Good makeup brushes are a must-have, and when you travel, good travel brushes help you look good whether you’re in Chicago, or China. Somehow, I’m always looking for a better and more luxurious take on the travel brush.
So I’m happy to share with you that Sigma Beauty has launched the amazing, Cities Collection. These collection includes four exceptional, limited edition travel kits, each of which represents the beauty and excitement of its namesake city. Each kit features seven travel-size brushes from Sigma’s best-selling Essential and Premium Kits. You get:
An easy to use, E05 Eye liner brush. It’s an extra fine-tipped brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes, and it has synthetic bristles.
I also like the E35 Tapered Blending brush-it’s soft, long bristles come to a tapered tip and is great to apply and blend colors, especially to the crease area. It’s also good for diffusing color and hard edges of a liner. It has natural bristles.
The E45 Small Tapered Blending brush also has natural bristles. This small domed brush with a highly tapered tip is one of my favorite tools because it helps you precisely apply color, and you can also use it to blend intense colors into the crease area.
The E60 Large Shader is an essential brush for applying cream formulas and especially eye shadow primers and concealers. The flat shape features natural bristles
I don’t always need a contour brush, for for blush, contour powders, or even bronzers, the F05 Small Contour brush with natural bristles has a softly rounded dome top that really helps you smooth color onto the face.
F15 Duo Fibre brush has a blend of synthetic and natural bristles with a striking, ombre-ish, white/black look. This medium-sized tapered brush is a must have for applying intensely pigmented or mineralized powders. I like this one for regular powder blush for a soft look, too.
Last but not least is the brush I reach for often, even on the road. The F30 Large Powder brush. The large brush’s rounded, fluffy tip of natural bristles is best for powder application on face or body. uffy and rounded tip. Suitable application of powder products on face or body. I use this one for blush as well, and for shimmery powders.
Each set also has a very luxurious and unique container. On the outside it is a round, faux leather tube that snaps together in the middle. Closed, it reminds me of a cunning, mini version of a train case, or the type of impressive hat box that women used to carry on long vacations and ocean liners. But what makes these particularly interesting are that once you snap apart the two pieces of the case, you have two functional makeup brush holders. This is lovely for home but honestly, unless you are taking a lot of luggage, the bulky case is probably not your best bet for a carry-on or overnight bag. I still love the idea, though.
The prices might seem high, but you get a lot of wow! for your dollar. Additionally, when you do the math, each brush is really not eye-popping-ly pricey. The most expensive is the London version that features 18K gold-plated ferrules and chestnut handles. This kit represents London’s poise and elegance. This kit is available for $89.00 USD. The other three are each $59.00. The Paris version features red ferrules and handles, representing the romance capital of the world. The Tokyo version features electrifying pink ferrules and handles, representing this trend-setting city. The one in the photo (and the one I reviewed) is the New York version, featuring stylish silver ferrules and black handles. Black is definitely the fashion-forward color of the Big Apple!
Just as impressive is the Make Me Blush travel collection. It also features the same, snap-apart, two-containers-in-one case as the Cities collections. But this version is a hot pink. The brushes have hot pink handles with hot pink ferrules. It’s about as girly as you can get, but the seven brushes in this set are not kids toys. They’re pro-style and work beautifully.
The same F30 Large Powder brush as in the Cities collections, but this time with the pink themed handles. The other six brushes are different from the Cities brushes.
Pencil – E30 Precise application of color on the crease, outer corner, upper and lower lash line. the white, natural bristles pick up the color you need without falling off the natural bristles.
Tapered Blending – E40 Rounded and tapered top. Specially designed to apply and blend color on the crease. Natural bristles. This brush is the slightly larger sister to the #35 Tapered Blending brush in the Cities collection. It has natural bristles in a large, fluffy, soft head to diffuse powders and blend them well.
Eye Shading – E55 is perhaps the brush I use most for eyes. The tip is rounded, soft and dense and applies lose or powder shadow across the entire lid with it’s natural bristles.
Small Angle – E65 This brush is an eye liner brush used mostly for gel or cream eye liner, but the synthetic bristles also pick up enough intense powder shadow to use as a powder line brush too, in a pinch. The bristle head is tiny, but precise.
Large Angled Contour – F40 The angled shape makes this brush ideal to apply blush or contour shades. It’s the larger sister to the F05 brush in the Cities collection, but the angle seems much more defined. It also has natural bristles.
Foundation – F60 has large, flat, compact, synthetic bristles with a rounded tip to apply liquid or cream foundation. You can also use it to apply moisturizer and conceal large areas. While I know that using foundation with a brush gives a much smoother, more polished finish, I don’t normally do it that way. But when you have a need to look perfect, a foundation brush like this one isn’t an option, it’s a must-have.
If you didn’t get the beauty booty you wanted during the holidays, now is the perfect time to treat yourself. These brushes are investments that will pay dividends for a long, long time. All of these amazing travel brush sets, and a lot more sets and individual full sized brushes, can be found on the Sigma Beauty WebSite