Herbal Dual Wet & Dry Foundation
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

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.
Talc, Mica, Lauroyl Lysine, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Starch, Nylon-12, Magnesium Stearate, Boron Nitride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Squalane, Zinc Oxide, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Yeast Extract, Water, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Citrus Medica Limonium Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Ascorbyl Palmitate. May contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Chromium Oxide Greens, and Ultramarine Blue.
Brand Overview


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 Palladio’s U.S. website.

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

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Not great color choices for light skin

As mentioned in the PC review, I was not able to find a color match for my fair skin. Point of reference, the foundations I usually wear are usually in the shade porcelain or ivory. There was an “ivory” and a “nude”, but quite frankly those were neither ivory or nude the way most cosmetic companies market “ivory” and “nude.” If you have lighter skin, save your money and move on to something else. Or try it and save your receipt. (I’m not marking it down for lack of color options)

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Shanna G.
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Surprised by Great Reviews

I purchased this in a light shade, Laurel Nude, based on its great reviews. What a disappointment. I tried it both wet and dry. The shade is WAY too orange-y for my complexion; it reminds me of really cheap makeup colors in the 1980s. It did not cover broken capillaries or sun damage. I didn't like the texture either way, wet or dry. Really surprised by how much I don't like this product. Usually I get great finds thru Beautypedia, but not this time.

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Meg M.
Beautiful if you find a shade match

This is a very beautiful and great performing powder foundation. I only wish that it came in a wider shade range as the lightest shade Laurel, is too yellow for me. Great option for people who can find a shade match.

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So similar to MAC

I never heard of this brand until Paula's website. I found it at Sally's Beauty Supply. I usually like MUFE Hi Definition liquid for work, but for weekends or yoga I like a quick & easy powder (still like my Laura Mercier) but I was really surprised at how nice & quick this applies without looking like makeup. I'm hooked!

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Linda R

I am so impressed with this makeup. It covers the broken capillaries on my face without looking caked on. It looks very natural and doesn't turn shiny as most foundations do on me. The low price is a plus!

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I have used this powder foundation for years.

Whew! I am so thankful that this product received a good review. I have used it for years and have always checked to see if Paula had any reviews on Palladio. I was a little nervous to check the review in case there was some evil ingredient in it that I have been using daily. My favorite color is 403 Natural Clary or the next darker one. I don't have it in front of me. I always use it dry and as I'm getting older it sounds like I really need to try using it wet.

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