Tuesday, May 7, 2013

What's in my Mail? Part Two: The "Died and Gone to Heaven" Edition (Image Heavy)

So remember I did Part one of this post and told y'all that the second would be epic? Here it is! 
This has to be one of the most amazing things that I have had come through the mail for sure. 
A few weeks ago I had joined up for Sigma's affiliate program and I was browsing their blog when I found a quiz, I entered it not really expecting to win but about 10 days ago I got an email from Sigma that I had won!! AHSKHFDJDFL! I was literally jumping for joy! >w<

The prize?

I needed to get new brushes to add to my kit and I was looking through Sigma's site for them too! So you cannot believe what good luck this was for me! ^_^ b
I wanted to tell you guys before, you have NO IDEA what a difficult week it was, not telling anyone. Lol! It sounds stupid but I didn't want to jinx it before it got here. ;u;

So here's just a first impression sort of post for y'all. Lots of pictures, so brace yourself! ;)

Sigma sent out the kit as soon as I had given them my address and it took all of 8 days to get here all the way from Minnesota in the USA.

The outer packaging is really well designed! A lovely hot pink with great typography. Yes, I'm a geek that way. :P

The kit itself is a zippered case with slots for the brushes. Almost like a file, which I prefer compared to a bulky brush roll. The case has a leather like texture and has the logo embossed on it in silver. *drools* 
What? I like embossing okay?! >w<

You also get a list of the brushes inside and a bunch of catalogues about their products. They wrote me a little note too.  ♥

I think I can safely say that I see myself using every brush in this kit. I will of course do a review on every brush as I use it and as to how much I use it but at first glance I can tell you the texture of the bristles on these brushes is baby soft! I can definitely compare most of them to the quality of MAC texture wise.

 Every brush has the Sigma logo engraved in the ferrule (the metal bit) and the handle is glossy and black with the name, number of the brush and the logo in holo on it. I'm actually a little worried about scuffing up the glossiness of the handle! Lol!

Here are the brushes that come in the kit, I'll just go through them and do a review for each one as I go through them! Wait, I said that already...

Anyway, there are 15 very unique brushes in this kit. (read: brushes I don't have)
I've added links to individual brushes if you want to check them out. ^_^

Controlled bronzer application. Bronzing of the cheekbones and temple area. Using the flat side gives definition and control. 
This brush is so soft! Omg! It's like a teddy bear on a brush! Lol! It's very dense too!

 Exact product placement onto cheeks. Apply powder, blush or contour shades onto the cheeks and temples. Tapered shape gives exact placement of product. 
I can't wait to try this brush, I need to use a small and big brush to do powder usually because of the under eyes and nose area, the tapered end of this one should allow me to use just this one. I also want to try contouring with it! Again, very soft. ^_^ 

  Precise placement of blush. Use for powder application. 
Just as soft as the large powder brush, your typical everyday blush brush. 

Soft blush application. Generates a diffused blush application. Works especially well with mineral product for a natural and delicate effect.
Not as dense as normal duo brushes meant for creams and liquids. I can't wait to try this one either! 

Subtle highlighting. Apply highlighting shades onto the upper contours of the face. Diffused finish gives skin a natural glow. 
Another promising brush, a smaller and slightly denser version of the F25.

 Conceal larger areas of the face or body. Works well with liquid or cream products. 
This brush looks like a thin and long foundation brush. i don't have such a big concealer brush in my kit. I think this would be great to use over pigmentation!

 Precise product placement. Use around the lip area to conceal when wearing bold lip colors.
A normal concealer brush. You can't have enough of these though especially as a makeup artist!  

 Precise application of color onto the lips. Use the firm edge to define and contour the lips. 
I will definitely be using this brush! The bristles are nice and stiff and the shape is very user friendly!

Controlled blending. Blend colors together onto the lid with added control. Buff out harsh lines for a well blended effect. 
Your MAC 217 dupe is this brush right here! I'll do a comparison for you guys soon. But this is another brush I WILL love because I love the 217! Lol!

Controlled application of crease color. Using just the tip of the brush to pick up color, apply directly onto the crease and sweep through. Effect is blended, but defined. 
Another useful eye brush. I have a black Vega one like this, you know which one I'm talking about! Lol! This one is like a hundred times softer on my eyelids!

Precise color application onto the crease. Picking up color with just the tip of the brush, apply intense colors to the crease to add depth and dimension to the eye.  
I love brushes like this, they make your life easier when you have to do smoky eyes. Mine arrived a bit scraggly looking but I'm sure a nice wash should fix that.

 Controlled highlighting. Apply highlighting shades onto the brow bone or upper cheekbone. Gives a soft and blended finish. 
I like this one, have nothing like it! Can't wait to try. ^_^

 Precise application of liner. Use with gel or liquid liners.
I also can never have enough of these. I love to use them with detailing work. But I do wish it was an angled brush instead because I have only one of those. ;n; Oh well! Still useful.

 Sharp and precise application. Press product along upper and lower lash lines to create an easy, thin liner. Works with gel, liquid or powder products.
I would have probably used a brush like this to smudge but it says you can line with it, I want to try that!

 Concentrated color application. Apply color onto small areas of the eye such as the outer eyelid. Also use to smudge the lower lash line.
I have a brush like this from Colorbar and they really are great for smudging!

Phew! That's all of them. :D
I can't wait to try all of these brushes, winning them was such a stroke of luck! My makeup kit looks amazing with these in there. ;) I will definitely be trying more Sigma products in the future, their eyeshadows look quite promising!
You can check out Sigma makeup and brushes on the Sigma website.
Which brush interests you the most? Have you tried Sigma brushes before?
Comment and let me know!

Thanks for reading!


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