A quick background on Sigma; they launched in 2009, they have a bunch of patented designs (3 ring ferule, the SigmaAlloy metal, Sigmax & Sigmatech fibres and other products you can read about here), the wooden brush handles are made from renewable sources, and all their products are cruelty free. That all sounds very lovely and impressive, but are they any good and are they worth splashing out on?
If you read my post on makeup sponges, you’ll know that I am a big fan of using a sponge to apply my foundation. If I’m honest, I’ve really struggled to get a finish anywhere near as smooth when I use a sponge, and when I do use a brush I would often end up with uneven application and bristle strokes on my face. I knew that the F80 was a cult favourite, so I added it to my order to find out if it was really worth the hype. I was not disappointed. In fact that’s an understatement, I was blown away! My the brush literally glided over my skin, leaving a trail of flawlessness in it’s path.
The P88 I got free is another little gem, its basically a mini angled kabuki; I really love using this to blend my concealer in the smaller creases.
The Essential Kit comes with the following brushes (descriptions taken from SigmaBeaty.com):
- E05 – Eye Liner: Create smooth and even lines. Use with gel or liquid liners.
- E30 – Pencil: Soften and smoke out lines. Soften pencil liners along the top and bottom lash lines, add shadow to line the eyes, or use to highlight inner corner of eyes.
- E40 – Tapered Blending: Soft blended crease. Using just the tips to apply color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish.
- E55 – Eye Shading: Even application of color. Place color across the whole lid for an even and strong application of product.
- E60 – Large Shader: Uniformly cover the whole lid with product. Apply cream shadow base or cream shadow for quick and even coverage.
- E65 – Small Angle: Create precise lining. Moves fluidly and easily across the upper and lower lash lines. Use with gel, cream or powder liners.
- E70 – Medium Angled Shading: Soft application of color. Use for brow highlighting or to blend the crease.
- F30 – Large Powder: Even powder application .Uniform blending of powder products onto the face and body.
- F40 – Large Angled Contour: Cheek application. Use the angle to softly contour the cheekbone. Can also be used to apply blush.
- F50 – Duo Fibre: Creates an airbrush effect onto the skin. Can be used with powder, liquid or cream products.
- F60 – Foundation: Smooth foundation application. Apply liquid or cream products such as foundation and primer.
- F70 – Concealer: Conceal small areas. Conceal the hardest to reach areas such as around the nose and eyes.
I won’t go into massive detail over every brush, but I will say I am a sucker for eye brushes, and the ones in this set are fantastic, they have taken precision and blending to a whole new level!
These brushes have very quickly become my absolute favourites (don’t worry Real Techniques, I still love you!) and I would definitely recommend investing in some Sigma brushes… if if I had to choose just one, I’d go for the F80. To see these beautiful brushes in action watch my demonstration below.
I want to add this; I ordered these brushes directly from sigmabeauty.com and I recommend you do the same or buy from one of the authorised retailers linked here. Before buying these I had found a local beauty shop selling Sigma, and it worked out cheaper then buying them online. But when I got them I had major concerns that they were not genuine. Luckily I was able to get a refund (and I have flagged the seller to Sigma). Now that I have the real thing, I want to share some things you can easily check if you are concerned you may have purchased fake Sigma brushes. I found very little online about identifying a fake brush/set, so I wanted to share some tips.