Palladio Beauty is one of those budget-friendly makeup brands that not many people talk about online. I’m not exactly sure why this is, because some of their products are total gems in my opinion! Have you tried their ‘Crushed Metallic’ single eyeshadows? Trust me, you need to! And their ‘Rice Powder’ setting powder is one of my favourite loose powders too (check out this video to see it in action). Oh, and if you’re in the market for a stunning rosy blush that adds the perfect amount of glow to the cheeks, take a look at this blog post.
I’ve tested many, many beauty sponges in my day (my most recent review is here) and I am yet to find a dupe for my beloved beautyblender. I’ve come to accept that I’ll probably never find an affordable version of the beautyblender, and I’m 100% okay with that. But I also know that not everyone is able to spend R400,00+ on a single makeup sponge, and that’s why I’m always on the hunt for something a little bit more budget-friendly.
Anyway, so the Palladio Blending Sponge retails for R99,95 at Dis-Chem stores (it’s not available in their online store unfortunately). The price tag isn’t too bad, BUT it isn’t as affordable as the Urban Studio sponges (review) or the CALA sponge (which is great, but doesn’t last as long as some of my other sponges).
I know exactly what you’re wondering… How does it compare to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (review), since they look identical (apart from the colour). Well, like the Miracle Complexion Sponge the Palladio Beauty Sponge is flat & slanted on the one side and has a pointed tip on the other. You can definitely use these sponges beyond just dabbing on foundation & concealer – try it with a liquid / cream highlighter, blush, bronzer etc. The larger flat bottom can be used to cover larger areas on the face like the cheeks, neck and forehead; while the more precise tip can be used to blend out any product under the eyes, around the nose or that small area between your brows. But does it perform like the Miracle Complexion Sponge? We’ll get to that part a bit later down in the blog post – keep reading!
The following goes for any beauty / makeup sponge: I always use them dampened (just run them under a tap for a couple of seconds & squeeze out the excess water), this helps diffuse liquid or cream products for a natural finish. On the odd occasion I also like to use a dampened makeup sponge to set my concealer with a loose setting powder (especially on days when my skin feels on the drier side), because the water in the sponge helps powders to look more natural and seamless (like skin).
Let’s get on to the review of this particular sponge – the Palladio Blending Sponge.
I can usually tell whether I’m going to like a sponge as soon as I give it a couple of squeezes under running tap water. If it expands, it’s a good sign. If it remains to feel dense, it’s a bad sign. You want a makeup sponge to be light and fluffy. The Palladio Blending Sponge expanded to about 1,5 x its normal size (the beautyblender expands to almost double in size) but unfortunately it still felt quite dense, even though it was saturated with water. The sponge itself is not as porous as the beautyblender or the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, so it doesn’t absorb as much water and remains stiff.
Here’s the deal breaker: When a sponge makes a hollow noise (almost like a tennis ball) while you’re bouncing / dabbing it on your face, it REALLY isn’t a good sign. Well, at least for me it’s not. I found the denseness of the Palladio Blending Sponge made it difficult and more time-consuming to blend out makeup products, plus pouncing a stiff sponge on your face is slightly painful too. This sponge reminded me so much of this teardrop shaped sponge from Dis-Chem (I really disliked that sponge, and only used it once before cutting it up & using it to create an ombré manicure). The Palladio Blending Sponge also didn’t blend out liquid / cream products as effortlessly as I’m used to – I had to swipe the sponge over my skin to help with blendability but I ended up with less coverage and a streaky finish (no airbrushed finish here, folks). And the very last point I want to make is that the Palladio Blending Sponge unfortunately also absorbed more foundation than my beautyblender, Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, and Urban Studio sponges.
Unfortunately the Palladio Blending Sponge was a MISS for me – which is a shame, because I really like their makeup products! You’re better off saving up to spoil yourself with a beautyblender (get it here) or pop in to Dis-Chem to get your hands on a CALA makeup sponge. The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is also an affordable option (especially when they’re on sale on Takealot.com) but the beautyblender and the CALA / Urban Studio sponges are still my top 2 faves!
I hope you have a productive week! Me? …I’m already looking forward to the weekend – haha! Be sure to check back in on the blog tomorrow, because I’ll have a new post up in the morning! I also filmed a video this past weekend, and I’m hoping it will be up on my YouTube channel in the next couple of days. I’m off to go make myself a cup of rooibos tea & start editing the video. Have a wonderful evening – stay warm!