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Synthetic Kabuki Kit

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Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit

I have been trying to get my hands on some Sigma Brushes ever since my makeup sister Tasha was raving about them. But being someone who really despise buying things online if I haven’t tried them first, I never got anything. But I Lucked up! Sigma was at IMATS this year, actually selling things! I’ve gone the last two years and they weren’t selling anything…I’m not sure what their point was to be there but I digress. I missed IMATS this year but luckily my girl went and got me some goodies!

These brushes are so soft and full! They really are like magic. They blend to a flawless finish which I think is because the hairs are cut evenly with no strays. The hairs are perfectly symmetrical. There’s no shedding of the hairs which is something that’s important in buying makeup brushes because that ensures their longevity. Each set comes with four brushes that are pretty damn good quality. The price point for the Kabuki Kit is $56, that’s about $14 per brush;  Precision Kit is $49, about 12.25 per brush; and if you were to get all 8 brushes you’ll pay $99 for both sets that’s about $12 per brush. And if just one or two brushes spark your interest, you can buy them individually. Here’s a break down of the brushes and their uses. Keep in mind, like most brushes you can use them however you like. The precision brushes are for the face but I have used them on my eyes also and they work beautifully!

Sigma Synthetic Kabuki Kit:
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Flat Kabuki (F80) Excellent for applying liquid or cream products to the face. Blends liquid and cream foundations flawlessly!

Round Kabuki (F82) Good for mineral foundation but I really like this as a blush brush; cream or powder.

Angled Kabuki (F84) Good for contouring like most angled brushes but I like it for blush or bronzer.

Tapered Kabuki (F86) Good for contouring and highlighting the face.

Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit:
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Precision Flat (P80) I Love this brush to apply concealer under the eyes.

Precision Round (P82) Good to apply eye shadow base or primer onto the lid. Also good for blending eyeshadow.

Precision Angled (P84) Also used to apply product to the eyes and to areas such as the sides of the nose and the hollows of the cheeks.

Precision Tapered (P86) Good for exact placement of concealer in harder to reach areas such as around the eyes and nose, chin, and around the mouth.

I feel I will get a lot of usage out of these brushes and now that I have tried Sigma I don’t feel skeptical about buying more online! I will definitely be trying more of Sigma Brushes!

Final Grade A

Do you have any brushes from Sigma? Do share your experiences!

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Real Techniques Brush Set-Core Collection

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These brushes were created by makeup artist and YouTube sensation Samantha Chapman of Pixiwoo from the UK. These brushes are designed to use on the face. They are synthetic brushes so they work great with liquid and cream products. Likewise I feel they also work perfectly with powder products. These are fabulous all around brushes. They pretty much do anything. I ABSOLUTELY LOVE these brushes, so much I bought two sets. The price is just as brilliant as the product. I use them daily and can not see my makeup life without them.

Available in Ulta stores and online, The Core Collection set comes with 4 brushes. They include:

A detailed brush– I think this was ideally made to use with concealer but I actually like this as a lip brush. I like to use it to apply lipstick and to get a nice sharp outline of the lips.

Pointed foundation brush– In my opinion this is too small to apply foundation all over the face. I think it’s fine to get in the small spaces like the sides of the nose or around the lips. I like using this brush for concealer under the eyes or on dark or red spots. I love it as a contour brush. I get a good contour of the nose and the cheeks with this brush, especially when I use creams or liquid.

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Buffing brush-I think this brush is brilliant! It’s so soft and so dense, I love how my foundation looks when I apply with this brush. If I could marry this brush I would. It’s great with ANY product; cream, liquid or powder, it gives a flawless finish when applying liquid foundation. It even works great with my Bare Minerals. I like it for cream blush too. I can’t stress enough how wonderful this brush is so let’s move on.

Contour brush– Another favorite of mine, perfect for cream and powders. With it’s pointed tip this is good for highlighting and contouring the face. I also love applying my blushes with this because the tip puts the product exactly where you want it.  Application is super easy and perfect.

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Quick Review:

Product: 5/5- Excellent value for excellent very soft brushes. These brushes are universal and can be used with just about any product; cream, liquid, powder. Great all around brushes.

Packaging: 5/5- The brushes are not big, bulky or heavy and they come with a cute travel case/stand. The brushes are also colored with like aluminum handles so they stand out from the usual black brushes.

Price: 5/5- $17.99 for 4 brushes, you really can’t beat that! In the US they are only available at Ulta stores and online. You also get a nice travel case/stand (not pictured -sorry) to hold your brushes. This is an excellent starter face brush kit or if you just want to add more brushes to your collection. Perfect additions to any brush junky’s stash.