I reviewed a number of Sigma face brushes yesterday, and you can read that review at the link. It also goes into more detail about Sigma and the brushes, but to sum up: I ordered fourteen brushes (and received a bonus 15th brush), and most were very good, a couple were great, a couple were fine but I’ve seen better, and a couple had mild defects but Sigma replaced them quickly, at no cost to me. And I’ve had similar issues with high end brushes. Overall, I think Sigma has a very good line of brushes – great when you consider how well they compare with far more expensive brushes.
This review will cover several of the eye brushes, all of which are very good. I think I’ve had maybe three fibers shed from the entire collection in the 2-3 months I’ve been using these daily. They hold their shape excellently after washing. And, as with the face brushes, using them seems very intuitive – even if you’re just learning to use brushes, you’ll get better results with these brushes than with some.
E60 Large Shader
The E60 large shader brush is flat and dome-shaped. It’ designed to sweep color all over the lid. Some people with very large lids may prefer a shader like this in place of a more traditional size eyeshadow brush. This brush is dense and moderately firm, which makes it great for sweeping color over the entire eye area evenly.
E55 Eye Shading
The E55 shading brush looks like a shorter version of the E60 – flat and dome-shaped. This one is a little bit stiffer than the E60, however. It’s really designed to deposit a lot of color on the lids, and it does a great job of this. You can also use it in the crease – you could really get by with this brush and no other, if you had to.
E70 Medium Angled Shading Brush
The E70 has an angled shape that makes it ideal for applying color in the crease. It’s fluffier than the E55, so it deposits color a little less densely. This makes it great for the crease, where I like to start the color out subtle and slowly build up. Many people use this type of brush for their outer corners (that makes a big mess on me, because I just need a much smaller brush for that area).
E30 Pencil brush
The E30 Pencil brush is a short, round tapered brush. It’s meant for applying softly smudged lines of the color at the lashlines, but it has a number of other functions. It’s actually too big for using at the lashline for me, so I use it to apply my outer V color precisely. It also makes a great crease brush, especially if you want a lot of color in there. However you use this brush, it’s great at depositing a lot of color evenly and then blending it. I’m a big fan of this brush.
E40 Tapered blending
The E40 tapered blending brush is a fluffy, round brush, rounded at the end (despite the word “tapered”, the bristles do not form a fine tip). The bristles have just the right amount of spring to do a great job at blending out harsh lines or seams between colors. It can also be used as a crease brush, and it works well for that. Another use for this one is to brush away fallout from under the eyes, or to brush away excess powder applied in that area to catch fallout. Yet another use is to apply highlighter on the face.
The E25 I have is travel sized, and it came as a freebie with my order. It’s similar to the E40, but smaller, a tiny bit flatter and with more of a blunt end. I prefer the E40 – this one tends to over blend easily. This one does make a nice crease brush, however, if you like this type of brush for the crease area.
E65 Small Angle
The E65 small angle brush is ideal for lining. It’s very flat and stiff with an angled shape. You can sweep color on with it if you like, but you can also just sort of stamp it on in one spot, then move on and stamp again. It’s small enough to allow for serious precision, but not so small that lining your eyes takes an hour. I use this one to apply my inner corner highlight as well as to line the lashes.
The E05 eyeliner brush is small and very tapered, with tightly packed bristles that allow for great precision. It’s thicker than a lot of eyeliner brushes (but thinner than a Sonia Kashuk one I have), and yet because of the tapered tip, it allows you to make a fairly thin line – it’s great for making a line that’s thick at the outer corner and then tapers as it moves toward the inner. It’s a little bit different from any other eyeliner brush I have, and the more I use it, the more I realize just what I can do with it.