I’m ecstatic! One of my favourite drugstore cosmetic brands, Palladio, reached out to me to write a review and I’m beyond thrilled! So I figured I will start my series of Palladio makeup reviews with my all time favourite Palladio products – The Palladio Rice Primer, Pressed Powder and Paper.
Rice Powders were used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties giving the silky finish to the skin and helps makeup last longer. The Palladio Rice Collection is made with natural rice. Highly appropriate for the hot and humid weather here in Singapore at very affordable prices for high-performance products.
Ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimenthicone, Isododecane, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimenthicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Cetyl Peg/PPG-10/1 Dimenthicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cahmomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Silica, Tocopheryl Acetate. *May contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.
I rarely ever use primers because I feel they choke up my pores and my skin starts to react after I’ve taken my makeup off. That is until I’ve met the Palladio Rice Primer. Not only does it keep my skin from being greasy, my skin can breathe and doesn’t react with break outs after I wipe off my makeup!
The texture is totally light and airy, it looks tinted but it sets clear with no colour so don’t mistake this for a foundation or BB Cream! You can go ahead and apply your base and set it with the Palladio Rice Pressed Powder.
Rice Pressed Powder
Ingredients: Talc, Mica, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Dimethicone, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Alumina, Bis-Diglygercyl, Polyacyladipate-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Triethoxycaprylylsilane. *May contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.
I’m really pleased that Palladio finally brought the Rice Pressed Powder to our shores. If you can recall, last year, I was looking for the powdered version to do a comparison with my Hoi Tong and Sam Fong Powders. Definitely a more modern version with advanced and nourishing ingredients, a sponge applicator, a well fitted mirror with less spillage while still keeping the old world charm. Love it! However, I apply the powder with a brush or cotton pad instead to pick up the product as my skin doesn’t do well with sponges. The Pressed Powder is less messier to carry around compared to the loose powder version but I would still rather leave this one at home and bring my Rice Blotting Powder instead as it is purse friendly and makes almost zero mess.
Rice Blotting Papers
Ingredients: Oryza Sativa (Rice) Paper, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance (Parfum). *May contain Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxide.
The first Palladio product that caught my attention was the Palladio Rice Papers because it has the Chinese Opera Lady from my grandmother’s compact powder and it intrigued me to try it out. Now, it never leaves my purse and is my loyal companion at dinner functions and the rest is history.
The Rice Blotting Powder comes in 3 shades – Translucent, Natural and Warm Beige.
Translucent – For any skin tone.
Natural – For fairer skin tone.
Warm Beige – For tanned skin tone.
Contrary to what most believe, the Translucent ones are suitable for any skin tones because it is clear and does not give you a colour. In fact, I’ve repurchased the Translucent powder and papers because it never alters the colour of my skin tone. I would recommend Translucent for those who’s skin tone don’t fall under Natural or Warm Beige, if you have an uneven skin tone or you’re out in the sun a lot.
There are 2 sides to the Rice Blotting Paper.
- Blot off excess oil with smooth side.
- Touch-up by patting matte side over areas after blotting.
The smooth side is a standard blotting sheet while the matte side contains powder. Get the colour that matches the Rice Pressed Powder or Translucent will be your best bet.
A natural look with Palladio Cosmetic – Rice Primer, Rice Pressed Powder in Translucent, The Definer Contour + Highlight Crayon, Matte Blush in Toasted Apricot and 4EVER+Ever Intense Lip Paint in LP09 Keeper.
I’ve been a loyal fan of the Palladio Rice Paper for a long while and it looks like I’ll be adding the Rice Primer and Rice Pressed Powder to the list too! For it’s afforable prices, I’m really surprised at the amazing finish equivalent to some high end cosmetic brands. And it seems I’m not the only one who feels so, the last I’ve checked, these powders were almost sold out at the Palladio counter. Easily my holy grail primer and powder and it’s gonna be hard to knock them off my shelf. Stay tune for more Palladio makeup reviews coming soon.
Palladio Cosmetics are available at Guardian Pharmacy Singapore.