Tuesday 6 March 2012

New Brushes - Real Techniques & Sigma

I have been using make up for many years but only recently have realised the importance of good brushes. I have been watching many YouTube bloggers and they all tell you that the tools you use to apply your make up is just as important as the make up.

I have always found it hard to pay out for brushes. Up until now I have only purchased a couple of brushes and never paid much for them. Much of brush collection was made up of GWP brushes. That has all changed now though!

I decided to purchase brushes from both Real Techniques by Samantha Chapman (from Pixiwoo) and Sigma Beauty. From Real Techniques I purchased the Core Collection for the face and the Starter Set for the eyes. From Sigma I purchased the Make Me Blush 12 piece brush kit in Coral.

I ordered the Real Techniques from Beauty Chamber based in the UK, postage was £9.99 (AU$15.55) and took around a week and a half. I ordered the Sigma brushes from their website Sigma Beauty based in the US. I paid for the Express Postage and it cost around US$47.50 (AU$46.00) and arrived in about a week and a half.

L-R: Buffing Brush, Detailer Brush, Pointed Foundation Brush, Contour Brush 

The Real Techniques Core Collection contains four brushes in a case that can also be a stand. This set cost £20.99 (AU$32.50).

This set contains:
  • Buffing Brush - ideal for full coverage application of powder and mineral foundation
  • Detailer Brush - precision cut to effortlessly conceal problem areas; or, use with lipstick for long lasting shape and definition
  • Pointed Foundation Brush - use with liquid foundation to build custom coverage
  • Contour Brush - delicately applies highlighter to contour or create sheer, soft-focus finish

Top - Bottom: Deluxe Crease Brush, Base Shadow Brush, Accent Brush, Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush, Brow Brush

The Real Techniques Starter Set contains five brushes in a case that can also be a stand. This set also cost £20.99 (AU$32.50).

This set contains:
  • Deluxe Crease Brush - soft, over sized design for effortless contouring
  • Base Shadow Brush - applies a smooth flawless foundation of colour
  • Accent Brush - designed for precision detailing, spotlighting, highlighting and smudging
  • Pixel-Point Eyeliner Brush - tapered cut is ideal for dense or fine eyeliner application
  • Brow Brush - distinctive shape easily defines eyebrows

Top - Bottom: F30, F50, F40, F60, F70

The Sigma Make Me Blush set contains twelve brushes, five are for the face and seven are for the eyes. This set retails for US$109 but I found a coupon code for 10% off so I paid AU$95.50. The set comes in a holder that also converts into two cups to hold the brushes.

The face brushes this set contains are:
  • Large Powder Brush F30
  • Duo Fibre F50
  • Large Angled Contour F40
  • Foundation Brush F60
  • Concealer F70

The eye brushes this set contains are:
  • Medium Angled Shading E70
  • Small Angle E65
  • Large Shader E60
  • Eye Shading E55
  • Tapered Blending E40
  • Pencil E30
  • Eye Liner E05

I haven't used any of my new brushes yet, I am working up the courage to change them from pristine condition. I will use them soon though. Once I have given them some good use I will post reviews on what I think about them.

I thought I would also include a photo of how I am storing my brushes. I just picked up two cheap vases from the Reject Shop and some decorative stones. I love all the pretty colours of the brushes :) I am a little worried they will get dusty though.

What are your favourite brands for makeup brushes? Do you use Sigma or Real Techniques?


  1. Goodness, so many gorgeous brushes! Eeek, the postage for express delivery from Sigma stings a little, but at least they arrived safe and sound in a relatively short period of time. I have the RT Core Collection and I really love it, especially the Buffing Brush. Hope you start to use and enjoy these brushes!

    1. Postage was pricey but I really hate waiting :) They do have a cheaper option, though delivery is longer.
      I have started using all of the brushes and I am really loving the RT Buffing Brush too, its excellent to get that polished look for foundation. :)

  2. What do you think about the quality of the Real Techniques brushes? I am considering buying some since quite a few of my Sigma brushes are now broken after almost a year of using them :( I got the same kit as yours from Sigma (but in blue) and the larger brushes are all shedding hair like crazy and one of them has fallen off the handle :(:( I hope yours turn out better than mine.

    1. I am pretty impressed with the Real Techniques brushes - so much so I am planning on buying the other ones available soon. I really love the buffing, contour and the eye brushes. Sad to hear about the Sigma brushes - I hope mine last, I considered them an investment when I purchased them. :)


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Stephanie x

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