Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Sigma ''Make Me Up'' Collection

''The Sigma Beauty 'Make Me Up' Collection was specially designed for a fun yet functional makeup application. The 'Make Me Up' Collection is the ideal combination of high quality makeup brushes and beautiful colors. This kit contains our best selling Complete Kit with 12 essential brushes in an innovative and functional container. Now you can be fashionable and stylish when creating your favorite looks, while keeping your brushes organized.'' (Sigma) 

I left you waiting for this for a long time but now it's finally here: my Sigma Make Me Up Collection review. One brush at a time. :)

Large Angled Contour (F40) - ''The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. Natural bristles.''

This one looked so weird to me when I first saw it, I was sure it was gonna be a complete mess to apply make up with. It ended up being my favorite brush from the whole kit. I use it to apply bronzer and blush to my cheeks and it works like a charm. It's soft yet dense enough to evenly apply the pigment to the cheekbone. Perfect! (Rating: 5/5)

Large Powder Brush (F30) - ''Very dense with rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face an body. Natural bristles.''

This brush is huge. I'm not talking only about the hair part. Everything about it is huge: long and thick handle with a big bushy top. It's not the softest brush I've tried, but not too harsh either. I would like it more if it was a tad softer though. What I like about this one is that it does a decent job, but on the downside – it sheds. (Rating: 3/5)

Duo Fibre (F50) - ''Specially designed to generate an 'airbrushed' finish when used to apply liquid foundation. It can also be used to apply blush, highlight shades and loose pigments. Blend of synthetic and natural bristles.''

I like this one. It's easy to work with, the density is just right, it's big enough... It even made my Illamasqua Skin Base look like it should look, without enlarging my pores to the max. The only downside was a slight shedding at the beginning of use. (Rating: 4/5)

Pencil (E30) - ''Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner and upper and lower lash line. Also ideal to smudge out pencil liner. Natural bristles.''

It works great as a crease brush and the pointy end allows you precise application. It's not dense enough to smudge out pencil liner, but I don't use this kind of brush for that anyway. I only wish it was a bit fluffier. (Rating: 4/5)

Eye Shading (E55) - ''Soft and dense with a rounded finish. Can be used to apply pressed or loose eye shadows and pigments. Ideal to build intense color on the eyelid. Natural bristles.''

This is your standard eye shadow brush. It's fluffy and dense (a little bit to dense for my taste). It does a great job picking up the pigment and applying it to the lid. There's nothing special about it though. Just a good eye shadow brush. (Rating: 4/5)

Medium Angled Shading (E70) - ''Angled, tapered, flat top. Ideal to apply highlight shades underneath the eyebrow and on the inner corners. It can also be used for a precise application of darker shades on the crease area. Natural bristles.''

This one looks like a real mess. The bristles are facing all the ways and it sheds a bit as well. Other than that it's a great brush. It's soft and the density is just right. I really like this one. Too bad it looks the way it does. (Rating: 4/5)

Large Shader (E60) - ''Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eyeshadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles.''

I don't really know what to do with this one. The only thing I can use it for is to apply cream eyeshadow to my lids – which I don't, 'cause they crease on me like crazy. I smudge my primer and jumbo pencils with my fingers, so there's really not much for me to do with this. I wouldn't even think of applying eye shadow with this one, 'cause it's not fluffy enough and is too dense as well. The only way I would use this brush is as a concealer brush. (Rating: 2/5 if used as an eye shadow brush; 4/5 if used as a concealer brush)

Concealer (F70) - ''The rounded, tapered, flat shape makes this brush ideal to conceal the under eye area. It is also recommended for a precise application in small areas. Synthetic bristles.''

Love this one. The bristles are soft yet dense and they're synthetic. Yay! It does a great job concealing the under eye area and covering other smaller areas. If I used foundation and concealer on a daily basis, I'd be using this one all the time. Great brush! (Rating: 5/5)

Foundation Brush (F60) - ''Can be used to apply liquid or cream foundation. It is also recommended to apply moisturizers and conceal large areas. Synthetic bristles.''

Here's a bigger brother of Concealer brush (F70). The quality is great, just like with the Concealer brush, but I don't like to apply my foundation this way because of one simple reason – brush strokes. I also wouldn't apply my moisturizer with a brush, because of bacteria that gathers on the bristles. Clean hands are always a better choice. I'd recommend this brush to the ones that use this way of foundation application. It's good, I just won't be using it that much. (Rating: 3/5)

Tapered Blending (E40) - ''Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend colors on the crease. Natural bristles.''

This one was a mystery to me. I never used this kind of blending brush before. And I've done some make up looks... I couldn't figure out a way it would work until I actually tried it. It does work but it should be a bit stiffer, in my opinion. I wouldn't use this to apply colors on the lid. Unless you want to look like a complete mess. But for blending, it's OK. Nothing more. (Rating: 3/5)

Eye Liner (E05) - ''An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes. Synthetic bristles.''

When I saw this one I thought this was a lip brush. I tried to use it as an eyeliner brush, but I failed miserably. It didn't pick up any color and the color it did pick up didn't transfer to my lids. Epic failure. The only way I could use it as an eye liner brush would be with liquid liner. Too bad I don't own a gel liner. Maybe it would work with that. This brush is firm, but it's not that extra-fine tipped. I'd use this one only as a lip brush. If I needed one in the first place. (Rating: 2/5)

Small Angle E65 – missing!
''Essential for the application of gel or cream eyeliner on the upper and lower lash line. This brush is also excellent for filling out the eyebrows. Synthetic bristles.''

This brush was missing in my kit. I still got a total of 12 brushes, but there were to Large Shaders E60 in it. I'm really disappointed this happened because angle brushes are the ones I use the most (on a daily basis). I use them to fill in my brows, to smudge my eye pencil line, to apply shadow on my lash line... I was really excited to try this one and compare it to other angle brushes in my collection. Too bad it didn't came.

Price: $99.00 per kit

Where to buy? Sigma online store.


Here's a simple make up look I did using Sigma brushes. I used some other brush for the brows, because there was no Small Angle E65 brush in my kit. I have to emphasise that applying my Illamasqua Skin Base foundation was so much easier with a Duo Fibre F50 brush than with my fingers. I actually like this foundation when I apply it this way. :D

Make up used:
* Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation shade 04
* Miss Sporty Face Powder in Medium
* Illamasqua Bronzer in Writhe
* Manhattan Perfect Eyes in Grey Effects
* Max Factor 2000 Calorie mascara

+ Nice looking and functional packaging.
+ Good variety of brushes for face and eyes.
+ Comes in different colors, looks cute.
+ Some of the brushes are really good.

- The kit doesn't contain a lip brush.
- I didn't get a Small Angle (E65) brush in my kit.
- Natural bristles (yep, I'm an animal lover).  
- Some of the brushes shed quite a lot.
- The quality varies from brush to brush.

Do I recommend it? Yes and no. I've read a lot of good reviews about these brushes, that means people must like them. Obviously. I personally think that the quality should be better, especially with the raves that they get and counting in the price as well. The brushes shouldn't shed as much and some of them are just weird looking with bristles pointing every way at the same time. I think you can get better brushes for less money. On the other hand, there are some pretty good brushes in this kit and you do get a great container with them. The choice is all yours.

There's one other thing I'd like to mention. It appears that Sigma brushes are ''trying to be to cool''. There's a holographic 'USA' sign on each brush, right after the name of the brush. But when you turn it to the other side and look closely, you can see an embossed 'Made in P. R. C.'' sign. Yes, not made in China, but P. R. C. (People's Republic of China). I don't know what's the deal about that, but to me it looks like they wanna be USA made and aren't. Made in China is so passé, right? ;)

* the product(s) in this post were sent to me by the manufacturer or their PR company

Thanks for looking!


  1. They are pretty expensive, aren't they? While I think most brushes (made out of hair) seem to shed, you would think that the more expensive they are, the better they'd be? That's why I prefer fingers and q-tips - no pieces of hair that's sticking to your skin.

    Or maybe that's just what I am telling myself as I have only been able to afford cheap brushes?

  2. Great review with lots of information and good pictures. I've got the eyes kit and I like it. The angled brush was included and it's perfect as an eye liner brush.

  3. First off, thank you for an honest review of this kit :) I love your reviews - always down to earth and so detailed!
    I love the idea of this set - travel friendly, the gorgeous colours and design, not to mention the brush holders... They are so pretty! Are they of good quality too? Sturdy or soft?

  4. hi! :D you say "I think you can get better brushes for less money." I'm actually trying to find my first brushes! and because everyone was SO deeply in love with this brushes I though I should buy them(of course after finishing saving for this! 'cause they're quite expensive for a unemployed student!) so., which ones do you recommend? Here in México I have saw several kits of Beauties Factory. Have you ever tried this?? They are quite inexpensive! and for my first kit do you think it is a good choice? or which ones (and that I can buy here in México) do you think I should buy?

    I'll be waiting for your reply!
    ♥Greetings from méxico!

  5. Super ocena!

    Moram priznati, da meni večina takih setov na prvi pogled deluje zelo "cheap". Saj ne, da sem navajena na drage stvari ali kaj... *lol*

    Sem pa navdušena nad njihovim Face Kit, ki sem ga pred kratkim dobila :)

  6. @schmut: Well, I wouldn't say they're very expensive. One brush costs approx. 8.25 USD and you get a container. But it's still a lot for a set of brushes, especially if you're not gonna use them all. Quality of some brushes is great, on some not so great. I bought cheaper brushes via Abbamart and some of them are really better than these. Price doesn't really matter.

    @Gabriela: Thank you! Too bad I didn't get it in my kit...

    @Jette Fromm: You're welcome and thank you! =) The brush holders are great. They are sturdy and very well made.

    @Viridiana López: Yeah, I know what you mean. You save and save and then you spend your money on something that isn't really worth it. If you're not going to buy these Sigma brushes, I recommend you to try the ones from Abbamart online store. I have quite a few brushes from that site and I love most of them. They're cheap and very, very nice. I suggest you to buy the Beau-Make ones.

    @Biba: Hvala! =)


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