Imagine strolling into a Santa Fe art gallery one sunny afternoon and finding a makeup mosaic for $8.
Yup, Palladio’s Herbal Mosaic Powder in Desert Rose is a little like that.
The pan has a mosaic pattern with five complementing powders you can wear individually, or swirled together, as a bronzer, blush, eyeshadow or highlighter.
Since the individual strips of color aren’t all that wide (the entire pan fits in my palm), I usually mix all of the shades together, and apply them to my cheeks with a fluffy blush brush.
On my NC 42 skin, a single layer delivers a rosy, peachy flush with golden pearl. Pretty! — especially for weekends or for casual makeup looks… Which reminds me, worn as a blush on bare skin or atop tinted moisturizer, I think Desert Rose looks a heck of a lot more expensive than $8. Shoot, it looks downright high end.
But worn with anything more than minimal makeup, and the forecast gets cloudy. For instance, if I’m wearing a medium or full-coverage foundation with it, or apply it on top of skin that’s already been powdered, I can see the grains sitting on top of my skin.
Buffing it down with a kabuki brush helps, but that takes a couple extra minutes.
Not a deal-breaker, but still. Something to keep in mind if you don’t have many minutes to spare.
Talc, Mica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Magnesium Silicate, Magnesium Steatate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isotridecyl Isononanoate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Oryzanol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. May Contain: Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499), Ultramarines (CI 77007), Titanium Dioxide (CI77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Chromium Oxide Greens (CI 77288).
Last Saturday I wore Desert Rose out to solo brunch (El Hub was working) and to run a few errands, and I noticed that after about 5-6 hours, the color had started to fade, which means having to touchup about halfway through the day.
No Desert Rose is perfect — not even this one — but for $8, I do think you get a lot of beauty and bang for your buck.
AVAILABILITY: Available now online, and at Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta stores
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: B+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,