Currently, I only own one brush from cruelty-free brand Sigma, maybe you’ve heard of it? The highly-highly touted F80 Flat-Top Kabuki is raved about on blogs and on YouTube alike because it is a GREAT tool. The design is such that many other brands have launched similar brushes, and that there are a lot of counterfeits on the market.
I creep on Sigma’s site every so often to see if they’re running any sales or have anything intriguing – even when I’m not trying to expand my collection of makeup, I am always up to try new brushes and tools.
It was during one such visit that I came across this, the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki:
This densely-packed, chisel-tipped kabuki brush is unlike any cosmetic (or paint, for that matter) brush I’ve ever seen. Though it comes to a defined point in the center, either side is flat and ought to be effective for buffing product in.
I sat for a while trying to think of a reason why a consumer or artist would want the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki (especially if they already had a tool they liked) – admittedly, I found it a little gimmicky at first. Just because something is unique doesn’t mean it is ideal, after all. It then occurred to me that the chiseled, taller center of the bristles would be fantastic for applying foundation around the corners of the nose – an area that, let’s face it, a lot of people struggle with (even those experienced with makeup). Other areas requiring a little more precision may benefit too, such as around the eyes and lips.
The Sigma 3DHD Kabuki may also be nice for those who want a single tool to work in their concealer as well as their foundation, if they didn’t feel comfortable going the beautyblender route (if for sanitary reasons or the fact that even a non-disposable beautyblender has to be replaced more often than a brush).
The brush, which retails for $24, is available on Sigma’s site. Personally, I don’t think I’ll be adding it to my brush collection because I’m quite content with my good ol’ F80, the similar Elite Flat Top Buffer from Coastal Scents, and my beautyblender. That isn’t to say that I think the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki is a wash, I just don’t think it would be right for my needs; since I didn’t wake up a multi-millionaire this morning, I still need to make wise investments in my tools.