Herbal Dual Wet & Dry Foundation
This silky, talc-based pressed-powder foundation provides medium to full coverage with a natural matte finish. It's housed in a two-part mirrored compact that has a separate, ventilated, compartment for the sponge applicator. The vent feature allows the sponge to dry if you opt to apply this wet, which you may want to try because applied wet this goes on smoothly, not streaky, and provides greater coverage.
Wet application provides slightly more buildable coverage, and is the preferred application method for camouflaging dark circles and other discolorations. Applied wet or dry, this powder foundation is best for normal to oily skin. The matte finish won't make skin feel tight, but it does emphasize the appearance of dry skin or a rough texture; however, if that's not a concern, then it will work well.
The shades offer a good selection of neutral colors that work for light to medium tan skin tones, but there aren't any options for very light or very dark skin tones.
It's a nice touch that the formula contains several good antioxidants, but the packaging exposes those delicate ingredients to light and air with each use, which means they'll become ineffective soon after opening the product.
Note: Although the formula does include two fragrant plant extracts, they likely are present in such small amounts they are not an issue. The product is not fragrant.
- Smooth application, whether used wet or dry.
- Considerable coverage, but sets to a natural matte finish.
- Good selection of neutral shades.
- The compact-style packaging exposes the antioxidants to degrading light and air.
Strengths: Impressive powder and liquid foundation options; Rice Paper; Herbal Lip Gloss; Eyeshadow Primer; Baked Blush; Herbal Tinted Lip Balm; company provides complete ingredient lists on their website.
Weaknesses: Poorly made eyeliners, including Liquid Eyeliner and Eye Ink Felt Tip Liquid Eye Liner; highly fragranced eyeshadow quad; potentially irritating lip stain; poorly formulated skin-care products.
Palladio started as a small, Florida-based brand, and has been slowly carving out its niche at well-known beauty supply stores in North America and abroad through a growing network of resellers. The brand has attracted consumer interest because it's affordable and offers high-quality products.
One of the other draws is their brand tagline: "herbal & vitamin enriched cosmetics." Surprisingly, many Palladio products lack the ingredients to back up their herbal claim, and several of the products that do contain plants and vitamins have packaging that won't keep them stable during use, something that's true for lots of makeups that boast of antioxidant content. Still, this brand does have several products with impressive amounts of antioxidants, including a liquid foundation, eyeshadow primer, and lip gloss in decent packaging that will help keep the ingredients stable.
While the enticing herbal/vitamin claim isn't justified by all their products, many Palladio makeup products are worth checking out, and the prices are great, but stay away from the skin-care products because they are problematic, for several reasons, as you will see in our reviews. The most impressive products are the foundations and the tinted Rice Paper. The only makeup missteps are the liquid eyeliners, whose performance pales in comparison to comparably priced drugstore options.
In the United States, United Kingdom, and Mexico, Palladio is widely available at Sally Beauty. Palladio products also are available abroad through reseller websites, which are listed in the FAQ section of Palladios U.S. website.
For more information about Palladio, call 954-922-4311 or visit www.palladiobeauty.com.
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