April 13, 2014

Palladio Herbal Tinted Lip Balm (Berry) | Review + Swatches

I've never tried anything from Palladio before other than their rice paper blotting sheets because, honestly, not much from the line intrigues me. But I'm a fan of tinted lip balms so I thought I would give Palladio's tinted lip balm a try since it came in a coral/peach shade and had pretty positive reviews online. Palladio claims on their website that this balm provides:
  • Sun protection because it contains "natural UV filters" (not sure if this is true?)
  • Intense conditioning
  • Sheer color

Claims aside, I like this stuff because it's actually moisturizing and provides a nice amount of color. Read on for a full review or skip to the bottom for a list of pros and cons.

Packaging: The 4g of product comes a cheap Chapstick-style tube and retails for $4. The color indicator on the outside is not the most accurate depiction of the shade; neither is the name. This is not a berry shade. The packaging is functional, though, so there's really nothing horribly wrong with the packaging.

natural light - flash

Color/finish/pigmentation: "Berry" is actually a seared coral pink shade with a glossy and creamy finish. Or a subtle coral. It is like the color "sunset orange". This shade pairs very well with bronze looks. It has a very fine shimmer that's not even noticeable unless you're up-close. It's quite pigmented for a tinted lip balm, so that's nice. It's pigmented for a tinted lip balm, but still considerably sheer. 

It also comes in 8 other shades, although most of the other ones look like they contain quite a bit more shimmer.

top: natural light - bottom: flash
left: bare lips - right: applied
shimmer is practically invisible

Application: The balm applies creamily and smoothly, but sometimes it can look uneven. It does get caught in dry spots.

Texture: It has a very comfortable, moisturizing feel on the lips. Again, quite creamy. I'm left with nice, soft lips.

Scent/taste: There is a very faint sweet vanillla scent, but it mostly smells like makeup. Just typical makeup-smell. It also has a light vanilla sugar taste, but it's not strong.

Longevity: This lasts an okay amount of time for lip balm, about 3-4 hours.

Ingredients: polybutene, ozokerite, synthetic wax, tocopherol, ascorbyl palmitate, BHT, tocopheryl acetate, octyldodecanol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter) fruit, beeswax, helianthus annus (sunflower) seed oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, tetradibutyl pentaerithrityl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, wheat germ glycerides, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, panax ginseng root extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, retinyl palmitate, camellia sinensis leaf extract, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, vanillin, propylparaben

  • Moisturizing
  • Pigmented
  • Creamy and even texture
  • Subtle fragrance
  • Affordable
  • Supposedly protects lips from sun damage (again, not really sure if this is true)

  • Not long lasting


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  1. Is this now another of those many ghost blogs that will never be updated and will stay fixed in time?