Sappho Nudes

About eighteen months ago I came across make-up brand Sappho Organics, a small Canadian based make-up line founded by an Emmy nominated Make-up Artist.

I try not to order any products from outside the EU (preferably the UK) unless I can really help it; I don’t want to add to the transatlantic postal carbon footprint and find most customs charges excessive. – but that aside… Having hankered over Sappho from afar, I picked up a few pieces from a UK stockist (who sadly no longer stock the range) so I could have a play.

Amongst the products I purchased (more about the other bits another time) were a couple of pressed eyeshadows (Coastal and Dream) which swiftly made it into my kit after only one test run – They were that much of a hit!

Coastal is a soft cool brown with a semi-matte finish (almost satin but not quite). Perfect for adding definition to the socket line, running along the lash line or deepening a smokey or not-so smokey eye. Dream is a warm, buttery shade with a delicate satin finish. It makes a great base for other shadows or used alone for a neutral wash of colour on the lids.

This shadow duo are fast becoming two of the favourites in my kit and shades I find myself reaching for when creating a fairly understated eye (below is a continuity shot of a make-up I created for a an advertising campaign due to be released around March).

Formulated using the purest natural minerals and pressed with certified organic jojoba and argon oils, the shadows are highly pigmented and can be used wet or dry to achieve the desired effect. The texture of the shadow is quite dry to the touch, however there is not a hint of fallout or loose particles on application. They go on easily and blend seamlessly with each other and other brands of shadow.

Sadly neither of these shades seem to be available via the Sappho website, however Deep Dianne and Jono are very similar – in fact they may even be the same shadows but just renamed.. I will check this out…

So who is Sappho? Sappho was a Greek Lyricist and one of the few female poets of her time; around 630BC. Sappho’s poetry was primarily written for and about women and she was the first female to write about her love of women both spiritually and carnally. The Sappho website has a page dedicated to her and there is a detailed piece on her here too
What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful


Founded by Emmy nominated Make-up Artist JoAnn Fowler*, Sappho Organic Cosmetics was born out of an idea formed whilst shooing US/Canadian TV series The L Word. The collection is cruelty free, vegan friendly and the packaging is fully recyclable.

*From a personal point of view it is fantastic to have TV and film Make-up Artist producing an organic make-up line, as most have been created by fashion/editorial Make-up Artist’s – Yes most of us quite happily cross genres (myself included), however we tend to predominantly favour one or other… 
Mica, Laurel Lysine, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Zinc Stearate, Zinc Oxide, Silica, Aimmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Oil, Arganil Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil
May Contain +/-: Iron Oxides (CI 77489, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)
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  • I love Sappho’s eyeshadows, I have about 5 I think! The dark one looks v similar to Jono but not sure on Dirty Dianne – they may have changed the names though. I got excited when you said UK stockist but shame they no longer stock them. I get mine from Nuciya in Canada – their postage is so cheap which is great!ReplyCancel

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      Hi Amber
      They are beautiful aren’t they. I love the formulation. I think the Costal is the same and Jono but they have been renamed. I will check out Nuciya, I haven’t ordered from them before. Thanks for the tip
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