Sigma • Makeup Professional Brushes Face and Eyes Kit • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||72%|
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Dark Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I have had these brushes for over 4 years now but the problems with loose ferrules were noticed within 1-2 months of my purchase. My SS190 literally feels likes its going to fall right off the handle; thankfully I have a MAC 190 that is still in excellent condition despite me having had it for a longer period of time. The SS150 is okay but a little scratchy for me but at least the ferrule has held up. The SS168 is a real gem and I find myself using this brush often. It's soft doesn't shed and the ferrule is still intact. The SS187's ferrule is bad and loose. I use this brush for blushes that require a light hand like Tippy or Dollymix. Overall I think the eye brushes are better than the face brushes and I see no reason not to grab a few of them if your on a budget. Lastly I will say that you usually get what you pay for but in some cases even expensive brushes like MAC have problems too. My 109 has a loose ferrule and is about 2-3 years old meanwhile I have MAC brushes that I've had since around 2000 that are in tip top shape.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Probably the best thing I've ever splurged on. Definitely better than buying all the brushes at MAC for $400. There isn't a single brush in this set that I don't use or that isn't great in my opinion. They all give flawless application and definitely worth every penny. Don't bother getting the MAC ones- they're the exact same but cheaper. The on;y negative thing I can say is that my big fluffy brush sheds, but not horribly. Amazing product.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Green
I've had this brush set for about a year now and think I've had more than enough time to review each one!
Angled Liner Brush SS266- Wonderful precise angled brush, great for cream/gel liner
Medium Angled Shading SS275- Perfect for applying highlight sparingly or for high impact.
Large Shader Brush SS252- Good brush for applying highlight, lid color or cream bases
Pencil Brush SS219- Basic pencil brush, does shed which can be annoying when I apply inner corner highlight.
Angled Blush Brush SS168- Lovely for highlight and blush. My only gripe is that the ferrule was obviously not made very well. It was loose when I received it so I have to be very careful with this brush.
Large Powder Brush SS150- One of my least favorite brushes in the set. It sheds like crazy and after I apply my powder or bronzer I have tons of black hairs on my face that I have to pick off. Disliked.
Duo Fibre Brush Stippling Brush SS187- This brush's ferrule is also poorly put together. The brush itself can shed at times, but I still use it for dewy foundation application, blush and highlight. A versatile brush.
Flat foundation Brush SS190- Great basic foundation brush, applies foundation like a dream. Love this.
Concealer Brush SS194- The worst out of them all. The quality of the brush is great, but it was very poorly made. The brush was wobbly when I first used it and the brush itself simply detached after the next use.
Fluffy Blending Brush SS224- One of my favorites, if not my favorite, in the whole set. Great for applying concealer or just blending colors out effortless. Perfection.
Shader Brush SS239- Simple shader brush, does nothing more or less. My ELF shader brush is of the same quality.
Pointed Eyeliner Brush SS209- Great for precise lining with cream/gel liner. Great quality, I use this daily.
I do enjoy these brushes but for the amount of poorly manufactured brushes I would never repurchase.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
Don't get me wrong, in general, for the price these brushes are good value. I've had both the professional and premium kits for some time now (purchased them when each set was first released) and reach for them regularly -- majority of them function very well and apply makeup very nicely. I do have one major gripe about them though -- the quality control and workmanship of the brushes is inconsistent, even with proper care of my brushes. To date about 5 of them have fallen apart because the ferrules came loose. Also, on some of them I've had to trim some hairs that were too long. I have many MAC brushes that I purchased years before Sigma brushes were even launched and have never encountered such issues with any of them. While I can't say they are as good as or in the same calibre as MAC and other high end brushes, they do perform very well and are a great way to expand your brush collection at a fraction of the cost compared to buying high end brushes individually -- just be aware that the workmanship on some (not all) of them may be shoddy.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I got the pro. kit for my birthday. The first review i did on these were great BUT i am not so sure now that I have used them more.
I now think the eye brushes are good and the face (blush,powder,etc) are not the best.
I have not washed them yet and i am told brushes will perform better after washed/cleaned.
I think they are good but not better than mac.
Will update if anything changes after i wash them.
I dont know if i would buy again.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Blue
Ohh my goodness I LOVE Sigma Brushes and their customer service :) Seriously the best ever!!!!
I just ordered their 12 brushes, a brush roll, and a travel size brushes with a brush roll.
First of all I LOVED the quality of the brushes. I own 5 MAC brushes and let me tell you Sigma Brushes are the same quality. They apply makeup the same. They did not shed much, but only the first time I played with them. After that no more shedding at all.
I also really loved the travel size brush kit (I got Naughty In Black). The travel kit is great and the brushes are shorter, but the bristles are the same size as regular sized brushes. I loved that. I mean I hate when the travel size brushes are small because just because I am traveling does not mean my face got smaller you know?
Anyway they are awesome :) The brush roll feels so expensive and it looks so nice.
Here is why I love their customer service.
When I got my travel brush roll, the sipper on the side pocket fell off. Well I freaked out and wrote Sigma asking for an exchange if possible. Well after I wrote them I tried to fix it and I did!!! Well the next day I was going to say never mind I fixed it. When I opened my email I got a letter from Sigma saying that they are so sorry for the inconvenience and that my new travel sized brush roll is on its way!!!
Ohh I feel so bad because I fixed mine and I am still getting a new one. Can you believe it? they did not even ask me to send the old one back.
They are the best.
And NO I am not an employee of Sigma or anything. I am just a girl who loves her brushes :)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Dark, Cool Hair: Black, Relaxed, Fine Eyes: Brown
I'm not sure why they have this picture, but the Sigma Face and Eyes Kit has 6 brushes:
Pencil - E30 -I have so many eye brushes I haven't used this one enough yet.
Tapered Blending - E40 - I love this brush for blending but it lost some of it's taper.
Eye Shading - E55 - Pretty soft, but I love my ELF studio C brushes better.
Large Powder - F30 - Lovely lovely lovely brush. So soft! I bought a
MAC 150 brush and the Sigma F30 was waayyyy softer.
Buffer - F45 - I love this brush! I use it everyday and have recently started using it for my liquid foundation. I need to get a back up!
Duo Fibre - F50 - This is the only brush I don't like. It's prickly and too floppy for my taste. This is the only reason I gave 4 lippies instead of 5.
I haven't had any problems with excessive shedding and my brushes didn't smell when I got them. I had originally planned on using Sigma brushes and adding MAC brushes as time went along, but when I paid $50 for the MAC 150 and it was really rough and it shed, I realized that the quality of Sigma brushes are awesome and since they work so great for me, why spend 3 times as much for MAC brushes?
Age: 30-35 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Black
I've had these brushes for almost a year, and I realized I never reviewed them! When I first got them, I thought they were fabulous. I mean seriously, 5 brushes for $54?? They look just like MAC. The pics are deceiving (above), because this set comes with 5 brushes only:
Large Powder - F30
Duo Fibre - F50
Pencil - E30
Tapered Blending - E40
Eye Shading - E55
Buffer - F45
The F45 and F30 SHED LIKE A MOTHER. I did not know the extent of this until I used Mac's new mineralized skinfinish foundation (the compact one) and the hairs were so stuck on my face after dusting with mineralize skinfinish, that it hurt to pinch all the hairs off my face. Very disappointing. My duo fibre brush is kind of sparse (may have been before they beefed it up) but it is ok for blush application and prob for foundation stippling as well.
I thought they shed a little bit at first, but they all still shed quite a lot and they are getting more bristly instead of softer. The eyebrushes, on the other hand, are fantastic. I would repurchase their eye brushes, because they are quite good (but hey, so are sonia kashuk's!!!) but definately not the face brushes.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I received this product in the mail a week after I ordered them, which was exceptionally fast (as they came to the UK). I was not ordered to pay a customs charge, which is good. The packaging was fantastic, I ordered these brushes without the brush roll and the brushes came in a little black bag with plastic sleeves to protect the bristles.
When I opened the parcel, I found that the brushes were extremely soft and are made to a high quality. I washed these brushes before using them, very little shedding and they didn't bleed at all.
The brushes work really well, I haven't found any problems with them at all. I would recommend these brushes to people who are starting their makeup/brush collections and don't want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on MAC brushes.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Hazel
I really like these brushes! All of them are great, and this is an amazing kit! The brush roll is really awesome and nice for travel. All of the brushes are super soft and work amazingly! I do not own any MAC brushes to compare them to, but as long as I have these brushes I don't need to buy any MAC ones. I was looking into to buying mac brushes but then I saw these and for the price I went with these! (and saved like $300).
The only thing I have noticed is that some of the dye in the brushes does come out once you wash them and they shed a little but it's nothing bad or annyoing. I would buy these again if something ever happened to them!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
I received this kit for Xmas from the BF (he did a great job!). Essential brushes that every woman needs (plus an eyeliner brush).
Best brush: SS182! So soft and so dense... this is the best kabuki brush I've ever used!
Worst brush: SS150! This powder brush sheds like there's no tomorrow (even after numerous washes!). I've limited my usage of this brush -- having to pick off the black hair off your clothing is a major inconvenience when you're rushed in the mornings. I've found a much better replacement... EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brush!
Update - 8/6/2010: The SS150 has finally stopped shedding! Well, not stopped but it's now minimal -- only 1-2 hairs per use versus 5-10! I was so frustrated with the shedding at one point that I considered throwing the brush out. Instead, I gave it a time-out and stuck it into storage. Now, it's become a good powder brush.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
my friend has this and i tried it. i loveeeed it! it shed only 2 hairs but i think in any brush's lifetime, it will shed just like we humans shed hair from time to time. it's just normal and not a big deal. plus, if it sheds too much or bleeds, you can always return it to them and they will replace it for you. great customer service! i think their email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
i would totally recommend this to everyone!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
The Sigma Makeup brushes are definitely the best value that you can get from a set of makeup brushes. Compare the pricing and quality to any other brand and there is no doubt that Sigma is the better deal.
I've had my brushes for 6 months and they are just as great as the day I received them!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination Hair: Red Eyes: Hazel
Let me begin by saying I own only two MAC brushes so I am without knowledge of how they compare to the brand they are supposedly imitating. I agree with other reviewers that they were pretty stinky upon arrival and, even after being washed, the smell lingered a bit. I'm hoping that a second washing will rid them of their odor. However, the quality of the brushes makes the smell bearable! I love these brushes! They are soft, they do exactly what I want them to, and I swear that not only does my makeup look better, it lasts longer too! There is a bit of shedding but I think that holds true of all brushes. I would definitely recommend these!
Update: I used the blush brush today and almost all the fibers on the side of the brush came out! I have an email in to customer service and will let you know how it turns out! Still love the brushes...hope this doesn't sour the experience :)
More update: They are sending me a free replacement! Excellent customer service
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I've had this brush set for 4-5 months now, and have been using it alongside my MAC equivalents, so I feel I can now give it a good view. First, I should say that they are not exact dupes of the MAC equivalent. That said, it really doesn't affect the performance of these brushes, which are of quite good quality for the price - it really becomes just a matter of taste and preference. As my free gift for buying this set, I also received a travel size version of 217, which I will also comment on below.
SS150 - I do NOT have the MAC equivalent of this one, so can't make a direct comparison. That said, this is very soft, fluffy, and perfect for blending and applying finishing powder. Very satisfied with this one.
SS187 - To me, this more or less works exactly like the MAC version for applying foundation, blush and powder. The main difference is the diameter. This version is larger, which makes application less precise. Something to take into consideration if you are trying to precisely apply blush/highlighter, etc. Not so much if you are doing applications for bigger areas, like foundation on the whole face.
SS239 - Simply put, this is a noticeably larger (wider and thicker) than the MAC version. This can be an issue if you are trying to be precise and/or have small lids. Otherwise, it works very well if you are applying shadow to larger areas.
SS219 - This version is floppier and not as dense as the MAC version. I personally prefer the stiffer MAC version for using it for what I like to use this brush for - smudging top and bottom eyeliner. The tip is also not as pointy and precise as the MAC version. That said, it gets the job done.
SS224 - This is shorter and denser than the MAC version. So again, it is a matter of personal preference. A denser brush will apply or blend/remove more product at a time, which may not work for you if you have a heavy hand. I am neutral on which I like better. Sometimes I like the less dense MAC brush, sometimes I like this one. It's nice to have options.
SS182 - On this one, I have to say it's "good enough". I have the very expensive MAC 182 (one of the most expensive brushes I have) and do feel it is the King of Kabuki. The MAC brush is not as wide in diameter, and is really packed full and dense, and I love it. The Sigma version is a bit wider, not as dense, but is just as soft. I don't feel that the Sigma version buffs my powder into submission as well as my MAC, but that said, it is good enough! If purchased individually, this brush is only $19, vs. close to $50 for the MAC version. For me, the MAC version is a better brush, but I can't say that it is more than twice as good as the Sigma, which makes the Sigma a very good deal.
SS217 - This is a travel-sized brush that was included as a free gift with purchase of the set. I have two MAC versions of this brush. The older one is a little pointier and more precise than the newer one I have, which goes to show that even MAC can be inconsistent. I use this for blending color into the crease as well as a for concealer, and have come to like the newer, less pointy version. The Sigma Brush is more-or-less identical to the newer MAC brush IMO, and is perhaps the most faithful dupe to the (newer) MAC equivalent. I personally love the 217 (which is why I own more than 1 copy of the MAC version), and would snap up more of these Sigma dupes if they ever offered them individually.
All in all, this set is a very good value for the price. I do not at all hesitate recommending it, and would really consider them again in place of MAC.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Medium Eyes: Black
I've had great luck with these brushes so far, although I do have to say the kabuki shed quite a bit for several weeks, although it seems to have calmed down the last couple of weeks (almost daily use and regular spot-cleaning and washes). However, it's far less problematic than the BE brush I received a couple of years ago with the starter kit and it's the only brush in the set that seems to shed, so I won't criticize it too much. Despite the shedding, it's still dense enough for my powder and incredibly soft. I only have a few MAC brushes to compare (and none of them are the match of the Sigma brushes in this kit), but I would say the quality overall is comparable and for a much more reasonable price. (I should also note that I believe the price of all of the kits has gone up somewhat, but then what hasn't these days?) My only complaint is that I would prefer if all of their brushes were also available individually. There are brushes in the individual Eyes and Face kits that I would like to try, but I don't want several multiples of some of the brushes (I only have so much room and I'm not really in the habit of losing them, as I don't travel much, lol).
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Medium Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
when i first got the sigma brushes, they smelled really really bad. I washed them, almost all shed. the ss150 shed the most. the ss150,ss187 & the kabuki all bled blackish blue dye. ALL of these brushes are suuuper soft. these brushes are compariable to MAC brushes & the price is amazing
big and soft & covers a large amount of your face at one time
ss187-duo-fiber stippling brush:
very soft more white fiber bristles ( compared to MAC 187) ss187 is a lot more dense
super soft. very dense. wider than the MAC kubiki
ss239: flat shader/eyeshadow brush
very soft. doesnt shed. packs on colour really well
ss219-pencil shader brush
soft. good to get into the crease and under the eye (lower lash line) smaller than mac 219
soft. small and fluffy easy to blend out harsh edges
over all these brushes are amazing! i gave it a 4 just because they bled and shed. i got my shipment in a week--i live in canada
i would purchase from them again :)
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I usually do not buy into YouTube guru "informercials" or new "must haves", but something about the Sigma brushes intrigued me. I heard about them for months but figured that I stay away and continue to purchase MAC brushes. I have been on a hunt for a dense powder brush but heard bad things about the MAC 150, and was not ready to buy a 134 (waiting for the FF sale), so I considered Sigma brushes again. The face and eyes kit seemed like the way to go, since the included brushes were like the most favored. I was so hesitant that I put it in my cart everyday for a week and never clicked the purchase/checkout button. I eventually did and felt really uneasy about it. I read reviews, but I still was not convinced that I would like or need them since I had all/most of the MAC dupes so to say. I received them quickly and I love them. I will go over each one.
SS187: I know people probably love this brush because its so similar to the infamous MAC 187 but when I tried it for liquid foundation it just was not the same. It felt more like the MAC 187SE, but a bit fuller. It feels the same as the full size MAC when dry but I don't like how prickly it feels when wet. But it is still a great brush and I like that it has a thicker handle and is taller. For me, I would use this for powders and use the MAC for liquid and powders.
SS150: My Favorite! The bristles are beautiful. It applies powder very evenly and quickly since its so full. It is way softer than a MAC 129, and much fuller than a MAC 150. I can't believe how great the brush for the price. I sure hope it lasts as long as MAC brushes because I love it soooo much. I heard that some people did not like how much dye came out after the first few washes, but after one really good deep wash, it never bled again or shed.
SS182: I do not have a MAC 182, although I likely will eventually. I am in no rush because I have the Eco Tools Kabuki and love it! This kabuki is really good, but I wish that it was a bit denser. The "outer" hairs are somewhat loose and sparse, which gives it a fuller look but not fuller feel (if that makes any sense). This is not very important however since most of the color/powder is supposed to be concentrated in the middle anyways. It gives me great coverage and applies mineral makeup quickly. I think, however, that I will probably like the MAC 182 better.
SS239: Love it! I use this way more than the MAC 239. While I can see why people love the MAC 239, I never loved it and never really reached for it. The Sigma version is a lot denser and picks up color better. I suppose this would be bad for those who are product stingy or have very fragile eyeshadows :-/. But for me I like to pick up the color with the first application and not have to keep going back. Great for packing color, pigments and for highlight.
SS224: Must frickin have! I heard that this brush was good but I was like yeah okay, all blenders look the same and will do the same. WRONG! This brush is good for blending and "circular" packing of color. It works like a MAC 217 and 224, combined and separately. It is soft, full and does wonders! I love this brush so much and hope I never lose it! Probably one of my top 3 brushes ever.
SS219: I heard that this brush was sparse and not as good as the MAC 219 but I love it. It works great for cat eye looks and allows me to place color closer to my lashline (upper) than the MAC 219 because its not as dense and harsh. It is a better blending pointed brush than the 219 but the MAC 219 is still great for packing on color and for the lower lashline.