12 April 2011

New Sigma F80 Brush (Sigmax Collection) + Review

UPDATE: 6 weeks since I first used it and I'm still using it every single day! I just can't get over how QUICK and flawless this brush buffs in my foundation. I use it and have my foundation applied in less then 30 seconds. 

Still high from my shoe shopping yesterday, I came home to find my Sigma package at home, sitting on the table. I eagerly tried ripping open the box and 3 minutes later I was holding the much talked about Sigma F80 brush! *insert angels singing* (FYI They have a discount coupon ending this week: STYLE2011 for 10% off and sales going on)


Sigma describes this brush as a:
Flat top synthetic kabuki designed to deliver flawless makeup application. The Sigma Makeup F80 is a buffer brush that can be used to blend powder or liquid products. The short and dense bristles make it easy to buff your liquid foundation.
The synthetic fibers are ideal to be used with liquid products and can be easily cleaned. Made of Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.
(Sigma also sells the retractable kabuki with a cover for travel or throwing in your purse.)



Density:
As soon as I looked at it, I thought it looked alot of my MAC 130 brush, but much... much denser! It's packed so thick you can barely see the bottom of the brush and the bristles don't seperate easy. This makes it PERFECT for quickly applying make-up. And even better: your make-up doesn't absorb or sink into the bristles so you use less product! :D


The difference between the Sigma F80 ($16), MAC 187and the MAC 130 brush:
Both MAC brushes are duo fiber, while the Sigma is synthetic. These synthetic bristles are extremely soft; I'm impressed! The first day I got the brush, I couldn't stop touching it, as the feeling of it against your skin as amazing.


So what makes it different and why is it a good addition?

MAC 130 ($40): Over time I've come to find it rather time consuming to get even coverage over my entire face, because the MAC 130 is so small. But don't get me wrong, it's still a good brush, just not my preferred anymore. I've now stashed it away.

MAC 187 ($42): I prefer the MAC 187 to the MAC 130 for foundation because it's larger, but it does leave minor streaking compared to the Sigma F80.

These brushes aren't comparable when it comes to shape.

The only way to compare them would be by the application and results they give.
The Sigma F80 spreads out foundation evenly, giving a fully airbrushed look. Thanks to the flat, full brush you also get none of the cakey look some foundations can give.  You can choose which way you want to apply your foundation: stippling or buffing in. And you waste less foundation because it doesn't get absorbed into the brush.

Shedding / Cleaning:
I haven't had any shedding problems with it, and I suppose that's also because of the synthetic bristles.

As far as cleaning goes: it's dense so it takes while to dry! I guess you could try using a blow drier from far?
And deep cleansing is required from time to time, so you avoid staining. Also,I haven't had any bleeding issues.

Other uses for this brush:
Bronzing and contouring.

If I had to recommend just ONE brush from Sigma I'd say this is it! Of course, being a make-up enthousiast, I'd recommend alot of the other ones too, but this one is their most raved about brush of the moment- and I now see why.


Also, I have to add that I truly love the fact that the brushes come with protectors. Am I alone on this? It really irks me that my expensive MAC brushes don't, and when they're drying or over time they tend to look frayed.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. Sigma make-up Product review & giveaway Disclosure.

1 comment:

Jay Branam said...

I kinda need a brush like that;)

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