Ultra-Firming Anti-Wrinkle Serum
1 fl. oz. for $12
Last Updated:02.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This lightweight serum has a texture that's closer to a moisturizer than a classic, silky serum, but it does contain an impressive range of anti-aging ingredients, some of which are seen in serums that cost much more. There's no question that this serum's price is attractive and its formula enticing, but all is not perfectly rosy: Ultra-Firming Anti-Wrinkle Serum contains a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that's known to be sensitizing and generally not recommended for use in leave-on products (Source: Contact Dermatitis, December 2012, pages 334–341). Given the number of anti-aging serums that omit this potentially problematic ingredient, there's no reason to give this one a second glance—which is a shame, because it's otherwise a good formula.

As for the lifting and tightening claims, don't believe them. See More Info to find out what you can do to help sagging skin.

  • Contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients.
  • Lightweight texture functions as a moisturizer, too.
  • Inexpensive.
  • Contains a sensitizing preservative not recommended for use in leave-on products.
  • Cannot lift or tighten sagging skin.
More Info:

Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Palladio Ultra-Firming Anti-Wrinkle Serum lifts and tightens the appearance of skin with concentrated doses of hydrolyzed collagen and vitamin A, improving elasticity. Skin is left visibly firmer and more hydrated after each use.
Water (Aqua, Eau), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Saccharide Isomerate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethoxydiglycol, Isostearyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf (White Tea) Extract, Isopropyl Myristate, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Thioctic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Astaxanthin, Vaccinum Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Beta-Glucan, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Polysorbate-20, Parfum (Fragrance), Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E), Hydrolyzed Collagen, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Sodium PCA, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin-A), Methylisothiazolinone.
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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