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Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

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Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

I have a neat little concealer brush duo from Target to show you today.  This is the Target Up & Up brand Concealer Brush Duo.  I have an eyeshadow blending brush from the Up & Up brand that I really like, so I decided to give these concealer brushes a try to see if the quality continues to impress.  I have been tempted by the Sigma P82 Precision Round and P84 Precision Angled brushes, but could never justify the $19 (each) price tag.  The concealer brush that I currently use has longer bristles for a completely different shape.  The Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo is only $5.99 for the set, so I figured that I could try this shape out without too much investment.  I’m glad that I did.

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

Target Up & Up Concealer Brush Duo

These Up & Up Concealer brushes come with a rounded tip brush head and an angled tip brush head.  Here is what Target has to say about the brushes: “Use this uniquely designed up & up concealer duo for smooth, precise application of liquid, cream, or powder concealer. The rounded brush tip allows you to target small areas, including around the nose and over blemishes, while the angled brush tip allows you to target angled areas around the eyes for complete coverage.”  Both brushes are dense and have very soft bristles.  They don’t feel scratchy and the don’t poke the delicate skin under the eyes.  These are very inexpensive brushes, but the quality is much higher than the low price wold have you believe.

Angled brush tip

Angled brush tip

As recommended, I use the angled brush for under eye concealer.  It does a good job of blending out my concealer and leaving my under eye area smooth.  It is also precise enough to get right up to the lash line without getting concealer in my eye.  It’s a great brush.

Rounded brush tip

Rounded brush tip

I like the rounded brush for spot concealing.  I also use it after I put on my foundation to make sure that I don’t have any product build up in the creases of my nose or around my mouth.  Both brushes are pretty small, so they do a really good job at getting into those hard to reach areas.

I don’t own the Sigma P82 or the P84, so I can’t honestly say how these compare in quality or function.  I can say, however, that now that I have these Up & Up brushes I don’t feel like I need to get the Sigma brushes.  They are exactly what I was looking for.  They perform very well, and they have stood up to washing without shedding or losing their shape.  These are good brushes, especially when you consider the $5.99 price tag for the set.  I definitely recommend checking out the Target Up & Up brand Concealer Brush Duo next time you find yourself in Target.

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14 Best of 2014

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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

It is time for my wrap up of the products that I liked best in 2014.  These are products that didn’t necessarily come out in 2014, but that I loved and used in 2014.  It’s basically my most favorite of all my favorite products for the year.  If you have been paying attention over the last year, all of these products should be familiar to you.  I have mentioned all of them in at least one “Favorites” post, though I do try not to be too repetitive in those posts as much as possible.  These are definitely the products that I have been reaching for throughout the year, so let me get started.

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer

First up, let’s talk skincare.  In 2014 I discovered Derma MD when they sent me several products for review.  The product that I have loved most from the brand is the Derma MD Copper CoQ10 Moisturizer.  This is my third bottle, and I am sure that I will continue to use the Copper CoQ10 for a while.  It has helped reduce my redness so much, which is my number one skin concern.  I love the moisturizer because it is not greasy or oily in the slightest, but delivers a ton of hydration that lasts for hours.  It is extremely lightweight and absorbs into the skin so easily that you don’t even notice it.  I think that it would be appropriate for all skin types, oily or dry.  It is a great product, and I recommend it to anyone.  Derma MD is often featured on sites like Hautelook and Rue La La to cut the cost by a significant amount.  I also have a 50% off promo code at dermamdskincare.com for my readers.  Enter code beautybudget at check out to receive the discount.

The Body Shop Honemania

The Body Shop Honeymania

Moving away from the face to the body is the Honeymania scent from The Body Shop.  I love this scent so much.  I have body butter, lip butter, and shower gel in Honeymania.  It smells like honey and wild flowers, and is just a gorgeous fresh scent.  I actually prefer the formula of the body butter more from The Body Shop than from Bath & Body Works.  It is less greasy and absorbs into the skin better.  Honestly though, I almost don’t care what product it is as long as it is in the Honeymania scent.  😉

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Moving on to tools, the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a dead-on dupe for the Sigma F80, but for a fraction of the cost.  This is my favorite style of brush for blending in foundation.  I have a review for all of the details about how the brush performs.  The bristles are soft and densely packed, making it a fantastic foundation brush because it feels comfortable on the skin and blends everything out easily and evenly.  The handle is shorter than most, so the brush fits much easier into makeup bags than similar brushes.  I have washed it countless times, and have had no issues with shedding or bleeding.  The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is very well made and a high quality brush.  If you are considering getting the F80 you should consider this one first.

Sigma E-36 Blending Brush

Sigma E36 Blending Brush

One brush from Sigma that is 100% worth the hype and the money is the Sigma E36 Blending Brush.  This brush is essential for me.  I have hooded lids that aren’t too big, and this brush fits in the cease perfectly.  I can lay down dark crease shades without them getting out of control and taking over my look.  The E36 is very thin and has long, slightly firm bristles.  The small fluffy brush is just perfect for precision blending and I use it all the time.  It may be too small for those with really large eyes, but it’s so perfect for me.

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation & Revlon Nearly Naked Powder

When it comes to face makeup, my foundation and powder are repeat favorites that I had from last year.  I am combining them and only counting them as one because it is the pair of products used together that is my true favorite.  I am talking about the Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation and the Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder, both of which have me scraping the bottom to get the last bit.  The Cover Girl Outlast Stay Fabulous is really great and unique because it works equally well for those with oily or dry skin.  Very few products truly are for all skin types, but this foundation really is.  CoverGirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is mattifying, without drying out your skin.  It has solid medium coverage, but is still lightweight and not cakey.  The best part is that it lasts all day long, even in the worst heat and humidity.  I definitely think that it is one of the best drugstore options for foundation.  Revlon Nearly Naked Pressed Powder is such a good product that if you haven’t tried it yet, you absolutely must.  I love how light it is, and the soft focus effect it gives to my skin is lovely.  It blurs the imperfections and makes me look younger.  Revlon Nearly Naked is (for me) the absolute best powder in the drugstore and definitely one that I will repurchase.  It’s tough for me to use up products all the way because I have so much makeup to choose from.  It says a lot that both of these products are basically empty.  I highly recommend them both.

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic

Hopefully you aren’t sick of me talking about the Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Poetic, because it was definitely a major favorite for me this past year.  Poetic is a warm, nude peach with a satin finish that looks good for any occasion and on many different skin tones.  The Forever Blush formula is so great in general.  The blushes apply smoothly and evenly, and they have great pigmentation and staying power. You can read my full review to see swatches and get more details on the Forever Blushes.  Poetic is my favorite, though, because it is such a universally flattering shade.  I strongly recommend that you check it out.

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve

I haven’t mentioned the Maybelline Master Hi-Light blush in Mauve since the Spring, but that doesn’t mean that I haven’t been using it.  It is such a beautiful shade, and it wears really well.  Mauve has definitely become one of my favorite blushes, especially when I want to skip highlighter and use a blush with some shimmer.  It is sort of a plum toned rose-gold shade that is different than any other shade I have in my collection.  The shimmer particles are finely milled and do not look chunky or glittery.  It gives me a lovely sheen and looks great.  A little goes a really long way, so I’ll have this blush for a long time.  I really love it.

Lorac Pro Palette 2

Lorac Pro Palette 2

There is no way that I can talk about my favorite products of 2014 without mentioning the Lorac Pro Palette 2.  It is probably my favorite palette of all of the palettes that I own, which says a lot because I have so many of them.  For me, the Lorac Pro 2 has such a perfect mix of shades that I can easily come up with dozens of looks that are beautiful and distinct without having to think too much about it.  I love that, unlike the Naked palettes, there are plenty of matte shades as well as the shimmers for looks that have more complexity and that wear better on aging eyes.  The neutral everyday shades are appropriate for any situation, and the few colorful shades add some whimsy and set the Lorac Pro 2 apart from most other neutral palettes.  The mix of warm and cool tones makes the palette universally flattering and a good choice for anyone.  All the shades have great pigmentation and blend very well with each other without getting muddy.  I personally don’t need primer when I use LORAC shadows to get crease-free wear that lasts all day.  I can not recommend this palette enough.  Feel free to read my full review of the Lorac Pro 2 with swatches for more information on the palette.

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow

In 2014 I discovered bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow and have been so impressed.  I don’t know why it took me so long to try bareMinerals, but I have really been enjoying the brand.  I first tried a mini bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 2.0 in “The Epiphany” that I got in a kit over the Holidays last year.  I could not get enough of the creamy, silky formula.  I reach for that duo all the time.  Next, I purchased the bareMinerals READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Soundrack” and that same buttery texture had me hooked.  The shadows feel so luxe and expensive on the skin- a real high quality experience.  My most recent bareMinerals purchase is the READY Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Happy Place” that was just delivered a week or so ago.  It is absolutely gorgeous, and I can’t wait to play some more with it.  BareMinerals READY Eyeshadows are a little pricey, but they are worth it in my opinion.

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic

e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic

How many times have I talked about e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic this last year?  I have enjoyed the Smudge Pots in general, but Cruisin Chic is the number one “must-have” of the bunch.  The gel formula doesn’t crease, but also doesn’t dry out my lids.  It is lightweight and hardly noticeable.  It lasts all day long without fading.  And the best part is that the e.l.f. Essential Smudge Pot in Cruisin Chic is only $3 (e.l.f. recently raised their prices).  Be sure to check out my review of the Smudge Pots.  Cruisin Chic is gorgeous brown-based metallic taupe.  It is a great everyday option that looks so multidimensional that I can get away with wearing it all by itself, but it still looks like I put way more effort into the look.  It couldn’t be easier to apply with either a brush or your fingers.  I can’t think of a single reason why you shouldn’t get it.  Trust me, you need this in your life.

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment

Another products that should be no surprise to find in my Best of 2014 roundup are the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments.  Though I had tried them before this last year, I became obsessed with them in 2014.  I love the way that they make my lips feel.  The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments are so hydrating and have a beautiful sheer wash of color that looks so natural and pretty.  My two favorite shades out of the line are Sugar Rose and Sugar Berry.  Sugar Rose is very sheer, but still gives my lips some life.  The look is almost like my lips have a fresh kiss blush that is quite attractive.  Sugar Berry is a plum-toned berry shade that has still has decent pigmentation, despite being a sheer balm.  It is what I wear when I want color on my lips, but still want my lips to look natural.  I have really fallen for the Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment line.  They are definitely a splurge, but I really think that they are worth a go.

Nivea Kiss of... Lip Care

Nivea Kiss of… Lip Care

My other lip love of 2014 is much more affordable, but just as wonderful.  I am addicted to the Nivea Kiss of Milk and Honey and Nivea Kiss of Olive Oil & Lemon lip balms.  I am a lip balm junkie, and I continue to try new lip balms when I get them in Ipsy bags or something like that, but I keep coming back to Nivea.  These balms are so extremely hydrating.  I have really dry lips, and am constantly re-applying my lip products.  The Nivea balms last longer than most, and the formula is lightweight and silky without being greasy or waxy.  They have no noticeable taste, and the pleasant scent is extremely subtle and only lasts during application.  They are fantastic, and I can’t live without them.

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

Born Pretty Store Water Decals

One of my favorite new discoveries from 2014 are the Water Decals that I’ve been getting from the Born Pretty Store.  I had never heard of water decals before Born Pretty contacted me.  There was a steep learning curve for figuring out how to use water decals, and the first two attempts were somewhat painstaking.  By my third try, however, I had my technique down and they were easy as pie.  I absolutely love how professional water decals make my nails look.  I don’t go to the salon to get manicures, and I have extremely limited talent when it comes to nail art.  Let’s be honest, I can barely paint my nails without making a mess.  But the water decals make my clumsy efforts look expertly executed.  They are basically a temporary tattoo for nails, and (once you get the hang of it) really easy to use.  I have gotten all of my water decals from the Born Pretty Store, so you can either type “water decals” in the search box or just click the Born Pretty category on the right hand side of the page for a closer look at the manicures that I have come up with using water decals.  They are really fun and my new favorite way to do nail art.

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia fragrance

Finally, my favorite fragrance has been Giorgio Armani Acqua di Gioia.  Oh my god, you guys, it smells so good!   Acqua di Gioia is a fresh, clean aquatic scent, with light citrus and floral notes.  It instantly transports me to a villa in the Mediterranean, and I can’t get enough of it.  The image in my head when I smell Acqua di Gioia is of clean blue water and fluffy white towels.  The name means “water of joy” and I can’t think of a better and more accurate name for the scent.  My husband also loves it and always compliments me when I wear it.  In fact, he liked it so much he picked up the men’s version for himself.  You have to smell Acqua di Gioia, if you haven’t already.  It is truly lovely.

And that completes my Best of 2014 post.  These posts are hard to do because I have used so many great products over the year.  I do think that I was able to round up the best of the best, so to speak.  These are the products that have gotten the most love over the year and that I would recommend the most to you.  I hope that you saw something that you like.  Let me know what your favorite products have been throughout 2014.  Are there items that I really need to try?  Tell me about them in the comments below.

20% off Sigma Brushes

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20% off Sigma

20% off Sigma

Sigma is offering 20% off their individual brushes.  If you are familiar with Sigma, you know that they rarely have special offers for more than 10%.  The sale goes from today to 11:59 AM on 10/24, online only.  Use code BRUSHCRUSH at checkout. Orders over $30 will receive a free gift, and US orders over $50 will ship free.  Sigma brushes are cult favorites for a reason, and I am very tempted to take advantage of the sale.  Remember, the 20% off is only good on individual brushes and not brush sets.  You can read my Sigma brush review to see what I think of the Sigma brushes that I already have.

3DHD Kabuki

3DHD Kabuki

I have my eye on the new 3DHD Kabuki.  It is such an odd shape and so unique, that I may have to break my no-buy and get it.  There is also the 3DHD Precision brush, which is the same shape but concealer sized.  I love my E-35, so I may need to grab the E-25 as well.  Definitely check out my review for suggestions.  If you own any Sigma brushes, let us all know which ones that you would recommend in the comments below.  Remember you have until (just before) noon on the 24th, not midnight at sigmabeauty.com to take advantage of the 20% off sale.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush Review

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Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

I briefly mentioned the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer in my June Monthly favorites post, but I want to give you some more information about it because I know that a couple of you are interested.  Here is what Coastal Scents has to say: “The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is perfect for buffing in foundation, blending in powders, and applying bronzer. The durable, dense bristles offer great control and a full coverage application.”  I am using it with my liquid foundation, and I could not be happier.  Let’s take a closer look.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a flat topped kabuki style brush, very similar to the popular Sigma F-80.  These brushes are best used for applying powder and buffing in foundation.  This brush has synthetic bristles, which I know is very important to many of you.  I personally use the Bionic Flat Top Buffer to buff in my cream and liquid foundations.  The handle is shorter than most, so the brush fits much easier into makeup bags than similar brushes.  The bristles are soft and densely packed, making it a fantastic foundation brush because it feels comfortable on the skin, and blends everything out easily and evenly.  When it arrived, there were two or three bristles that stuck up taller than the others, but after a quick snip I have had no further problems.  I have washed the brush a couple times, and so far have had no issues with shedding or bleeding.  The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is very well made and a high quality brush.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

I know that many of you are wondering how the Bionic Flat Top Buffer compares to the Sigma F-80.  They are extremely similar.  The Bionic Flat Top Buffer is about a half inch shorter than the F-80, and that’s all from the handle.  The ferrules are almost identical.  The bristle on the Bionic Flat Top Buffer are about a centimeter or two longer than the F-80, so they fan out just the tiniest but farther than the F-80.  We are literally talking about centimeters, so for all intents and purposes, the two brushes look the same.  The bristles on the Bionic Flat Top Buffer are actually softer than Sigmas F-80 (I know!), and they have a little bit more give when you bounce it against the skin.  They may be a little less dense, but it’s hard to tell.  I actually prefer that slight give when blending in liquid and cream foundations.  As good as the F-80 is (and it is a very good brush) I think the Bionic Flat Top Buffer gives me an even more flawless finish.  The two brushes are very close, performance wise, so really it’s a matter of personal preference.  One difference that is quantifiable, though, is that the F-80 is $17 more expensive than the Bionic Flat Top Buffer.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer

The Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer is a fantastic brush, but at only $6.95, it is a must-have.  Ordering from Coastal Scents can be a pain if you are not used to ordering online, but I have never had any issues from them and their processing time is very quick.  My packages have usually shipped within a day or two of placing the order.  If you sign up for the Coastal Scents mailing list, you can time your order for when there is a good sale going.  Orders of $50.00 or more ship for free within the Continental US.  Go to coastalscents.com for more information.  I personally love the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, and, though I still like the Sigma F-80 very much, would recommend the Bionic Flat Top Buffer over it, simply because of the price.  Why pay more for the same level of quality, you know?  I hope that answered any questions that you my have had about the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, but if you have more, go ahead and leave me a comment below.

Review: Sigma Brushes

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Sigma Brushes

Sigma Brushes

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.

Sigma packaging

Sigma packaging

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.

L-R: E30, E35, E36, E45, EF80

L-R: E30, E35, E36, E45, EF80

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.

Sigma F80

Sigma F80

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.

Sigma Eye Brushes

Sigma Eye Brushes

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.

Sigma E45

Sigma E45

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.

Sigma  E30

Sigma E30

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.

Sigma E35

Sigma E35

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

Sigma E36

Sigma E36

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.

Sigma Spa Glove Mini

Sigma Spa Glove Mini

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.