Herbal Foundation Primer

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$12 - 0.67 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
3/1/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This fragrance-free, silicone-based primer glides across skin and to impart a velvety finish suitable for all skin types. The lightweight texture pairs well with foundation and makes skin feel smooth (although a well-formulated serum with skin-care benefits can do the same).

Palladio added some extra frills including antioxidants like panax ginseng root extract and chamomile (which is where we're guessing the "herbal" part of the name comes into play) and vitamins E and A. In this concentration it's nothing to get too excited about but still, their inclusion is better than nothing at all. However, because these types of ingredients are light and air sensitive, the clear tube packaging can't keep them stable for long. All in all, this is an ok foundation primer to consider but there's nothing all that special about it.

Pros:
  • Lightweight texture wears well under foundation.
  • Glides across skin and to impart a velvety smooth feel.
  • Fragrance-free formula for all skin types.
Cons:
  • Beneficial "herbal" antioxidants won't remain effective in this packaging.
  • Just as well off using a well-formulated serum.
Cyclopentasilaxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius) Oil, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Grape (Vitis Vinifera) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Chamomila Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Seed Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract.

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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