Shine-be-gone with Palladio Rice Powder

9 Aug

Weird fact about me:  I like to fold laundry.  I have a “folding board” that I fold shirts with to ensure they are the same size with perfect corners.  I love to fold towels and carefully stack them up so they are all facing the same way and lined up.  Oh, and jeans!  I love folding jeans.  There’s just something so satisfying about seeing a stack of perfectly folded jeans….

Alright, well now that you know what a psychopath I am, I’ll get on to something else that I find satisfying that maybe you can relate too:  affordable makeup.

This powder will set you back about $5, but does it work?  

It’s the Palladio Rice Powder in Translucent.

Website description:  Rice Powder is the refined starch from rice, known as Oryza Sativa. The powder of rice has been used for centuries in the ancient art of Ayurveda, a holistic healing practice. It is used as a poultice that soothes inflamed acne and skin ulcerations. It has been used by Asian women in their facial makeup and to wash their skin since the 16th century. It is considered an emollient rich skin treatment.  Rice products absorb excess oils, thus maintaining proper pH levels in the skin’s mantle. Use alone, or on top of your favorite Palladio foundation for all-day protection.

My thoughts:

Packaging:  Simple square, the lid lifts off to reveal the powder and a square powder puff.  It measures 2.5in horizontally and vertically, and 1in tall.  The lid simply lifts off, there’s no secure “click” to ensure its placement.  It’s very flimsy, I accidentally knocked it off of my counter (with the lid on) and it spilled everywhere.  It’s also too flimsy to put into my traveling makeup kit (unless I put a rubber band around it).  … and there’s a creepy Asian on the front.

Scent:  Smells like straight up baby powder, yo.  Slightly detectable after you first apply, but it quickly fades.  I actually don’t mind the scent, and I typically dislike scented products.

Color: It’s available in 3 shades (translucent, natural, warm beige).  I have the color translucent and it has a very slight peach tint.  It works for my NC30-35 skin.

Longevity:  4 – 5 hours.

Powder Formula:  Very finely milled, just like any other setting powder.  The calcium carbonate and rice starch soak up the oil on my t-zone.  This does contain talc (as most finishing powders do) and parabens, ingredients that causes much controversy in the cosmetic world.  Honestly, it doesn’t really bother me because I use such a small amount and I’m not planning on huffing this powder anytime soon.  This powder will get cakey if you apply too much.

Application:  Use sparingly!  Only use in spots that are oily (for most people, that’s the t-zone), wipe the puff on the edge to get off any excess powder, and press onto the skin.  The trick to applying loose powder with a puff is to press into the skin, not rub.  Some people prefer a fluffy brush for loose powder application.  That may work for some people, but it also wastes a lot of product.  That’s why I prefer the puff.

Who would like this: Someone looking for an affordable finishing powder.  Oily skin types will benefit the most from it.

Who wouldn’t like this:  Someone who dislikes the smell of baby powder.  Darker skin tones (NC40 and up) may want to go with the natural or warm beige.


I’m digging it!  Anything that soaks up the oil on my face is a hit in my book.  My biggest complaint is the flimsy packaging.  I’m a little disappointed to see some of the less desireable ingredients in the powder, but for the low price it’s hard to complain too much.

Glitter rating:  4 / 5

The Palladio Rice Powder is $5.00 for 0.6oz.  It is availble at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, or any Palladio retailer.  It is available here online.  

Have you tried the Palladio Rice Powder?  What’s your go-to finishing powder?


4 Responses to “Shine-be-gone with Palladio Rice Powder”

  1. peachymilk August 9, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I really like this powder! I use a very small amount after my powder foundation just to reduce any shine and it works great! Such a good price also. 🙂

  2. Fallon August 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

    I really do like this powder! It is one of the best for the price and at absorbing oil. I agree, the packaging is lacking and can create quite the mess at times.

  3. tam0rama August 10, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    I use the blotting papers instead (same brand, I pick them up at Sally). They travel well. 🙂

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