I've decided to start off with a review of possibly the most over-reviewed item in the world: Sigma Brushes.
If you haven't heard of sigma brushes before, I congratulate you because that must have taken quite some effort. The main - and most obvious reason - why Sigma brushes are so incredibly popular is due to the affiliate program which basically means if you sign up to Sigma, you'll be given a link and when someone buys from Sigma through that link - you get commission from that sale to use on even more Sigma products. In other words, you advertise for them, if the buyer buys through your link from advertising Sigma, you get rewarded with money to spend on more sigma products, and Sigma ends up making a whole heap of money from it.
I honestly really admire the pure simplicity and genius of that form of advertising. It really is a win-win scenario for the company!
So does it live up to the hype?
Some points I should clarify before we continue:
> I am not a sigma affiliate
> All products were purchased with my own money
Okay, lets' start!
|Also I'm waiting for more brushes to arrive soon *excited*|
And of this collection, 22 brushes are from Sigma (24 if we include the travel sized ones included in the kit and as a free gift).
|My First Ever Sigma Order <3|
I had ordered the complete Mrs. Bunny Essential Kit, the 10 piece Synthetic Essential kit, and the Beauty Expert Brow Design kit. The free gift for their Fall 2012 season was a travel size E05 (eyeliner) brush. For the sake of not making this entry too long, I'll only be reviewing the Mrs. Bunny kit, which is a synthetic 12 brush kit and case collection.
I will go through all the brushes of this kit in no particular order because I'm not that orgranised.
|Sigma Bunny Brush Set ($120 USD). The larger brushes come with a plastic protector and the kit comes in a baby blue hard case which I use to display my brushes on my vanity.|
|F70 - Concealer Brush|
Perfect sized brush for spot concealing, it deposits the perfect amount and is easily controlled. Doubles as a good eye shadow base brush. However I did have a massive issue with it that I have blogged about HERE!
|F60 - Foundation Brush|
Every person who does make up must have at least tried one of these before. I'm not a fan of using this brush for foundation because I hate foundation brushes for foundation application in general. I prefer other brushes so I use this for application of moisturiser/treatments if I don't want to use my hands.
|F50 - Duo Fibre/ Stippling Brush|
I found this stippling/duo fibre brush to be small in width. The bristles are soft and long so they allow for easy blending without streaking. I prefer to use this brush for cream blushes since using it for foundation application can be time-consuming compared to larger stippling brushes I own such as my Sedona Lace brushes.
|F30 - Large Powder Brush|
I do like that the brush is an oblong shape which encourages powder application without risking the dreaded cake face that many powder brushes risk. A large and very soft brush.
|E05 - Eyeliner Brush|
This is the softest eyeliner brush I own. I have overly sensitive eyes and what many people consider to be soft for eyeliner application is actually very harsh to my own eyes. So if I say this brush is soft (yet firm enough for good gel lining), believe me.
|E70 - Medium Angled Shading Brush|
A good brush for the crease and highlighting of the brow bones, you can never really have enough of these brushes. That being said, you can get these brushes of this quality with many cheaper brands such as Sedona Lace.
|E65 - Small Angle Brush|
This is small for increased precision but unfortunately, I find it to be a bit harsh and scratchy for my sensitive eyes. So I only use this brush for pressing liner/eye shadow into the hairline of my lashes for a subtle liner effect.
|E60 - Large Shader Brush|
A basic eye brush for application of cream or colour over the eye. It's made to cover large lid area in minimal time/effort.
|E55 - Eye Shading Brush|
This is my favourite brush of this kit! It has easily made it into my favourite brushes of all time. The entire kit is worth it for this brush. It is perfect for my crease and the blending of this brush is borderline orgasmic. Enough said. If you're only going to buy one brush, buy this one.
|E40 - Tapered Blending Brush|
A basic brush, didn't really impress me that much but it does it's job.
|E30 - Pencil Brush|
A very soft brush (even with my extreme sensitivity to many eye brushes), very good for inner eye highlighting or smudging/smoking out looks.
|F40 - Large Angled Contour Brush|
Good for blush application or a very soft, blended out contour of the face and body.
And that's everything - finally! ;)
Here's some closing tips:
- Sigma always has a 10% coupon code. Always. Just Google it since it changes quite often.
- Sigma always has a free gift with every order over $30USD, I got a travel eyeliner brush (which is good since I can actually use this brush without crying) but previously eyeshadows have been given out.
- Apparently this website: redefining beauty, is an authorised Australian reseller. The reason I didn't use this site despite being in Australia is because there's no discount code, the range was limited and didn't have what I wanted, and when I compared the cart of both sites, Sigma somehow ended up cheaper even with shipping! Also I'm one of those people that would rather buy from the original so I know what I have is the real thing. *paranoid*
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Stay beautiful! xx