Hi beauties! I’ve been meaning to put together a blog post featuring my favorite Sigma Beauty products for awhile. When I learned that Sigma was offering a special 20% coupon code for this week, I figured the time was right! (You can find the coupon code at the bottom of this post.) I’ve been a Sigma enthusiast for a few years now and a Sigma Affiliate for the past year, which means that I am able to share special coupon codes and first looks at new product launches with you. I am often asked what my favorite Sigma Beauty products are, so I thought I’d share my picks here.
I am often asked what my favorite Sigma Beauty makeup brushes are. My favorite all around set is the Mr. Bunny Essential Kit. This was one of the first purchases I made from Sigma a couple of years ago and for awhile it constituted the majority of my makeup brush collection. I absolutely love these brushes! The kit includes twelve brushes that can cover all of your face and eye application needs. Each brush is made from Sigma’s super soft vegan-friendly Sigmax HD filament. The brushes come with Sigma’s signature brush holder container that snaps together to keep your brushes stored neatly and dust-free. It can also be used separately as two brush holder cups. The travel version of this kit includes seven brushes and is also a favorite of mine. It is a very nice, less expensive alternative using the same high quality materials.
One of the things I love most about Sigma is that not only do they offer quality makeup brushes at competitive prices, but they also have some unique options that competing brands do not offer. Two of my favorite face brushes are from the Sigmax Synthetic Kabuki line and are also made from the Synthetic Sigmax bristles, just like the Mr. Bunny Kit. The F84 Angled Kabuki brush is my favorite for applying cream face makeup. I find it equally effective for use with BB Creams, tinted moisturizers, and traditional foundations. I’ve been getting a lot more use out of my F84 this summer to cover up the breakouts that have been popping up on my skin lately. This brush makes it so easy to blend face products into the skin for a very natural, flawless look. My other favorite is the F86 Tapered Kabuki brush, which I use to apply my under eye brightener and concealer. The pointed shape is perfect for blending my under eye makeup seamlessly into my skin. I consider both brushes as well as the Mr. Bunny Kit to be essential to my beauty regimen.
Another one of Sigma’s unique offerings is the Performance Eyes Kit, which includes eight brushes designed for precise eye makeup application. This is my favorite *extra* brush kit in my collection. The brush handles are normally sized, but the brush heads are smaller versions of more typical eye brushes. I find it especially useful to use when applying darker or brighter shades to keep the colors from bleeding into other areas of my eyes that I want to keep separate. It also comes in handy if you have smaller eyes like I do for more precise application. Sigma now sells these brushes individually, and I shared my favorites from the kit here if you’re interested.
Although Sigma Beauty is known for its makeup brushes, the company has been expanding its makeup line in the past year. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with their cosmetic products and some of them have become all time beauty favorites of mine! The eye shadow bases are high up on that list. I use a cream eye shadow almost every time I apply makeup to act as a base to set up my powder shadows. One of my favorites from the Sigma line is Provoke, which is described as a “matte, nude peach.” It’s perfectly evens out my eyelid skin tone and provides a great canvas for any eye look. I find it comparable in color to MAC’s Nubile paint pot, which is a hard to find limited edition shade and was my all time favorite before Provoke came along. I actually prefer Sigma’s eye shadow base formula to MAC’s paint pots. They are creamier, easier to blend, and have great staying power. I also prefer Sigma’s packaging, which includes a very clever anti-drying protectant lid. My other favorite eye shadow base shade from Sigma is Unveil, which is a shimmery gold and perfect for gold or bronze eye looks. Occasionally I will wear cream eye shadows on their own, and Unveil is the perfect bronze/gold stand alone shadow for a neutral look with a bit of an edge.
Sigma initiated its foray into cosmetics with eye shadow palette launches last year and started offering individual eye shadows for sale just this year. I find the Sigma eye shadows to be pigmented, rich in color, easy to apply, and pretty consistent across the board. I absolutely love the Notre Dame shade, described as a “dimensional frost lavender.” This taupe/light purple frost is perfect paired with dark purple eyeliner. My other individual favorite is Escape, a “sheen almond” that I like to use as an inner corner and under brow highlight. I reached for these two shades (together!) quite a bit over the spring and have a feeling I will do the same come fall when I tend towards cooler toned looks.
I would be remiss if I did not include one of Sigma’s palettes, especially the Resort Palette, which I’ve been reaching for pretty much exclusively this past month. This all around kit includes eight gorgeous eye shadows, one blush, one liquid highlighter, and one dual-ended eye liner pencil. Half of the shimmer eye shadows are warm-toned neutrals while the other half are vibrant jewel-like colors. The blush, Heavenly, is a lovely matte coral/peach, which is a nice compliment to any summer look. The liquid highlighter, Luminesce, easily transforms any daytime look into something suitable for an enchanting summer evening out on the town. The dual-ended eye pencil includes a deep chocolate brown one one side and a gorgeous turquoise on the other. This limited edition kit is excellent for a range of looks. I hope to film a Current Look makeup application video featuring this kit soon. You can find my First Look post including my own closeup photos here if you’re interested.
Last, but certainly not least, I want to include Sigma’s innovative Spa Brush Cleaning Glove. I was super excited when Sigma launched the glove this past spring. It is the perfect compliment for anyone who likes to take care of their makeup brushes. I always love trying out creative cleaning products, and what’s better than one designed to keep your makeup brushes in tiptop shape! This gem includes a silicone mitt exterior that expertly aid in washing your brushes and a microfiber towel insert to keep your hand dry. Using this glove definitely beats having your hands under running water for ages! I love how one side of the glove is designed to wash face brushes and the other eye brushes. There are separate areas that are clearly labeled to walk you through the cleaning steps, including wash, rinse, refine, and shape. Using this glove has cut my brush cleaning time down by at least half. I end up with cleaner brushes that I am willing to clean more often than before since it is less time consuming and more effective using the glove.
The special 20% discount is available for one week only at sigmabeauty.com. Enter code SBAP20 at checkout for 20% off your entire purchase, valid July 22 – July 29, 2013. Sigma will include a free gift with purchases over $30. Right now it’s a super cute mini spa glove, which is perfect to try out the glove before purchasing the full size. I use mine for travel or to just clean my F84 Kabuki Brush from foundation buildup every few days between entire brush collection cleanings, which I do about every other week.
I’d love to know what you pick up if you decide to take advantage of the 20% coupon code. Let me known in the comments below! I have a few purchases in mind myself for future giveaways and even some holiday gifts! It’s never too early to start planning, especially when sweet discounts are involved. Happy shopping, beauties! 🙂
* I am a Sigma Beauty affiliate and receive a commission off any sales made through my affiliate links, provided above. I purchased all of the brushes shown, including the Mr. Bunny Kit, Synthetic Kabuki brushes, and Performance Eyes Kit with my own money before I became an affiliate. The individual eye shadows, eye shadow bases, resort palette, and spa glove were sent to me for consideration over the past several months. I never promise a review or even a mention when products are sent to me. All of the products I shared in this post are genuine personal favorites. All opinions are my own. *