I got the "make me crazy" set, wich is prety much the same thing. I have ssen so many great reviews os those brushes, I got them for 99 US dollars...
The fist thing I want to make clear in this review is thet they are not the same as MAC brushes. Don´t come even close to the quality of MAC brushes.
This set is an expensive good set for starters.
Somo brushes are too big for my eyes, but I got used to them, and I manage to use them well.
They shed a lot. I have the kit for a year and half, use them a lot and have washed those brushes several times. They shed like new brushes and the duo fiber brush loses a black ink everytime i wash it.
I am very carefull with my brushes and I am used to care propelly for them.
Overall, they are "fine".
For the price (at the time), I got 12 brushes, so they are not that expensive after all.
Definitely not anything like MAC brushes...This isan important thing to say about sigma brushes.
If you are looking for quality, is better to get one at time and built your MAC brushes set...
I bought the Sigma brush set after hearing multiple reviews and subsequent raves on it from YouTube and I must say, I do not understand what the fuss is about!! They are terrible!!! Before Sigma, I was using Sephora and E.L.F. Brushes, which are SO MUCH BETTER QUALITY THAN SIGMA BRUSHES!!! So upset I gave Sigma a shot. THEY SHED SO MUCH!! And the brush hairs are very course and dark, so you end up with dark hairs all over your face!!! DO NOT BUY THEM!!!
The face brushes SHED like a mother and I've had them for years! I switched to Real Techniques powder brush and foundation brush due to all the shedding. Some shedding is normal, but I shouldn't have black hairs stuck to my face each time I use it! The eye brushes are overall good though. Buy the eye kit and then buy the face brushes from somewhere else!
This is honestly the only brush set you'll ever need. It's been 2 years and my brushes are in top notch quality (Save for a few bristle fallouts). They are as good as I received them before, but I wish Sigma would stop increasing the price. I bought it 2 years ago for $69 (Without the brush roll), now the kit is $109 (including the holder thing).
I think it's a great kit and would recommend it to anyone, beginner or pro makeup users!
I've bought the make me classy kit from sigma. I know alot of people compare them to MAC brushes but I wouldn't!
- complete pack with all you need as a beginner to start your set.
- love the holder! makes travel and storage super easy and practical.
- the eyeshadow brushes are decent and don't shed
- compared to high end brushes a decent price.
- brushes are super soft.
- the angled blush brush is rubbish, pure rubbish!!!
- the stippling brush is good but sheds alot!
- for some people the shading brush can be considered too big this is mostly if you have hooded eyes. plus it doesn't pack the colour that well.
- the eyeliner brush is too thick so won't apply a nice fine line.
overall I don't feel like I've wasted my money, the brushes are rather good for the price, as long as you are not a Make-up professional you'll find the price and the quality acceptable but not WoW.
I'm always wondering if my skunk brush (the stippling one) will go bald on day XD
So I know that people have mixed feelings on these brushes. I bought these as individuals and picked out the ones I needed. I got a large face brush for free. That one was horrible. It shed like crazy. The other brushes were really nice. They do not shed at all and apply well. I would agree with most people that these are not exactly professional quality, but for my money they are dang close. I am not in the business so take what I say with a grain of salt. Makeup is my hobby, I love the stuff, and spend hours playing in what my husband calls my "princess room." I have a lot of hours on these brushes and they have not disappointed me yet. I do have some MAC brushes and I like them also, but I don't have any that the Sigma brushes could be considered dups of so I cannot compare that regard. Bottom line for an everyday girl these are a winner.
I have never had a brush set before, so I am definitely a beginner. I have bought Japanesque, Paula Dorf, Benefit, and 100 percent pure individual brushes and have used those for my different makeup applications. I never bought MAC brushes because I didn't want to spend the money. I have looked at purchasing brush sets before but normally they were over $120 for 8 brushes and or $10-$15 individually for different brands. Then I saw a lot of reviews of the Sigma brushes and thought it was a really good deal. This is a great kit for beginners and I can see how reviews will say they are not for professional use like MAC brushes. But I am a working woman who just wants a simple and effective way to apply her makeup in 10-15 minutes. These brushes do the job very effectively. I still use my 100 percent pure kabuki brush to apply moisturizer and primer (it's really soft and works really well to absorb the products into my face vs. my fingers), but every makeup step I can utilize these brushes. A couple brushes I will have to re-try using gel eyeliner. But I will review the brushes I have been using:
Large Powder Brush F30- This brush works really well with my foundation/setting powder (100 percent pure Foundation Powder) and luminizer powder (Benefit Dandelion). It doesn't pack a lot on the brush and I can't tell that there is powder on my face. Much better than using a kabuki brush, which is what I used before.
Large Angled Contour Brush F40 - This brush works well to lightly apply blush to my cheeks (Paula Dorf). I then use with a light bronzer to contour under my cheeks and the sides of my nose (Benefit Hula). Works really well and doesn't show as a caked powder. I used a blush brush that came with my Benefit box powders before, but it made a small amount of product look too heavy and unnatural.
Duo Fibre F50 - WOW! I am surprised with this brush, especially when I read reviews of it. I use this with my liquid to powder foundation (100 percent pure Full Coverage Foundation) and it blends it in my face extremely well. I first stipple it all over my face, then I use a circular motion to blend it in. The foundation really covers much better with this brush than before. I had used a kabuki brush before or my fingers.
Foundation Brush F60 - I used this to pack on more foundation on the red areas under my cheeks. Then I used it to pack on Paula Dorf's special camoflauge to eliminate redness. Worked pretty effectively. I normally used my fingers with concealer and patted it on.
Large Shader, Medium Angled Shading and Eye Shading - These three brushes allowed me to create a really great color combination on my eyes that I had never been able to before. I used several eye shadow brush brands before, but these three really get the job done. I then used the Tapered Blending brush to blend the harsh lines and it worked really well. If the Blending brush was smaller, I think it would be more effective. I may have to purchase that one later. I use the Cargo Plantlove Eyeshadow Pallette for different combinations of colors. I have many Benefit eyeshadows I use with this as well.
Concealer F20 - I used this under my eyes and on my blemishes / acne. It worked pretty much like my other concealer brush, but it was effective. Not special like the other brushes reviewed.
Pencil E30 - Worked to line under eyes with powdered shadows which I never been able to do before without a Q-Tip, as the fallout from the eyeshadow was always messy with angled brushes I used before.
As mentioned, I need to purchase gel eyeliner to effectively review the small angle brush and the eyeliner brush.
In summary, this kit is awesome for beginners using makeup in an effective way and helps you achieve a more flawless look. With my makeup before, everything looked caked on or was too light that my redness showed through after 4-6 hours of wearing. These brushes have changed my makeup routine and look for the better. Maybe someday I will upgrade to MAC brushes, just like I upgraded to Sigma brushes from my previous routine/random brushes. I washed them with a Brush Cleaner before I used them and it shed maybe 5-8 hairs from the large powder brush and 3-5 hairs from the tapered blending brush. There was no shedding from the other brushes. I now use a towel which I spray with brush cleaner in order to spot clean them.
I would recommend these brushes, and with my Make Me Crazy purple case (I love this color and the color of the brush handles!), I get to leave them out and show them off when my friends come over :)
Lovely brushes, and well worth the money! V high quality with v little shedding. I bought the Make Me Cool pack which came in a fantastic brush case, PERFECT for travelling!
Hi I bought the Make Me Crazy Purple set of these brushes. I had the 208, 214, 217, 239, and 116 brushes by MAC and felt that I had already spent a lot of money and I was a bit resentful of that, so I decided to go for this Sigma set as they were so much cheaper! I shall do this review by comparing them to MAC brushes as everyone, including loads of people on You Tube say that they are as good as or even better than MAC brushes….
Anyway when they arrived, I was quite happy with the look of them. I always think you should use a product for a few months first to make sure your review of them is honest, as when you first get something your excitement can overtake being impartial.
So here is my honest opinion - these brushes are ok, but no way are they comparable to MAC. The bristles on Sigma brushes are very soft and floppy and lack direction. My overview of each brush is as follows:
F30 LARGE POWDER
Does the job, but sheds a lot! Every time I wash this brush clumps of hairs come out. Even a bit of glue was at the bottom of one clump that came out.
F40 LARGE ANGLED CONTOUR
This brush is too big, too fluffy, and I found it hard to get any defined contouring out of it. Better as a blush brush to be honest.
F87 DUO FIBRE BRUSH
This is a ‘dupe’ of the MAC 187, which I do not own by the way. However, I found this brush to be absolutely useless. You cannot stipple with it as it is too soft and floppy, just does not do anything for me at all. Also sheds loads, it is not nice to have to keep picking hairs of your face while applying your foundation. I actually threw this brush away, as it was so useless, so I am now down to 11 brushes. Instead I use the Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki to apply my foundation, and I love the Sigma HD brushes, they do not shed at all, and are dense, and are of much better quality than their other brushes.
F60 FOUNDATION BRUSH
Ok - does the job to average standard. Not much negative or positive I can say about it. Just a standard foundation brush.
F70 CONCEALER BRUSH
Nice little brush, and handy for brushing concealer in nooks and crannies; I like this brush.
This brush is WAY too big to put on gel eyeliner with! I do not really use it for anything, apart from concealing eyelid with more eyeshadow, if mascara has accidentally got on my lid.
E30 PENCIL BRUSH
Quite good for applying in the crease, but it is quite soft and floppy so you have to be careful as it is hard to get a precise line. Would be better if the bristles were shorter and firmer, to give more precision.
E55 EYE SHADING BRUSH
This brush sheds quite a bit. Also I personally feel it is too fat/fluffy. I always find myself going back to my MAC 239. I think this is better for just blending rather than applying eyeshadow with.
E65 SMALL ANGLE BRUSH
I never use this brush for anything, just sits there. I have MAC 208 brush and I always use this to fill in my eyebrows. Just never use it.
MEDIUM ANGLED SHADING
Ok, but bristles are very floppy so lacks any stiffness to direct your eyeshadow.
E60 LARGE SHADER
I hardly ever use this brush. I just find it to be a useless brush that does not really do anything for me. I always find myself going back to my 217 by MAC.
E40 TAPERED BLENDING
This claims to be tapered, but its shape is more like a mini dome brush. It can be useful for blending concealer, but again I find that I do not really use this brush that much.
Overall , if you are pressed for money then you can buy these, but I do not think that they will last you more than two years, maybe three at a push. I think that Sigma do too many eye brushes in this set. I think a couple of the brushes could be replaced – good additions to make to the set would be their F05 SMALL CONTOUR BRUSH (dupe of MAC 109, which is ok), and maybe get rid of the F50 DUO FIBRE and replace it with the F80 Flat Top Kabuki.
I would advise those on a budget to buy these and then gradually replace them with MAC ones so you do not have to spend loads in one big bulk buy. However if you are minted, or have the discipline to save, then just get MAC as they will last you forever if you look after them i.e. wash with baby shampoo, put conditioner on if you like and let the dry flat over the edge of a table. So….there is my honest review, hope no one thinks I am a hater, as I am not, this brush set is good for beginners or teens, but if you are serious about make up them I think you need to go to MAC. xx
THESE BRUSHES ARE NO WAY COMPARABLE TO MAC!! People who are saying they are comparable to MAC have most likely not used MAC brushes.
You pay for what you get for, great brushes for beginners and people who cant afford mac. But not for professional use etc as these are not a substituent for mac ones !
My opinion: Get these to have all the brushes you need if your beginning out and purchase the ones you use the most in the mac version
OR slowly invest in your mac collection
However, I like the look of the Sigma brushes more they are usually bigger and heavier (which is a con, but idm) but the colour of them are black while the mac ones are like the eyeshadow, blush etc packaging which is black with simmer short of :S haha
BTW, I'm Asian with double eyelids so I need the precision for eye brushes as I have less lid space to work with :(
So a little about the brushes, comparison with mac brushes and what I like using them for (if i like using them):
- Large Powder Brush F30: The brush is wayy bigger than the MAC one but its good for when your in a hurry to powder your face quickly and I also use this for bronzer to create a all over glow. SHEDS like crazy though !
- Duo Fiber Brush F50: Not sniff enough to stipple foundation. It is less soft and more floppy then the MAC one. Definately get the MAC one for this one. I don't use this brush
-Large Angled Contour Brush F40: This brush is frays/splays out too much ! MAC one is better for contouring (the purpose of this brush), however you can use to sigma one to apply blush (not great for it but does the job)
-Foundation Brush F60: Does anyone even use these brushes any more? I don't have the mac version and I actually haven't tried this one (its still in its packaging) and don't plan to. I LOVE the sigma synthetic brushes (F80 i believe for foundation or MAC 187/188)
-Concealer Brush F70: It's okay. Nothing special. However this and the MAC 194 are completely different. the MAC one is thinner, skinner and taller
-Tapered Blending Brush E40: Way bigger and less dense then the MAC 224. Too big for my eye area. Use it to set my concealer sometimes though
-Eye Shading Brush E55: It's nothing special. TBH no point getting a MAC 239 if you're just going to use it to place eyeshadow on but I personally do prefer the 239 for my asian eyes as it fits in my eye better. BUT if i had to choose to spend $9 for sigma brush or $39 (I think its that much- I live in Australia) for MAC then I would pick sigma for sure
-Large Shader Brush E60: Don't really use this one but does it's job, have used this carefully when I was in a rush and my E55 and 239 where both dirty and it was fine placing shadow on my eyelid. would not get the MAC version as I don't really use it
-Medium Angled Shading Brush E70: I LIKE THIS BRUSH ! Don't know if i LOVE this brush but very comparable to the MAC 275. This is the brush I take with me when I'm going to do my make up on the train as it can place colour on the lid and then use it to blend for the crease!
-Pencil Brush E30: Bigger then MAC 219. It does not do a good job at smudging eyeshadow or eyeliner on the bottom rims because it is so big and fluffy. More like a crease/outer V brush when you want to be precise ! I use it for that- This brush is much like the crease brush in my Napoleon travel set (2010 Xmas set- sea themed one)
Small Angled Brush E65: Use it to fill in my brows and also smudge/place eyeshadow on my lower lash line, Or press in black e/s on my eyeliner. I don't like this for gel eyeliner - I use MAC 266. Much better for gel eyeliner as it is skinner and more precise for a precise line (I like the angle brush in my Napoleon travel set best for gel liner though-maybe because its travel size and smaller)
Eyeliner Brush E05: Not precise enough for liner- ok for using e/s as a liner or smudging on the lash line though
I brought the Blending Brush E25: GET THE MAC 217 if you have asian eyes, the sigma one is too big and sprays out more!!
+ GET THE SYNTHETIC BRUSHES THEY ARE THE BEST !! I DON'T USE ANYTHING ELSE FOR FOUNDATION !! If you can only afford on get the F80 and don't worry bout any mac foundation brushes. However I don't recommend the angled one for blush or bronzer (feels too rough on skin) Good for powder though ! :)