Herbal Foundation Oil-Free

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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Powder Foundation
Last Updated:
12/26/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

True to its name, this liquid foundation sets to a matte, powder-like finish that looks natural, not chalky or cakey. Those with oily skin will appreciate the shine control this provides, but if you have very oily skin, this won't keep shine at bay all day long, despite the claims to the contrary.

The fluid texture blends on smoothly, offering sheer coverage that meshes well with skin. The herbal part of the name comes into play because this contains antioxidants, such as Ginkgo biloba leaf extract and Panax ginseng root extract, which are nice additions, but nothing to get overly excited about because the amounts are low and because there are better antioxidants than these two.

The formula also contains fragrance, which can be irritating to skin at high concentrations, but at the low amount in this product, it's not much cause for concern (and doesn't keep this foundation from earning our top rating).

The shade range offers options for fair to deep skin tones, and we found that the shades go on more neutral than they appear in the tube (which is a good thing). All in all, we must say this was a surprisingly nice addition to the Palladio beauty family, and a great option for those with normal to oily skin!

Pros:
  • Liquid formula offers sheer coverage that blends on smoothly.
  • Matte, powder-like finish looks natural; not chalky.
  • Keeps oily shine at bay (at least for a few hours).
  • Flattering shades for fair to deep skin tones.
Cons:
  • Contains a small amount of fragrance, although at this low concentration it's not likely to be irritating.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl PEG/PPG 10/1 Dimethicone, PEG/PPG 18/18 Dimethicone, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Isododecane, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Chloride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Tribehenin, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Butylparaben, Mica, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, BHT. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Methicone.

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 Palladio’s U.S. website.

For more information about Palladio, call 954-922-4311 or visit www.palladiobeauty.com.

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

    3 / 4 Good
  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Anna
    Reviewed on Saturday, February 08, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    color selection
    • After reading Paula's reviews on Palladio, I decided to try it. I really like it and will continue to use it. However, it is hard to see the colors. I started with Sandy Beige but I would like to try the next lighter shade. The shade that was recommended to me turned out to be darker. No testers were available. The Sandy Beige blended well, so I may stay with that.

  2. ANNA H.
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 18, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    correction
    • Haven't used this, but this website lists it as a powder foundation. It's a liquid, right?

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, January 20, 2014

    Hello, and thanks for your comments! This is indeed a liquid foundation, but it dries to a powder-like finish.
     

    —Paula's Choice Research Team

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