I finally succumbed to the Sigma marketing and have purchased 2 items off their site. If you’re not familiar with the Sigma brand – they became popular in the online beauty community for producing cheaper dupes of MAC brushes (right down to the numbering). Although they no longer copy MAC’s numbering, they still sell brush dupes along with their own unique products.
I was sceptical about this brand because they sent their brushes to A LOT of Youtubers and bloggers. Part of me wondered how much of their positive publicity was related to free brushes/commissions for referrals rather than actual brush quality. Although I read a lot of blogs, I only trust the opinions of certain people: those who buy MOST of their products themselves…and when sent products – aren’t afraid to review them critically – highlighting both the positives and negatives (I apply this standard to myself as well). Here are the two items I purchased (with my own money!)
Sigma F80 brush – this brush is unique to Sigma and not a copy of any MAC brush. It is meant to be great for buffing in foundation and is supposed to be unbelievably soft and dense. On the downside apparently some Sigma brushes bleed and shed when washed – hope that’s not the case with this brush. I’m going to try this as an alternative to my ELF flat-top studio powder brush.
Classic Brush Roll – This faux-leather roll should help protect my brushes and keep them organized – especially when travelling. The most valuable part of my make-up collection are my brushes – so I want to make sure that they stay in the best shape. In the past I’ve used large make-up bags to carry my brushes, but I’m always paranoid that their bristles will get stuck in the zipper – this roll has a top flap to protect the bristles.
I will definitely review these items once I’ve had the chance to use them. Despite my skepticism, sometimes internet hype is worth it – I found out about my brush guard through the online beauty community – and I can’t live without it! I hope I feel the same about my Sigma purchases…
Now for some “Nail of the Day” photos from this past week:
Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Nail Enamel in English Rose – I really like this range of polishes (even more than Sally Hansen’s Complete Manicure line). The brush that comes with this polish has a curved shape which allows precise application. The formula was opaque in just 2 coats (but it was quite thick so I should apply thinner layers next time). The colour is a cheerful watermelon pink – very glossy and pretty.
Joe Fresh polish in Fig – I’ve reviewed Joe Fresh polishes before here. I like the consistency of these polishes – they’re very creamy and pigmented. They have a wide range of shades – and since the bottles are so small, they’re great for experimenting with different colours. This lavender is very cheerful and spring-like – but I felt that the shade was a bit childish for me…
Finally, here’s some food I made this week:
Filipino Chicken BBQ – inspired by this recipe here. It tasted good, but was not worth all the effort and specialty ingredients it took to make the marinade/glaze from scratch. I think I’ll stick with my pre-mixed seasoning powder next time!
And lastly – here are some mini-cupcakes I made for my Dad’s birthday:
Have you purchased Sigma products? Are you less likely to buy products that have been given to bloggers/vloggers?