Choosing the right Sigma brushes can be confusing. There are six different eyeliner brushes. Ten blending brushes for eyeshadows. Which do you pick - where do you start?
Thankfully, Sigma themselves have provided the answer. A comprehensive, seven-brush set of four eye makeup brushes and three face makeup brushes - their seven bestselling brushes.
Scroll down for more on the Best of Sigma makeup brush set.
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The seven brushes are:
- F80 – Flat Kabuki
- P88 – Precision Flat Angled
- F64 – Soft Blend Concealer
- E34 – Domed Utility
- E57 – Firm Shader
- E21 – Smudge
- E38 – Diffused Crease
F80 – Flat Kabuki BrushThe F80 has been both inspiration and benchmark for subsequent flat-top brushes. This is arguably Sigma's most famous brush; possibly the most-used flat-top kabuki around the whole world. When I first got into makeup, I hit the Bourjois counter for a foundation and the SA told me, "You can use the F80 to apply it." At the time, I was flabbergasted by this sentence. But once I knew what an "F80" was, I couldn't get enough of it. I have since seen makeup artistes use the F80 on pretty much every bride in my family. You can use this brush for stippling as well as for buffing in foundation. A flawless, medium-to-full coverage is the result. I particularly love it for thicker liquids, cream foundations and for setting powder.
P88 – Precision Flat Angled BrushWith a small, angled flat head, this brush is intended to reach areas on the face where the F80 cannot. It is also ideal for applying concealer and/or foundation around the nose, under the eyes and for blending along the hairline. This is my first P88 brush, but I am getting another one for travel.
F64 – Soft Blend Concealer BrushLove the Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush 57? Here is your dupe. I have only found three brushes so far that can blend out concealer perfectly - the Sephora 57, Wayne Goss 16, and Sigma F64. I have backups of backups for all three. I cannot have enough of the F64. It is perfect for blending cream or liquid concealer, and gives an airbrushed, flawless finish. It can also be used to apply highlighter on the cheekbones.
E34 – Domed UtilityThis brush is a great choice for adding colour to the crease or to the outer "v" of the eye. It is a smaller version of Sephora's Domed Crease Brush 16 - I've sometimes wished Sephora 16 was smaller; it is a tad too dense and - at times - packs on more colour than I intend, so I end up having to blend more. Sigma E34 is just the right size.
E57 – Firm ShaderA bit smaller than the usual eyeshadow shader brushes, this is perfect for packing colour on my smaller eyelids. It picks up a lot of pigment, so you might want to be restrict yourself to one swipe when it comes to very pigmented eyeshadows. This is also a good brush for the inner corners.
E21 – SmudgeThe E21 is meant to smudge out liner or shadow on the lashline - something which I rarely do. To be honest, I would have preferred some kind of brow brush, or even a dedicated blush brush instead. But then this collection is all about Sigma's bestsellers. I have been using it to highlight the browbone.
E38 – Diffused CreaseI use this to blend out eyeshadow. It is soft and has the right flexibility I like. This is a tad smaller than most blending brushes, so it is perfect for my small, deep-set eyes.
Verdict and where to buy Sigma makeup brushesThis is a comprehensive, must-have brush set, with four eye brushes and three face makeup brushes - you get everything for a full-face makeup look right here, from foundation, highlighter and concealer to eyeshadow. As is typical with Sigma makeup brushes, these wash without problems and retain their shape nicely, without brush guards.
You can check out Sigma's inventory here. If you buy the Best of Sigma Makeup Brush Set as a whole (available here), you save $30 - the set costs $92, while individually the brushes add up to $122. Sigma brushes are a great investment and last forever without shedding, so seven brushes for $92 is a great deal. If you prefer individual brushes, Sigma's Labour Day sales commence on September 1, so you get 20% off individual brushes using code LABORDAY20. Enjoy!
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