Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Three Brushes


Ahhh, new makeup brushes.  These have been a LONG time coming for me - I think I've been talking about getting new ones for at least a year now!  The reason I stalled for so long was because the options out there are kind of overwhelming.  So many different choices, so many different price points.  One brand I'd always heard consistently great things about was Sigma brushes, but I'm cheap and tend to not want to pay for shipping (being honest here) so I never pulled the trigger.  Until a couple months ago when Nordstrom started carrying them!  Free shipping + free returns always seals the deal for me.  I ordered three of their most popular brushes and haven't looked back since.  

Here's which ones I picked up...

Sigma 3DHD Kabuki Brush | I use this bad boy to apply my foundation (currently LOVING this one) and holy cow, game changer.  Confession: this is actually the first brush I've ever used to apply foundation - I've either used my hands or my beauty blender (which I also love).  However, this brush has my makeup going on so smoothly and naturally.  I love that the 'point' allows it to get foundation into every little nook and cranny of my face.  

Sigma F84 Angled Kabuki Brush | This brush is for my setting powder - I rotate between this and this - and it creates the most flawless finish on my skin.  You could also use it for bronzer or blush as the angle makes it great for contouring.  The soft, dense fibers are awesome as it doesn't eat up a lot of product.

Sigma 3DHD Precision Brush | Same as with my foundation, I've always applied my concealer - this one is always my go to - with my hands until this little guy.  It's just the right size to get into all the little nooks of your face and the dense fibers are great for blending.  There is nothing worse than feeling like you're pulling your foundation off by applying concealer!

Also pictured above in the clear bottle is MAC's Prep + Prime Mist that I'm loving.  It's a finishing/setting spray and I like to use it twice during my makeup application: right after moisturizer before I apply any products, I spray this on and let it absorb for 30 seconds and then as my very last step to set my makeup.  It's really hydrating and helps things stay in place longer.  You can try the sample size for only $10, so why not right?!

But back to the brushes... next on my to buy list is this NARS Ita Kabuki Brush for contouring.  SO many beauty bloggers love it and swear by it, just have to save my pennies first.  Expensive, yes, but I'm starting to realize you get what you pay for when it comes to brushes!  

What are your favorite ones?  Seeing how much of a difference a good brush makes when it comes to application may have opened up a whole new world for me so let me know your faves!

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37 comments

  1. I need new brushes, and these look great! I definitely need that first foundation brush you mentioned!

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  2. I'm definitely going to have to check out these brushes! I usually just use my fingers to put on my foundation but that brush sounds amazing! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. I have never tried this brand of brushes before, but I am always on the lookout for a god type. I always used my precision brush and big kabuki brush from blushes, bronzors, etc. Thanks for sharing! I will save for later :)

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  4. I didn't realize that nordstrom started carrying the brushes now - you're right much more incentive to buy now! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  5. A good contouring brush is key!!! I have one Sigma brush and it's quite awesome. These are on the list for the next sale at Nordies!

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  6. Perfect timing - my contouring brush broke this morning. Literally just flew off of the handle. DANG IT!

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  7. I have not heard of Sigma brushes before (so behind, I know). And I've also never used a foundation brush - just relied on my fingers for application. Beginning to wonder if maybe I need to try a brush just so I can see if there's a difference. Purchased some concealer brushes from Target a while back. And while I liked them for a while, I don't think the quality is that great. They are SO stiff, they actually seem to remove the concealer instead of spreading it and applying it - so I do agree with you: you get what you pay for!

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  8. Ooo looks like I need some new Sigmas!

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  9. Looks like you got some great brushes!!!

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  10. I love new brushes -- so I may need to try these! They're such pretty brushes too!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  11. Ooo I've heard great things about Sigma brushes. I just bought some new Real Techniques brushes that I really like. Also - I just bought a contouring brush from elf and it is really good (and inexpensive)! You might try it first to see if you like it before shelling out more $$.

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  12. I am just starting to explore adding brushes to my routine (wayyy behind the curve, I know) so this post was super helpful!

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  13. I have heard the best things about brushes from Sigma...I totally need to try them! Also, I want to check out the sample size of the MAC Prep and Prime!

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  14. Love the look of these! I've always heard great things about Sigma brushes. Jaclyn Hill (one of my favorite beauty youtubers) swears by them! :)

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  15. Nice! I mostly use my hands too for both foundations and be creams! I've always wanted to try the brushes but didn't want to commit.. Love that you are enjoying them!

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  16. Oh I NEVER pay for shipping, screw that. That's exactly why I love Nordstrom so much lol. Do you really love that foundation??? My sister just texted me earlier this week that she loves it and said I need it (lol) but I tried a sample once and it like did not blend it. Maybe it was because I used my fingers lol...

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  17. I've had my Sigma brushes for YEARS! And they are still in great shape. I got the set for like $65 back when they first came out. They seriously are the best!

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  18. I am such a brush newbie. I just have the cheap ones from Sephora, and that is probably why I use my fingers to do the foundation and concealer most of the time! Whoops! I hear ya on the free shipping and free returns! That is why I am addicted to Nordstrom and Amazon!

    Annie- All Things Big And Small

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  19. Getting new makeup brushes is such a treat! Bobbi Brown makes my favorites, but I want to try the Nars one too!

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  20. Oh I have been wanting to try that spray from MAC. I had no idea they had a small one. Totally need to get that. Good brushes are worth the money. I was gifted a set of Chanel brushes and love them. Nothing worse that using a brush and then finding the little hairs all over your face.

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  21. I JUST started using a Kabuki brush for foundation and LOVE it. I watched a matte tutorial from Emily at The Sweetest Thing and she has great tips. I am loving it...and I loooove that MAC spray too- also a recommendation from her.

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  22. I've always heard amazing things about the Sigma brushes, and double win that Nordstrom is now carrying them. They win all the prizes for customer service! Can't wait to hear your review of the NARS kabuki brush too <3
    Green Fashionista

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  23. I've also always used my fingers to apply foundation. Now I want to try that brush!

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  24. Oh my goodness, I so want to try these! I've heard of them before but never seen anyone review them so thank you thank you! I think I know what my next purchase is, LOL! Have a wonderful day!

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  25. You are not alone.. I hardly ever use anything other than mineral foundation, however I have the Tarte Amazonian Clay foundation that I sometimes wear. I have always used my fingers (eek!) but recently bought a Real Techniques foundation brush to try. It was super cheap ($8) and it really does work so much better! (Not enough to make me want to switch to liquid foundation ;) )If I purchase any others I will definitely look into Sigma.

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  26. I'm so glad that you're loving your brushes, you know what a huge fan I am of Sigma Their brushes are pretty much all I use, with the exception of a few Sonia Kashuk and Real Techniques ones thrown in there.

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  27. I love a good makeup brush!
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  28. You may be leading me to believe that I need new brushes.

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  29. seriously though, i need new makeup brushes but you are right, so overwhelming. i've tried using a brush for my foundation before but hated it - i feel like my fingers make it look so much more natural (mostly because it's not as full coverage so some of my 'flaws' show through but i don't mind, rather that than look like a cake face) but i haven't tried the beauty blender, so i should give that a go.

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  30. I have been dying to try Sigma's brushes and I love that Nordstrom is carrying them now!!

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  31. Was so happy when I saw them on Nordstrom too! I have one a bronzer and foundation brush that I really like, I got them before my wedding because I did my own makeup so felt like I could splurge a little on a couple of brushes instead, haha.

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  32. Also, I really want to try a beauty blender, but they're so expensive and I'm paranoid I would feel like it wasn't ever clean and then it would be a waste :\

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  33. I have not even heard of these - hence why I know nothing about makeup! Definitely on my radar now!

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  34. I've never tried brushes for liquids before, but I've heard such good things about them! I just got a beauty blender for the first time this past month and I am LOVING the difference it makes (I'd been using a knock off version of it from Target). After your glowing review, I may just have to try one of these brushes!

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  35. I'm really wanting to try MAC's prep and prime after you recommended it! I'm so dry in this winter air!

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  36. I might also enjoy... a tutorial on how to use these brushes... because I am LOST. How was I ever a pageant girl and never learned how to use make up brushes? FAIL.

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