So it's that time of the year where sigma starts to heavily distribute its new products to beauty bloggers and gurus. I was contacted and asked if I wanted to try their new Make Me Up collection, I was like "Sure.. Why not?". I'm not the biggest critic of Sigma, I think some brushes are pretty good and some sucky. So I got to choose which color I wanted and without much thinking I took the turquoise one. Black is a bit too cliche, pink seemed a bit tacky, and purple just wasn't the purple shade I wanted. So I got the make me cool - aqua set.
awww, a nice personalized card for me :)
the outer box, it's cute that Sigma has made a huge progress in their business.
I actually think the avatar is cute :) Kind of reminds me of tokidoki..
So this is what is in the set.
Yay!!!!! they finally changed all the brush names. It is a good sign since they are now trying to build their own independent image, rather than being a cheaper substitute of MAC brushes.
So this is how the set looks like when opened. Phew! I do have to complain about the factory smell tho... :/ The brushes really really smell :(
Also, a lot of people seem to rave about the new case, but I'm kind of on the fence about it. It's nice if you use the brush guards that come with the brushes, but if you are like me and just throw those away, it damages the bristles when you're putting the top on. Also, if you don't match the sides, the buckle doesn't line up. The buckles are not evenly on each side..
Anyway, I still think their brush roll is a better deal than this case.
Okay, so let's go into the 1:1 comparison. My comparisons are going to be between the newly vamped models and the corresponding models from last year.
SS187 v. F50 - The duo fiber stippling brush
Ugh, I passionately hate the stippling brushes from sigma. The black part keeps leaking dye, and it doesn't go away. No matter how many times I wash it.. it keeps leaking! :/ (as you can see in the picture, the brush is always like that..).
F50 is identical to SS187. Nothing has changed except the name. I haven't washed F50 yet, but I'm sure I'm not going to be using F50 since that's how much I loathe the leaking colors.
SS 168 v. F40 - Large Angled Contour Brush
One of my favorite brushes from Sigma brushes. The bristles are of the same material and length, but the shape and density is a bit different. SS168 is denser, and F40 sports a slimmer shape. I would personally still prefer SS168, butI will have to give F40 a bit more time to get used to.
SS224 v. E40 -Tapered Blending Brush
Another keeper from Sigma brushes. Yes, it does leak color when washed :'( but at least the bleeding stops after the water dries. The difference between the two brushes are pretty obvious to the naked eye. SS224 has shorter bristles than E40, while the density is similar.
I like E40 being longer because that gives the person a bit more control over the blending aspect. I think E40 is definitely a winner over SS224 :)
SS239 v. E55 - Eye Shading Brush
SS239 and E55 are different too. E55 is a bit slimmer with slightly longer bristles. It the difference is too subtle, I really think it's inconsequential. The model in general does a good job (but doesn't really have a wow factor, since it's pretty standard), and doesn't leak the horrible black dye.
SS209 v. E05 - Eyeliner Brush
This model too has made some alterations. E05 is definitely sleeker and thinner. SS209 is already thin enough to start with, but E05 being thinner is great news. This brush is so good for gel liners because its synthetic fibers are sturdy and it gives you great control. With the thinner model (E05), thinner lines will be easier to draw :D yay!
SS226 v. E65 - Small Angle Brush
One of the most versatile brushes, and this model hasn't changed anything. Its synthetic bristles are still the same and the same length. It is one of my favorite brushes from Sigma, and I'm glad they didn't discontinue or take it out of the essentials. :) I only have good things to say about the small angle brush.
SS227 v. E70 - Medium Angle Shading Brush
E70 has longer bristles, which will let the bristles bend more easily, giving one more control over the colors being applied. One the other hand, longer bristles also mean flicking color spots all over the place. This is one of the better brushes from Sigma (mostly because it's not a black brush that leaks color), and the performance is solid. E70 has longer bristles and is a bit fatter than the previous SS275 brush.
SS150 v. F30 -Large Powder Brush
F30 is the only brush that didn't have a direct comparable brush. SS150 is a bit too large and SS 109 is wayy too small. F30 somehow comes in the middle of SS150 and SS109. As you can see in the pictures, F30's bristles are a bit longer than the SS150 brush, and the density is definitely less than that of SS150. I find it interesting.. :)
SS219 v. E80 - The Pencil Brush
SS219 was one of the most disappointing brushes from the Sigma set last year. It is extremely flimsy and the performance just doesn't live up to what it's suppose to do. E80 looks similar, but if you look at it up close, it is sharper in shape, however made with the same material.
SS219 is rounder and tends to bend and spread out its bristles easily. E80 is sharper and has made a bit of an improvement compared to SS219.
SS252 v. E60 - Large Shader
E60 is definitely bigger, denser, and longer than its previous model. The bristles are nice since they don't leak color, and the brush is a good investment since it packs on color pretty well.
SS194 v. F70 - Concealer Brush
Synthetic brush that is dedicated to concealing. There were no notable changes in the brush. I find this brush a bit awkward, since it seems a bit too big to blend concealer, and it's rigid synthetic fibers limits other uses of the brush. But nonetheless, it's pretty functional once you figure out how to use it.
I think that's about it :)
Over all, I think Sigma is doing a good job finding independence in its brand. The majority of the brushes are pretty useable and nice, so I hope I helped those that were curious about the differences and improvements.