One thing I’ve noticed about natural foundations is that they have a tendency to provide an oily finish on the skin; which is perfectly fine if you have dry skin and want a more dewy look… but when you have combination or already oily skin it’s not exactly the look you want to go for. That’s why I picked up the Sappho New Paradigm Silky Setting Powder (in hopes to set the oily skin to rest!)
About Sappho New Paradigm
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.
This setting powder is talc-free and infused with “organic herbs, flower essences, phytonutrients and antioxidants.” – Sappho Website.
What’s in it?
Ingredient Safety Key
Ingredient to use with Caution
Mica is used as an opacifying and colouring agent. It is derived from silicate minerals that have been finely ground down.
Zea Mays (Corn) Starch🌱 is used as an absorbing ingredient.
Jojoba Esters are used for moisturizing and conditioning.
Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil🌱 is used for moisturizing and conditioning.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract🌱 is used for moisturizing.
Calendula Officinalis Flowers🌱 are used for skin conditioning and fragrance. The less-sciency name for them are Pot Marigolds.
Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root🌱 is used for moisturizing.
Matricaria Recutita (Chamomile) Flowers🌱 are primarily used for skin conditioning and fragrance.
Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Leaf Extract🌱 is used as a skin conditioning ingredient.
🌱Certified Organic Ingredient.
How does the Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder Perform?
This is a must-have product applied over my Vapour Organic Beauty Atmosphere Soft Focus Foundation. During the summer months (and maybe due to pregnancy) my skin has been much more oily and the foundation had a tendency to leave a very greasy finish. Especially when using the Pure Anada Finishing Powder on it (without another powder.)
I find that this powder really helps set the makeup and allow it to last a full workday – and then some! I can get 10 hours of good wear with my foundation after using this powder. The Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder doesn’t leave a cakey/matte finish either – it ends up being a nice silky finish with no shine.
However like most loose powders if you plan to travel with it, it can create a huge mess once you open it after a plane, train or even car ride. If you’re an avid globetrotter then a solid powder would be a better bet. Especially when you see the price per gram cost…
Is it worth the price?
I guess it depends on how much a powder means to you – if it makes or breaks your makeup then that’s a definitive way to judge it. For this product you’re essentially paying $5.50 CAD per 1 gram of product… which is pretty steep in my opinion. Pure Anada offers a matte mineral setting powder, 10 grams for $25.00 CAD ($2.50/ 1 gram) which is also talc free. However, you’re not going to get all the moisturizing ingredients that are offered in the Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder. (I’ve yet to try the Pure Anada Matte Mineral powder, but so far I do enjoy the Glow Finishing Powder.)
As far as natural powders go, this is one of my favourite; but I’m still on the fence whether I can justify the price. Especially for such a small amount of powder.