Way back in July, Sigma offered 20% off of their extremely popular brushes and I could not resist taking advantage of the sale. I purchased five brushes and I finally have them to review for you today. If you are connected to the beauty community at all, then you have definitely at least heard of Sigma. Their brushes are raved about so much that one begins to question if they can possibly be any good at all with so many sponsored reviews out there. I was skeptical myself, but I just couldn’t resist finally seeing what all the hype was about.
My Sigma brushes arrived in this cute little tube. Each one had a protective sleeve over the brush to protect the bristles during shipping. Just to give you a background of what brushes I usually use, I am a cheap brush kind of girl. I am completely satisfied with my e.l.f. Studio and Real Techniques brushes. I am just not willing to pay $50 or more for a makeup brush. I think brands like Hakuhodo make some beautiful brushes, and I’ve heard some great things about high-end brushes like the Wayne Goss collection, but I just can’t do it. So, that’s the level of quality I am used to in a brush.
Sigma brushes are a bit more expensive than I usually like to pay. They aren’t ridiculously priced, especially with a coupon code, but they are definitely more than Real Techniques and way more than e.l.f. (though most brushes cost more than $3, so that shouldn’t count). I ended up buying four eye brushes because, let’s face it, you can never have too many of those. I also got the much hyped about F80 Flat top Kabuki brush. I’m going to start there because it’s the most popular.
I actually featured the Sigma F80 in my August favorites last year. The F80 is a flat topped synthetic fiber brush designed to buff in liquid or cream products. I didn’t think that I would love it as much as I do. I had heard so many people talk about how great the F80 is, but I didn’t think that there would be that much difference between the F80 and the really good low-cost brushes that I own. I was wrong. I don’t know why, maybe it’s how densely packed the bristles are or how super soft they are, but the F80 blends foundation like a dream. I go back and forth between the F80 and my Real Techniques Buffing Brush as my favorite foundation brush. I do prefer the F80 to the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush and also to the e.l.f. Studio flat top Powder Brush that looks similar. If pressed, I would have to say that the F80 is worth the hype, and I would totally re-purchase. The F80 retails for $21.00, full price.
It was tough to choose what eye brushes I wanted because Sigma has so many to choose from. I decided to get two pointed brushes because I didn’t have any detail pencil brushes that I liked. I also definitely wanted blending brushes. I opted to go for the E30, E35, E36, and E45. It is really hard to find out what these brushes are made of because I can’t find that information anywhere on Sigma’s website. I know that they do both natural and synthetic fiber brushes. Based on what I could find in the internet, I believe that all four of these brushes are natural fiber, probably goat hair. I’m not totally sure about that, though, because I’ve seen conflicting information so don’t quote me. If you have an aversion to natural hair brushes, be sure to check with Sigma first, before ordering. I’m going to break these down individually, starting with the brush that I use least.
The E45 Small Tapered Blending brush is a pretty good brush, but I find that I don’t reach for it very often. It’s just an odd size for my particular eye shape and size, which is on the smaller side. The brush is very tapered to a pointed tip and best for picking up color with just the tip of the brush to apply intense colors to the crease to add depth and dimension to the eye. The E45 is an awesome brush to do a cut crease with, but as it turns out, I don’t do a cut crease very often. That being said, it’s still a great brush, stiff enough to hold it’s shape really well, but still soft and comfortable to use. Though it’s a good brush, it isn’t as useful to me as I thought it would be. It’s a little too large for my bottom lash line because of my eye size and is just not a brush that is a good fit for me. People with larger eyes or those who do dramatic looks with a cut crease might love it, but I probably would not repurchase. The E45 retails for $12.00, full price.
The E30 Pencil brush, on the other hand, is great and exactly what I was looking for. It’s a small detail brush with a tapered, pointed tip. It’s best used to soften pencil liners or add shadow to the lash line, and also to use to highlight the inner corner of eyes. I feel like this brush was exactly what my collection was lacking. The small detail brushes that I’ve had have all been problematic in some way. They are either too small, or they end up too coarse and scratchy. The E30 is soft and gentle in the sensitive inner corners and lower lash line of my eye. It’s the perfect size for me to smoke out my liner without going too far and looking like a raccoon. I would definitely repurchase. The E30 retails for $12.00, full price.
I love the E35 Tapered Blending brush. It has become my favorite blending brush that I own. It isn’t too big, so that my crease color goes everywhere, but is big enough to blend evenly and quickly. The effect is blended, yet also defined. Though I don’t think the E35 is completely unique to the cosmos, it is one of the better blending brushes that I’ve used (especially since my two other favorites are both discontinued) and perfect for every day. I reach for the E35 nine times out of ten, and would totally repurchase. The E35 retails for $14.00, full price
A brush that I think is pretty unique is the E36 Blending brush. The E36 is very thin and has long, slightly firm bristles. I have smaller, slightly hooded eyes, and this brush is fantastic for getting into my crease. It is so perfect for precision blending. I really love this brush and haven’t seen another brush like it, especially at this price point. It’s fluffy, but controlled. I love it for getting the outer corner and deepening the crease. It may be too small for those with really large eyes, but it’s so perfect for me. I would definitely repurchase. The E36 retails for $12.00, full price.
In case you can’t tell, I am really pleased with my Sigma brushes. If I were to do it all again, there is only one brush that I wouldn’t repurchase. All the others work well for me. I have washed all five brushes several times since I bought them, and they have all held up to regular use. I haven’t had any issues with shedding or with the ferrules loosening. The only problem I have had was with slight staining on my E36 from some black shadow. I’ve washed it several times since noticing the light stain, but it seems permanent. It’s not that big of a deal for me, though. The other two white brushes have not had the same staining problem.
As an added bonus in my order I also got this sample size of the Sigma Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. I told you about it last year when it first came out. You can see the post here. I have to say, I love this little sample and use it every time I wash my brushes. Even though the sample is flat (not an actual mitt) and fits in the palm of my hand, it still works like a dream and makes me think the real glove is great. If the glove wasn’t $40 for a textured silicone oven mitt I’d totally get one. But that’s a little much for me to justify to myself.
I definitely recommend Sigma brushes. I think that the quality is very good and the price, though a little more than drugstore brushes, isn’t that bad. I’m not affiliated with Sigma at all, but there are several beauty bloggers and youtubers that are, so you can easily find 10% off coupon codes from them. I’d just google “sigma coupon code” and you should have no problem. Sigma also sells makeup, but I have not tried any of it. I’ve seen good reviews, but my interest lies mostly in the brushes. I think Sigma brushes are certainly worth a look, and I would not have a problem purchasing from them in the future.