Well, unfortunately MAC does not make a flat top kabuki brush for applying foundation. Wtf? MAC needs to get on that! Way back in the day they made one, which I have (the 180 I think??), but I was in desperate need of another!
So I sucked it up and ordered the darn Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80 from Sigma. ;) Of course I picked up a couple other brushes too just to make paying shipping worth it.
|bottom to top: Sigma Tapered Blending E35, Eye Liner E05, Small Tapered Blending E45, Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80|
Keep reading for the break-down, review, and more photos!
|bottom: Sigma Tapered Blending E35 brush, top: MAC 222|
Sigma Tapered Blending E35 brush (travel size)... This was a free gift with purchase, which is pretty cool! It is basically the dupe for the MAC 222, which is a favorite brush of mine. So far the quality is just as good as my MAC 222. I'm impressed!
|left: MAC 210, right: Sigma Eye Liner E05 brush|
Sigma Eye Liner E05 brush... I usually use a MAC 210 (pictured above) for applying my gel and cream eye liners, but wanted to try a slightly thicker brush. The E05 is a dupe for the MAC 209 that I was considering getting. So far I like it, but I'm undecided whether I like the smaller brush, or larger brush for applying my eye liner.
|left to right: Sigma Tapered Blending E35, Eye Liner E05, Small Tapered Blending E45, Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80|
Sigma Small Tapered Blending E45 brush... The E45 is a dupe for the MAC 226 brush that was Limited Edition (it's being re-promoted soon though!). I have always wanted the 226 but haven't been able to get my hands on it, so I was excited to see the E45! I love the tapered end of this brush to really focus on my outer V.
If you have smaller eyes and find some eye brushes to be too big this one would be perfect for you!
Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80 brush... So, on to why I originally placed my order! This kabuki is the best I have found for applying liquid foundation (other than my MAC of course). The brush is super soft, but the bristles are short enough that you get some stiffness as well. I like a stiffer kabuki for liquid foundation because it moves around the product more, blending it farther over the skin and creating a more natural finish..... If you have a kabuki with long bristles they will just bend over when you apply pressure, therefore not really doing their job! Does this make sense?...... Anyway, the brush is growing on me. I still prefer my MAC 180, but if my house burns down and it's gone forever then the Sigma F80 will do =)
Summary: Sigma is a great brand for brushes, and as much as I hate saying it, they deserve all the hype!! They are a great product for the price. Definitely worth a try!