One of the reasons I really like Sigma brushes is because they are constantly pushing the envelope on creating new brushes that I have never seen before. I see a lot of brush brands who seem to create a lot of the same style brushes, just in different colors or different types of bristles. Sigma seems to always have a new idea that I would have never thought of, but once I try it, I’m like- how did i not have this my whole life?!
The newest kit is the Performance Kit. I keep wanting to call this the Precision kit, simply because the majority of these brushes are smaller versions of other brushes, and they really help to add details to looks.
Eyeliner, Tightliner, Waterliner, Smudge, Blender, Shader- Inner Corner, Shader-Crease, Shader-Lid
Eye Liner – E11 For precise lining of upper and lower lash lines. Creates detailed and elaborate looks.
The Eyeliner brush in this collection is much more tapered than other small eyeliner brushes I have used (including Sigma’s Small Eyelienr Brush E10). Because of that and its small length, its great for precise lining of the eyes, or doing detailed work.
Tightline Liner – E16 Ideal for application of cream, gel and powder formulas on the upper lash line.
I can’t get this brush to do what it is designed to do, but that may be because i have a tough time tight lining as it is. I usually use a soft eye pencil to do this, or just apply a lot of product to my waterline and squeeze my eyes shut so the product transfers to the top. Of all nine brushes, I think this one will get the least use, simply because it is a bit long and flimsy, and everything I can think to use it for (applying eyeshadow under the eyes, shading the outer corner) there is already a brush in this set that is better equipped.
Waterline Liner – E17 Perfectly applies cream, gel and powder formulas on the lower lid waterline.
The Waterline Liner brush is similar in style to the tight lining one, but it is shorter and much firmer. This would be great for applying gel liner, or even setting your liner with a matte powder as suggested. Because of its flat shape, you can easily pat product onto the waterline without worrying about poking yourself in the eye (of course, be careful anyways, as it’s still possible!)
Smudge – E21 Soften harsh lines on the upper and lower lash lines.
This picture shows the Performance smudge brush on the left, and the normal sized sigma smudge brushes on the right, so you can see the size difference. The performance one is quite a bit smaller (like most of the brushes in this set) so its uses are sort of broadened. This brush is amazing at smoking out liner or eyeshadow without making a huge mess, and would also be great at adding a defined highlight under the brows.
Blending – E36 Precise blending of powder products on small areas, such as the inner corner of the eyes.
This brush is like a little balloon! It is soooo much smaller than its regular sized counterpart. It also is the least dense brush of the group here. I think this brush could use a few more bristles to be more useful, but i still really like it for getting a soft blended out look. It’s so easy for blending to go overboard and ending up with a mess, and this brush helps to keep that contained.
Shader – Inner Corner – E46 Perfect for application of highlight shades in the inner corner of the eyes.
I was surprised that this was the inner corner brush. I would expect an inner corner brush to look a little different, but this one surprised me. It’s a lot softer than I expected, and the tapered end works well for inner corner application. It works really well on the inner crease area (I always like to pull my inner corner highlight up into the crease a bit). It is super soft but firm enough to place the highlight without giving way (like the blending brush would).
Shader – Crease – E47 For applying and blending darker shades onto the crease.
Another comparison- Performance shader is on the right. MUCH smaller! The performance brush is much flatter than the other brush (which isn’t even a shader brush, its called a “tapered blending” brush) as well as a bit firmer. This brush is also firmer than the blending brush in this kit, so it is better for applying and blending at once (like with darker colors, as suggested) than simply blending.
Shader – Lid – E56 Precise application of pressed and loose eye shadow onto the lid.
This brush is smaller than your usual eyelid brush, which tends to be a more paddle shape. This brush would be great if you were applying more than one or two colors to your lid because of its small width. The brush is also pretty firm, so it would work great for packing on shadows.
Overall, I really love this kit. It’s so rare to find companies that make smaller style brushes like this, and since I received these I have found myself reaching for them every time I do my makeup. The kit sells for $55, which comes out to less than $7 a brush. If you use promo code MARCH2012 you can also save 10%, score! :) Available from Sigma Beauty.
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