Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Real Techniques vs Sigma - Which Brush Is Better?

Real Techniques Stippling Brush vs Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush

Two of the most popular make up brushes in the beauty world but which one really is better?!
Real Techniques Stippling Brush vs Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush vs Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush


Real Techniques Stippling Brush - £11.99 - LINK
This was my first 'proper' foundation brush (aside from a flat brush that always guaranteed you a streaky finish) and I loved it. As you can see the bristles of this brush is a typical duo-fibre with longer and shorter bristles which give you an evenly blended, light coverage. I stipple on my foundation and then gently buff it in after, this does take slightly longer to apply your foundation but it's worth doing so as the finish is gorgeous. I have tried to build more coverage on particular areas with it but have found it pretty hard to do so, so I mostly use this for when I'm after a more natural look. This is a brush of many talents as it's also amazing for cream blushes and cream highlighters as it's the perfect size and picks up just the right amount!

Pros
♥ Has a beautiful, natural finish
♥ Blends beautifully
♥ Has more than one purpose
♥ Cheap price tag 
♥ It's pink!

Cons
♥ Takes slightly longer to apply foundation
♥ Annoying 'stand on own' design
♥ After a fair few washes it isn't as soft as it initially was
♥ Not great for building coverage
Real Techniques Stippling Brush vs Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Real Techniques Stippling Brush vs Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush
Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush - £15.95 - LINK
As soon as I brought this it totally knocked the RT stippling brush off the holy grail spot, it's amazing! The bristles of the brush are SO soft, all the same length but much more tightly packed than the above which gives you a completely flawless, airbrushed finish - honestly it really is perfection! This is perfect for those wanting a more medium/full coverage and the application is really quick and easy too as you just buff in all of your foundation and everything is blended evenly without looking cakey. I love that this is synthetic too as it keeps it from stealing all of your product which is a major plus! The only con I have of this brush is when it comes to its weekly clean. As it is so dense it can be a bit of a buggar to know that it is fully cleansed so I normally do 2 or 3 washes just to make sure and even though I've washed it plenty of times it's not shed a single hair!

Pros
♥ Flawless finish
♥ Blends perfectly with ease
♥ Great for medium-full coverage
♥ Hasn't shed a single hair

Cons
♥ May need more than one wash due to density of bristles
♥ Slight chipping to brush handle
♥ Shipping and custom charges if ordered directly from Sigma's website

As you can see, both brushes are amazing but in my opinion it's all down to what you're really looking to achieve. If you're after a more multi-task brush that gives a lighter, more natural finish then the RT Stippling brush is the one for you and if you're after a flawless, buildable coverage then I'd recommend the Sigma Flat Top Kabuki. Out of the two my favourite definitely is the one from Sigma, it ticks all of the boxes - I love it!

Have you tried either of these brushes?
What's your favourite brush to apply your foundation?
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16 comments

  1. I have never tried the Sigma brushes! Where can you buy them? : ) xx
    http://oliviacherylx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They're amazing! Kirsty (below) has just said Beauty Chamber, I never knew of their site and they're so cheap too! You also don't have to pay the ridiculous custom charges either :) xx

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  2. Argh, second time trying to comment! (Damn Wifi) I have the Flat Top Kabuki brush from Sigma and I absolutely love it! It's perfect for giving you a stunning, flawless finish. I agree with you in that this brush can be a bugger to clean; however I am willing to overlook it considering how great it is. I ordered my Sigma brushes from Beauty Chamber which saves on the silly delivery fees too. Great post Charlotte xxx

    Kirsty - Effortlessly Excessive

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    1. Ahhh you're a STAR!!!!! I've been trying to find a UK site that stocks all of the brushes and they do! Thanks so much! xxxx

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  3. I haven't tried any Sigma brushes but they always seem amazing in reviews :) I love the RT brushes, a lot of people use the stippling brush for cream blush too :)

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    1. They certainly live up to the hype my lovely - they're so good! Yeah it's really good for that too, great brushes both of them :) xx

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  4. I really want to try out the Sigma brushes!
    Chloe x

    http://shimmerlashes-x.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. They're brilliant hun, check out Beauty Chamber they sell them xx

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  5. I loved my Real Techniques before I got the Sigma one. Now I only use the Sigma one! Love it!

    Linh | SimplyLinh

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    1. I was the exact same! I don't think anything can compare with my Sigma brush now! xx

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  6. I would opt for RT purely as its pink haha.

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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    1. Haha that was exactly the reason why I picked this one up - it would be rude not to! xx

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  7. Great post, I really need some new brushes :)

    Camille xo

    www.cococami.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Definitely try out the ones from Sigma lovey they're so good and really cheap aswel xx

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  8. It's great to see the two compared, I love the RT Stippling Brush for concealer!

    alice xo | beautybyalicee | bloglovin'

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    1. Ooohh I never thought to use it for that - such a great idea! I'm going to give it a try tomorrow :) xx

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