Before I even get started, let me make it clear that there are some drugstore brands of brushes that I really like, especially Ecotools and Essence of Beauty. That being said, sometimes you can’t find the brush you want in those lines, you want to expand the quantity or types of brushes you own, or you’d like to trade up to something that’s a little more professional. You could easily spend a week’s salary on brushes if you go truly high-end, but a really good-quality line of brushes that can be had for something less than a week’s salary is the Sigma line. They’re a great step up that won’t blow your budget.
Sigma brushes are well-made, with solid, weighty handles and good craftsmanship. I haven’t had any problem with shedding, and the fibers are soft and hold their shape well after cleaning. The two pictured here are the SS 188 skunk brush and the SS 275 angled contour eyeshadow brush; I also own the SS 190 foundation brush but didn’t photograph it for some reason. The skunk brush, in case you are wondering, is used to place product diffusely onto the skin. It’s particularly good for highly pigmented blushes or bronzers. The white hairs are longer than the black hairs; the white hairs pick up product and the black hairs provide the bulk and support for the brush head, which you use by tapping it against your skin. Because only the white hairs have product on them, and the white hairs are not densely packed, you get a more diffuse application, which can be really important when you’re working with very pigmented products or want to make a smooth gradation of color.
If you’re interested in trying out some new brushes, maybe some new shapes or some different fibers, then I really recommend looking into Sigmas. (The brand is also starting to put out makeup, so I’ll be interested to see how their non-brush products are.)
Sigma brushes can be bought directly from the Sigma website, but it’s always worth a spin by AllCosmeticsWholesale.com to see if they have the one you want in stock and if it’s cheaper. Some Sigma brushes are only available from the Sigma website as part of a set, but can be purchased piecemeal on AllCosmeticsWholesale, so it’s worth checking.
(Have you used these brushes? Love ’em? Hate ’em? Want ’em? Give a holler in the comments!)