Wednesday, December 11, 2013

REVIEW & DUPE: Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

Hey, guys. Today, I'm going to be reviewing one of my very first blending brushes, the Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush. It's supposed to be a very close dupe to the MAC 224 brush and I will be doing a comparison in this post as well. 

WHAT IT CLAIMS: Soft and fluffy rounded tip. Results in soft, blended crease. Using just the tip to apply any color, sweep back and forth through the crease for a diffused and blended finish. Natural bristles. 

WHAT I THINK ABOUT IT: I think this is a great blending brush and for the price, it's basically a steal. Along with the Sigma E36 brush, you'd get an unbeatable blending combo. 

The Sigma E40 is a very sturdy, professional looking brush. It's very similar to the MAC 224 in terms of design. The Sigma brush has a slightly longer, more glossy black handle. It is also slightly skinnier and lighter than it's MAC counterpart. They both have the same, tapered bristles, however the bristles of the MAC 224 brush are more compact than the Sigma E40 brush. This can be a good or bad thing, depending on what type of look you're going for and what your preferences are. Personally, I reach for the Sigma brush more since I've been going for the more thoroughly blended smokey eye. I have large eyes so it's perfect for me, but people with small eyes might struggle a little with it.



Because of the tapered tips, both the brushes have a tendency to splay out further when they're washed. Again, this can be a good or bad thing, depending on your likes and dislikes. If you don't want your brush to fan out further, you can use a brush guard which are easily and cheaply available on ebay or amazon.

The Sigma E40 brush does not bleed or shed at all when it's washed. I know most brushes, even some of the more expensive MAC ones (yes, I'm looking at you 187) have a tendency to bleed and shed a couple of times when they're washed but I've never had that problem with the Sigma E40. 



I love using this Sigma brush when I'm looking for really nice and easy blending. It's perfect for all around blending. I can't explain how much I love this brush! It's also so much cheaper than the MAC one and looking at all the similarities, the Sigma E40 brush is a clear winner in my book. 

PRICE: It is priced at $12 USD. 

AVAILABILITY: This is available at and they ship worldwide. 


-It's a cheaper alternative to the MAC 224 brush 

-It doesn't bleed 

-It doesn't shed 

-It gives beautiful, diffused blending 

-It's perfect for all around blending 

-It's cheap 


-You have small eyes and it's too big for them 

OVERALL VIEW: This is an amazing brush and a great dupe to the MAC 224 brush. If you have your eye on the MAC brush and can't really afford it, then I highly suggest you check out the Sigma E40 brush because it does the same thing at a fraction of the price. Honestly, I love this brush and it's because of this brush that I signed up to be a Sigma affiliate. Have you tried any of the Sigma brushes? What do you think of them? 

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  5. Even Sigma brushes are not cheap, I wish they make them denser like MAC ones