I am on a roll hauling brushes. Some of my brushes are getting old and splayed and I'm hell bent on replacing them. I had such a wonderful experience with my Hakuhodo brushes. But they can be quite expensive so I decided to get some wallet friendly Sigma brushes and at the same time compare them.
This was my order.
|F40||Large Angled Contour - F40||1|
|E30||Pencil - E30||1|
|E70||Medium Angled Shading - E70||1|
|E55||Eye Shading - E55||1|
|E25||Blending - E25||1|
|E65||Small Angle - E65||1|
Shipping was quite fast, I received my package in two weeks. My brushes came in a nice little red mesh pouch.
All the brushes were protected with a plastic sleeve.
There are exactly the same length as my MAC brushes.
The wooden handles felt sturdy. I chose the Large Angled Contour brush because I did not have one like this. This costs USD $14 and is made of natural bristles. I am most disappointed with the white coloured brushes especially this one. I found that this brush shed the most. During wash, at least 5 strands fell out and more fell out after wash and drying. It also had a pretty funky smell even after I washed it twice. I don't expect it to be as soft as my Hakuhodo brushes so for its price it was quite soft. Blush application for this brush is on the sheer side. It does not pick up too much pigment. I like the angled shape because it makes it easy to contour.
The Blending brush faired better. It did not shed but looked a little splayed after wash. This brush was soft and did what it was supposed to.
The pencil brush picks up quite a bit of pigment, really good for the hard to reach places. It is soft but not as dense as my Hakuhodo version.
|Left to right: MAC and Sigma|
The eye shading brush is wider than my MAC Fluff brush. Great for blending or for all over lid wash. I did not like the fact that while applying my eye shadow, this brush shed a few hairs on my lids.
The medium angled shading brush is great for patting eye shadow on lids. It is soft and picks up a good amount of pigment.
The small angle brush has stiff bristles and is quite precise. I use this to either smudge my eye liner and set my eye liner with shadow. It works well as an eye brow brush or to apply gel eye liner too. Very useful.
Overall, I am quite happy with most of my brushes. If you are a girl on a budget, Sigma brushes are a good place to start your brush kit. Prices are really affordable even with the shipping at USD $14.39. I also managed to get a 10% off using a promo code. Shipping and delivery was quite fast. My order went through without a hitch.
Personally I think you can get eye brushes from them. The eye brushes do their job, they don't shed and are quite soft. You can also get the synthetic brushes because ultimately they aren't made of animal hair so I am guess the quality can't differ that much.
I would rather spend more to get better quality face brushes. I feel that for the face, it is worth getting soft and dense brushes because it makes application easy and a joy. You never want to pack too much on your face especially with blush and face powder.
Ratings: 3 lipsticks
I received an extra Blending brush as a gift. So I'm giving it away to someone who wants to try it. Just leave me a comment about your favourite brush in your kit. This is open to everyone but please leave your email so I can contact you. The give away closes on Saturday, 3rd December 2011 at 12 p.m. Singapore time. My trusty random generator will be on hand to pick the lucky recipient. Good luck!