Sigma Beauty Favorites (Semi-Annual Sale 2021)

The semi-annual sale at Sigma Beauty has already gotten started, but if you are interested in any of their products it doesn’t end until June 30, 2021 at 9:00 AM CDT. The discount ranges from 35% to 75% off depending on the product, so it really is a good time to check them out if you’ve been meaning to place an order.

I personally really like Sigma brushes and I’ve never had issues with performance or quality. You may hear people point out the 2-year warranty as a selling point, but I’d advise you to consider it to be a limited warranty. It only covers manufacturing defects, but they will replace the brush with the same brush or with a similar brush if that one has been discontinued. I consider this to be limited because even without a warranty, I’ve never encountered a brand that will not replace or refund your money for a manufacturing defect. Now the 2-year time period is likely unique, but a manufacturing defect should show itself way before you get to the 2-year mark. Just something to keep in mind.

Sigma Brush Favorites F10 Powder/Blush, F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki, F80 Air Flat Kabuki
Top to bottom: Sigma F10 Powder/Blush, F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki, F80 Air Flat Kabuki

Sigma F10 Powder/Blush, $16.25 during sale

You’ve heard me mention this brush several times before, so probably no surprises here. I use this for blush rather than powder, so I can’t tell you if it is good for powder. For blush however, this is a workhorse brush for me. The bristles are loosely packed, giving a diffused application. It works with all textures (including baked gelee), it cleans up easy, and it dries fast. Regular retail price for this brush is $25.00.

Sigma F79 Concealer Blend Kabuki, $11.50 during sale

This is the only brush that I use for my under eye concealer if I’m not using my fingers. I do have to admit though, I’ve only tried a handful of concealer brushes, so I don’t have much to compare it to. It is dense while still being soft enough for the under eye area. This brush isn’t as easy to clean due to the density and using it with concealer, but it does still dry fairly quick. Regular retail price for this brush is $23.00.

Sigma F80 Air Flat Kabuki, $16.25 during sale

I really enjoy using this brush when I want my fuller coverage foundations to look less heavy. I feel like the duo fiber design helps apply foundation in lighter layers. This brush is best for applying foundation in a circular buffing motions. This brush is the hardest to clean, but again, I’d blame that on foundation being more tenacious to remove than blush. You may have also noticed that mine is a little stained, but keep in mind it is nearly 3 years old at this point.

If you are someone that likes to apply foundation in a stippling motion, I would suggest looking into the classic F80. I haven’t personally tried that brush, so I can’t give you any insight, but it is a cult classic, so you shouldn’t struggle to find a review for it.

There is one last caveat with this brush. If you use MAC Studio Fix Fluid, this brush does not get along with that formula. I don’t know why, but at least for me, this brush leaves terrible streak marks on my face. They just don’t go well together. I don’t get streak marks using this brush with NARS Natural Radiant Longwear or Estee Lauder Double Wear. Regular retail for this brush is $25.00.

Sigma Cor-de Rosa Palette, $31.85 during sale

Sigma Warm Neutrals Eyeshadow Palette vs Sigma Cor-de-Rosa Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Sigma Cor-de-Rosa Palette (top) vs Sigma Warm Neutral Palette (bottom)

Sigma Warm Neutrals Palette, $31.85 during sale

If you’ve been here for a while you should recognize these two palettes. I’ve done full swatches and given my thoughts on the formula both palettes that I will link for you if you want more details.

Regular retail for each palette is $49.00.

Do you have any favorite Sigma Beauty products that we should be checking out during the sale? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sonia Kashuk Brushes/Target Haul

Sonia Kashuk Professional Collection large powder brush and medium powder brush
Sonia Kashuk large powder brush (left) and medium powder brush (right)

I noticed that the Sonia Kashuk Professional Brush Collection got a wardrobe update at some point and decided to try two of the powder brushes. I use and enjoy a few brushes from the current Essential Collection so I was expecting the same great quality. I purchased the medium and large powder brushes and the overall construction of these brushes is very nice. They feel sturdy and the synthetic hair is soft and gentle on the skin.

Medium Powder Brush, $20.00

Sonia Kashuk Professional Collection medium powder brush
Sonia Kashuk medium powder brush

This brush was the star of this order. For me, this is best for setting powder. It gives a nice coverage that isn’t too heavy. The shape is versatile for different application styles since you can use the side of the brush to pat the powder on for more coverage or use the fluffiness of the brush in more of a sweeping motion for lighter coverage. I have been able to use this brush for bronzer as well, but I do prefer how it performs with powder.

Sonia Kashuk Professional Collection medium powder brush
Sonia Kashuk medium powder brush

For size and shape comparison I have the medium powder brush pictured next to the Sigma F10 ($25) and the elf flawless face brush ($6). The overall shape is the most similar to the elf brush, but the larger size does make it quicker for full face powder application. I use the Sigma brush for blush application, but it can be used for powder application so I wanted to include it since it does have a similar shape.

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The Wanderlust List #4 (Sonia G Cheek Pro Brush)

The wanderlust list is my way of enjoying and using items I already own. I hope to encourage myself and others to use some of the products we have rather than being so quick to buy something new. If this concept interests you, you can check out the other versions of the Wanderlust List below.

I put off writing this post for a while because I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to be strong enough to pass on this purchase. I didn’t want to say I was passing on a purchase and end up buying it anyway. Fortunately for me, I did resist and instead of buying the Sonia G Cheek Pro Brush, I decided to revisit my severely neglected Bobbi Brown blush brush.

Bobbi Brown Blush Brush Natural Hair
Bobbi Brown Blush Brush, $62

I’ve been pushing this brush around my collection for years now. It is a beautiful brush and it works well, I just don’t like using it as much as my other brushes. It is somewhat of a paddle style, but it manages to simultaneously be fluffier and more dense than other brushes. I do find it useful for hard to blend blushes, it can somehow really push the pigment around and blend it out without disturbing my foundation. Although that is impressive, I would just rather get rid of hard to blend blushes.

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Lancome Makeup Round-Up

Lancome 435 bisque w, canyon eyeshadow, gold lame eyeshadow, 25 brush, dual finish highlighter dazzling bronze swatches

Although this isn’t an exhaustive round-up of the entire brand, I wanted to talk about the current products that I own from Lancome before I let them go.  This is a great brand that I can truly show appreciation for, but I’ve just come to realize that it’s not for me.  I always have a good experience using their products and I’m always able to find items that suit my skin tone.  But on the downside, I’m continually disappointed by the packaging when considering the price I paid.  That is saying a lot considering I never pay full price for Lancome, and I still come away feeling like I overpaid.  As a military spouse, I can get Lancome products for 15% off and I don’t have to pay tax.  The products I’ve tried just feel lighter and cheaper than brands in a comparable price range like NARS and Bobbi Brown. 

Cheek & Contour Brush #25, $40

Lancome cheek and contour brush 25 review
Lancome cheek and contour brush, #25
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