Lipstick Review: Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Colour in Raw Silk

I’ve had this for awhile – I remember when Palladio was launching in Singapore they had a promotion where you could trade in any brand’s lipstick for a free Velvet Matte Cream Lip colour and of COURSE I jumped on it like a rabid person. FREE NEW LIPSTICK!

Damn aren’t my nails an awesome colour!

This line is all named for fabrics which, as a past semi fashionista, I loved. I would have gotten Jacquard for the name alone because I LOVE JACQUARD. And damn, now that I’m looking at it again, the bright coral red really calls my name. 😉

I picked Raw Silk in the end because I saw it on BeautybyRah and I loved how it looked on her.

All credits to

However it looks NOTHING LIKE THAT ON ME. Such is life! I think it’s because I’m quite a bit fairer than her.



Like is this even the same colour? Haha. It looks more like Boucle in the lip swatches on her side, except that my friend Jodulu wore Boucle out and it was definitely way darker than Raw Silk.

I would describe this as a rosy brown – definitely leans a lot rosier on me. I quite like it, actually. It has a bit of the 90s vibe due to the brown, and it’s definitely a neutral goes with lots of looks kind of colour without being a nude.

This is a creamy matte lip, so you can see it’s not 100% flat matte. It also doesn’t dry down all the way and will still transfer a little, but it means that it definitely doesn’t crack, and you can rub your lips together. It feels somewhat velvety/siliconey on the lips, but not extremely so.

Unfortunately I find this formula extremely drying. I don’t know what’s about it, but seriously, my Menow $2 matte liquid lipsticks are more comfortable than this. This makes my lips peel and feel painful. Since everyone else says they’re not that drying, I guess it’s just me. It’s a total shame because I love the colour and the formula is good in all other respects. I’ve worn it multiple times but I have to concede that it’s drying as fuck for me.

Will that deter me from wearing it? Probably not. I’ve still worn it (but probably not 2 days in a row) and I need to slather lots of balm on, but I am willing to make the sacrifice occasionally.

Overall, I would still recommend this line because it’s very affordable and the formula is nice, and most people don’t seem to have a big a problem with dryness as me.

Review: Lime Crime Velvetine in Squash

So….. Limecrime! The face of internet controversy. I wouldn’t really buy from them, but I do think they have some very nice things, especially the Venus palette (which I have a dupe of) and the Venus 2, which, with its dirtier, grungier colour scheme, really calls my name. So when they were having a giant 75% off sale, I had to grab just one thing.

I’m not happy that this liquid lipstick costs as much as other standard liquid lipsticks and only has 2.6ml. I mean, sure, give me 2.6ml because I sure as hell don’t wear this everyday, but don’t charge me 20USD! Which is why I only bought this when it was 5USD. 2.6ml is less than half of a standard lip gloss/liquid lip, which is 6ml.


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Review: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Lipstick in Tiger’s Eye

I recently saw Temptalia’s review on Estee Lauder’s Hi Lustre lipsticks, and noticed something very interesting. She reviewed Tiger’s Eye, which I actually do have!

Mine is the old version, obviously, with some kind of limited edition packaging. I found this in Bonjour in Hongkong a few years back, and it was going for something like $4. Since I think my makeup collection was a fair bit smaller back then, I did actually buy it. Let’s see what changes there are between the old and the new one!

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Review: L’oreal Colour Riche Moist Matte Glamour Fuchsia

My lovely friend Jodulu sent me a beautiful gift box from L’oreal consisting of a few goodies from L’oreal… all the way in December before Christmas. So I’m super late to this review.

@jodulu partnered with #lorealxlazada to send me this AWESOME christmas surprise – a box full of #loreal goodies! generous sample sizes of their #hydrafresh range – genius lotion, face wash, cream and full size night mask. My favourite item is of course the lipstick, which is, surprisingly, a shade that I don’t own yet :p it’s the color riche in Glamour Fuchsia, but it’s more like a Pantone Radiant Orchid kinda shade. Quite matte, comfortable and doesn’t smell lipsticky like drugstore lipsticks can. Absolutely stunning. The large bottle of L’Oréal Elseve Extraordinary Oil shampoo smells divinely of roses. can’t wait to have bouncy shiny rose smelling hair!!!! thank you to @jodulu, Lazada and L’Oréal for making my day!

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As the box consisted of a full bottle of Elseve Shampoo, skincare things and a full sized lipstick in Glamour Fuchsia, it was obvious what was going to be my favourite, though I need another lipstick like a fish needs a bicycle.

(The shampoo is pretty damn nice too!)


Don’t you think that L’oreal has really stepped up their packaging game? I mean, they ARE one of the most expensive brands at the drugstore. I believe this costs $21.90, because Singapore’s retail prices suck. I like the little colour window, because it helps if you have several L’Oreal lipsticks. The plastic is kind of light, yes, but for a drugstore brand the packaging is the bomb.


When I saw this, I thought ‘Okay, I have at least 2 other fuchsia lipsticks,’ but this is nothing like that. I would say this is actually more of a Radiant Orchid colour on me.

The formula is pretty nice. This lipstick is natural matte, without being flat. It’s also quite pigmented and very smooth in one swipe. I think it’s a stretch to say it delivers ‘intense moisture’ like the ad copy, but it’s definitely comfortable.

Here’s comparing it to my other fuchsias…

L-R: Maybelling Glamour Fuchsia, Kiko Metallic Lipstick in Fuchsia (DCed), and Life Entropy Lip Theory in Fusion (which is also no longer on the site 😦 )

Well… one doesn’t need 3 fuchsias. They don’t look very different on my arm, frankly, but you can tell that Glamour Fuchsia is the darkest and most muted, while Fusion is the lightest, brightest and warmest (as warm a fuchsia can go, anyway.) Kiko’s is the coolest, also due to the metallic blue shimmer in it. But like all fuchsia lipsticks, Glamour Fuchsia and the other 2 will stain your lips pink for the whole of the next day.

Glamour Fuchsia’s formula actually reminds me of Maybelline’s Creamy Mattes, which makes sense because Maybelline and L’oreal are both owned by L’oreal. They make mattes using silicones, so it feels very velvety on the lips instead of being dry and draggy. No longevity issues, no bleeding, comfortable wear.

On me, it reminds me of Radiant Orchid, a slightly brighter and more saturated version, maybe. Not quite what comes to mind when one says ‘fuchsia’, but that’s what makes it different from the other 2.

This is definitely not as bright and in your face as the other 2 fuchsias I have (which are VERY bright and in your face) but I do like it’s mutedness. I think it fits my complexion well too. The matteness and the mutedness giving it a more mature, glamorous vibe than the glossy shocking fuchsias I have.

I enjoy this lipstick very much, and would love to try the other colours in the line, so
I would call it a great success. Thanks lots to my lovely friend Jodulu, and Lazada and L’oreal for sponsoring the box!

(I got the items in the box for free, with no obligation to write about it.)

Review: Revlon Lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake

2014-08-14 14.21.40I hate cool toned pink lipsticks but i love good deals. I figured $2.50 was okay to spend on an experiment, so when I saw someone selling 2 lip products including Strawberry Shortcake I took the plunge.

As I have said before, I like dramatic lips (I have a mini collection of that) and I like nude, easy lips (loads of stuff too.) What I don’t like is what’s in the middle: stuff that is pale and particularly statement making, but is obviously not natural-lip colour.

(I really have a lot of nudey lip products, will do a comparison post soon.) Cool toned pinks are one of these hated colours, because obviously no one’s lips are a cool toned pink. They always remind me of Barbie, which is not necessarily a bad thing, but Barbie pink was never a good colour to me.

Let’s talk about the packaging. It feels a bit flimsy to me, even for a drugstore lipstick, and I don’t really get the ‘cuteness’ of it. I like elegant, remember. So it’s a no go for me.

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Anyhow, here is Strawberry Shortcake on my lips.



The colour does tend to stick to my dry areas/lines (but then again, my lips are in a particularly terrible state right now where few things don’t) so that’s forgivable to some extent.

It can be be built up to a pretty opaque colour, which is basically a super cool toned… Barbie pink.

Barbie pink anyone?
Barbie pink anyone?

It’s really not a colour I would wear daily. Yet. I could try to love it; it actually doesn’t look too bad! But personally I think it makes me look a bit… air-headed, of all things, if make up could make you look airheaded. In this look (which I did to only go to the gynaecologist, of all things) I paired it with a no-effort smudgy kind of brown liner (kind of like, I just had a good make out session or something) which I think seriously makes the whole look a bit… bimbotic.

Colour: Do you love pink? Do you love cool tones? Do you love Barbie? If you do, you’ll probably like this enough. I say no to the first two and maybe to the third, so this colour is really not the best for me, but like I said, in the name of experimenting! It didn’t turned out too bad either. I would wear it again.

Longevity: Okay, this part really, really sucks. I had an apple yesterday after putting it on and it was basically gone. An apple is not significant eating damage. Most glosses can last through an apple with some pigment leftover. This, clearly, cannot. I think it can probably last 4 hours on someone not eating or drinking much, but…..

Other Necessary Lipsticky properties: It’s moisturizing enough, sure, but it feels rather heavy on the lips. Probably from all the pigments. It definitely feels more than the Za Pure Shine Lips I reviewed previously. It doesn’t taste too bad and doesn’t smell like much.

People have mentioned that there are 2 kinds of lip butters. One is more like a lipstick (eg Strawberry Shortcake) and the other is more like a tinted lipbalm (eg kind of like my Pure Shine Lips, I suppose.)

You can get it off Amazon at USD6.50 (approx) here. In Singapore it retails in stores at a crazy SGD17.90 (seriously, WHAT?)

Personally I always buy my imported cosmetics (aka EVERY SINGLE BRAND) either from local sellers, or shipped in directly from the US (like my NYX stuff!) unless the markup in Singapore is not too ridiculous.

Anyway, this is just my one-person-one-colour review of a cult product that already has billions of reviews so I don’t think I’m personally adding much here, except I hope you had fun reading.

Lipstick Review: ZA Pure Shine Lips in OR3 Apricot Nectar


First off, I don’t believe in orange. I had a orangey coral lipstick by Kiko previously, the formula which I loved but looked horrid on me.

I got this Za Pure Shine Lips lipstick in OR3 Apricot Nectar as a gift at an event, and I didn’t even want to try it on at first, such was the trauma of the Kiko lipstick that I gladly traded off.

Just as a background, Za is by Japanese cosmetics giant Shiseido, usually made in Taiwan (and oodles cheaper there, of course) and is basically your average Japanese drugstore level product. Many people have said many good things about Za, but I’ve never personally owned anything from them.



It has obviously been used a lot and I’ve only got it for a few weeks!



As you can see it’s a pretty shade of nude-peachy orange on my rather pigmented lips. I actually like wearing it in place of lipbalm because it is the first and so far only lip product that is actually hydrating (versus drying or normal) for my terrible, terrible lips. And also because I don’t actually have lipbalm, I only have Vaseline lip treatment which is basically a lot of petrolatum. I wear this practically everyday for just that swipe of sheer glossy colour which still makes me look like I’m not wearing (much) make up.


It’s like a nudey lip colour, except it’s not nude! That’s the best I can describe it as. It’s just a bit glossy too but not crazily so. There are glittery bits inside the lipstick but they’re not very visible/feelable on the lips. But I guess if you’re really going for the super un-madeup-I-rolled-out-of-bed-gorgeous look the glitter doesn’t make it happen.

(I left my pretty blue wallet inside because although it has no relevance it looks so pretty there~!)

Swatched twice on left, once on right, because only after i did the first swatch did I realise that it is not smart to swatch lipstick onto your veins. Colour is slightly buildable but not by much. I don’t know about the prismatic red pigment that Za is claiming, but it doesn’t matter because the lipstick basically functions like tinted lipbalm with more colour. Except maybe better because there’s no mentholatum or rubbish inside which dries out my lips.

I like the formula much more than I expected (normally I turn my nose up at sheer lipsticks, purlease) but i wonder if I like the colour only because I haven’t tried out the others. Maybe something from the red/pink range would be even more my cup of tea.

Pigmentation: Lousy, but it’s supposed to be, because it’s a sheer lipstick. So no faults given here. I actually like the translucency of it that let’s the natural lip colour show through.

Longevity: Ah, this. Clearly something so sheer and moisturizing is not going to stick around for very long. I usually eat it up with my lunch/tea/etc. Without eating/drinking I think it can last 3-4 hours though, but it definitely fails at the meal obstacle.

Scent/other properties: None whatsoever! At least, not to me. Also, super moisturizing. My lips are crying in joy! BUT, for all the subtleness of the glitter, sometimes I find bits of glitter around my lips.

Price: I believe it retails for SGD17.90 or so in Watsons and miscellaneous drugstores, which is around 10 more dollars than I would pay for something so sheer, because. If you don’t mind though, by all means. It’s normal priced by Singapore drugstore standards, it’s just that I am extremely cheap when it comes to such sheer lippies (and why pay so much for something you’re gonna reapply like crazy?) Thankfully, if you’re in Singapore, I have seen many people selling them around 5-10SGD on my favourite online flea market Carousell.

I would probably think about repurchasing this in a different colour (maybe a pink or a red) when I’m done with mine. Thumbs up! I am completely unable to find this online for purchase though, either on Ebay or Amazon, so your only option is to go to somewhere which sells Za stuff.



I went to look at them in the drugstore recently, and you can see from their official site here that they have changed their packaging and colour naming. ALSO, from my swatching, I also determined that THEY HAVE CHANGED THE FORMULA. It’s no longer translucent, it seems to be more lipstick-y than before. I ISH SAD. I will revisit the drugstore to confirm this though.


I have determined that the colour I revied, Apricot Nectar, essentially stayed the same. HOWEVER, it would appear that the consistency of other colours ARE NOT. I think it’s somewhat similar to the Revlon Lip Butters where some of them feel like moisturizing lipsticks while some feel more like sheer transparent balms. So, the conclusion is, GET SWATCHING!

In Search of the Perfect Red Lips: chanel rouge allure velvet 38 La Fascinante review

her lips are devil red and her skin’s the colour of mocha… but unfortunately not mine, which is an irritatingly in-between shade of NC20-25.

i wasn’t much of a bold lips person.. until recently. then i became obsessed. is there no middle ground?

my first ever luxury purchase + bold lip product was this Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet in 38 La Fascinante. Once again i got it in my head (at that time) that a red lip, like foundation, must be exquisitely expensive and high quality. that was about 2 years ago. in those 2 years i can count the number of times I’ve used it on one hand, probably. but now i bring it out every week or so. image image image you can see that not very much has been used, haha. I must give full props to Chanel for making a fantastic, high quality packaging. i dropped it on the toilet floor the other day and was terrified i smashed up a $40++ (and mostly unused) lipstick but the casing was still pristine and the lipstick undamaged. THANK YE GODS, finally something that can withstand me!

image image freshly applied (i turned the beauty face function to 0 so you can see all my pores, lines, etc HAHA)

i applied it straight from the bullet this time although i would feel better using a lip brush of some sort. i was a n00b at make up then though (and possibly now too) but somehow i could tell this blue based shade just looked good on me compared to all the other ones. ever since, I’ve always fallen for blue based reds (even if i can’t really tell until they go on my skin, no eyeballing colours for me!!!) and always staying away from pink or orange reds.

my lips are a terror – i constantly peel and pick at them, especially when I’m stressed. by right, i should never wear matte lips. they look horrendous close up. i think thats why i put so much emphasis on a flawless face because it distracts from my terrible lips.

colour/pigmentatioin: gorgeous elegant dark blue red, super opaque. I need 2 swipes for even coverage, but mostly because it’s a dark colour. 1 swipe achieves a very opaque layer of colour already.

texture: satiny, goes on very easily and smoothly. doesn’t feather on me, doesn’t emphasize my lip flaws (of which there are already too many) too much.

staying power: I’ve read reviews that said it had bad staying power but honestly to me it stays for AGES. this is after 2 hours or so with light eating and drinking image image basically, THE SAME! maybe a bit of excess has been transferred onto my poor glasses and eaten up etc but otherwise it looks the same. It’s not perfect but I can still go without a touch up.

i also find that it leaves a very lasting stain/thin film that makes it such that my lips still look pretty red after significant eating damage (subway anyone?)

moisturizing properties: i do find that this dries out my lips a little, but i havent actually found a product that hasn’t because let’s face it, my lips are super dehydrated to begin with. It’s only noticeable after the first few hours, so i wouldn’t classify it as particularly drying. i really need to do something about my lips, don’t i?

cost: now, we all know that this is where chanel does not excel at. this lipstick cost me somewhere around $42 sgd. you can find it locally on carousell for anywhere from 20-35, so if you don’t mind not buying it from the chanel store and if you trust reliability of online sellers, you could get it for (nearly) as cheap as a drugstore lipstick.

red lips rating: 4.5/5

This is a great lipstick with a beautiful colour that most skin tones would be able to wear. i find staying power, ease of application etc to be all great. the only prohibitive thing would probably be the price. However i am very sad to say this is not the red that i am looking for… it’s dark and sultry, too much so sometimes. It’s good for sexy date nights, but i need something a bit more approachable. so its a beautiful dark red lip, but too dark for daily wear. still searching for my perfect red! I just bought another red lip product, and it’s coming soon!! so excited 🙂 will review it when it’s here!


Extra tips for wearing a dark red: keeping the rest of the face clean is very important. A flawless base is essential here. this time i was going to be shooting a few shots in studio photography with my friend, so i amped up the makeup a little with shimmery eyeshadow. (not sure how obvious it is here…) i find that the black liner is essential because my eyes and lips look unbalanced otherwise, but i draw it as thinly as possible. If you have extremely deepset caucasian eyes, you might be able to go with just immense lashings of mascara. My brows are also a little too light, could have drawn them in darker black to balance it out. that would look fabulous on photo, bit too dramatic in real life (save for night time.) to really amp it up and look gorgeous in photos, something you could do (which i didn’t) is to add just a smidge of white liner to the cupids bow above the red lipstick to really highlight it. see, thats the problem with me. i think of everything in terms of photography and modelling AND in real life. and what looks good is very different in both. 

You’re supposed to be confident enough to just be able to wear a T shirt, jeans and a red lip and go to run errands. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’ll definitely be trying it soon. 😛



PS A bonus edit:

I found an editorial picture of me from last time, featuring THIS Chanel lipstick!!!! Of course this is highly photoshopped, with great studio lighting, blahblah. 😛 But I did my own make up for this shoot too.