Who films a video and writes a review without fully knowing what a CC cream actually is? I won’t leave you guessing. That person is me. But don’t worry, I’ll share what I’ve learned about CC cream in case you too are in the dark. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Sappho New Paradigm CC Cream review… or as I will lovingly refer to it, the Sappho CC Cream (mostly because the full name is way too long.)
Anyone else dislike brand names that are unnecessarily long?
This is the second product from Sappho that I have tried; if you’re on the hunt for a setting powder, make sure to read my thoughts on that too!
Sappho CC Cream Review: Light
Behind the Brand:
Sappho New Paradigm (formerly known as Sappho Organics) is a cruelty-free, vegan and natural skincare brand. It was founded by Canadian makeup artist JoAnn Fowler . Sappho New Paradigm prides itself on authenticity and honesty with all of their products.
The Sappho CC Cream is described as a product that feels feather light on the skin. Formulated with organic Aloe to help reduce inflammation and 10% Zinc Oxide which has SPF benefits. Sappho states that this product can be used alone or as a primer underneath your foundation. They have a total of five colours in the range.
What does a CC cream do?
CC stands for “Colour Correcting” they are generally a light mousse consistency meant to correct redness and “sallow” (yellow or pale) skin tones. Like BB creams there is usually some skincare benefits blended within the product, like SPF coverage.
It is important to note that most people will not apply a thick enough layer of BB or CC creams to get the full benefits of the SPF. So you’re probably best to use a separate SPF anyway.
I assumed the Sappho CC Cream would have a good list of ingredients as it is a product created with some skincare benefits. That was until I looked at the ingredient list and saw coconut oil as the third ingredient.
In case you’re new here, you might not know that coconut oil is comedogenic which means that it clogs pores. Not great if you have sensitive or acne prone skin (which I do.) And this explains why my skin has been breaking out the past few weeks while I was testing.
It drives me nuts that so many natural skincare and makeup brands use coconut oil as one of the main ingredients within their products as it is so highly comedogenic.
Otherwise the Sappho CC Cream seems to have an interesting blend of fruit juices like pineapple, pomegranate and apple. As well as chamomile and bergamot. The Sappho CC Cream also contains some Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide to help with SPF protection, but there is no SPF level listed on the label.
How does the Sappho CC Cream Perform?
I received the shade “light” while I was at the Mndfl Beauty event last December. It’s not the lightest shade in the range, which I feel may have been a better fit for me. I find that this product definitely has a yellow undertone and leaves my skin looking… well, not so great.
The coverage is poor－and that would be fine because Sappho advertises this product as a primer for underneath foundation. Unfortunately I find that this product doesn’t feel feather light as described and it clings to dry and uneven skin. It just would not work as the perfect base underneath a foundation.
The sticker on the front of this product makes it look cheap. It begins to fall off and just doesn’t feel like a product that you spend $1.26/ml on. On the flip side, I am glad that this product does not have a pump, but I would love to see plastic-free packaging (as always!)
Overall, I would give this product a pass. If it wore beautifully I might be able to get over the fact that there’s coconut oil in it causing my skin to break out. However, it wears crappy and it has one very crappy ingredient…
What’s a total dud product that you have tried?