Hey Guys and Dolls!
Today I’m reviewing the Sigma Makeup Professional Premium Brushes. I know that Sigma sends brushes to a lot of bloggers/youtubers, so before you get in a tizzy thinking “Oh great, another sponsored Sigma Review” please read/watch my review. I also previously reviewed the Original Sigma Set and their Makeup Line. I had these brushes for nearly 3 months and I’ve been testing them and taking mental notes along the way, so here is my level headed view on the Premium Brush kit:
The New Premium Professional kit features 15 brushes. This kit also includes a Sigma brush roll, made out of synthetic leather; it’s super soft and easy to clean. I don’t know if these brushes are more professional in quality, they seem to be the same great quality as all of my Sigma Makeup brushes, no better, no worse. The brushes are well make, feel good in the hand, and are made with fine materials. I think the “professional” part refers to their shape and form, which goes beyond standard shader, blender, fluffy powder brush etc… These are better suited for creating advanced Makeup Art, and make it easier to get a professional finish no matter how skilled you are.
Sigma has recently changed their numbering system for their brushes, so I’ve used the new names/numbers for this review, but I included the old name in parenthesis. The old system was a great way to easily compare Sigma Brushes to another popular makeup company, however the brushes are different, some of them completely different, and I for one love the new system; it gives Sigma it’s own identity. The numbers may not have been changed on the Sigma website yet, so here’s a link to a chart in case you get confused:
Here’s a breakdown review of all of the brushes:
F10 (SS129) POWDER/BLUSH– A smaller, less dense powder brush, great for blush, or lighter powder application. I use this one for detailed powder under the eyes, sweeping away fallout, blush, contour, and highlighter. It’s very multipurpose, but not so specific hat you HAVE to have this specific one, but I find I reach for it really often, so my subconscious is telling me something!
F15 (SS131) DUO FIBER POWDER/BLUSH– Hm, this one is weird. I’ve never tried anything like this, so I have no basis for comparison. It’s works for really pigmented blushes, but if you’re not really careful with cream blushes it can be a bit streaky. I’d say if buying these as individuals, skip this if you already have the 187 or 188.
F20 (SS134) LARGE POWDER– AWESOME flat (sometimes called paddle) style powder brush. Fabulous for full coverage foundation powder. It can be a little big for using with some powders, but that’s what other powder brushes are for! I love using this to get my pressed powder foundation on in a Jiffy! I can’t decide if I like the shorter handle on the ss134, or if it makes the brush feel a little bulky. In any case, I love this brush and I recommend it if you wear pressed powder foundation.
F25 (SS138) TAPERED FACE– GENIUS! this one is one of the best face brushes I have. it’s perfect for contour and blush, you can do powder with it too. Because the brush is so tapered and the hairs are so soft, it just picks up the right amount of product, and it feels amazing when blending on the face. This brush easily defines your cheeks, jaw or even collar bones with out looking like a line…and it bends it all seamlessly. LOVE! I need multiples for my kit!
F35 (SS165)-TAPERED HIGHLIGHTER: This one is basically a smaller and more controlled version of the ss138 this one is great for powder in smaller places like the nose, and for highlight powder. Soft soft soft. OMG! These two egg shaped ones are probably my faves in the bunch.
F65 (SS192) LARGE CONCEALER– I haven’t used this one much; it seems too large for concealer, too small for foundation. I think this one would be great for someone with a large area of hyper-pigmentation to cover (like port wine stains, pregnancy masks, burn scars etc) where you need to use a heavy cream foundation that could be hard to spread without a larger concealer/foundation brush, but a regular concealer brush might be too small for.
F75 (SS195) CONCEALER– a good concealer brush. nothing special, but it is a good brush. Great for wet eyeshadow. For whatever reason I prefer the F70 (SS194) for concealer.
E10 (SS110) SMALL EYE LINER– Great thin eyeliner brush, nothing outrageous about it, but it is a good and practical thin liner brush. I sort of felt a lack of control with this brush, but I don’t use gel/ cake liner very often anymore, so it could be user error. Much, much better than the ss209 for winged eyeliner.
E15 (SS212) FLAT DEFINER-Fantastic flat liner brush. The hairs aren’t too long, too thick, or too stiff, they’re just right. I like flat liner brushes to get color wiggled into the lash line, & draw a straight line. I think this might be the easiest type of brush to use for gel liner, at least for beginners, because you can just sort of walk it along your lash line.
E20 (SS214) SHORT SHADER– great smudger brush. This one is bigger than my other smudger brush from Sonia Kashuk, so it works faster. I use this to smudge top and bottom liner, and/or to apply a highlight color precisely to the inner corner, or along the brow line. I like that it’s black too: No staining
E25 (SS117) BLENDING– Great blender, but not an exact dupe of that other brand’s blender. I did notice this one had a few coarse hairs. This doesn’t make it scratchy, but in appearance it was odd. I have the travel ss217 from Sigma, and I prefer the mini. I’m just splitting hairs here -pun intended- all in all, it’s a good blender, and I use it often.
E35 (SS222) TAPERED BLENDING– Controlled blender. I expected it to be a bit “tighter” if you know what I mean, but it works just fine, it’s blends both precisely, and outward at the same time, and it’s really soft. I use this one a lot. I use a Brush Guard to make it a lighter “tighter” in shape.
E45 (SS226) SMALL TAPERED BLENDING– Mine isn’t as tapered as it shows on the sigma site, but it’s a great small round crease brush, softer than other brushes I have like this, but not as dense. I like it and use it all the time. For me it works like a 219 but a little bigger, a little “blendy-er” and I think that’s the whole point of this brush, so it doesn’t really matter what it looks like, it functions perfectly.
E50 (SS227) LARGE FLUFF- Great for blending out highlight, but kind of big. This can also be used for small areas of face powder. A brush half this size would be more versatile because I feel I can only use this for certain looks, where my color doesn’t go too high. This can also be used for small areas of face powder. Now don’t get me wrong, I use it all the time, but maybe a brush half this size as another option would be good, for us brush fiends who like multiple options of similar brushes.
L05 (SS316) LIP- Great lipbrush, and it has a cap for travel. I don’t get all hot and bothered about lipbrushes, so I guess that’s all I have to say about it.
I’ve had these now for about 2 months, and I really enjoy them. The brushes are high quality, and none have broken down, or show any signs of wear and tear- and I’ve been testing them rigorously. I do still have a few hairs fall out from time to time (especially from the denser face brushes) but this is normal for natural haired brushes. Also the black haired brushes & duo fiber brushes still bleed black when I wash them, and that can make deep cleaning them a pain. I also wash my brushes in hot water, so that could cause some bleeding (I do a cold rinse as well) . It really doesn’t affect how they brushes feel or preform, since once they dry, it’s not like they are putting black stuff on my face.
This set is sold as one big kit, for $149 or if you don’t need all the brushes Sigma now sell the brushes individually. I’m going to purchase a few of these for my kit here’s my recommendations of Must-Haves if you want to buy them individually:
F20, F25, F35, E15, E20, E35, & E50
Thanks to Sigma for providing the brushes and a BIG Thank You for reading my review, I hope you have a beautiful day!
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