Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Sigma "The Cities" Travel Brush Set: New York

Sigma has been on a roll with new brush releases lately, and their new "The Cities" travel collection does not disappoint! This set of 7 short-handled brushes is available in four different "cities": Tokyo (pink), Paris (red), London (brown w/18k gold), and New York (black). Each set contains the same seven brushes, just with different colored handles. Click here to check them out on the Sigma website!

The brushes come in case that snaps apart to act as two little holding cups... pretty nifty!

I've said this before in my videos, but I'm always hesitant with travel brush sets because I feel they are usually pretty "cheap" in quality (I'm looking at you, MAC). While most brush companies hand make their full size brushes, they will often machine make their travel brushes, which results in rough fibers, shedding, and overall poor brush shape. This is why I am especially impressed that the brushes in this collection don't lack quality in the slightest... the hairs are incredibly soft, the brush shapes are the same as their full-size counterparts, and they work just as well as any other high end brush should!


This set contains seven brushes total: 3 face brushes and 4 eye brushes. I really like the brush selection of this kit... I've always passed on the other Sigma travel kits because they happen to have almost all of the brushes that aren't my favorite. This kit actually contains many of the brushes I use most!

F30, F15, F05

The three face brushes are the F30, F15 and F05. The F30 is great for bronzer and all over face powder. The F15 is good for cheek products and cream/liquid face products. The F05 is a perfect size for face highlighting or contouring. All three of these are something I would use in an everyday application. (These are dupes for the MAC brushes 150, 131, and 109-- corresponding with order in above photo).

E60, E45, E35, E05

The four eye brushes are the E60, E45, E35, and E05. The E45 and E35 are great for crease colors and blending, while the E60 is for shading and the E05 is good for gel liner. Out of these four, I'm excited about the E45 and E35 the most. I prefer using a smaller shader brush for my lid, so I probably won't reach for the E60 unless my coveted MAC 239 is dirty. I also haven't been wearing much gel liner lately, but I do like the E05 for when I do use gel liner. (These are dupes for the MAC brushes 252, 226, 217, and 209-- corresponding with order in above photo).


And to give you an idea of size, the above photo shows the brushes next to my iPhone. The handles are significantly shorter than the full-size versions, but not so short you would have trouble using them. The case these come with is a two-part tube that snaps together, keeping them safe during travel. Then when you are ready to use the brushes, the case snaps apart into two little holding cups (as seen in the first photo of this post)!


Overall, this is one of the better brush sets I've seen. It's well made and has a good variety of brushes. My only criticism of this kit is I wish it included a smaller shader brush, such as the E55, but that is a matter of personal preference. This set retails for $59 and can be purchased at SigmaBeauty.com.

What do you think?
xx, Allison

31 comments:

  1. i have the e45 and e35 and they are both amazing! along with a dense packer brush, that's all you need

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  2. CosmeticIntelligenceNovember 22, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Definitely got my eye on these! I think I actually prefer travel size brushes (for their size, obviously not if they're poor quality!) because I always whack my mirror when I use my full size 150, haha!

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  3. These actually look really good :) Perfect for traveling! I totally agree on the whole MAC travel size brushes thing lol. I was talked into buying a brush set when I got my first MAC products & I don't really like them as much as the full size brushes. $40 that I could have spent on someting else.

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  4. Wow the brushes look so nice! Thanks for posting a review xx

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  5. nice post! Sigma truly made great brushes, these new travel brush sets don't look cheap like other travel size brushes! I was wondering if you could place full size version next to travel size ones for better comparison, please please. Thanks!
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  6. I agree with Black...I wa sjust thinking it would be great if you could put the full size version next to the travel one so we can get a good idea how much smaller!

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  7. I haven't purchased any Sigma brushes yet (just got my first MAC ones, finally), but I'm having major brush envy lately...

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  8. Those brushes look so nice. This is going on my Christmas list..

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  9. Could you please put up a picture (here or on twitter) comparing the travel brushes with regular brushes just to get an idea of the handle size.. thanks :)

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  10. apriljoyyyy.blogspot.comNovember 22, 2011 at 6:27 PM

    I love this! I definitely will put this on my Christmas list!

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  11. Jennifer FitzgeraldNovember 22, 2011 at 7:33 PM

    WOw pretty great set!!

    xo Jenn

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  12. Love the photos these brushes look gorgeous!

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  13. Justine (Productrater)November 22, 2011 at 9:03 PM

    Cute how they are short handled and I love the container (I got mine with the make me up kit).

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  14. Love this!! Definitely going to be my next sigma purchase!:)

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  15. i am seriously hinting for the London set for xmas! according to the email from Sigma, these are LE sets. do you know how long they'll be around?

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  16. I'm loving the travel sized F05! I've been tempted to get this when I saw the release, and tempted even more with your review! :)

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  17. Loving the compact size of this! Oh how I wished Sigma was available in the UK! xxx

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  18. I am so glad that you posted this review! I got the email about it, and I was very curious to see what the set included, but now I understand and I really want it! :) haha. Great post as usual!

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  19. looks really cool! I saw a brown color one too... God I wish sigma would come to singapore soon!!! :D

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  20. Very tempted to buy the Tokyo one :D Wish there was a F60 in the set though, don't really like using the F15 for liquid foundation, but maybe I could get used to it.

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  21. I am very tempted to but this set, especially with the Black Friday sale...
    Happy Thanksgiving! :)

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  22. Beautiful Blog Miss, have an amazing day =)

    -Mia xoxo
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  23. I want one of these so bad! I just can't convince myself to actually pay for it, lol


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  24. what's the difference between these new "destination" sets, compared to the other similiarly packaged sets (the pink, purple, blue and black ) ones that everyone raved over last year?

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  25. please do a video review! pretty please!

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  26. Estefania RodriguezNovember 28, 2011 at 8:41 AM

    I saw the Tokyo set, and I absolutely need it!! It's such a great price, too!!

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  27. I have another set similar as this one from sigma too, I really like the case etc. Very easy to travel with.

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  28. thanks for reviewing this! i've never tried sigma brushes and i think this will be a good starter kit :)

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