Thursday, January 5, 2012

Quality Comes at a Price

I have found out that sometimes, probably most times actually, but definitely sometimes, higher prices do mean better quality.

For the past few years the makeup brushes I have been using have been okay quality.  I have an assortment of Sonia Kashuk and E.L.F brushes from Target.   I’ve spent from $1.00 to $12.00 per brush on these.  They work well, however they aren’t the softest and they hold onto a lot of product.  So much so that I have a “set” of brushes for each eye shadow look I have because if I didn’t I would have to fully wash each brush everyday to use a different color.  This is a slight problem as I am running out of space to keep brushes.  Additionally, I’m going to have to replace a few soon as the bristles are getting quite stiff and actually hurt to use.

So the Monday after Christmas I decided to break down and spend a much larger amount of money on some really nice makeup brushes from Sigma Makeup.  I had a 20% off coupon code so that helped.  I ordered  the Make Me Crazy 12-piece set in purple.

The set includes the following brushes (from left to right):

F30 - Large Powder (natural bristles)
F40 - Large Angled Contour (natural bristles)
F50 - Duo Fibre (blend of natural and synthetic bristles)
F60 – Foundation (synthetic bristles)
F70 – Concealer (synthetic bristles)

E40 - Tapered Blending (natural bristles)
E60 - Large Shader (natural bristles)
E55 - Eye Shading (natural bristles)
E70 - Medium Angled Shading (natural bristles)
E30 – Pencil (natural bristles)
E65 - Small Angle (synthetic bristles)
E05 -  Eyeliner (synthetic bristles)

I absolutely, positively love these brushes! They are sooo soft and nice.  They pick up a lot of the product and deposit almost all of it on my face rather than most of it staying on the brush.  I haven’t had to use my brush cleaning spray on any of them except for the pencil brush.  Since I’ve been using black eye shadow on that one cleaner is always going to be needed to keep it from being stained.   I don’t need separate brushes for each color of eye shadow I use anymore which is just AWESOME!

All in all, these are great brushes.  Like I said, they are pricey but since I don’t need multiples the price is reasonable to me.  I would recommend them, or any Sigma product, to anyone who asks.  I also plan on getting one more brush soon, the F80 Flat Kabuki as I prefer flat topped brushes for applying blush.  I expect this to meet or exceed all my expectations as well.

I hope everyone enjoyed this review and that I helped anyone who may have been debating spending a lot on makeup brushes.  Some may think I’m crazy due to the cost but it was definitely worth it to me J.

Talk to you all soon!


Mad Romance Writer aka Rox Delaney said...

Mallory and I will be more than happy to take those old brushes off your hands. Recycling and all that, ya know. ;)

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