The Cities Collection, launching November 21st, is Sigma Beauty’s very limited special edition travel kit collection. The Cities kit features seven travel sized brushes from their best-selling Essential and Premium Kits: E05 Eyeliner, E35 Tapered Blending, E45 Small Tapered Blending, E60 Large Shader, F05 Small Contour, F15 Duo Fibre, and F30 Large Powder. The brushes are held in a travel-size container that turns into two brush holders (the full sized holder is valued at $20).
This collection consists of four different kits that varies only in themes and colors: Tokyo (pink, $59), Paris (red, $59), New York (black, $59) and London (brown with gold ferrules, $). Each kit was designed to represent the beauty and excitement of the city it is named after. I chose the Pink Tokyo kit because I’ve never owned a pink brush set and I find the color to be absolutely gorgeous! From the case to the handle to the ferrule, the design and color are both pristine and radiant. I absolutely love Sigma’s new brush designs. The materials feel really expensive and the laser engraving ensures that the words never rub off no longer how long you use the brushes.
The brushes themselves are soft and gentle on the face. The newly intact ferrule ensures that the bristles are held together well for years, but always wash your brand new brushes to clean off unbound bristles. Let’s look at individual brushes in this kit:
E05 Eyeliner – An extra-fine tipped synthetic fiber brush that delivers a precise, firm, even stroke to line the eyes. – The E05 is fantastic eyeliner brush. I use it with my Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner as well as cream shadows. It is soft enough for the eyelid while being stiff enough to create thin, sharp, clean lines.
E35 Tapered Blending – Fluffy, long-bristled brush with tapered tip. Ideally used to apply and blend color to the crease area and to soften harsh edges. – This is my favorite blending bush. I actually own a few of these, but I always want more because they’re so convenient and versatile. I keep one in my handbag for quick brush ups.
E45 Small Tapered Blending – Small domed brush with highly tapered tip. Versatile, this brush can be used to precisely apply and blend intense colors to the crease area. – Similar to the E35, but smaller, black, and less fluffy. It blends very well and is great for creases. And if you don’t have much of a crease, it can help define the area!
E60 Large Shader – Flat shape is ideal for application of cream formulas and eye shadow primers. It also works great with loose eye shadows or pigments. Can be used to apply color all over the lid or precisely on the lash line. Natural bristles. – This one packs on eyeshadows very nicely. I love using this brush on my loose shadows because I can finally get them to stick!
F05 Small Contour – Ideal to apply, blend or contour powder products. Softly rounded dome tip smoothly blends color into the face. – This is almost identical to the MAC 109 in form of application and brush density. The main difference is this one is travel sized and much cuter in pink! I know that Sigma brushes and MAC brushes are different here and there, but if you buy the F05, you will never, ever find yourself wanting the lesser MAC 109.
F15 Duo Fibre – Medium size tapered duo fibre brush. Widely disperses highly pigmented or mineralized powders. Generates a natural look during blush and highlighter application. – I love using this brush to apply my blushers. It gives a nice, natural, soft radiance. It also works well for other powders.
F30 Large Powder – Very dense with a rounded top. Ideal to apply powder products on face and body. Natural bristles. – I love the density of this brush. It is better for application than the MAC one, but be sure to wash it carefully once or twice to get rid of any loose bristles.
As with all Sigma brush sets, the packaging is sublime and these brushes come individually wrapped and protected.
If you are considering buying the Cities Collection, I recommend that you do it soon as it is a very limited collection and the favorite colors might be sold out within a week of release. As always, new Sigma coupon codes are available if you so wish to use them.
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