Review – Palladio Blending Sponge | HIT or MISS?

Palladio Blending Sponge Review

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.

Real Techniques Sponge Dupe

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.

Palladio Makeup Sponge Review

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!

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16 Comments

  1. bronwyn 5 June 2017 / 17:59

    Thank you for this honest review, Luzanne. I always enjoy reading your posts, especially when you didn’t like a product. It’s so hard finding a south african blogger these days who is still willing to write negative reviews. Too many are too scared they’ll lose out on the free stuff. Your content is always refreshing!! :)

  2. Wardah 5 June 2017 / 18:00

    My ultimate beauty sponge is the Beauty Blender, I bought it after I read your review on it last year or the year before (can’t remember hehe).

    Lots of love, Wardah

  3. darcy j 5 June 2017 / 19:52

    Thank you for this awesome review, L :)

  4. R Fourie 5 June 2017 / 19:52

    My favourite – the Real Techniques Miracle Sponge.

    Die “Palladio Blending Sponge” het n baie mooi kleur :-)

  5. Shannin 5 June 2017 / 20:39

    Thanks for your honesty Luzanne. Love your blog. I love the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I bought the “red carpet” edition of the Beauty Blender and wasn’t impressed…perhaps the original pink one is better, but I doubt I’ll take the plunge considering what an amazing job the RT one does.

  6. Caroline Murray 5 June 2017 / 21:54

    I actually bought the palladio sponge about 1 month ago and didn’t like it in the slightest. It’s too hard and stiff even after it’s wet. I ended up giving it to my niece, but she doesn’t like it either.. :(

    My favorite sponge is the cala one, it’s very soft though so you have to be careful when washing it.

    C

  7. Minette 6 June 2017 / 08:46

    Ag no, what a pity..I saw it at dischem a few weeks ago and wondered if it would be any good. So thankful you posted this review, now I won’t waste my money. I’d rather buy the Cala sponge then. :)

  8. Karishma 6 June 2017 / 09:58

    I got this sponge free as part of one of Dischems beauty sales and I absolutely hated it. It was just so hard. Felt like I was beating my face up when I used it. I really like the Dupe Factorie Beauty sponge. It doesn’t feel exactly the same as the OG beauty blender, But i quite like the way it feels when wet and how it applys foundation. Its also only R90.:)

  9. diana 6 June 2017 / 10:32

    Such a good post, thanks L! We can always count on you to save us some money. 😀

    My favourite sponge is the Urban Studio one that looks like the RT one that you reviewed last year, it has lasted me so long and still looks good as new.

    xoxoxoxoxo

  10. Ronel 6 June 2017 / 11:07

    Baie dankie vir hierdie resensie, Luzanne. :) Ek is so bly ek het jou post gelees voordat ek die spons gekoop het, ek sal eerder my geld spaar en ‘n Beautyblender koop. :)

    Sover het ek nog net makeup borsels gebruik, ek is versot op die Sigma F80 borsel en het myne nou al vir 3 jaar (ek het hom gekoop nadat ek ‘n post van jou gelees het).

    Groetnis,

    R

  11. Camilla || Jane Wonder Blog 6 June 2017 / 13:30

    Didn’t see that coming! I’ve never use a real Beauty Blender, but I always have a stash of Cala Urban Studio sponges and grab a RT one whenever I see one in-store (Foschini) xxx

  12. Yolandi Wilken 6 June 2017 / 15:54

    Phew, so glad I read this before I went out and bought it. I’ve been umming and aahing whether I should get it, but now I won’t. I think I’ll stick to my Real Techniques foundation brush. :)

  13. lauren 6 June 2017 / 15:55

    My ride or die makeup sponge is the Beauty blender 😉

  14. Joey 14 June 2017 / 12:56

    I bought the Urban Studio sponge and it absolutely blew my mind. So I figured that if the Urban Studio was that good, the Beauty Blender would be even better. R400 later, I would stick to my Urban Studio Sponge. Not unimpressed with the Beauty Blender but not worth the price difference in comparison.

    Luzzanne, could you please do a post on cleaning our sponges, I simply will not fork out on the Beauty Blender Cleanser. What are the best ways to clean it?

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