Review: Sigma Beauty Brushes
I bought a complete set of Sigma Beauty Brushes: The Essential Kit with the brush roll back in December 2010 and have used them on a daily basis to apply my makeup. I was drawn to them because a number of makeup gurus raved about them claiming they are comparable to MAC brushes but are much more affordable in pricing.
I've been a MAC fan since I was first introduced to the line by my aunt nearly 2 decades ago. I've deviated and have used other brands, but safe to say I will continue being a MAC fan when it comes to makeup brushes.
Upon first inspection of the Sigma brushes, I noticed they were a bit fuller than their MAC counterparts. They also rivaled in softness. I actually preferred using Sigma's E55 eye shading brush to apply my eye shadow. However, after a year plus of use of the Sigma brushes, I've found that they are not as durable as their MAC counterparts.
Within a few months, the metal and brush end of my Sigma E40 tapered brush detached itself from the wooden handle. I've had my MAC equivalent (224 tapered brush) for about 15 years now, and it's still in one piece. Likewise, the metal and brush end of the Sigma F15 Duo Fibre Brush has detached itself from the wooden handle. I was able to give my Sigma brushes a quick fix with store bought generic super glue. However, the point is, the Sigma brushes were falling apart within a matter of months whereas my MAC brushes, after nearly 2 decades of use, are still in one piece.
Aside from a lack of durability, the Sigma brushes tend to shed a lot more than their MAC counterparts. It's quite annoying having to use a huge powder brush to brush away Sigma brush sheds at the end of a makeup application.
Verdict: MAC brushes may cost more but you get what you pay for.
Stay tuned for a review of Real Technique Brushes by UK Makeup Artist Samantha Chapman