The travel kit is one of the 2 types of travel kits available and one of the 2 colors available for this travel kit type. The Naughty in Black contains 7 essential brushes, plus a free extra brush, to achieve a flawless look on the go. You can bring this kit with you to your favorite travel destination or keep it in your purse for a quick touch-up during the day or a night out. The brushes are stored in a stylish black clutch with a convenient pouch to carry all your must-have makeup items.
Why I love Sigma?
1. They basically have all the types of brushes I need, well except for the fan brush.
2. Their brushes are of high quality and affordable price
3. I get what I want from these brushes (normally I check out other brands if I can't find a brush that would give me the result that I need).
4. Their customer support is efficient.
5. The company cares for their customers
I have a long list that could go on and on. These are also the same reasons why I chose to be a Sigma Beauty affiliate. I believe in the product and the company makes us feel special :)
It's time to give you an honest review of the product. I won't be discussing in details what I think of the quality of brushes in this kit since I have already posted a review on this. If you want to know what I think about each of the brushes, check out my Sigma Complete Brush Kit review. What I would concentrate more on would be what I think of the kit overall and how these brushes compare to the full size brushes and Nice in Pink Travel Kit powder brushes.
This travel kit has the most essential brushes that you need everyday so I think Sigma made a really good decision in choosing which brushes to include in this kit.
The kit has 4 face brushes + 1 complimentary face brush and 3 eye brushes. The face brushes were the large powder brush, foundation brush, duo fibre brush, large angled contour brush and concealer brush. These 5 brushes are what I normally use everyday. I don't use a foundation brush in applying foundation but I find this essential for applying moisturizer and primer in prepping my skin. Then then I use the duo fiber to stipple the foundation on my face for an airbrush look. To set the foundation, I use the large powder brush. I then use the large angled contour brush to apply blush. You can also use this to apply bronzer. So with this kit, I am able to achieve a flawless and fresh look any time any day.
The kit also include 3 eyebrushes - eye shading brush, tapered blending brush and the pencil brush. With these brushes, you can already create simple to very dramatic look. The eye shading brush can be used to apply color on your lids as well as to apply highlights under your brows. Then the tapered blending brush is used to blend the colors to remove rough and sharp edges. This can also be used for subtly contouring specific areas like the bridge of your nose or under your lower lips. To define shape and add contour to your eye makeup for a more dramatic look, you can use the pencil brush.
In comparison to the complete set, the amount of bristles in the travel kit doesn't differ much from the full size brushes except for the large powder brush which only have almost 2/3 of the bristles of the full size brush. The handles of the travel size brushes are smaller but still big enough to give you control. For personal use, I prefer the travel size to use since it has shorter handle which allows me to take my face closer to the mirror without worrying about the brush handles hitting it. I had challenges using the full set on myself since I am near sighted and I'd like the mirror as close as possible to my face and the length of the full size brushes doesn't let me do that.
I also got 2 sample brushes from the Nice in Pink travel set that was sent to me by Sigma before, the large powder brush and duo fiber brush, and comparing the black travel kit brushes with the pink ones, I noticed that the pink brushes have even shorter handles. Also the pink brushes have more bristles compared to the black one. I am not sure if Sigma redesigned their travel brushes and made the handles longer but I personally prefer the shorter ones. Maybe it is just me (and my sight) but I find the shorter ones better for personal use.
Verdict: Overall, the kit covers all essential brushes you need to complete your look. If you are looking for a kit for personal use, this kit is definitely recommended. It is cheaper than buying the complete set without compromising what you can do. I am not a fan of black, so I would pick the Nice in Pink travel kit instead though, but this kit is classy and professional looking. Aside from that, it is indeed great for travel since the kit is almost the same size of a wallet or small purse which would fit your bag without taking so much space. This product retails for US$49 which is fairly cheap for a high quality makeup brush kit.
Areas for Improvement: I would've preferred if they included the small angle brush with the kit for lining the eyes and defining brows but I figured this is not that essential compared to the 3 brushes in the travel kit. Maybe they can have an option of choosing between the stippling brush or small angle brush. I am not sure if you still get a free travel size blending brush with this kit (you get this free for purchases over $30) since you are already getting the stippling brush for free. It would be great too if they consider including the travel size blending brush in the kit as well. Also, another idea for improvement on this product is since the Make Me Up collection is out, maybe it would also be cool to have these brushes in a travel size Make Me Up container. Sigma is always doing their best to improve their products so we never know in the future. It would be awesome if they do that and if they do, I wish it would be available in the same 4 colors as the Make Me Up collection. :)
Giveaway: Sigma Beauty is kind enough to give me an additional travel kit for my followers so I am giving away this kit too for you guys. The mechanics are simple, I will pick one winner with the highest entry points to receive the Naughty in Black travel kit by April 30.
To enter the contest, you must like my facebook page, Makeup by Miyo, and answer the question "Why do you want to win the Sigma Beauty Naughty in Black travel kit?" in the giveaway wall post. You can only answer once, giving you 1 entry point to the contest. This is required to officially enter you to the contest.
You can get additional entry points by doing the following below:
1. Like Sigma Makeup Official Fan Page. For me to validate that you liked the page, you need to post in their wall mentioning this giveaway and tagging Makeup by Miyo. You need to make sure that your post (for tagging Makeup by Miyo) would appear on my page to get credits. You only need to post once. 1 point.
2. For every "Like" on your answer is equivalent to 1 point.
3. Follow me on twitter @miyosia and retweet "Sigma Naughty in Black travel kit giveaway!! Check http://me.lt/4i0r9 for more details. #makeupbymiyo". Note that you must include #makeupbymiyo in your tweet. Post on my wall your twitter name so I can give you credits. 1 point per retweet per hour.
This contest is open to all viewers. Good Luck!
The products for review are provided and sent by Sigma Beauty for free. I am not part of the company and any opinion on the product is solely my own and not in a way influenced by the company.