All about the makeup brand famous for their oil-controlling rice powder

When a makeup brand is known for quality products that are easy on the budget, they immediately jump to the top of my must-try list. US-based Palladio Beauty is known for their botanical and vitamin-infused cosmetics, which they've been making since 1985! Their makeup products have a reasonable price point and excellent color choices. And the best news – the brand is now available at Watsons and SM Beauty!

We got to meet Palladio’s Senior Vice President, Monica Richardson-Morley, at their launch event and she told us all about the "Palladio woman". She is a the woman who wants more, who carefully watches what she’s putting on her skin. When it comes to makeup, she wants her products to not only give her a boost of confidence but a “good for your skin” feel as well.

Celebrity makeup artist Eman De Leon did a demo to showcase Palladio’s products. He created a glowy face base with the Foundation Primer (P800) partnered with the I’m Glowing Range (Illuminating Powder, P800; Creamy Stick Luminizer, P450). The overall look is pretty, polished, and natural-looking which is exactly my jam. This got me excited to try out their best-selling products!

Acing That Face Base

Palladio’s foundations, powders, and other base products range from P400 to P800. I tested the Powder Finish Liquid Foundation (P600) in Porcelain and it provided "sheer-to-medium coverage" as promised. My skin tone evened out well enough. And while Porcelain is too light for my medium skin tone, this liquid foundation has eight shades to choose from.

Palladio's more popular products include the award-winning Rice Powder and Rice Paper Blotting Tissues, both of which are good for oil-control. They are available in three shades: Translucent, Natural, and Warm Beige. As the name suggests, the star ingredient is rice starch, which is known for its oil-absorbing properties. The Rice Powder (P400) I tried is in the shade Translucent, which is quite nice for setting foundation though it somehow added to the lightness of my base. What I like about this is that when I use it to set foundation, the oils come out around an hour or two later than expected. It includes a square puff but I also use a brush to apply the powder. The other shades can be used on their own for a natural look.

The Rice Paper Blotting Tissues (P325) is a must have for banishing midday grease. Best used on the go, the product absorbs oil like a blotting sheet but is made from natural rice, and has a powder side for convenient touchups. I tried Natural at the event and it mattified my face effectively without disturbing my makeup. I also liked the soft, powdery effect it gave after blotting.

All About The Eyes

Eye makeup from Palladio costs around P350 to P550 for the liners, brow products, mascaras, and eyeshadows. I was excited to try the Waterproof Eyeliner (P350) in Black Brown as it was a retractable type. This is handy on the go when you don’t have easy access to a sharpener. It lasts an entire day on without smudging though it dragged a bit during application. I also like how the shade looks so natural as full-on Black can sometimes look too noticeable.

My lashes also fared well with the MaXXLash Lengthening Mascara (P550) in Black. It visibly lengthened my lashes, didn’t smudge, and didn’t irritate my eyes. I wish it provided a bit more volume though but that’s because my lashes are really thin. The mascara also comes in Brown for a subtler look.

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The Eye Shadow Quad (P425) contains shimmery and matte shades in one palette, and there are six quad combos to choose from. Palladio provided a bonus guide at the back for an easy daytime look! I played with the Tantalizing Taupe quad at home and while it swatches well, I found it a bit powdery upon application and benefits from using an eye primer.

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Color For The Lips And Cheeks

Palladio’s lip products go as low as P275 and peaks at P450. Liz reviewed 4 of the 12 shades of the Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color (P400) last year. I got to try a different shade called Plush which is a deep-toned raspberry pink. I like how pigmented it is and how easy it is to apply! It is also non-drying on the lips, which is great for summer as I find my lips are quite dehydrated these days. It does stay on for 3 to 4 hours as I usually eat after 4 hours and then I have to reapply.

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I used the I'm Blushing! 2-in-1 Cheek and Lip Tint (P450) in Dainty and it performs well enough for both lips and cheeks. This is a good thing as some products either only work on the cheeks but not on the lips, or vice versa. Also, multi-tasking products like this can speed up your makeup routine and are big space-savers in a kikay kit. I like how easy to blend this is though I find Dainty to be a bit cool-toned for me but with three other shades to choose from, I’m sure I’ll find a match!

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Here are the swatches of the Palladio products I got to try:

(from left) Waterproof Eyeliner (P350) in Black Brown, Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color (P400) in Plush, I'm Blushing! 2-in-1 Cheek and Lip Tint (P450) in Dainty, Eye Shadow Quad (P425) in Tantalizing Taupe, Powder Finish Liquid Foundation (P600) in Porcelain, Rice Powder (P400) in Translucent

With spot-on pricing and anti-oxidant enriched formulations, Palladio raises the bar for makeup. Both their ingredients and products are not tested on animals, too, so it's a great option for cruelty-free beauty!

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