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Monday, October 15, 2012

Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit

Every few months, I realize I have a back log of photos. You see, I quite often photograph a number of products at once, upload them, organize them, and then edit them as I need them. It's a great system for the most part, but there always ends up being something that needs to be reviewed before something else, and the something else gets pushed back on 'the list'... I should note, it's a mental list, so things definitely get forgotten about from time to time. Then the novelty of whatever it was has worn off, and I'm not as pumped about reviewing it anymore, because by then a new crop of products have won my heart. What I'm trying to explain is that I've got a bunch of older stuff to review. Like the Sigma Synthetic Precision Kit.  While I use these brushes constantly, reviewing them kind of slipped my mind.

 Sigma Precision Tapered (P86), Sigma Precision Angled (P84), Sigma Precision Flat (P80), Sigma Precision Round (P82)

Sigma Precision Tapered (P86), Sigma Precision Angled (P84), Sigma Precision Flat (P80), Sigma Precision Round (P82)

I'll admit that while it isn't the most optimal system, I've mostly applied concealer with my fingers. I don't like the typical flat styled concealer brush. They're fine to get cream concealers out of the pot and onto your face, but they're useless as all get out in terms of actual application and blending.When I saw that Sigma had released not one, but four brushes that, for all intensive purposes are excellent for concealer (they do have other functions,) I had to have them.

As part of the 'Precision' line, the bristles are made of Sigma's exclusive Sigmax 'synthetic filament, which was created to perfectly apply powder, cream and liquid products onto the skin without absorption into the skin'. The synthetic fibers are incredibly soft, easy to wash, and completely vegan.

While I opted to get the set for $49, each of these brushes are also available individually for $14 each. By purchasing the set, you'll end up saving $7. I'll link to the individual brushes in the breakdown, if you're interested.

'The tapered shape of this brush is ideal for application of concealer under the eyes and on defined areas such as the sides of the nose, chin and around the mouth. This brush can also be used to perfectly apply concealer around the lips to prevent colour bleeding.'- Sigma leaflet

The Precision Tapered- P86, has is an interesting mix of angular, yet softly shaped. I initially didn't use this brush much, but it's useful for pretty much everything. The angled side allows you to get into small areas easily, and it makes for excellent clean up around the eye after applying eyeshadow. A little dab of foundation or concealer, and it erases any fallout.

'The small angled top makes this brush perfect for precise contouring on the sides of the nose and contouring the hollows of the cheek bones. It can also be used to highlight the brow bone.' -Sigma leaflet

I usually use the Precision Angled- P84 when I realize my others need a wash... It's works just as well, but the shape isn't really suited to my needs, as I don't contour to the extent this brush is designed for. This is the one brush in the kit that isn't something I need, but it does work well to dab and buff concealer and to blend in liquid highlight on cheeks.

'The small, dense, and flat top is ideal to conceal blemishes, sun spots, and small imperfections on the skin. It can be used to stipple concealer on defined areas, followed by precise application of setting powder.' -Sigma leaflet

The Precision Flat- P80 is the brush that initially piqued my interest in this kit. It's essentially the Flat Kabuki- F80 in mini size! I love the F80 for applying foundation, and I looove the P80 for concealer. It allows me to stipple and buff my concealer on in the same fashion I do foundation. I find that this brush allows me to apply less concealer under my eyes, while still keeping coverage, thus I get less creasing and can get away with using less setting powder. That means I'm concealed, yet still natural looking. 

'The rounded top was designed to mimic your fingertip, making this brush ideal to apply eye shadow primers. It can also be used for the precise application of highlight shades on the bridge of the nose, cheek bones and cupid's bow.' -Sigma leaflet

The Precision Round- P82 is such a neat brush, and it's a major multi-tasker! I love to use this brush for, well anything... applying primer, eye shadow base (Paint Pots), and cream shadows. It really does act like your finger, but better, since when clean, you won't be adding bacteria into cream products and what not.

While I do use all the brushes in this set, the P80 and P82 really are the stand outs for me. I think I may even have to get another of each since I use them everyday but don't necessarily want to clean them everyday. I love that each of these brushes can be used with any product formula (be it wet or dry) and that the limit of what they can do is really up to you. Do you have any of these brushes? Which ones do you like best?

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