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Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder | Review

Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder | Review

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. 


The Sappho New Paradigm Setting Powder $22.00 CAD/4g

This setting powder is talc-free and infused with “organic herbs, flower essences, phytonutrients and antioxidants.” – Sappho Website.

What’s in it?

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.

What’s your go-to setting powder?

*This post contains affiliate links. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own!

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  • I’ve been using the Laura Mercier loose translucent powder, but I find it can cake up in some spots. Maybe I’ll check this out instead!

  • I love my HD loose setting powders and the ones I really love is Rouge Bunny Rouge Diaphanous Powder. I also have one by MUFE which is pretty good but not as good as RBR.

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Ooo this powder does have some great ingredients and its setting abilities sound excellent too! My go to has been the Althea Petal Velvet Powder, though it works much better when applied with a brush instead of a puff.

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  • Diana Maria

    I love how you review so many natural products so honestly. I agree that a lot of these products can be oily, luckily for me I have dry skin so this works to my advantage. This sounds like a great product xx

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    • Thanks Diana! And yes, you are lucky! They can be a real pain in the butt for combo skin in the summer especially haha

  • What a great review! thanks for sharing

  • reneeclementine

    I found pregnancy (and now post-baby) made my skin much oilier than i’m used to – I haven’t found a setting powder I love yet, so this is good to know!

    • It must be the swing in hormone changes! Makes such a difference to your skin… I’m hoping it’ll even out after I give birth haha.

  • My skin was really oily in pregnancy as well, but even now that I am back to normal I rely on mattifying powder throughout the day.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Well I’m kind of glad to hear that oily skin throughout pregnancy is normal. Hoping that it becomes less-so after pregnancy – but yes, mattifying powder makes a world of difference for the longevity of foundation!

      • For me it took more than six month after I stopped breastfeeding to get back to normal, the hormonal changes are going to accompany you after delivery for a while still.

  • AngeliePangilinan

    I have really oily skin + I live on a tropical country so mattifying powders are definitely a must have in my kit!

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  • Zorica
  • This is certainly a great review. We should always be cautious to what products to use in our skin. Definitely a must try!

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  • Great review Lindsey! The Calendula had me since I notice my skin is happy when that ingredient is in my skincare. I have a love/hate with setting powders and can never find ones I absolutely love. I’ve however been using the one by Fenty Beauty. A lot of their products are vegan so I’m pretty happy at that since I absolutely suck at looking these things up (I really need to put in more effort). Anyways I like that powder since it ACTUALLY goes on transparent and there’s no weird white cast afterwards.

    • Thank you! It certainly helps calm sensitive skin. If you’re nearby Toronto, go swatch it at the Detox Market and see how you like it 🙂 I think they can give samples as well, I’m not 100% sure though.

  • This is a new brand to me, I’ll have to go check them out. I have dry skin, but I do like setting my foundation if it feels tacky.

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