Sunday, April 25, 2010

Sigma Premium Kit Initial Review/Haul

Since I do love the majority of my brushes included in the Sigma Professional Kit (pics to come soon) I jumped at purchasing the Premium Kit from I received the kit quite some time ago but I haven't had a chance to wash them yet, hence I haven't used them yet, I am quite excited to use them though!

First impression: smelly (as with every kit I've ordered) ** one of the brushes came with glue on 20% of the bristles (I will email Sigma for a replacement, I seriously wonder how that's going to go...considering the owners immature response to this video, go to the very end of the video for the screen shot) pic is below ** shipping&handling prices is a tad bit too high for my liking ** well packaged, all arrived in perfect order (shoot, it better considering the price of shipping&handling) ** plenty of variety, not many lines carry the amount of brushes as Sigma does ** they don't currently sell all of their brushes individually (which is quite disappointing), however, recently they've showed up on the All Cosmetic Wholesale website individually

2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
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2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
This is the brush that has glue on it!! What happened to quality control?! It's very stiff (I thought it was an actual piece of plastic, that's how hard it is) and I will not try to wash it out b/c apparently you can't return a used item, I won't take that risk.
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
Apparently these are made/assembled in China (P.R.C. is printed on the plastic wrappings for each brush). I was under the impression these were assembled/made in the U.S.A. (since it's imprinted on each brush), quite confusing in my honest opinion. They are however distributed in the U.S.A.
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
Here's the lip brush SS316 uncapped -- You'll see there's already some paint chipping off on the right of the brush number...I wonder how this will look after using it. One concern, the fibers are synthetic, not sure how that will work as a lip brush.
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit
2010-04-25 Sigma Premium Brush Kit

So there you go ladies, has anyone else picked up this set? What are your thoughts? I hope to write a full review after putting this set to use!

Oh yeah, disclosure time, I am not affiliated with Sigma and I paid for this set and everything I've ever disclosed on my blog.


bananas. said...

wow. that's quite a set of brushes. i'm not that serious about makeup so i probably won't buy one for myself.

i will, however, gush over yours.

Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

@ bananas. - I never thought I'd be into them, but now I think I have enough to go for a few years =/ haha

xoxo ;-)

Hollywood said...

I never tried these but I want to...Well since I have BANGS nobody can't see my eyes makeup anyways.


Miss♥Nikka said...

Ive been wanting to buy a set of sigma brushes but im always in a doubt..i i know i wont be using everything on the set or is it because im too dedicated to my mac brushes.

But let me know how you like them :]

ellinelle said... ..that's a lot brushes but I can understand that you are upset about not good quality of that one brush ..well ,give them a try : )

PetiteAsianGirl said...

Lol, I just spent 20 min scouring the youtube comments for the owners response and finally realized it was in the vid.

Seems like this brand gets really mixed reviews from beauty bloggers. That really is confusing about the made in PRC vs. made in US...I'm not sure if they can sustain the low prices if made in the US!

Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

@ Hollywood - I see your eye makeup!!! I think the bangs just make it sultry ;-)

@ Miss♥Nikka - Honey, if you have MAC, just stick to them, there ARE however some Sigma brushes that throw MAC out of the water, but not that many (going off of tons of reviews I've read). You all will get an update :)

@ ellinelle - I will, I hope they work with me :)

@ PetiteAsianGirl - Umm, yeah, I woke up this morning saying "they won't know it's at the end of the video". We all know why the reason behind controversial reviews, Sigma has given away so many of these sets and people feel bloggers/youtubers are only giving good reviews b/c it was free. If it wasn't free, you realize the brushes are great, but not worth all the hype.

I don't have a huge problem with it being made in China, just don't confuse me =/

You're so right, if they were to be hand assembled in the states, they wouldn't stay in business at their current rates.


kimber doll said...

WOW WOW WOW .. I really want one of these kits! Such a variety of brushes .. sorry to hear you had some glue stuck to one .. not good! Hoepfully they will replace that one or else it will be way too scratchy on your skin :*(.

Couture Carrie said...

Gorgeous set!
Fab review and pics, darling!


Fashion By He said...

love the blog, want to link exchange??


ko0ty said...

I just ordered one of the Sigma travel sets last night... can't wait to receive it so I can try it out.

Kate Gene said...

Your pictures turned out awesome!

I am still a bit shocked by the tweet response. I know you and I already talked about it, but eek! You should DEFINITELY ask for a replacement brush!

Let us know what happens with the lip brush... I have been especially curious about that one because I don't own one!

I hope you're feeling better! Are you still sick?


Rachel said...

I loveee these brushes I only have a few but I'm about to buy the whole set! Thanks for the pictures!!

Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

@ Kimber doll - I'm glad to say they replaced it and it was an easy and FAST transaction, I'm quite pleased!! Let me know if you decide to order some!

@ Couture Carrie & Fashion by He - Thanks!

@ ko0ty - Tell me what you think of them!!

@ Kate Gene - Thank you!!!

Haven't used the lip brush yet (I'll bbm when I do soon!!) - but I'm glad to report Sigma made the replacement EASY PEAZY!!

Thank you! I'm better, much better - just dealing with the repercussions from stress =/


@ Rachel - I'm glad you love them too!!



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