~ Sigma Makeup Brush Review~
July 11, 2009
Always on the hunt to stay updated on what is out there, I decided about 2 months ago to finally make a small investment in the SIGMA makeup brushes. I am often asked to make affordable recommendations on brush sets and this was one of the sets I had not yet tried. (More to come on others later)
Since the full set (12 in total) was not available and hasn’t been for some time, I settled for purchasing the FACE & EYE brush set for $49 USD just so I could test the overall quality.
It consists of 6 brushes in total. They are:
SS-150 Large fluffy face brush – for all over face powder products or blusher/bronzers
SS-187 A Stippling brush excellent for liquid foundation application and can also be used for blush or powder face products
SS-239 is an all purpose dense eyeshadow brush but works especially well for packing on color to the lid
SS-219 is a pencil shaped eyeshadow brush that can be used for defining that Outer “V” shape, packing color into the crease, lining the lashlines and smudging eyeliners.
SS-224 Is a fluffy blending brush perfect for light application of color to the crease as well as blending and contouring of some areas.
ss-182 Kabuki brush is a multi-purpose brush that can be used for mineral foundations, any type of face powders and as an all over blending brush.
Now, I found the idea of naming their brushes after the MAC brushes rather un-original, but for the sake of recognition and marketing I am sure they ( SIGMA) thought the idea was perfect. Personally, I wouldn’t like it if someone took my idea for profit;(
As far as the quality of the product ( what realllllly matters) I have personally found them to be quite comparable to the MAC brushes they are named for. I have used them quite a bit recently to really break them in and washed them a few times ( I use SOFTSOAP moisturizing handsoap) and they have not shed or bled color in the least. The hair used is very soft and claimed to be natural bristles (meaning real hair and not synthetic).
What I do not like about them is that the handles seem to be thicker…not that it is a big deal but when you wear a brush belt or have a brush holder, it is a pain when your brushes wont fit. The larger of the brushes (ss150, 187) stretch my brushbelt and brushroll and wear them down faster.
In defense of SIGMA, they do have their OWN brushroll, and one even comes with a full set but if they were going to copy the MAC name and capitalize off of remaking their brushes, why not make them fit the MAC brushrolls and belts too? Just one of those little things I suppose.
So, all in all, they do the job and in comparison to MAC prices, they fit into the budget for most. If you are a beginner and need a starter set or seasoned makeup junkie and need a backup set , these brushes (so far) are more than worth the investment.
To the folks at SIGMA MAKEUP, please be more consistent about your stock. While the price may be nice, the wait is enough to make the eye wander;) Especially for those of us with a continuous need for brushes. Also, the inconsistencies are enough to make some question your business ethic. For example – I find it odd that the full set is available when you opt to pay more for the one with the brushroll, but is “out of stock” when you opt for the less expensive set that doesn’t have the brushroll. So, the question is – Do you have the full brush sets or not?
**Please see updated SIGMA info on price increase in the sidebar—->)