Re: Sigma BrushesI finally got my Sigma Brushes, the Complete Kit with pink handles! Now despite the criticism, this is my personal opinion of the product...
Shipping and Packaging
I received a shipping confirmation, via email, about 3 days after ordering online. I waited about 3~4 weeks for delivery to Canada (west coast). Total cost with shipping was around $110 CAD.
The kit was mailed to me in a bubble-wrap lined envelope. Inside the brush roll, all of the brushes were individually wrapped in plastic, four of the larger face brushes came with brush protectors.
The card that came with the brushes said I should deep clean my brushes before I use them so I washed each brush with shampoo and conditioner. The SS150 shed about 3 hairs while washing, no big deal. I didn't see any "blue dye" like others have mentioned while washing them. They did smell like glue when I first got them, and they still had some smell left after washing, but I think it will start go away as I wash them more. I reshaped, and laid them flat to dry overnight, and they all survived!
Overall Impression of Quality and Use
I am very happy with my purchase, I think they're are a good value for the price (even after the price hike, whatever!). The quality of the brushes are very good, they're well-constructed, the bristles have a good shape, and they are very soft. I find that the handles are slightly longer than my liking, (MAC handles are a bit shorter) but I can deal with that.
I definitely think the Sigma brushes are comparable to MAC brushes. I even prefer some of the Sigma brushes over the MAC brushes! Case in point, the SS139 is softer, fuller, and packs on more colour on my lid than the MAC 139 brush. I can't tell the difference between the bristles on my MAC 187 and the SS187 brush, they are very similar.
I think the only brush I'm not too keen on is the SS119, I still prefer my MAC 119 because it's pointier and more precise for putting shadow on my lower lash line. However, I can still use the SS119 for other things like smudging liner or more precise blending because the MAC 119 is a little scratchy for that.
Despite the criticism about the company and some people getting faulty brushes, I would recommend buying the complete brush kit. I was wary and skeptical about buying these brushes, but now that I have them, I think they are a really great value for the price (even with the price hike). It would have taken me a very long time and a lot of money to save up to buy all of the equivalent MAC brushes.
I still plan to buy a few more MAC brushes, and if you choose to stick with MAC, it's all good. However, if you're broke like me and are desperate for good brush dupes, I would get the Sigma brushes.