Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sigma F80 vs Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush

I got a request to do a comparison between the two so here it is. :)

Honestly, though, I haven't used my Sigma F80 enough so this is more like my initial thought. I actually prefer my Everyday Minerals Kabuki Brush to apply my foundation because it gives a lighter, more natural finish. On special occasions I do like to use my Everyday Minerals Flat Top Brush to get a better coverage. I've owned both for almost three years and they still work well. They don't shed much either despite the fact that I wash them at least once a week.


From their appearance, you can tell that Sigma has a longer handle and shorter bristles than Everyday Minerals. Personally, I find the handle of Sigma F80 rather awkward (I wish it was slimmer) but I guess it's something I will eventually get used to. On the other hand, I like the short handles of my Everyday Minerals brushes because they're more comfortable in my hands and more compact, too.


As for the brush head, it's obvious to me that F80 has more bristles than Everyday Minerals Flat Top. Its bristles are definitely denser too, allowing me to get a precise and flawless application.

I didn't notice any difference with how the bristles feel on my skin until I used F80 on my face. It felt softer than my Everyday Minerals Flat Top but then again my EM brush has already gone through a lot of washes.



Since Sigma F80 has slightly shorter, more concentrated bristles, it transfers and blends product more effectively. With EM Flat Top, you will have to put more effort and time in order to get the same kind of finish.

Will either of the two make you look like you're wearing a mask? I think that significantly depends on what foundation you're using. My foundations generally offer medium to full coverage so yes, in my case, if I'm not patient enough to blend my foundation, I can end up looking cakey. This is why I prefer a dome-shaped kabuki brush for my daily foundation brush.

If you haven't purchased any of these, I'd recommend getting F80 simply because it does the job better. It also doesn't shed (probably a couple of bristles TOPS) or bleed when I wash it; definitely a good, effective brush for the price. The only thing that I don't like about Sigma F80 is that it's pretty hard to get the foundation stain off. I've washed it thoroughly with brush cleanser but take a look at the above picture... that's the best thing I could do with it. *sigh*
Any suggestion?

9 comments:

  1. I wonder if I did something wrong to my EDM flat top. Yours seems fine after years while mine now sheds like cray-zay.. I used to like my EDM flat top but now I just can not use it anymore :(

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    1. Hi Celle! I only use that brush like 1-2 times a week so when I wash it I usually don't need to use so much force. I pour a little PAC liquid brush cleanser into a small bowl and put the brush upside down so that the bristles are drown in the cleanser. I just leave it like that for the next 45 minutes then I rinse it off. That usually does the job! :D

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    2. Wow I didn't know that PAC brush cleanser actually works :) I'll try that. Thanks Fi!

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    3. You're welcome and actually, I don't like the PAC brush cleanser that much. I need to use A LOT to clean really dirty brushes. I usually add more alcohol and mix dishwashing liquid to it to make it stronger. XD But for everyday use it's pretty okay, like if I want to clean my brushes between application or something. It's mild so at least it doesn't ruin the bristles.

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  2. I loveeeeee my sigma f80!

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  3. I have both brushes that I use every day with my liquid foundations and bb creams. I absolutely love them. I had my EDM brush for at least 3 years and it hasn't shed or changed. It might be your brush cleanser. The ones with alcohols can be very damaging over time. I use Johnson's baby shampoo to cleanse my brushes and it has never failed me. My brushes aren't stained either and wash clean. Maybe give that a try? Honestly, I bought sigma because the shipping from EDM to Canada has gotten ridiculous at $25

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    1. Thanks! I'll try it for sure. I didn't know Everyday Minerals charged so much for shipping, that sucks!

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  4. I do have a soft spot for flat brushes. These look really nice.

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  5. I love my F80. I had a hard time getting the foundation off too but have you tried Dr Bronner's soap? It works as a great brush cleaner and gets all the foundation off. I have also used my DHC cleansing oil before and that's worked too, it's just too pricey to use as a brush cleaner.

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