Sigma’s synthetic line of Kabuki brushes have been much raved about in the blogosphere and YouTube world. I have yet to see a bad review on these brushes. The Flat Top Kabuki or F80 is one of their best selling brushes and it created waves because of its ability to apply foundation beautifully. Like everyone else, the F80 topped my lust list and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on one. Then in July 2013 Sigma launched F88 or Flat Angled Kabuki which looks like the F80 (Flat top Kabuki) and F84 (Angled Kabuki with a rounded top) rolled into one. One look at this brush and I had a gut feeling this baby would usurp F80 from its top position. Come August, I grabbed one for myself although at that time there was barely a review for this brush. But sure enough, within a short span of time, F80 loyalists were found singing praises to the oh-so-wonderful F88. Let’s take a look at what’s so awesome about this brush…
About Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush:-
Unique Feature: Soft and angled head
- Function: Blended cream product application
- Recommended Use: Blends foundation easily onto hard-to-reach areas of the face. Angle fits all areas of the face seamlessly. Works especially well on cheekbones and contours of the nose.
- Bristle Type: Synthetic Sigmax™
- Dimensions: Length: 6 3/8 in. (16.2 cm)
- Price: $18 (exclusive of shipping charges). It was previously $16
What I like about Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush:-
- Sturdy, chubby, heavy, wooden handle of medium length that is comfortable to hold
- Because of the shorter handle, it fits easily into most pouches
- Comes with a bristle guard
- Vegan. Bristles are made of synthetic Sigmax filament which means there is less absorption of product into the fibers
- Bristles are densely packed and do not splay about
- Makes foundation application a breeze! Gives a smooth, non-streaky, air-brushed finish with minimal effort
- The angled top makes it easy to apply foundation on hard-to-reach areas of the face like under the eyes, sides of the nose, around the mouth and hairline.
- You can stipple, buff and blend with this brush
- Requires less quantity of foundation as compared to traditional flat foundation brushes
- Can be used with liquid, cream and powder products
- Can be used to blend out cream blushes (do make sure to use with a light hand though). If you intend to use this with powder blushes, make sure they’re sheer tone blushes and not very pigmented ones.
- Works well with pressed powder foundation and even compacts
- The tapered, angled end can be used for highlighting and contouring
- Bristles retain their shape even after repeated washes
- Barely sheds. I’ve washed this several times and only a single bristle had dislodged itself once when I washed it with some vigor. This is quite remarkable for a brush that’s so intensely dense
- Although the base of the bristles are brown in color and the tip white, the colors do not bleed at all
- Brush is well made and of great quality. No wobbly handles, no glue peeking through and no unevenly cut bristles. I’ve travelled with mine so many times and the print on the handle has remained intact.
- Reasonably priced for the quality
What I don’t like about Sigma F88 Flat Angled Kabuki Brush:-
- Only available online
- Shipping charges to India are very high
- Sigma (like everyone else) recently hiked their prices
Rating : 5/5
Sigma F88 is a well made, multi-utility brush that can be used to apply foundation, cream blushes and also to contour and highlight. The angled head makes it easy to reach the contours of the face. It is one of the best brushes to apply foundation since it gives an airbrushed finish and requires fairly less product. If you’re planning to get just one brush from Sigma, go for this. The F80 is great too but this performs slightly better and is far more versatile in its uses. Highly recommended!
You may also like to read following sigma brush reviews(Link given below)
- Sigma Tapered Blending E40 Brush Review
- Sigma Precision Tapered P86 Brush Review
- Sigma Lip Brush L05 Review
- Sigma Angled Top Kabuki F84 Brush Review
- Sigma E70 Review
- Sigma Small Eyeliner Brush E10 Review
- Sigma Mrs. Bunny Travel Brush Kit Review