Palladio Beauty

Pore-Refining Facial Scrub

4.00 fl. oz. for $ 11.00
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Pore-Refining Facial Scrub has a formula that's a mixed bag of ingredients, some good for skin and some bad for skin. The scrub agent, magnesium oxide, is similar to what's used in microdermabrasion treatments, and is almost always too rough on skin, which is why this type of scrub, though once popular, is rarely found anymore. The abrasive effect of this scrub is buffered somewhat by a high amount of plant oil, but that still doesn't stop the gritty scrub particles from tearing at skin; it also makes this scrub more difficult to rinse.

The antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients in this scrub are good, but they're not much use in a rinse-off product like this. It also contains eucalyptus oil, a fragrant plant oil with a potential for irritation and, therefore, it's problematic for skin. See More Info to learn how irritating ingredients hurt skin.

One more comment: Palladio maintains this scrub reduces blemishes, but you can't scrub away blemishes. A blemish (as in an acne breakout) is best treated with a leave-on exfoliant that contains salicylic acid (otherwise known as BHA) and/or a benzoyl peroxide–based liquid or lightweight lotion, not a scrub.

  • Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
  • Not a good bet for blemish-prone skin because acne cannot be scrubbed away.
  • Contains an exfoliating ingredient that can be too abrasive unless used very gently.
  • Eucalyptus oil is a fragrant irritant.
  • Amount of oil makes this scrub more difficult to rinse.
More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Gently exfoliates the skin to remove dead cells and reduce the appearance of large pores and blemishes. The result is a fresher, more youthful-looking surface.

Water (Aqua), Magnesium Oxide, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Saccharide Isomerate, Ethoxydiglycol, Isostearyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Isopropyl Myristate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Carbomer, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Polysorbate-20, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Parfum (Fragrance), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E), Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Thioctic Acid, Astaxanthin, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin-A), Carbomer, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Beta-Glucans, Triethanolamine, Sodium PCA, Methylisothiazolinone.


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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