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When Sigma contacted me awhile back, asking me to try out their brushes, I was pretty excited. Why? Because I’ve heard they were just as good as MAC’s, you know, minus the hefty price tag. (Also, a really amazing makeup artist I assisted told me she loves their brushes, too.)

This particular brush set is GBP99, which is still a bit expensive but then when you think about how you’re getting a full set of 12 brushes and a case for all of them (and brushes are meant to last 10 years, minimum), I’d say it’s a good investment price.

Sigma brush reviews Singapore

It’s a full package, and then some. Sigma includes a handy booklet to explain all if some are new to you. Take it away, Sigma…

Sigma brush reviews Singapore

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Duo Fibre – F50: Specially designed to generate an ‘airbrushed’ finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.

Large powder Brush – F30: Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products for face and body. Natural bristles.

Large Angled Contour – F40: The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.

Foundation Brush – F60: Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. it is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.

Medium Angled Shading – E70: Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.

Concealer – F70: The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal under the eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application to small areas. Synthetic bristles.

Small Angle – E65: Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.

Pencil – E30: Precise application of the color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.

Eye Liner – E05: An extra-fine tipped synthetic fibre brush that delivers a precise, form, even stroke to line the eyes. Synthetic bristles.

Tapered Blending – E40: Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color to the crease. Natural bristles.

Large Shader – E60: Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.

Eye Shading – E55: Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.

Overall, I like ’em! A lot. The bristles are all soft and easy to use – very good to blend, and “stiff” enough for control. The case too is so handy, especially for travel. Definitely worth it for their affordable price. You can get them on Amazon.com.

 




Ilyana

What a gorgeous set of brushes Valentine! I love the light almost teal colour, it’s beautiful! I haven’t tried anything from Sigma as of yet but like you, I have heard/read so many good reviews about them. I totally agree that MAC brushes are incredibly expensive – one I bothered buying at full price, their duo fibre 187 brush which was $89 I think (INSANE!) and another one I managed to get for $15, I think it was a highlight blending brush. That was the end of my short term interest in MAC brushes lol, I can’t bear to think how much money I would have spent if I didn’t stop myself :p

Anyway, I noticed your Sigma set doesn’t come with a kabuki! If you don’t have one already and would like one, I’d recommend Lumiere Cosmetics’ Kabuki brush. It’s affordable and has been my go-to brush for everything under the sun for about 5 years now 😀

p.s I don’t know if you got my DM on twitter but I was wondering you were free this week to meet-up? Let me know if you can but if you can’t, no worries there’s always November! I hope you’re doing fine, take care Renee! xx

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Renee

Daaaaaamn V $90 for a brush? What a rip off. I don’t care if it’s really good! Eeks. I knew they were expensive but didn’t know they were THAT expensive. I was thinking $60 max for a brush. Oh well, Sigma is a good ‘dupe’!

I actually don’t use a kabuki brush! It’s more for mineral makeup if I’m not mistaken? Or is is good for any loose powder? Right now I’m using that skunk brush for my loose powder (I only use loose powder now) and I know it’s not meant for powder but I find that it makes the application really light. But now that I think about it a kabuki might be better to “rub” the powder in more, no?

And re: the meet up, we’ll talk on FB 🙂 xx

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Sona

Wow. I don’t have a ‘propper’ brush set, just a travel size (5 brushes) set, but it gets the basics done. I’ve been looking to invest in some good quality brushes and i want to buy them as a set. I’m liking the sigma brushes, i’ve bought a few individually and they are so soft and apply product really well. I’ve seen the 12 piece set here in the UK but it doesn’t come in that lovely pale aqua color case, it comes in a plain, black roll up pouch kinda thing, and its £92.50 (which is WAY expensive for an unemployed student like me!) But, (after complaining its too expensive) it is actually good value for money for the 12 brushes, because Sigma also have a 3piece set which is £45 .. and comparing the two osets and their prices, its pretty clear the 12piece set is well worth it!

Now i just have to go out and buy it (without feeling guilty) !!

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Renee

Oh, you should buy it online, Sona! I saw the ones you were talking about in that ugly roll-up pouch haha. But you can buy the set that comes in this fancy case! I really really like it – it’s so sturdy so if it’s in a bag or whatever the brushes will be well protected (great for traveling too) and as you can see it also acts as a holder for them. Really adore it xx

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rOxy

I would love to have the pink one but this aqua color is so refreshing in the eye and has that giddy factor luring you to use them.

I too have no set of brushes—- yet! I have my set of brushes from Crown (it has something to do with Kandee Johnson and her discount code last Christmas) but its still with my sister in North Carolina. I gave her one set too as a gift. She said she find it soft and pretty- the rest I don’t know. I’ve heard a lot of bad reviews with the Crown brushes (the one with the discount code) but I still yet have to know.

I do agree MAC brushes are incredibly expensive. I love my Bloom Cosmetics blush brush (around $16-17 the time I bought it); I love its smell and it’s feel!

About the KABUKI brushes I haven’t found kabukis greater than TheBodyShop’s. I have their powder, mineral and blush kabukis. That’s how I love them!

Have you tried the BeautyBlender? it’s such a wonderful sponge! you should try it. I don’t think sephora sg has the original BB though. But I saw their yellow one and sells around 20 SGD.
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Renee

Ah, The Body Shop’s kabuki brushes are really popular, I remember when I tried their mineral makeup the sales lady kept pushing for me to buy it haha. (I didn’t though.) But I remember that they are so cute and tiny 😀

Oh and NO! I have not tried the Beauty Blender but I have heard and seen it everywhere! It’s that pink egg-shaped sponge, right? IT’S SO CUTE hahaha. Is it only for foundation though? I don’t really wear foundation so I am not sure if I will need it for now. (Am pretty sure as I get older foundation will definitely be a “must”!)

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rOxy

It’s fun to see that you really reply Renee.

I have experimented on the Beauty Blender for several times and it works really great to whichever preference you want.

It gives you that same effect that the cosmetic that you use is almost looking like part of your skin and does not just sit on your skin and cake.

I have tried it on cream, liquid and amazingly on a powder foundations too. It’s also nice with the cream, powder and liquid blushes. I have tried it on (while I was in SG for just 4 days – you’re place is so wonderful by the way and I love to come back) a bronzer and it didn’t give that streaky look.

You must really really try it. 🙂

About the TBS kabukis they are really really soft. I rarely use them now because of the BB though. hahaha!

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Leia

I’ve heard of these and have really been coveting them! The aqua color is gorgeous, too!

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Renee

You should def try them out, Leia! Really great. And I agree, the aqua is too beautiful.

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Emma

I haven’t tried the Sigma brushes yet, but like also of people I have heard they’re pretty good.
I don’t have many brushes, but I love a set by Eco Tools, I don’t know if they are available in Singapore, but the brushes are cruelty-free (I’m guessing that means no animal testing, but I’m not 100% sure) and environmentally friendly. I have the 6 piece set which has a blush brush, an eye shading brush, an angled eyeliner brush, a lash & brow groomer and a case. And I love the set, the bristles feel so amazingly soft.
I’ve had it for ages and it is still in amazing condition and (major bonus) it was fairly cheap. I bough mine on sale so I got it for AUD$25, but usually it is AUD$30, which I think is still pretty good. But I will definitely be checking the Sigma brushes out.

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Sona

I LOVE the Eco Tools brush set, i bought it with my loyalty points from boots so i pretty much got it for free, but i left it in Ireland when i went to visit family, i’m dying to buy a new set but its always out of stock!

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Renee

Hey Emma and Sona!

I have heard of Eco Tools and I did spot them at the drugstore once but haven’t tried them out. I suppose I won’t need to do with this fab set! I should buy some for my Mom though, I know she needs a good powder brush. Will let you know if I get a chance too, REALLY happy to hear it is cruelty free. (I am gonna research now on what exactly that means in brushes though – is it because some are made out of animal hair? Not too sure what they mean but I shall research! 🙂 )

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Stephanie/Yukaeshi

I’m a brush fanatic and this post made me giddy with joy 😀 I’m quite taken by Sigma brushes, especially their brush sets because they look so gorgeous and awesome 🙂 But getting them is a bit hard here in Malaysia, so I look at other alternatives (Which make me almost as if not equally giddy too haha) such as Sephora and EcoTools, and they’re so far my favourite brush brands! I also have a few kabuki brushes from Everyday Minerals- the normal kabuki one and the flat-top kabuki.

I find kabuki brushes or brushes made for mineral makeup excellent for applying loose powder, but that’s just my opinion. I only apply loose powder (T. LeClerc) after my skincare and sunscreen, and it gives decent coverage (Not a fan of medium/heavy coverage personally) and does not look powdery afterwards, so it works very well for me compared to other loose powder/powder brushes 🙂 My favourite at the moment is the Sephora Professionel Mineral Powder Brush #45.

EcoTools is cruelty-free. Bamboo handles, recycled aluminium ferrule and synthetic hair, so it’s very cruelty-free and environmental-friendly I’d say 😀 Not only that, their brushes are super-soft and work very well!

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Cheryl

Ooh, those are preeetty! Love the aqua!

I love brushes, I have so many and always want more! I’ve been wanting to try Sigma brushes for a while, I keep hearing so many good things about them, but once factor in shipping it doesn’t work out so cheap. One day, maybe!

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astrorainfall @ beauty box

That is a gorgeous colour….how exciting to have your first brush set. I’m still slowly cobbling together a decent set of brushes….All MAC and very pricey….hence the very slow speed. I have heard so much about Sigma too….I wonder if I could get away from my MAC bias on brushes!!

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Katie

Hi Renee! i know this post is super old, but I was wondering how long did it take for your brushes to get here? i’ve ordered these about 7 buisnes days ago, and i’ve been hoping to get them in time for Christmas! Thanks(: xx

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Renee

Hey Katie! Hmm… I can’t remember exactly, but I remember that it wasn’t too long, I don’t know if that helps. 🙁 Something like 2 weeks? Have you tried checking your order status? They normally would say if it’s shipped, etc.

I hope you get it in time for Xmas, I say the chances are good since it’s been a week already! 🙂 xx

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kris

Hi! Where can I get this in Singapore?

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Renee

Hey! You can get it online at their website, they ship internationally. xx

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