Up until a few weeks ago I had sworn allegiance to the MAC 188 to apply my foundation. I had used it for the past 18 months, even brought a back up and couldn’t imagine using anything else to smother foundation over my face every morning. Before that I painted my foundation on with what really was a glorified Big Bazaar paint brush, but at the time I didn’t know any different. It made my foundation look streaky, cakey and never really fully blended it into the skin fully, so when I discovered the MAC 188 it was like a gift from God. However a few weeks ago I decided to purchase something that I thought may give the MAC 188 a run for it’s money and you know what it certainly did. In fact my new Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush has well and truly knocked it off the top spot! Seen as these are the 2 of the most popular foundation brushes on the market I thought I’d give them a little comparison.
The main difference between the 2 is in terms of bristle density, the bristles of the Sigma F80 are all the same length, much more tightly packed and there are more of them, whereas the MAC is a typical duo-fibre brush with longer and shorter bristles and less of them. The dense bristles are the major downfall of the Sigma F80, it is an absolute beyatch to clean. They are both quite similar in terms of size although the Sigma F80 is slightly wider. They are also pretty similar in price; I think the Sigma F80 usually retails for around Rs.1445 and the MAC 188 Brush is Rs.2047. The real difference between them is the application of liquid foundation. I will always hold a special place in my heart for the MAC 188, it has certainly helped me to perfect my foundation application, but compared to the Sigma F80 Brush it now just feels a little heavy handed. My foundation once applied just looks much more airbrushed when I use the Sigma brush and I feel like I need to use less product as it doesn’t suck it up as much.
So I guess you could say I’m a Sigma convert. 🙂