So, this last year I really discovered Jaime French. I'd always seen her viral stuff but I started watching, literally, all her content this past year. She's hilarious and relatable. She made me laugh when I was sick and I also appreciated her being extremely honest with her own life. Due to how much I enjoy her, she kind of got me back on the Sigma Brushes train again and I hadn't used Sigma brushes in years.
*the picture above is from the Sigma website*
I completely stopped using Sigma brushes except for the face brushes occasionally, years ago. However, seeing her use the sets that she put together, made me notice that the ones she was using were working SO well on her skin and blending everything perfectly. So I give you that back story to also say that this specific post is dedicated to Jaime French's "Trendy and Blendy" brush set only. I will have a follow-up post about my experience with the Sigma brushes from a decade ago and then retrying them these last few months. I bought some more outside of this set that I'm getting ready to talk about, to compare them to what I used to have and then to see if there's a difference between the brushes that are featured in collabs. This post, however, is only on the collab, brushes featured, and how well they performed.
There are actually two sets that she done but I just wanted the face set. I'll tell you why. There are brushes in here, that I have nothing that looks like them and that's unusual. I have hundreds of brushes, so that's impressive to not have duplicates.
The main reason I went for this is that I loved how the 4DHD Kabuki (which I'm pretty sure is a design that Sigma owns, I believe) performed on camera and blended for her. I had nothing like it. I wanted to see if it was that good in real life....and it was. I have never had a brush that could get into the small and tight areas and really apply product and blend it like this. It is Heaven for concealer application under the eyes and into that inner corner. It's also perfect for the sides of the nose as well which I'd never paid attention to until using this and it really does make a difference.
Also, she had a very interesting "blush brush" choice for this set. It is the F37 "Spotlight Duster". I never would've used, or thought to use, this long tapered brush for blush. I would use it for a light dusting (hence, the name I guess) of powder more than likely. I watched her explain each brush though and demonstrate how she uses them, and it made sense man! I was sold! Sure enough, I used it as she had explained and it was really nice. It's a delicate way of applying it so that the blush isn't too extreme. It's a very cool way to try a new application technique.
She also included the F80 Flat Top Kabuki, I have several of these. I have one or two older ones from Sigma, I have a bunch from other brands though so I'm very familiar with it because it's my favorite foundation brush. I noticed that it was softer than my other ones, and possibly not as dense but I'm not sure just because I've had them so long. So there's always going to be a difference between a new brush and a "well-used" brush obviously. I used it and of course, it performed great like always. It's always going to be Top 10/Hall of Fame for me regarding brushes.
Lastly, is the F03 High Cheekbone Highlighter. I, again, listened to her explain how she uses this and the fact that you have more control over where you apply the highlight instead of it getting everywhere. She's totally right, it will work very well for that. I don't do highlight very much and when I do it's with a sponge. I do notice that it's handy for setting powder under the eyes for me. I also like it to just set my primer on the eyelid before I start applying eye shadow, or I use it for my blending/transition shadow. It's handy.
The versatility in the brushes here is what justifies having them, for me. I could get a lot done if I only had these brushes on me.
I ordered these on sale from Sigma. It was $56. Regular price is $66. They also have "Afterpay" which breaks the total down to 4 payments. There's a lot of coupon codes for Sigma as well. I'm definitely ok with the price for these specific brushes. I'm glad I was able to get my hands on them because I believe this was like the 4th restock and they are limited edition.
This is a solid set of really good quality brushes. If you're needing some new face brushes, I think this would be more than sufficient for you. So easy to use, does most of the work for you, and gets everything done faster.
I think Jaime killed this. If you haven't seen her on youtube then definitely check her out, I promise you will laugh like crazy.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.