Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Review - Sigma Makeup Travel Size Brushes

Erin of Sigma Makeup contacted me last month about sending samples of their travel brushes so I can test out and review. She sent me 2 pink travel brushes, the large powder (F30) and duo fiber (F50) brushes. Also included was the ever famous blending brush (E25) which comes as a free gift to any purchases about $30.

I have the full size version of these brushes in pink which I purchased last year so it gave me a good basis on how their travel size brushes would compare to the full size ones.

General Impression:
Same with any Sigma Makeup packaging, they sent this brushes in a red lace bag. Also included are instructions on how to clean the brushes as well as detailed description of brushes included in the complete brush set.

The brushes came with a plastic protector which is great since I have something to protect the bristles when I put them in my makeup case. These do not come with the clutch which you get when buying the set so I find the plastic protector helpful.

The brush handles are about half the size of the full size brush in terms of length, and the thickness is just little bit smaller than the full size brush. I find the travel size brushes easier to use for personal makeup since I don't have to worry about hitting my mirror with the handle when I take the mirror close to my face.

Individual Brush Review:
Large Powder Brush (F30) - the amount of bristles of the travel size is about half of the full size brush. Still soft to touch this brush is still best for applying setting powder to your face. I find this handy as well to apply very subtle and blended contours and blush to your face. This however is too small to use for applying powder to the body unlike the full size one. Just like the full size, this brush bled a little during the first few washes. It gradually stopped as I wash it for few more times. I did not encounter any shedding yet for this brush.

Duo Fiber Brush (F50) - the amount of bristles of the travel size is about 80-90% of the full size which is good since you get the almost the same coverage as that of the full size one. This brush is my favorite since it is very versatile. I can apply foundation, highlights, contour and blush with this single brush. Unlike the full size brush, I haven't experienced any shedding yet using this brush.

Blending Brush (E25) - This brush has lately been my all around brush. I've posted several makeup tutorials on how to use this single brush to create an entire makeup look. I don't have the full size version of this, but what I like about the travel kit is that I can take my mirror so close to my face when doing my eye makeup without having to worry about hitting it with my brush handle. This brush comes free with any purchase worth $30 so I have duplicates of this which is really great specially when I use a wide variety of colors or do makeup for multiple clients in a session.

Overall, the travel size brushes sent to me are good in terms of quality and comparable to the full size brushes. If you are in a tight budget and yet wanting to have good quality brushes for less, then I would recommend that you purchase the travel size kit. Unfortunately, these brushes only come as a set and is not available individually. I do hope though that Sigma Makeup will also consider selling their travel size brushes individually. :) I highly recommend this brushes for personal use, but I would still prefer using the full size one for clients.

If you are interested in purchasing the Sigma Makeup Travel Kit Nice in Pink*, click here. The kit contains 7 essential brushes which are individually stored in a stylish metallic pink clutch equipped with a convenient pouch to carry all your must-have makeup items.

Brushes included in the kit:

Large Powder - F30 - Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles.
Duo Fibre - F50 - Specially designed to generate an ‘airbrushed’ 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.
Large Angled Contour - F40 - The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. 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.
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.
Tapered Blending - E40 - Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles.
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.

A free travel size foundation (F60) brush in black is included with this kit.

*Naughty in Black Travel Kit is also available with free travel size duo fiber (F50) brush in pink.

The products were sent by Sigma Makeup for review. All comments/review written about this product is on my own and was not in any means influenced by the sponsoring brand.

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