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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Product Review: Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80

On my most recent Current Favorites post, I included the Sigma Flat Top Synthetic Kabuki F80 on my list and this review will explain why it has become not just a current favorite, but a total favorite. Here is the 3rd installment for my brush reviews.

I got this brush, thanks to the affiliate program of Sigma Beauty.

Product Description taken from Sigma Beauty website:

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. Made of Synthetic Sigmax HD filament.


What I like:
- This is by far, the best brush I have used for cream/liquid foundations and bb creams. Unlike stippling brushes and regular foundation brushes, it applies the product more quickly while evenly distributing it on the face. You won't even see streaks at all and the result is a flawless face.
- Since I started using this, I noticed that I use less product. It's as if the skin absorbs the foundation and there won't be much product left on the bristles. Other brushes eat a lot of the product but not this one. Also keep i mind that with this brush, less is more.
- The bristles are dense and perfect for buffing which requires little effort to have an even application. It also glides on the skin so it does not involve any dragging and tugging. They are really soft and non-scratchy too.
- Buff it or stipple it, this brush does a great job.
- Does not irritate my skin at all.
- Does not bleed nor does it shed every time I wash it.
- The handle is just right - not too long and not too short. I get the right amount of control over this brush.
- Since the bristles are made of synthetic hair, I can be assured that no animals were harmed in the making of these brushes (I think I made it sound like a movie/tv disclaimer).
- Reasonably priced at $16.

What I don't like:
- Takes quite some time to dry.
- Not locally available but there are now local resellers. Great for those who do not have PayPal or credit/debit cards they can use to purchase this directly from the Sigma website or for those who live outside the US and hate the waiting game.

Overall rating: 4.75/5

Will I buy again? I would if there is a need to. I think this brush and I will have a long way to go before going our separate ways. But I want to try the F05 or the Small Contour Brush that looks like MAC 109. :)

Have you tried this brush?

Have a great week, everyone! :)

P.S. I was supposed to do a birthday giveaway for the Miss Taylor Kabuki but to my surprise, the rules have changed. I'll do my belated birthday giveaway soon.

Disclaimer: Product was received as an incentive for the Sigma Beauty Affiliate Program

Coming up: Becca Bodouir Mineral Powder Foundation Review


  1. nice review! hope i can try this brush soon!

  2. @psychedelicme I hope you get to try this brush too. Real soon. :)

  3. i've never owned any sigma brushes :( sana they came out noon pa before i started buying some mac brushes which were super expensive -_-. that looks so dense and it's good to know that it;s soft and non-scratchy :D

  4. @Donna I hope you can try at least one. Most of their brushes resemble those of MAC. But MAC is MAC pa din so let's just think of our MAC brushes as investments? Haha!

  5. i also love this brush pammycakes! :) mine's stained though.. how do you clean yours?

  6. @sugar sugar I wash and deep cleanse it with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap, Sugarpaopao. :P

  7. Who doesn't love the F80? It's just so great for everything and it's sooooo soft!

  8. I like the sounds of this one not shedding. My kabuki brush from sheds a couple strands each time I use it =(

  9. Nice no? I like Sigma brushes too! :) Super obvious na super ganda ng brush na to! Photo pa lang! :)

  10. hi sis pammy! i just did a review on the sigma synthetic face kit. and i have to agree with everything you said! i really adore this brush! BEST brush for applying foundation. :)

  11. great review sis! i think it validates my want to buy my very first Sigma brush - i just can't resist flat top brushes!

  12. I hear such great things about this brush! I live in Australia, so this brush is a little hard to get my hands on, but it sounds awesome :)

  13. wanna try Sigma brushes for a while na din, this just validates it even more! add the fact that i can't help hoarding FT brushes.

    btw sis, how do you find Shu Face Architect? wanna try that one too!

  14. @G A B Y I completely agree. This brush is such a gem. :)

  15. @PopBlush That's so sad. Using it feels like waiting for the day for it to finally go bald.

  16. @Askmewhats True! Lucky you, you have a brush set from them. :P

  17. @MereMakeupManiac I think you will love this brush too. I can confidently say this is a "must-have" brush. :)

    Re: Shu FA - I like it. Here's my review on it pala - :)

  18. @Michelle It took 3 weeks or so for me to receive this brush but it was definitely worth the wait. I hope you can also try this. :)

  19. Awesome! But, it's a bit pricey.. Huhu. But I really want to have one though...

    Btw, I'm a new follower! :)

  20. i've got my sigma brushes just recently~with the duo fiber f50, ugggh i don't like it... >.<
    super sisi, sana f80 na lang ni-order ko! waaaah!
    super like your review pammycakes, kaya naman super sisi naman me sa F50 duo fiber ko..
    mas nagustuhan ko pa yung mac188 from tartan tale collection last year compare dito sa sigma f50--super streaky.. effort to blend.
    need to give some review on my latest sigma haul. huhu =(

  21. thinking of getting this brush next but... i'm happy with my round top/F82 for now! :P thanks for this review Pammytweet... you're pushin me get the F80 asap! LOL

  22. Hi! Both shuuemura's foundation and kabuki are popular ay:)!

  23. @Myrted I honestly think this is worth investing to. :D Thank you, dear. :)

  24. @DianeAnd I thought it's one of their best products with some gurus saying it's the next best thing to MAC 187 or a MAC 187 dupe perhaps. Looking forward to your review. Go get the F80, you might end up liking it so much better than that F50. :)

  25. @ur_prettyprinces You have F82 na pala, I think that will suffice for now since I read it's also a really good brush. But do get the F80 soon. Haha! :)

  26. Still waiting for my brush from sigma... 48 years...

  27. I love this brush too!! My only gripe is the same as yours, it takes a long time to dry!

  28. @Kumiko Mae Me too! It's just too awesome! :P

    @Sweethestia Oh no, I hope you receive yours soon. :)

    @Tammy Yeah but all the great things about the brush outweighs the drying time so it's still a great brush overall. :)

  29. This is intriguing. I wish this brush is more accessible. More resellers with good prices please :D

  30. @herroyalbleakness Yeah, the mark ups are some kinda OA at time. But Sigma's shipping fee is quite reasonable. :)


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