To Brush or Not to Brush: Sigma Beauty Brushes Review

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Having spent years using various inexpensive brushes (and my fingertips), I decided to invest in some high-end, high quality brushes to see whether my makeup techniques could progress.

Having come across Jaclyn Hill (YouTube professional makeup guru) some time ago, I decided to follow some of her advice and get my hands on the much-loved Sigma brushes.

The Company:

Sigma Beauty is an American online company that started in 2009. Their main products are brushes, but they have now expanded to the other makeup products, such as shadows, liners and glosses.

Where to buy in the UK:

Although you can buy Sigma brushes directly from the Sigma website, they also have a range of online authorised retailers here in the UK:

Beauty Chamber

Cocktail Cosmetics

Feel Unique

Love Makeup


I bought mine from Beauty Chamber, as they appear to have the largest range. Delivery is £3.45 but if you spend £50 (which is easy to do) you get delivery free.

The Cost:

Although not ridiculously expensive, Sigma is definitely on the more pricey side, with most brushes starting at or near £10+

But the payoff is a.m.a.z.i.n.g. There is hardly any fall out (i.e. no bristles are left on your face after using them) and they do exactly what it says on the tin!

Washing the brushes:

I like to wash my brushes every couple of weeks (or once a week for the face brushes) in warm water and with baby shampoo. These brushes dry amazingly quickly, despite having them from over a year, using them daily and washing them regularly, they still feel like they are brand new!

On to the brushes..

So I bought the following Sigma brushes:

Face (F in front of the number shows that it is for the face)

  • Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki (£15.75)
  • Sigma F05 Small Contour Brush (16.50)
  • Sigma F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush (£15.72)

Eyes (E in front of the number shows that it is for the eyes)

  • Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush (£10.50)
  • Sigma E20 Short Shader Brush (£9.95)
  • Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush (£9.50)
  • Sigma E25 Blending Brush (£9.25)
  • Sigma E30 Pencil Brush (£9.25)
  • Sigma E15 Flat Definer Brush (£10.95)

You can also purchase a copper or gold version of most of the brushes. This would be a little on the expensive side (as they are £5+ the normal brushes) for a personal collection but would be great as gift for someone who loves makeup!

F80 Flat Kabuki

The F80 is a flat top kabuki created for flawless application of foundation (liquid or cream). The bristles are soft but very dense. I must say this is definitely my favourite of the brushes! It provides a lovely clean finish and because it is a synthetic brush it doesn’t absorb the liquid and instead evenly distributes it across the face.

F05 Small Contour Brush

The F05 is a small contour brush. It’s perfect for contouring the cheekbones and forehead given that it is small and dense. Most suited for powder products. If you use it in a circular motion it will blend out your bronzer well.

F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush

The F35 is a tapered highlighter brush. It’s soft fibres and pointed end makes it perfect for highlighting the cheekbones and nose. I find it is a little too large for the eyebrows and inner corner of the eyes though. I also use this to powder under my eyes after applying concealer.

E40 Tapered Blending Brush


The E40 is a blending brush for the lid, and one of the most precious brushes in my kit! It’s used for blending out colour along the crease and up towards the brow. It is a must have to create those airbrushed looks. I couldn’t live without this. If you are going to buy any brush, this is it.

E20 Short Shader Brush


Sigma E20 Short Shader Brush


The E20 is a short shader brush for the eye. This is great for using both in the crease and along the bottom eyelash line to add colour. However, I find that I don’t use it that often as I tend to go for the E15 instead.

E55 Eye Shading Brush



The E55 is a shading brush for the eyelid. It is perfect for applying eye shadow to the entire lid quickly. But for lighter shades sometimes I find that it does not pick up as much pigment as I would like it to, so often I need to reapply. But still a good brush!

E25 Blending Brush

The E25 is another of my must have brushes. It is a blending brush like the E40 but smaller and denser so better for the crease and outer corner. It is a (white) goats hair brush, so not synthetic like the others. I love this brush.

E30 Pencil Brush


The E30 is a pencil brush, mainly for the lower lash line. I tend to use it to blend out the colour after using the E15 or E20. Really creates that smoked out effect.

E15 Flat Definer Brush



The E15 is a flat definer brush and has many uses. I tend to use it to apply colour along the bottom lash as it is pretty precise so avoids any fall out (i.e. when colour drops all over your cheeks). It can also be used to sculpt your eyebrows.


I must say I really do love love love these Sigma brushes. The quality is amazing and they really do give the payoff and effect you want. I would definitely recommend you purchase some of these. I am sure there are great dupes out there, but I think you get what you pay for with Sigma Brushes.

*If you have time, why not check out my Morphe Brushes review!

Thanks for reading!

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