Review: Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki Brush

Hey, ladies!

So, my Real Techniques stippling brush finally gave up the ghost after a year of service. The glue holding the bristles on one side loosened, and bristles started to fall off every time I’d put on my TFS CC Cream. Not nice! 😦 …

I ordered another RT stippling brush but it was taking soooo long to arrive that I got totally frustrated!.. *gnashing teeth*.. *pulling out hair*…

2 weeks to get an RT brush, but 1-2 days to get a Sigma brush?!! …AND a friend told me her dream brush is a Sigma (I’m looking at you, Marie Jo!)… *hmmmmm*… I think it is time to try Sigma!

Sigma Beauty makeup brushes have been some of the most reviewed in the blogosphere, often being compared to MAC (more expensive, and more difficult for me to get my greedy paws on)…

Browsing through all the reviews, I became more decided to get a Sigma kabuki brush. Soft, dense, durable were common adjectives. The common reaction was: “Oooooh!!! It’s very soft!”… And: “It applies makeup like a dream!”… Excited na!

I finally narrowed down my choices to F80 vs F82, and eventually decided on the F80 Flat Kabuki Brush because it looked like my RT stippling brush which I have worked with for a year now.

According to the Sigma Beauty official site:

“The F80 Flat Kabuki™ features a flat top brush head with very soft and dense fibers. Made with exclusive Sigmax® fibers, this brush provides a flawless, high definition finish with liquid or cream foundation without any absorption of product.

Sigmax® synthetic fibers are made with a special thermoplastic engineering polymer and SigmaAlloy™ 3-ring brush ferrules are made with copper and zinc.”

Ok! So I’m sold na nga! Hit the Check Out button and waited for my brush to come.. Thank goodness for local online shops. I only have to wait 1 day for my brush..

And it finally arrived!!!

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Hello, my lovely!

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Size comparison with Real Techniques Stippling Brush and Face It brush

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White metal ferrule with Sigma logo

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Very dense bristles!

It’s also very very SOFT on my face (but I don’t know how to get a picture of soft! Hehe)

Usage:

I used the F80 with L’oreal’s Tru Match Foundation, and the application was lovely! The bristles were very soft against my face, and the dense bristles made buffing the foundation easy. The finish was even and smooth. I used up a little more foundation than I usually do. I think it was because the brush was so thick and soaked up the foundation?

I next used it with my TFS CC Cream.. The coverage was still even and smooth, but I had to work more to buff the thick(er) cream in. I guess the thick bristles worked against it this time. I didn’t have the same problem when I used it with my Naturactor Cover Face Concealer. So I guess the problem was the CC Cream because of it’s sticky consistency rather than the brush itself.

My peeve with this brush was it’s handle. The long, fat handle of the F80 was just a little bulky for me. It wasn’t comfortable in my hand to use, especially when using the CC Cream.

Verdict:

The Sigma F80 has soft and dense bristles. It’s great with powder and liquids, and most creams if they’re not too sticky. It gives a smooth and even finish. It’s fully synthetic so no animals were harmed in making it.

However it is only available online, although there are several online sellers. It’s also a little pricey, although it’s supposed to pay for itself in time used. The handle is a bit bulky to use. The dense bristles would also make it hard to clean and dry.

Overall, it’s a great brush. I don’t regret getting it. And I’m actually thinking if I should also get the F82 and F84 just to complete the Kabuki set!.. Haha

I hope this helps someone looking into the F80… Have a great weekend, everyone!

Later… ❤