Friday, October 15, 2010

AMW Reviews: Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush (F80)

I was sent Sigma brushes from Sigma USA for reviews in the past, and I have local readers asking me on how to purchase and I felt bad advising them to purchase online because I know how frustrating it is to wait, to pay extra for shipping and sometimes, getting the chance to lose your package on its way from West to East.  

I am super excited, when my previous Dollface Personal Makeup Seminar Batch 2 student Trisha messaged me telling me she brought down Sigma to our shores!  And it's not the pre-order type!  All brushes are actually on hand and I've seen them displayed during The Events Factory Bazaar at Eastwod Libis. 

I know I have enough brushes, yes, for professional use!  But I'm still alright for personal use and when it comes to my ultimate favorite K-brushes, it's all for me babey!!!!  She brought in individual brushes and it was wonderful to see a full size version of the Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki Brush for foundation users out there!  

I've used this for weeks, even brought this along on my Korea Trip, I told Trish I won't but it's just too cute to leave behind!  Here's what I have to say to the Sigma Flat Top Synthetic K-Brush...

Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki says ---
This exclusive flat top synthetic kabuki was designed to deliver a flawless makeup application. The Sigma Makeup F80 is a buffer brush that can be used to blend powder or liquid products. The short and dense bristles make it easy to buff your liquid foundation. The long handle adds comfort to your makeup application. The synthetic fibers are ideal to be used with liquid products and can be easily cleaned.

AMW says ---
  • During shipment: packed really well by the seller and the brush is well protected.
  • No bleeding, no shedding during wash. (first wash til the very moent)
  • Bristles are super soft!  No scratchy feel even if you swirl all over your face even under the eye area.
  • No weird scent as compare to other new brushes!
  • Handle length is just right for both personal and professional use.
  • Multi-functional: can be used on powder, liquid or cream foundation/concealer.
  • If used with liquid foundation: no need to use a lot as this does not absorb the liquid foundation due to its density! 
  • Can be used on mineral and traditional makeup.
  • Works for both medium to heavy coverage, because of its shorter bristles' length, heavy coverage is easy to achieve!
  • Ferrule is attached to bristles really well!  Very sturdy.
  • Density: the most dense flat top k-brush I've owned to date!
  • Not expensive for its durability and quality!  I've owned several Sigma brushes and they are still good as new (as long as you take care of it)
  • Will stain if you did not clean this properly (please check tips on how to clean this brush especially if you use cream/liquid type foundation)
  • Takes a bit longer to dry up again, due to its density!
Worth the investment!  I even use this on clients to buff additional "setting powder" under the eye area!  The length of the brush is just perfect to use professionallyl!

  • For that airbrush use, apply using stippling motion with a liquid foundation.
  • For that super nice coverage, apply with powder or liquid foundation using buffing motion!  
  • Do not forget to add additional coverage with stippling motion under the eye area, sides of the nose, corners of the mouth for that "bright/awake" look!
  • Deep cleansing: swirl this brush with Olive Oil to remove liquid or even powder makeup!  Proceed with using baby shampoo + mild dish washing detergent to remove excess oil! 
  • After washing, gently squeeze off excess and swirl the brush on a clean towel, leave it laying flat on the towel for air drying.  
  • Never blowdry or add heat for quick drying!
  • If you are a type who like to carry this along during travel, purchase a Brush Guard to protect the bristles, or better?  Purchase this cutie!!!
**photo from Sigma

Will I repurchase?
No need, this one is enough for me and it looks like it going to last!

To whom do I recommend this to?
Anyone who likes medium to heavy coverage!  Great if you want to hide those pimple marks!  Works best on Mineral Makeup Foundation!

Where to purchase and how much?
International readers can purchase at Sigma Beauty Website.

Locally at Pink Slippers Boutique for Php1,100 (approx $25.00) plus shipping.
To save up on shipping and if you want to checkout products in person, they are at Moonlit Bazaar this October 15, 16 and 17 at Rockwell.
Add them up on Facebook: PinkSlippersboutique Ph/ Pink Slippers Boutique

Just because, I want to show you the Sigma FT Synthetic K-brush against my first Flat Top K-brush love EDM Flat Top Brush !  Length comparison as shown on photo below!

The reason why Sigma FT K-brush gives a nice heavy coverage aside from its density is its brush lenth!  Shorter than EDM.. (aaaww, they look so sweet..teehee)

Well, I rest my case!  I am impressed and will remain so unless something happens to it!  Will revisit if there's any changes (whether good or bad)

Do you even use Flat Top K-Brushes?  
I do, especially on days my skin is acting up!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. i always love looking at kabiki brushes for some reason. i think i particularly like retractable ones. that Miss Taylor one looks great, though i understand the review is meant for the Sigma. :P

  2. I did the same comparison with the edm brush too, I think sigma's is a tad more dense, I like it better. But I can see how the short handle is handy.

  3. woah here i was about to ask how is it compared to the edm flat top brush cuz that's the one i have LOL.

    imma gonna have to check that out. yep and having the convenience of buying the items here in manila beats sigma's expensive shipping fee (compared to coastal scents and edm~mahal ang sigma)

    thanks for the heads up ♥

  4. i am using EM flattop brush too! love it! and thank goodness it is still in good shape with my rough handling :P

  5. Hi Nikki! great review as always :) But what will you suggest among the three flat top brushes: EDM, Charm, and Sigma? I'm planning to buy just one for now. I was leaning towards EDM...but what do you think since you have all three brushes? In terms of price and quality, which one is really worth it? ^_^

  6. Thanks for the review. I was just looking for a brush like this, I'll check it out.

  7. Hi Nikki, I have the same question as Kat_m above, what's best among the three?

    Or if I could buy only one kabuki brush out of all kabuki brushes, what would you recommend?

  8. hi nikki tips naman sa eyebrow. may alam kba na eyebrow kit or makeup? naiinggit kc ako sa mga girls na magganda eyebrow. thanks!

  9. Jojoba, hahahah it's ok, I've always been on the lookout for full size versions, to be included on my makeup traincase :) I guess you want them for personal so its understandable :)

    Justine, so true on the handy thing for short handle :)

    Marge, I love them both, I've been using the EDM for quite some time and no complaints! With the Sigma one, it really gives a different coverage!

  10. Xin, same here, good shape even on rough handling! Thanks dear

    Kat_m, both Charm and EDM are almost the same with the effect, and of course, the EDM one is on short handle so its much better for travel! When it comes to coverage, if you want the extra coverage , you can go for Sigma, to be honest, the 3 of them works really well, it just depends on your budget! If you are into pinks that works, go for Charm, if you want to take it everywhere, go for the EDM one, but if you want to use it for professional look, Sigma is the key :)

    Gio, no worries , my pleasure

  11. Dea, you can check out my answer above :) Thanks for commenting!

    Venus_major, practice makes perfect talaga especially for your own brows, I had to do my brows for years before I get what's the best thickness and style that fits my face! You can check out my link on brows here



  12. ooops Venus, no. 2.. is this link

  13. function wise, how different is the sigma version compared to the EDM one?

    1. Its almost the same but this one is long handled! But the density and quality wise, they're both the same! :)
      So sorry for the super delayed response Connie :)

  14. Thanks for the reply nikki! since it's just for personal use and i've too many pink brushes coz i got the charm travel kit, i think i'll go for edm, although they've stopped shipping here in the philippines because accdg to them many orders were not getting delivered so i have to wait until they resume shipping here. :(

    1. that's sad, I would understand though as its such a hassle for us to wait for products to arrive in our country as it gets stuck inside the P.O.!

  15. Wow this is a great resource.. I’m enjoying it.. good article

  16. Great site. A lot of useful information here. I’m sending it to some friends!

  17. reliable po b ang The Pink slippers Boutique ?
    takot n po kc aqung m scam eh .Ö

    plz reply poh .

    1. yes, I've ordered from them and so far, they are legit :) Just to make sure to ask first if the products you need are On Hand para you get the product quickly and not much waiting is needed :)


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