Lately my skin has been super sensitive from rubbing my nose and eyes in my sleep. I will literally wake up looking like I have pink eye because my eyes are so bloodshot. For those of you know know me, my eyes are always rather pink from my contacts anyway. This is ten times worse. I have had pink eyes for the last two weeks. Just looking at the trees from my bedroom make my eyes itch. This is partially what spurred my move to buy the Sigma set. My Sonia Kashuk (SK) brushes, which I thought were soft, were pricking my face whenever I applied blush. When I used the Sigma blush brush I didn't feel any prickling at all and my blush and bronzer showed up on my face a lot better. Usually with the SK brushes I have to tap my brush into my blush or bronzer a couple of times in the makeup before applying it to my face. When I did my usual double tap with the Sigma contouring brush it applied too heavily. I had no idea that brushes could make the pigmentation apply so differently. Well, technically not different since the makeup formula didn't change, but I didn't know that the brush quality could really bring out the potential of my drugstore makeup. I was seriously impressed. Now I only have to tap my makeup once to get the right amount of color. It's amazing.
On Sunday before I ran errands with Christopher I thought that I would try out some concealer around my nose to hide the glaring redness. I've been walking around like a spring-time Rudolph. I've never had luck with concealer because it cakes up or doesn't blend into my skin, which makes it look like I have a blob of light colored paint on my face. I tried using the big foundation brush to blend it in because I had seen videos where girls did this. Oh. My. Gosh. For the first time in my life I was able to wear concealer like a normal person. I was stoked. My nose wasn't red and I didn't looks like a painters daughter. The best part was that with my raw nose the brush didn't hurt it at all. I had figured that out of all the brushes in the kit that this was the only one that I wouldn't utilize. I still don't like the feeling of foundation on my skin so I figured that this would be the one brush that would just sit in the kit looking pretty. I was astounded to see the fabulous results. This may be one of the my most used brushes!
All in all, I love love love this set and will be able to put all of the brushes to good use. I was able to get 10% off from one of the makeup guru's I watch, which covered the shipping. If you're interested, I can get that coupon code for you. The set normally runs for $99.00 at sigmabeauty.com. It also comes in pink, purple, and blue, but I liked the classic black the best. I also liked that each set had a cute little name. The one I got is called "Make Me Classy", but the pink is called "Make Me Blush". I thought it was clever and cute.
Originally I was going to post my own pictures of these brushes, but Sigma Beauty did a much better job of displaying them so I yoinked these photos from their site.
Here is their Sigma product description:
12 professional quality brushes for a complete makeover! Everything you need to apply makeup to eyes and face.
Best deal compared to individual brush purchase! Save $53!
Brushes in this kit:
Eyeliner - E05 - An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes.
Pencil - E30 - Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.
Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.
Eye Shading - E55 - Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.
Large Shader - E60 - Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.
Small Angle - E65 - Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.
Medium Angled Shading - E70 - Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.
Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.
Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.
Duo Fibre - F50 - Specially designed to generate an â€˜airbrushedâ€™ finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.
Foundation - F60 - Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.
Concealer - F70 - The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.