I know there are many fans of Sigma Brushes out there, but I can’t say I number amongst them as I think they have their hits and misses as every brand does. I do however, have a couple I like and use often and because they’re pretty affordable, I thought I’d introduce you to them.
We kick off with this, the Sigma E25 Blending Brush.
Mine comes with a shorter silver travel sized handle as it was a free gift with an order I made quite many years ago. It is however sold as a full sized brush with the usual long black lacquered handle for an affordable $12.
As the name implies, this is a blending brush for eyeshadow but over the years, I’ve found that it does a lot more than just blend shadow.
The white bristles are natural hair and I believe it’s goat. Don’t hold me to it though, because I can’t seem to find any information on what they may be made of, on the official site. It isn’t the softest of goat hairs but it isn’t overly pokey or scratchy and fairly soft so I’d say that it’s of passable quality. Naturally, don’t compare this to the much more refined brands because at this price point, I don’t think it’s fair.
The oval shaped brush head is quite dense yet fluffy and this is great because not only does it blend out edges of eyeshadow, you can even use this brush to apply eyeshadow or if you like, apply concealer on the under eye area.
In fact the first time I used this brush was not even for blending out colour.
I used it to apply colour to the area just under the brow bone. You see, I’d learned that applying a light highlighter shade of eyeshadow to the underside of the brow bone brightens the eye area and makes you look more awake and Heaven knows, we could all have more of that!
So digging in my stash yielded me this brush. The hairs are dense enough so I can apply a wash of colour, yet fluffy enough so I can blend it out very easily. If I feel the need to blend out the edges of my eyeshadow, I use this brush too. It’s soft enough that it doesn’t scratch my skin.
If you don’t want your under eye concealer to look cakey, you can use a brush like this to apply the product. It gives a lighter coverage and a more diffused look to the skin. You’d be surprised you know. Natural hair really does apply cream and powder product better and more evenly to the skin, with a lighter more natural appearance. At least that’s my experience which is why I prefer using natural hair brushes.
This Sigma E25 Blending Brush has also been touted to be a dupe of the MAC 217 blending brush but as I do not have the MAC one I am unable to compare. I do have another 2 brushes that look the same in my stash so I’ll show them to you below.
All in all, I’d say that this is a good brush to have in your brush stash. It is multi-functional and performs well, plus holds up well to washing. I’ve had this one for a few years and the bristles still wash out fairly clean with just soap. I couldn’t complain really!
In a nutshell
The Sigma E25 brush is a blending brush with white natural hair bristles. It is dense enough so you can use it to apply a wash of colour of eyeshadow, yet fluffy enough so you can use it to blend colours and edges. I like using this to apply a wash of highlighter under my brow bone and to blend all my eye colours together. You can also use it to apply concealer to the under eye area. The white bristles wash out fairly clean and it hasn’t shed much on me over the years. I would say it’s a soft brush although not quite the softest I’ve used. That said, I’m not complaining for the price.
Brush Hair: Goat (natural)
Pros: Affordable, Multi-functional brush, Dense enough to allow for application of eyeshadow colour yet fluffy enough to blend colours, Soft and does not scratch the skin
Cons: Hard to find as it’s mostly sold online
Who will like this: Anyone who is in the market for an eyeshadow blending brush that isn’t too soft, Anyone who is in the market for an affordable blending brush similar to the MAC 217
Sigma E25 Blending Brush vs Bdellium Maestro 776
I recently purchased a couple of Bdellium brushes to try out due to the raves and one of it was the Maestro 776 brush which looks remarkably similar to the Sigma E25. They’re both of white natural hair (goat, I believe), both have the same shape and density and both are suposed to perform a similar function.
The similarity stops there. I found the Bdellium Maestro 776 horribly scratchy. Horribly! If I weren’t familiar with brushes, this would have put me off natural hair brushes forever. It was that bad. I don’t like it one bit so although it’s also affordable, I’d tell you to get the Sigma E25 instead. Much better.
Which do I prefer: The Sigma E25 because the Bdellium was horribly scratchy
Sigma E25 Blending Brush vs MAC 224
The Sigma E25 has been compared to the MAC217 but I don’t have the MAC217. Instead the only similar looking MAC brush in my collection is a very old one – the MAC 224SE. The SE tells you that it’s from a travel kit and it’s ancient (but surprisingly still is pretty decent!)
Unlike the Sigma E25 which has a flattened base and therefore a flatter construction, the MAC224 has a round base with a round brush head. It therefore performs a better blending function although I too find it just dense enough for me to use to apply highlighter around my eyes.
Which do I prefer: I’d say they’re equal. I don’t have the full size MAC 224 so I can’t say, but I think they’re both decent brushes so it will depend on what fits your wallet.
Do you have the Sigma E25 Blending Brush? Do you use blending brushes like these?
I never did before this, but it’s grown on me. I like using brushes like this, as I said, to apply highlighter colours to the brow bone and then quickly brushing it across the lid to blend my eyeshadow colours or blend out harsh edges. You could say my Sigma E25 gets quite a lot of use from me!