Friday, March 15, 2013

My Favorite Sigma Brushes


I know I have been going on and on about my shinny new Real Techniques Brushes lately but I haven't forgot about Sigma; Far from it actually, these are my staple brushes that just can't be beat.

* This whole post will seem like a giant plug for Sigma, but I promise im not being compensated (im not cool enough)....

Kabuki Brushes:  F80 Flattop Kabuki - P86 Precision Tapered Kabuki 

Might as well start with my absolute all time favorite Sigma Brushes, the synthetic Kabukis. These are probably the most famous and hyped of all the Sigma brushes, and for good reason!  These beat ALL the other Kabuki style brushes I've tried (Make up for Ever, Tarte, Real Techniques). Why? They're incredibly soft, incredibly dense, and have just the right amount of flexibility. 
If you have never put one of these to your face, you don't know what you're missing! 

Blush Brush: F40 Large Angled Contour

This is my favorite blush brush ever. Im not a fan of rounded or paddle shaped blush brushes but sometimes angled brushes can be too thin. This is the exception! The perfect combination an angled brush with a perfect amount of "fluff" too it. The results are a perfectly placed and blended blush application. I don't do bronzer or contouring, but I imagine it'd be pretty damn perfect for that too. 

* (The F80 is for size reference)

* Apologies for the dirty brush, forgot to clean it for the photos.

Blending Brushes: E40 Tapered Blending (black fiber brush) - E25  Blending (white fiber brush)

Im not saying these are the best blending brushes out there - but they are the best I've ever owned. Definitely  softer then their MAC counterparts (As are most Sigma brushes). The E40 is fluffy and slightly tapered it can give a lovely soft blend that basically fades into nothing. 
I do favor the E25 though, It is irreplaceable perfection. It's a multi-tasker, it can blend but it can also give a precise application. Most used eye brush I own!   

Pencil Brush - E30 Pencil

Lastly is my faithful pencil brush. It's not a brush I use everyday but it's still one of the best in my collection. It sets itself apart from my MAC pencil brush because it's so much more precise, soft, and flexible. It not only gives a better result but it's also just feels nice; The MAC pencil brush is rough and stiff and generally unpleasant to use.

If you have't noticed yet, I generally detest MAC brushes. They're typically about 10$ more than Sigma and they're just unpleasant! They bristles are rough, they shed, and they could be improved upon (but never are). 

Sigma brushes aren't perfect (Except the Kabukis!). There are softer brushes out there (for a price), and The bristles do wear and stain. But they hold their shape after washing, the handles are secure, they dont shed, and they're decently soft. I find that if you're looking for good quality professional-grade brushes, with a variety that you just can't find a the drugstore, Sigma is the way to go! 

I could go on but I probably shouldn't So... Thanks for reading! I'd be happy to answer any questions. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Revlon Just bitten Kissable Balm Stains - My Collection


Now, I'll admit this is a pretty measly collection. Im really pushing the boundaries of the term "collection" here, so much so I've been considering not posting this for months. But since today is my 'blog photo-shoot day' and it's too dull and rainy for good pictures, I have to make due! Not that I could ever regret a post on lip products!

 I have Sweetheart a bright cool pink, Romantic a sheer orange red, and Smitten a berry pink. 

I find these are in actuality are more comparable to the Revlon Lip Butters than the actual Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stains. To me they look and feel similar to the Lip Butters, glossy shimmery and vibrant, but with a more pigmentation and, obviously, staining power.

Unlike the original Lip Stains, these smell like mint, do not stick to dry patches, they apply creamy and evenly, and fade evenly overtime. 

They're overall just a huge improvement! 

However, Romantic is the bad apple. A little heartbreaker to a red-lover such as myself, Romantic appears as if it's going to be a vibrant red but is significantly less pigmented than the rest, and usually appears as a patchy orange color on my lips *sigh*.  

 That's all! Im keeping it short and sweet today; going to go hide under a pile of blankets with a warm beverage and dream of spring now, good-day! Hope your part of the world is experiencing a nicer weather, and I'll see you soon.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Experimenting: Magenta Blush


Im sure you can relate - In terms of shopping sometimes pretty wins over practical. Sometimes impulse takes over, and if pretty is combined with the words "limited edition", it's practically a done deal. So that's the story of this blush, in a nutshell. 

When I got it home I was still ignoring the little voice telling me i'll never be able to pull it off. So I tried to wear it... like a normal blush, and suprise, I looked crazy. So for months (when did MACs Reel Sexy collection come out again??) it has sat sadly untouched, until today when I pulled it out and decided that we needed to sit down, have a talk, and settle our differences. 

The swatch is only one swipe of Magenta, she's pretty bold. Magenta is a matte finish, that I wish was a sheer-tone finish because, for one, it'd make it a lot easier for pale girls to pull off and two, im selfish and sheer-tones are my favorite. 

But you gotta work with what you got. So instead of using a my Sigma natural fiber blush brush I used a synthetic stippling brush, hoping it wouldn't pick up so much product. And it was still too much. So I had to dust the excess off on my hand, apply it, and then soften it with some face powder. 

The finished result looks something like this (a little brighter in real life). My camera doesn't seem to like me, it doesn't pick up anything I swatch on my face very well. But anyways, this sheers down to a hot pink color.

I have to say, the finished result isn't all that spectacular, it turns into a nothing special kinda color, when the real blush is beautiful and anything but ordinary. Kind of disappointing considering all of the effort I had to put in to make it wearable. But no one to blame but myself Impulse. I took a chance on an unwearable blush and lost. Magenta cannot be tamed! 

By the way, Happy March! This year is flying by and im finding it hard to keep up, but I haven't fallen off the blogging wagon just yet, so see you soon! 

*And maybe next post, I will not so creepily address my makeup products as if they were people (no promises).