UV Defense Daily Moisturizer with SPF 15
This is a good daytime moisturizer with sunscreen for those with normal to dry skin who prefer a light yet creamy lotion texture. Housed in an opaque bottle with a built-in pump dispenser, this provides reliable UVA protection with avobenzone and zinc oxide, a combination rarely seen in sunscreens sold in the United States but common throughout Europe. (It would be nice if the avobenzone was stabilized with an active such as octocrylene or something similar.) This leaves skin feeling smooth without being overly greasy.
The formula contains a good mix of antioxidants, including vitamins, but all of them are listed after the preservative (phenoxyethanol), so it's good you're getting several rather than just a tiny amount of one antioxidant (skin care is never as simple as one ingredient, no matter how good it is).
There isn't much else to say about this product other than it's a good value for the money and works well under makeup. The combination of active ingredients, plus the fact that this contains fragrance, makes it an iffy bet for those with sensitive skin.
Note: This product was recently downgraded from three stars to two stars, which is considered average. The reason for the change is due to the prevailing recommendation that your daytime sun protection product be rated SPF 30 or greater. This revised recommendation is due to the fact that most people are not applying sunscreen liberally enough to earn the stated level of protection on the label; therefore, a higher SPF rating will be more advantageous. See the More Info section for additional details.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection.
- Lightweight yet moisturizing formula.
- Works well under makeup.
- Contains a good mix of antioxidants.
- Inexpensive and generously sized for a facial moisturizer.
- Lacks skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients for enhanced anti-aging benefits.
Sunscreen Downgraded Due to Low SPF (SPF 15-20): This product was recently downgraded from its previous rating to two stars, which is still considered average. The reason for the change is due to the prevailing recommendation that your daytime sun protection product be rated SPF 30 or greater, with SPF ratings between 25 and 30 falling into the acceptable range.
This revised recommendation is because most do not apply sunscreen liberally enough to earn the stated level of protection on the label; therefore, a higher SPF rating will be more advantageous.
While this sunscreen will provide the SPF number on the label and has UVA-protecting ingredients, no sunscreen with an SPF lower than 20 will rate higher than two stars in Beautypedia. For more information on our criteria for rating sunscreens, please visit the Best Sunscreens or Best Moisturizers with Sunscreen section of the site.
Applying an SPF 15-rated sunscreen under a foundation, tinted moisturizer, or BB cream that offers broad-spectrum SPF 25+ will take far better care of your skin. This layering approach ensures your skin gets sufficient sun protection even if you're not applying liberally.
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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