Their packaging is very similar to Maybelline's Velvet Matte Liquid Lipstick. It is in a transparent plastic bottle with a lipstick bullet shaped container inside. There is 4.16g/0.147oz of product in the tube for both formulas. You can find them on Palladio's website (www.palladiobeauty.com) or at Ulta. It is also available at Guardian for Singaporeans for $8.90. If you do choose to purchase from their website, you can use the code "Palladio" for 15% off your purchase. There is free shipping over $25 within the US so you can definitely save some bucks by shopping directly on their website.
The liquid lipsticks are botanical and vitamin infused but they are made in China. They also have a 12 month expiration date from date of opening.
Velvet Matte (12 shades, $7)
A lush, velvety liquid lip color with a lasting, rich matte finish.I got the Velvet Matte in the shade Brocade, which is a muted fuschia pink. The website's color is a tad darker than what I received but the color dries down to a darker shade than what appears in the tube. It doesn't exactly match up to what is shown on their website so take note that there is a color difference online and in person.
- Moisturizing fluid cream formula
- Soft, flattering matte finish
- Applies with a doe-foot applicator
Velvet Matte Metallic (5 shades, $8)
Our Top seller Velvet Matte has been given an opulent twist with flattering metallic pearls to create a striking feminine look. Drench your lips with this supple, creamy formula enhanced with green tea and vitamin E. Designed with long wear metallic pigments and a velvety matte texture, the new VELVET MATTE will make you rock the ultimate lip trend.This is the shade Opulent from their metallic range. It is a nice vampy red with a sheen. Again, there is a color difference from their website because the actual color looks much darker than what is shown online. Also, the metallic pearls are very very faint and I couldn't tell at first glance when I looked at the tube. I really had to look closely to see the shimmers in the tube. So, I wouldn't exactly call this a metallic lipstick tbh.
The lipsticks transfer and bleed. They tend to go onto my teeth too so that is quite annoying. I wore Opulent for a day out and it started bleeding after 3-4 hours of wear. I did have a cupcake for tea so that might have disturbed and moved the lipstick. The pigmentation was still pretty strong and it did not fade unevenly so that was good. The metallic sheen wore off pretty fast in my opinion, but it wasn't really there in the first place. It started to feel a bit drying at the 5 hour mark but nothing too uncomfortable. I removed it after 7 hours with a wet wipe (so it's really not hard to remove it) but it was still looking pretty good prior to that, with the exception of the bleeding.
I suppose you can make these lipsticks work if you apply a lip liner to prevent the bleeding or if you just put in a bit more effort into reapplying and touching up throughout the day to keep the lipstick looking fresh. The color range isn't as vast as other brands but the colors they provide are gorgeous and if dark vampy shades can apply in a non-streaky manner, then that is a sign that the formula is good.
To summarise, I have listed the pros and cons of this liquid lipstick.
- Affordable, plus you get a good amount of product for the price
- Easy to get
- Pigmented, not streaky, not patchy
- Smooth and creamy, easy to apply
- Long lasting
- Not drying for the most part
- Fades evenly
- Transfers ("velvet matte" might be deceiving to some)
- Metallic sheen is very faint and does not last
- Limited color range
- High maintenance
My final thoughts? I won't be purchasing more of them and I may not reach for them as frequently as I would reach for my ColourPops. I do think that there are a ton of brands with a similar price point with a more competitive formula. For example, ColourPop's Ultra Satin Lips are bomb. They do not bleed and feel very comfortable on the lips.
Here are some ColourPop dupes for the shades that I got.
Lyin King is an exact dupe for Brocade. It also dried down faster and has a more matte finish than Palladio's even though it is an ultra satin lip. Bad Habit is a little more mauve/purple than Brocade but it is the closest I could think of in the ultra matte line.
Hutch is an ultra matte with more purple than Opulent and 3-Way is a plum ultra metallic with gold flecks. I completely forgot about Saturday and Smitten which are ultra mattes but Saturday is the closest dupe to Opulent in terms of color.
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