Sigma brush set

Finding the best sigma brush set can be hard if you’re unaware of what features to look for especially that there are so many of them to find around. For this reason, we’ve put up a guide highlighting the top sigma brush set review and professional makeup brush sets in the category.

Our team has researched and reviewed these products to help you come up with a better decision. 

Sigma brush set

1. A Universal Eye Shadow Brush: Sigma E25 Blending Brush

Application Area: Eyes

What It Does: This slightly firm and rounded brush is great for both applying and blending eye shadow colors. It also works well to soften intense lines and edges and combine colors on the lid.

What Else You Need to Know: Winner of Nylon’s 2015 Beauty Hit List

What Kayla Thinks: “My favorite feature of the E25 is its flat ferrule—it has the ability to not only blend color but apply color as well.”

2. For a Killer Smoky-Eye Look: Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

Application Area: Eyes

What It Does: This soft, fluffy brush is also good for applying color and softening harsh lines, as well as applying a transition color to the crease. You can also use this to apply highlighting colors onto the brow bone.

What Else You Need to Know: You can also use this brush to dust away powder fallout without smearing the rest of your makeup.

What Kayla Thinks: “This brush is an absolute staple for creating a well-blended smoky-eye look.”

3. For Adding Depth to Your Eyes: Sigma E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush

Application Area: Eyes

What it Does: This brush features a small, tapered brush head with a pointed tip, ideal for adding depth in the crease while maintaining full control. It works great with dark shades of powder shadows, keeping them in place.

What Else You Need to Know: You can also use this brush to apply eye shadow under the lower lash line and contour the nose.

What Kayla Thinks: “The versatile brush head of the E45 is perfect for defining the crease and outer corner of the eye. It also features a tapered point which makes it easy for inner corner shading as well.”

4. For an Everyday Contoured Look: Sigma F23 Soft Angled Contour™ Brush

Application Area: Cheeks

What It Does: This brush has a soft angled head made with SigmaTech® fibers—a must-have brush for powder bronzer and blush to achieve a gentle contour.

What Kayla Thinks: “It blends and contours beautifully, making the appearance more natural and flawless.”

5. For Strobing: Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

Application Area: Face

What it Does: This brush features soft fibers with a small tapered brush head, which you can use to apply highlighting powder on the cheekbones, forehead, nose and inner corners of the eye.

What Else You Need to Know: A Sigma bestseller! You can also use this for setting your under-eye concealer.

What Kayla Thinks: “The F35 is an absolute must-have for highlighting! These SigmaTech® fibers provide a buildable coverage, creating an application that is just right.”

6. For Accentuating Your Bone Structure: Sigma F77 Chisel and Trim Contour™ Brush

Application Area: Cheekbones and Jawlines

What it Does: This brush features flat, short Sigmax® fibers, which lets you apply and buff cream and powder products with maximum control and absolute precision.

What Else You Need to Know: For more pronounced cheekbones and jawlines, this brush is for you.

What Kayla Thinks: “The Sigmax® bristles in this brush are so tightly packed that it provides the most exact product placement of contour. If you want a full-coverage contour, you’ll be obsessed with this brush.”

7. For That Flawless, Airbrushed Look: Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki™ Brush

Application Area: Face

What It Does: This brush features a flat top brush head with very soft and dense fibers. Made with exclusive Sigmax® fibers, this brush provides a flawless, high-definition finish with liquid or cream foundation.

What Else You Need to Know: Another Sigma bestseller! It works great with liquid and cream foundation as well as skin care products.

What Kayla Thinks: “The F80 is my favorite foundation brush. The application goes on so smooth and creates the most flawless perfected skin finish. It can also be used to apply skin care products including moisturizers and primers because it does not absorb any product into the brush.”

How to Choose Quality Makeup Brushes

It's not just the quality of your makeup you have to worry about -- if you want to look your best, you also need a good brush!

It’s not just the quality of your makeup you have to worry about — if you want to look your best, you also need a good brush!MONICA RODRIGUEZ/LIFESIZE/GETTY IMAGES

Are you a cosmetics aficionado? Do you know the difference between liquid foundations and pressed powder? Do you know how to make your eyes pop? If you own the perfect shade of lipstick and blush for every dress in your closet — well, you probably know your makeup. According to the Global Cosmetics Industry Magazine, cosmetics generate approximately $230 billion in global sales every year, so it’s clear that women buy makeup even in tough economic times. And why shouldn’t they? Makeup helps boost ladies’ confidence, highlights natural features such as eye color and cheekbones, and can enhance a mood with a simple sweep of a sexy lip color.

Whether you like to buy drugstore cosmetics or spend your dollars at higher-end makeup counters, the products you buy won’t help your skin glow if you don’t have quality makeup brushes. The right brushes bring your cosmetics palette to life, and they can mean the difference between a flawless face and a clowny mess.0:30 / 1:43

So, how can you tell if you’re buying a winning makeup brush? There’s one simple test to find a durable and high-quality brush: Rub it against your skin. The bristles should feel soft, not rough or scratchy. To test the strength of the bristles, run the brush against your hand to see if any fibers fall out. If they do, don’t buy it. If the bristles stay intact and feel soft, it’s a keeper.

Finding great makeup tools goes beyond testing for bristle strength, however. Let’s take a look at how to recognize a quality brush that can tackle your makeup case.

Recognizing a Quality Makeup Brush

You can own the most expensive makeup on the market, but if you don’t use a quality brush, the difference will show all over your face. A good makeup brush consists of densely packed bristles, a solid handle made from wood or plastic and a shape that applies and blends makeup smoothly and evenly. It should transfer makeup effectively, meaning the brush shouldn’t lose a lot of the makeup in transit to your skin. Sturdy brushes will allow you to work cosmetic magic for years to come.

While it’s tempting to buy a professional set of 32 makeup brushes, hold off! The unspoken rule when building your collection is to purchase brushes a la carte. As you perfect your makeup application routine, you’ll quickly figure out which brushes you need daily and which specialty brushes might also be added to your kit. If you travel a lot or like to reapply makeup during the day, think about keeping an additional set of basic brushes with you as well. Makeup artists recommend seven standard brushes to help bring your face to life. These include:

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  • liquid foundation brush
  • powder brush
  • blush brush
  • concealer brush
  • eye shadow applicator
  • eyeliner brush
  • lip brush

The price for makeup brushes is generally based on their size and the material the bristles are made from. They can range anywhere from $8 for a small eye shadow blender to $60 for a large foundation applicator. Prices can be even higher for brush bristles made from delicate animal fur such as squirrel or sable. They can cost as much as $150 — for one brush!KEEP IT CLEAN

Makeup brushes are sensitive items. Oil from your face combined with makeup residue will hinder brush performance over time, not to mention harbor bacteria. Wash your brushes with a mild cleanser (such as baby shampoo) to keep them clean and oil-free.

Synthetic vs. Natural Makeup Brushes

Goat hair makes surprisingly good makeup brush bristles.

Goat hair makes surprisingly good makeup brush bristles.DIGITAL ZOO/DIGITAL VISION/GETTY IMAGES

Makeup brushes come in endless shapes and sizes. The major difference with brushes for cosmetics is the bristles, the part of the brush that transfers the makeup from the palette and applies it to your face. Choosing which kind of brush is right for your skin is often a matter of trial and error. Some brushes may be too rough when applying makeup, and some may not stand up well to frequent use. If you’re an animal lover, you should also pay close attention to what materials the bristles are made from.

Natural brushes, whose bristles are made with various hairs from animals, are more expensive than synthetic brushes. Natural bristles tend to hold color pigments better than synthetic offerings and create a softer, more natural look on your skin. If you’re an adamant animal rights supporter, however, you’ll want to find out if the brushes were made humanely before buying. Natural makeup brushes include bristles made from the fur of various animals, including squirrels, goats, badgers, horses, minks or sable, and the condition the animals are kept in is often less than ideal.

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Synthetic bristles are man-made and are usually either nylon or polyester filaments. They can be created to increase their color-carrying ability by blending fibers. Often, synthetic filaments are dyed and baked to make them softer and more absorbent and are less prone to damage from makeup and solvents. They’re easier to keep clean than natural hair brushes because the filaments don’t trap or absorb pigments, and they’re better suited for layering powders or concealers since they hold up more solidly to makeup. Also, synthetic-fiber brushes are a great fit for people with allergies to animal fur.

Just remember that regardless of your budget or the kind of makeup you use regularly, finding the perfect brush is a matter of personal preference. Yes, chances are that a brush that costs $50 will work much better than a cheap, bargain-bin buy, but, like makeup itself, what works for you is all a matter of personal preference. If you find a quality brush that makes you look your best, buy it and don’t look back, and as long as you take care of it, it should serve you for years to come.

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