Saturday, December 31, 2011

Review: Sigma Travel Brushes Pack - The Cities: Paris

Here's something nifty I picked up the other day, one of the Sigma travel brush sets. This set is part of "The Cities" series, which comes in four colours, Tokyo (Pink), London (Brown), New York (Black) and Paris (Red). No points for guessing which one I chose!

The brushes all come in a nice leather travel pack, that is pretty roomy, I think you could fit some more brushes in here, or some pencils or mascaras? The case is really nice - thick leather, very sturdy, and well finished. 

Inside are seven brushes: 

Sigma describes them as follows:

Eye Liner - E05 An extra fine-tipped brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes. Synthetic bristles.
Tapered Blending - E35 Fluffy, long-bristled brush with tapered tip. Ideally used to apply and blend color to the crease area and to soften harsh edges. Natural bristles.
Small Tapered Blending - E45 Small domed brush with highly tapered tip. Versatile, this brush can be used to precisely apply and blend intense colors to the crease area. Natural bristles.
Large Shader - E60 Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. Natural bristles.
Small Contour - F05 Ideal to apply, blend or contour powder products. The softly rounded dome top smoothly blends color into the face. Natural bristles.
Duo Fibre Powder/Blush - F15 Medium-sized tapered brush. Widely disperses highly pigmented or mineralized powders. Blend of natural and synthetic bristles.
Large Powder - F30 Fluffy and rounded tip. Suitable application of powder products on face or body. Natural bristles.

They also produced this educational film..

So, the verdict on these? Well, until now, I have always applied makeup with my fingers. I know that's not how you're "Supposed" to do it but it's how I learned as a teenager and I've done it like that ever since! I have only ever used tools to apply makeup when doing it on other people.

This set of brushes has changed that! I'm finding that I can get things a lot crisper and sharper when I used brushes. The makeup goes exactly where I want it to (and important, goes nowhere I don't want it to). I think using brushes uses more product that just applying with your fingers, but it's a price I am willing to pay.

I'm really happy with these brushes, they seem to be holding up to my ungentle handling really well. I look forward to using them a lot more from now on!

What about you? What applicators, if any, do you use to apply your makeup? What's your favourite method? Let me know in the comments!

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