other brands prior to Palladio, I had expected this range of lipsticks to be scented as well. But my nose picked up virtually nothing when I wore these lipsticks. There’s perhaps a very slight plastic smell but it’s so negligible you probably wouldn’t even notice it.

Swatch comparison for Angora

Swatch comparison for Angora

#2 Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Break away from the conventional reds and pinks and opt for a blend of both instead, such as this gorgeous cool-toned coral right here. Infused with more reds to help adjust beginners to the colour, Cashmere is a perfect match for fair skin with some hints of orange in it. The application leaves a mostly opaque satin finish while still allowing my natural lip colour to peek through. As with other Velvet Matte Lip Colours, this lipstick does not dry down completely, hence causing it to be extremely transfer-prone. It will definitely fade over time and vanish after meals, so do expect to touch up very often. The slippery formula is not all negative, though, as the wet texture of the lipstick also meant that removal would be a walk in the park – no rubbing or scrubbing required and all you’d need is just a piece of wet wipe!

Swatch comparison after Sateen.

#3 Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

If you’re looking to hop on the brown lip bandwagon without spending a fortune and at the same time, don’t want a lipstick that would suck the moisture out of your lips, look no further. This warm mocha brown is a pretty neutral I reckon would go with many skin tones. Apart from that, the wear is nice and comfortable. Upon application, Raw Silk leaves a thick and buttery texture which remains moist (but not glossy) even after several minutes. The wet finish allows for the easy distribution of the colour across the lips which makes blending and creating ombré lips a lot more feasible.

Swatch comparison after Suede.

#4 Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

For the more adventurous, Plush is a brightened purple with blue undertones and is the most long-lasting of all six lipsticks here. The formula applies creamy but has mediocre coverage as it appears a tad streaky on my lips. Probably because it is slightly more smear-resistant, it does not run into the creases around the lips. But even so, it still budges. The topmost moist layer of the lipstick gets rubbed off instantly when comes in contact with anything and, like Angora, fades to a muted violet (but still visible) tint. Not kiss-proof, definitely.

Swatch comparison for Plush

Swatch comparison for Plush

#5 Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Sateen is another bright shade vastly similar to Cashmere but it leans more towards pink. This brightened salmon-pink with blue undertones leaves a moderately tacky and satin (no pun intended) finish which feels especially moisturising and gentle on parched lips. Prone to movement because of its runnier texture, it has the tendency to stain the teeth and will also need to be retouched every few hours.

Swatch comparison for Cashmere and Sateen

Swatch comparison for Cashmere and Sateen

#6 Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Of course, Palladio doesn’t just cater to fair-skinned maidens, definitely not in a racially diverse country like Singapore which is also blessed with a sun-kissed climate (so tanning is pretty much inevitable). Ladies endowed with darker complexion can go with vampy lipstick shades like Suede, which I consider to be the lightest among the three dark shades in the Palladio Velvet Matte collection. If you’re in the mood for something bolder, you can amp up your lipstick game with Tapestry (or Boucle, if you’re not yet ready to go all dark plum).

Suede is a warm darkened brick-red which gives incredible pigmentation and rich colour. It renders an even and thick consistency in just one sweep and hence, allows for more precision and flexibility in application. Although it doesn’t quite dry down to a matte or velvet finish, it does its job as a lipstick and fills the lip lines to make it appear plumper and fuller. I also noticed that my complexion appeared fairer while wearing this lovely shade 🙂

Swatch comparison for Raw Silk and Suede

Swatch comparison for Raw Silk and Suede

With all things considered, I would think that Palladio makes decent lipsticks in an irresistible array of colours that no other local drugstore brands are ambitious enough to carry. Furthermore, you won’t feel much of a pinch from purchasing many different shades to experiment with since these lipsticks are unbelievably affordable.

My ombre lips using only Palladio Velvet Mattes - Suede (outer), Raw Silk, Sateen & Cashmere (inner)

My ombre lips using only Palladio Velvet Mattes – Suede (outer), Raw Silk, Sateen & Cashmere (inner)

In general, these Palladio Velvet Mattes provide a nourishing and hydrating wash of highly pigmented colour for the lips. But when it comes to beauty products (especially lipsticks), longevity ranks high on my list of priorities because my day job requires me to be constantly on the go. These lipsticks, however, don’t last beyond my first food and drink intake as they would have transferred onto cups, straws, utensils or basically everything that touches my lips in the midst of it (oh, the embarrassment!). You could try setting it with powder but I doubt it would make any difference. Personally, I feel that the adhesive quality is severely lacking in the lipsticks.

Moreover, despite being emphasised as “velvet mattes”, I thought the lipsticks were neither of both because the texture is simply too wet and sheeny to offer that suede appearance typical of a matte liquid lipstick. Rather, they were more of a glossy and slight-creamy finish. Granted, everyone has a certain perception of “matte” but as a considerably seasoned liquid lipstick user, I do not consider these mattes at all 😦

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I will be sharing more on other mention-worthy Palladio products in the upcoming post, so stay tuned!

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Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is now available at all local Guardian outlets for S$8.90 each. For updates on upcoming events, please visit Palladio Beauty Singapore on Facebook.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.