When MAC first introduced the Oval 3, Oval 6 and Linear 1 brushes years ago, I remember being tempted to buy them. I never did because they looked hilarious and were very expensive! I appreciated the innovation but I was happy with the brushes I had at the time Read more
Hmmm . . . I own so many brushes and you can bet if there’s a new one on the market, I’m ready to try it out.
When the Sigma 3DHD Kabuki and 3DHD Precision brushes came out, I had to try them . . . well because they looked, err, different.
While I wouldn’t think you cray cray to assume that these brushes had a bad hair cut or that they’re trying to set a new trend with brushes sporting Mohawks, the claims suggest a method to the madness
The claims: The 3DHD™ Kabuki is a multifunctional brush engineered to perfection. It was uniquely designed for all areas of the face to apply liquid, cream and powder products uniformly on every curve, crease and angle.
Basically, this brush is designed to apply your foundation with out moving a facial muscle, which in the long run, I guess, prevents those lines on your forehead and the possibility of more lines and wrinkles when you pull those funny faces when trying to get into the nook and crannies of your face.
The brush is broken down into three parts.
The ridge, which has the perfect angle to reach every curve, crease and anything else angled your never knew you had on your face.
It has a double wedge flat surface that works in two steps
First, apply product using one side of the wedge, then use the second (clean) side of the brush to smooth the surface and eliminate any streaks.
The sharp point of the brush can be used for highly precise application of products on the under eye area.
Now that sparked my interest because it is important to never pull or tug at the eye area because the skin is so delicate.
These brushes, like most Sigma brushes, are densely packed.
So the claims go that the dimensions will provide fast product application, while the density of the fibers allow for buffing product onto the skin. The fine fibers allow for coverage of pores.
When I first used it, I used the Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay In Place foundation, because it dries fast. and I looked stoned face into the mirror and I painted the foundation on. Yes, it was easier to get into those delicate areas and curves and application was smooth and even.
But, I didn’t think it buffed out anything. It was a straight wax on wax off job! I liked the finish yes, but do I need it in my life, no. The are many brushes to apply make up without moving a muscle. It’s about getting into the stoned-faced zone 🙂 Think pointed foundation brushes or angled ones.
The baby version the 3DHD™ Precision brush claims to do the same, but this is a brush I need in my life.
The ridge, wedge and sharp point really do make a difference when applying concealer under the eyes, to blend out under eye brighteners, for precise contouring with the soft, densely packed bristles that mimic the touch of your fingers.
Of all the Real Techniques brushes I bought, the Retractable Kabuki Brush (part of the finish and perfect range) was the one I was most excited about.
There are many retractable kabuki brushes out there, but this one is in a class all its own. The packaging is beautiful, with the casing being a beautiful metallic pick and the lid a see-through pink plastic.
The retraction mechanism has Real Techniques covering it and is a shiny metallic pinky /copper colour.
Now for the brush, The Real Techniques Retractable Kabuki Brush was nothing like I thought it would be . . .that’s because I thought it would be a fluffy brush, my bad 🙁 But it’s everything I’d expect from a Real Techniques brush, its very soft and dense. Most importantly, the synthetic bristles are cut at an angle, which makes it perfect for contouring and highlighting with bronzer, a highlighter or blush but not the powder type for touch ups.
The bristles are tightly packed together so it’s not a fluffy brush even when twisted right to the highest level.
I don’t think you can lightly dust anything on your face with this brush. This was disappointing because I thought, I could throw this into my handbag and use it to touch up my face with powder or pull together make up that has moved throughout the day, but I clearly can’t use this brush for that.
I lost the plot as I thought of it as a touch up brush and not a travel-friendly, compact make up application brush.
I felt so stupid! What was I thinking? I don’t know anyone who would touch up cream blush on your cheeks on the go, do you? Would you whip out your brush and take out your sculpting cream and contour your face with it at the office? I tried with bronzer and blusher, over my set foundation and it applied evenly, but if I had to blend it out at that stage of my make up application process, I would have moved my foundation.
That said, it is a pretty nifty brush. You can play around with the intensity for get different finishes and uses. My experience with other kabuki brushes is that when retracted to get density, the design doesn’t allow for a firm hold and won’t hold its shape, moving around unsteadily. This one doesn’t move as you pull the retractor up and down.
There’s no ferrule on this brush so there’s no glue to unglue, prolonging the life of this brush. And the bristles go back into the tube effortlessly and the lid fits tightly on top, top-notch protection
It’s lightweight and compact so you can throw this onto your suitcase and use it as and all round face brush to apply your make up, but definitely not for touch-ups. It is an all round face brush. It’s great for buffing in foundation and works great if you’re using a powder foundation.
I’m a bit disappointed ONLY because I thought this brush would be used for another purpose. But, I’ve found a great sculpting brush and a multi purposes face brush to use when I’m traveling. I’m just not taking it to work.