Sigma • Essential Kit - Make Me Blush • Makeup Brushes
|Would buy this product again.||71%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium Eyes: Blue
I received the 12 piece set at a Christmas present this year. My mom bought them from the Sigma shop on Amazon for $79.95. The brushes came in an organza bag with a thank you card, travel crease brush, and an offer from Sigma (review the product on Amanzon and they send you a free gift- travel contour brush). There is also a brochure which explains the function and use of each brush. I own a few MAC brushes, as well as some from Sephora, Sonia Kashuk, and elf. These are, by far, the best i've tried. The 12 piece set includes any brush you could ever need, except maybe a kabuki. My favorite is the big powder brush- its so soft and applies loose powder so well! The eye brushes are great, too. I haven't had any problems with shedding or color bleeding, and i've washed them a few times. The only one I may not use is the foundation brush, but one out of 12 isn't a big deal. The price is great, considering MAC brushes can cost upwards to $45 for one. I spot clean mine after every use and deep clean weekly to keep them in good condition. Also, I put a little clear nail polish over the brush names so that the paint doesn't wear off. Try to keep the handle dry so that they maintain their strength. Enjoy these lovely brushes!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Oily, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I got mine in the mail this morning. I bought both premium and (15) complete set (12). The one thing I found weird... MADE IN CHINA ??? Since the 'SS' naming they have now changed it to F- face brush and E-eye brush etc, so I hope the quality is a bit better than described by some of the other reviewers. I noticed there was some bleeding on washing, but it was very mild. I use dishwashing detergent and olive oil. It's a good kit to start off with I guess, but when I can afford to buy a better kit I will look at HAKUHODO brushes. Apparently they supply to MAC, is a little cheaper than MAC and range is huge.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Acne-prone, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I've heard so much good things about the Sigma brushes. I've always been on the lookout for affordable brushes with quality. I received my package in the mail yesterday. I ordered the Complete Kit without the brushroll, the F80 (flat top kabuki), and the E35 (tapered blending)since it wasn't in the kit. The packaging was decent. Nothing too exciting. The brushes are good. Some are better than the others. The eye brushes in particular are my favorite verses the face brushes. I haven't tested out all the brushes yet so this review is base on my first impression. My biggest worry is shedding. Hopefully it's not terrible.
The brush that I was most disappointed in was the F50 (dual fibre). My guess is that the MAC 187 is better. I don't own the MAC 187 but I'll definitely be picking that up on my next MAC trip. All the other 11 brushes does the work. :)
Would I buy again?
Sure. My next purchase from there would most likely be the F82 (round top kabuki). The F84 (angled top kabuki) doesn't interest me. I already have the F80 (flat top kabuki) and I got to say, I'm in love. It would probably be a better value if you purchase the kit instead of buying them separate like me. :)
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Brown
Not sure if I would buy these brushes again...
I just decided to terminate my affiliation with Sigma brushes..read on to see why...
I recently bought a sigma set and what happened was the brush E40 started to shed from day one..
I decided to use it for the first time ... I noticed that something was wrong.. Another bristle (hair) ended up on my face... I said.. ok I will gentle pull over the bristles to see if another one will fall out... and what happened the whole brush fell apart...
I sent them a message and I am praying to God that won't happen with my other brushes... since the brushes don't come cheap... I am truly disappointed with this and I hope that its a factory malfunction or something.. but until I get a respond from sigma I will not recommend the brushes to any friends.. I don't want my friends hard earn money to go to waste...
I hope that I get a positive response from sigma...
I changed my rating from 2/5 to 3/5 (but really 3.5)
I change my would you buy again from NO to YES
I think that Sigma is an excellent choice for anyone that wants many brushes at a reasonable price.
I got my brushes exchanged by sigma and now I have no problems with it.
I do recommend this set but I also want you to look into sedonalace.com brush set.
They are VERY VERY similar and cost less... almost $20-30
Check it out and compare
They are comparable to MAC but trust me they are in another hand nothing like MAC.
MAC brushes are MAC brushes...
but if you are on a budget this is a good choice
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
To be completely honest, I hate MAC, and I hate how people will spend 300 and over on their brushes. These brushes are PHENOMENAL. They are all super soft and amazing quality, and I don't care where their made as long as they are of good quality, work well, and wont break the bank.
I've heard people say the brush roll feels cheap, well, their lying. Mine feels amazing, like real leather, but I don't think it is. The brushes have very sturdy wooden handles, and the bristles are all very soft and easy on the skin. This company care's about it's customers, when you get your package it looks like it was a gift, all nicely packaged in a pink mesh satchel with little booklets on how to clean and care for your brushes, and one that tells you what each brush is use for. I even got a free travel size brush with mine! shipping didn't take long at all, and I ordered days before christmas!
All in all, amazing product, and I will NEVER buy a MAC brush again. I have never had my skin look this flawless, and I feel amazing about it.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan, Neutral Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Blue
I have all of MAC's perm. brushes and most of their LE's and I think Sigma's are just as good. There are some Sigma's I actually like better! This is one of the best brush sets out there in my opinion, esp for the price!
I have had no problems with shedding or loose hairs with these or my MAC brushes. They wash very nicely with baby shampoo and quickly dry back to normal. I also spot clean them with MAC brush cleaner and a tissue for a quick cleaning.
I have this brush set in pink and LOVE the color of the brush handles and the roll! It's perfect for travel too! The only downfall is that the light pink brush roll can get a little dirty:(
BONUS: The little silver 217 style brush they give you works GREAT for paint pots:)
Age: 36-43 Skin: Oily, Tan, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Black
Hi from Switzerland,
I have 22 Mac brushes and bought Sigma's SS138 cause they do not sell Mac's 138 in Switzerland Mac stores. I must say, I was extremely surprised with the quality! really really great! I was able to compare it afterwords with a Mac 138 cause my friend bought one in France (Mac pro store) and It is just the same brush, incredible! Received it in only 5 days! so, I ordered 4 more (eye brushes) ;-) I'll keep you posted on those ones A.S.A.P
Age: 30-35 Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Blue
Sigma Brushes are make from P.R.C which stands for People's Republic of China. Made in China=P.R.C=China. Mac brushes are made from France, Japan or USA. I don't like how some Sigma brushes stamped on their brushes as P.R.C instead of China. If you know what I mean.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Olive Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
I love my sigma brushes!!!!! Iím very happy with every aspect of this product. This was the first thing I ever bought online and now think Iím a junkie!! Like I donít own any MAC brushes so I canít compare on quality but price wise?? I know Iíd prefer buying 12 perfectly good brushes as opposed to 1 MAC brush which I hear do the same thing. The company is really nice too one of my friends didnít receive her gift...which I guess is a negative point but she just sent them an email and then got an extra two brushes!!! So good point but yeah heaps good!!!!
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
At first I thought it was good brushes, but after a year several was broken.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
F30 large powder brush - This brush shed a little for me and some of the black dye came out but it stopped after one wash. It's very soft and quite dense in my opinion and really applies my setting powder well.
F40 large angled contour - This brush isn't dense at all and as soon as you press it to your face the bristles start to splay out. Ecotools blush brush is much better in this case, but you could use this for light contouring.
F50 duo fibre brush - This is the brush I was looking forward to getting the most but I ended up not liking it. There aren't enough white fibers and they're also not stiff enough to really stipple with. The black natural hairs splay out farther than the white fibers and gives the brush a worn out look too. Not to mention that even after several washes, it still bleeds a blue dye color, which is bizarre since none of my other brushes do that.
F60 foundation brush - No shedding, good application of liquid foundation, and now my favorite face brush.
F70 conceal brush - Good for covering up pimples and redness around the nose and mouth.
E05 eyeliner brush - This is quite a pointless brush for me since I don't use liquid liners and I prefer angled eyeliner brushes for cream liners. But I imagine it would do it's job well.
E25 blending brush - This is the little gift brush that came with the set. It's really good for blending since it's the perfect size to fit in the crease.
E30 pencil brush - I haven't had a problem with this brush splaying out as other reviewers said. It works really well for me and it's also really soft with the right amount of stiffness in a pencil brush.
E40 tapered blending - This brush is huge. When I saw it I automatically knew it would be too big for my eyes, but that said it does a great job blending. It does tend to splay out a little bit and blend the colors out too far, if you know what I mean. If I place the color in one area and blend with this brush, the color ends up going higher than I intended.
E55 eye shading brush - Fantastic brush. Very soft, no shedding, and packs the color on wonderfully. Very high quality in my opinion.
E60 large shader brush - This brush really is quite big. I don't quite see the need for this since the E55 is already such a great brush, but it basically does the same thing. It feels stiffer than the E55 though.
E65 small angle brush - A great eyeliner brush. Good with powders and cream liners. It's stiff without being prickly and it has kept its shape.
E70 medium angled shading - This one is just as soft as the E55 and is good for defining the crease.
Although I didn't like some of the brushes, the brushes that I do like make up for it. Overall I would only recommend buying the F30, F60, E55, E65, E70, and E25 brushes. The others were just unnecessary or bad. I'm still really glad I bought this though, since I did end up getting quite a few winners. I would just rebuy the ones I did like individually if they get ruined. I will probably purchase the mac counterparts to the brushes I didn't like, but if you want brushes on a budget, try these first.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Neutral Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
I have had my complete sigma brush set for about a month now and I have washed them a few times. I really do like these brushes, I use them everyday. I also love the brush roll too. I havent had any major problems with these at all, a few just shed a little. I did notice that the black brushes dye comes out a little when washing, I dont mind... I just hope they stay black. lol. Even at $100, I still think they are a bit pricey, but compared to how much one mac brush costs, this is a good deal.
So I thought I would give an update... The dye doesnt come out anymore, but the face brushes shed A LOT! And my stippling brushes handle is super wiggly now for no reason... The handle has never even touched water, it also sheds a ton, and I think thats weird for a duo fiber. My large powder brush also sheds like crazy! Too much that I cant even use it anymore. So im upset about that. I most likely wont buy these face brushes again, except for the synthetic ones they have now, but the eye brushes I would buy again.Still a great buy to start your brush collection. I was just hoping for better quality since I did pay $100 for this set. :(
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Black
I adore my sigma brushes. I've seen and heard people go back and forth between sigma and m.a.c...this is better than that...ect ect.....basically the whole my d*** is bigger than yours BS and I'm like...really? It's so corny...tacky even. (Please excuse the aggressive english). I personally believe that if you are a true artist you can work with the cheapest tools and still create a masterpeice. Beauties, if you actually think about it, every makeup brush on the market including these and the beloved mac ones probably only costs 60cents or less to make. Why do girls go ape shi* over m.a.c?...who the heck set the standard....youtube!? Lol. Lordy. I guess, Monkey see Monkey do. Don't buy into the hype. People picking these brushes apart like they're a man...he doesn't do this that and the other lmao. It's not that serious lol. A brush is a brush and these brushes work just fine. I'm a happy gal :) The brush fold is really nice too*
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
I've been trying to up my brush collection and slowly but surely, I've been working up to get a good set of MAC brushes. Being that they are so pricey I decided to give Sigma a shot since they were getting such good reviews on YouTube. I really like these brushes. I think they are good quality, soft, durable, and apply make up nicely. I think the mistake that most people make is trying to get the same brush as if you were buying a MAC just because they have the same numbering. These are from a different company, you cant expect the same product and even if they are not excact dupes, they are still good quality and good to use.
UPDATE: Some of my brushes have been coming apart from the handles. I put them back together with some super glue and they hold pretty well but I shouldn't have to be doing this. Never have with my MAC ones! Anyway, I emailed Sigma and they replied the same day and are sending me replacements for all of the ones that I've had problems with (3). Great customer service!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
UPDATE: I have used these brushes for many months; they have all held up! No shedding, etc, whatsoever! Sometimes the duo-fibre brush is difficult to clean. I have found that first using makeup remover on the bristles, and then using baby shampoo, really gets it back to it's white color. Absolutely NO complaints!
I have used these brushes for a month now, and cleaned them multiple times with baby shampoo. I have experienced VERY little shedding, and no color bleeding from the bristles. One brush has been somewhat stained by my NARS blush (the while natural-hair contouring brush), but I don't see that as a big deal, as the brush works like it should.
I use almost every brush frequently, and am impressed by them all. I don't love the foundation brush, but I love using the Due Fibre brush for stippling my liquid foundation on.
I have not owned MAC brushes before, but have used several other brands throughout the years. I can't compare these to MAC, but for someone who is used to drugstore brushes, Mary Kay brushes, Clinique brushes, (etc), I can say that I LOVE these, and would repurchase again.
I highly recommend these if you desire professional brushes without paying a ridiculous amount for them, such as at MAC!
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is a fantastic set of brushes. I bought the complete set w/roll in pink. First off, Sigma ships very quickly. The packaging is cute, they give you a free sample (I got a travel-size blending brush) and a guide on how to use each brush. When I opened the roll, I was overwhelmed by a gross smell... I don't really know how to describe it accurately. Like a harsh chemical smell? I've brought brushes with this issue before. I sprayed off the roll with a gentle disinfectant and washed the brushes with mild antibacterial soap. After one wash the smell is almost gone.. thank goodness. They do their job! The only one I don't like is the powder brush.. It feels awkward and scratchy to me. I prefer my ecotools powder brush! This is a great, cheap, investment if you're a beginner or professional. :]
Age: 19-24 Skin: Very Dry, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Other
I brought the pink travel set and it suck at the first washed and turn bad . hair rip off easy and smell so shit. not gone buy again. this brush set suck.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
These brushes are really great! They are almost exactly like Mac's brushes but WAY less expensive. I have had no problems with them at all! I would definately recomend these to anyone!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Normal, Tan Hair: Brown, Straight Eyes: Brown
I love these brushes!!!! I got them for christmas!!! I can't believe im just now writing a review on them! great product, hardly no shedding and soft to use! I highly recommend them! Now i want that new line of brushes they just came out with!
Age: 30-35 Skin: Acne-prone, Tan, Warm Hair: Black, Curly, Medium Eyes: Brown
Updated Review 2/2/2012:
Sigma brushes make ok starter brushes. I stand by most of my original comments, however now that I have tried other brushes and now that I have had my Sigma brushes for three years, I can give a more informed and thorough review. Not all Sigma brushes are created equal, but they do share some common traits. All of my brushes release a bit of black dye when washing, even after all of these years. The hairs on all of my brushes are scratchy compared to other brands. I ended up throwing away some brushes, i.e. dual-fiber brush and foundation brush, because the quality was so bad I could not use them. They shed like crazy. And, just to say this twice, I find them to be super itchy. I recently discovered Hakuhodo brushes which are more expensive but way better quality, super soft and a pleasure to use. If you are a beginner and not looking to invest a whole lot of money in brushes, I would recommend ecotools and Sonia Kashuk over Sigma. Also you may want to check out the Real Techniques brushes by Samantha Capman, I have two that I enjoy very much. Sigma are ok brushes, I just think there are better brushes out there within the same price range. If you want to invest in really good brushes, skip MAC and buy Hakuhodo!
Original Review 7/20/2010:
just recently started buying make-up. This time last year I literally had one blush, one brush, one bronzer, two lipsticks, one chapstick and one nasty cream to powder foundation from clinique. So when I started to watch youtube, I was exposed to a whole new world. I subsequently branched out to MAC cosmetics and needed good brushes to get me started on application. I was not going to spend the crap load of money it takes to acquire MAC brushes so I was looking for alternatives. Now I have ecotools, sonia kaschuk, everyday minerals brushes and well my sigma kit. The Sigma kit was a wonderful buy that I do not regret. I use the brushes daily and wash frequently. I love and enjoy them. Because of the affordability of these brushes, I am now able to watch tutorials and try to practice my application technique. These brushes are not super soft and they do shed. But all in all they are a pleasure to use (they are soft enough for me) and I do use them every day. If you are getting started like I am, I recommend.