SIGMA Face Makeup Brush: F80 Flat Kabuki Brush Review

Posted on Jan 27 2014 - 11:00am by poonam

SIGMA Face Makeup Brush: F80 Flat Kabuki Brush Review

A perfect foundation brush is a must have in everybody’s vanity and when talking about makeup brushes, the discussion will be incomplete without considering SIGMA, which have been delivering quality at affordable prices since ages. I bought most of the eye makeup brushes from SIGMA and wanted at least three of the Face Makeup brushes including Angled blush -F84 , Round kabuki- F82 but could manage to grab one, the most raved about, SIGMA Makeup F80 Flat Kabuki Brush from their Face Makeup Brushes collection.

SIGMA Makeup Kabuki F80 Brush

Product Claims:

  • Unique Feature: Dense and flat head
  • Function: Buffed foundation application 
  • Recommended Use: Blend liquid or cream products onto flat areas of the face such as the forehead and cheeks.
  • Bristle Type: Synthetic Sigmax™
  • Length: 6 1/4 in. (15.8 cm)

Price:- $21
Packaging:- The brush has a all black wooden handle and silver metallic ferrule( that holds the bristles together) . The glossy black handle has the name and purpose of the brush is carved on it for easy identification. SIGMA insignia is also engraved on the metallic ferrule. The brush comes with a protective plastic sleeve to keep the bristles from getting damaged. The protective sleeve is sturdy enough and also aid extending the life of the brush by protecting the bristles.

My Experience with SIGMA Makeup F-80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush:-

SIGMA F80 Kabuki Makeup Brush

Sigma F-80 is a flat top Kabuki brush with dual fiber bristles which tightly packed but it isn’t stiff and move around with ease. The brush is made with Synthetic Sigmax bristles which are raved about as the softest around and they truly holds true to its claims. They feel immensely soft, softest of all the brushes I have tried till date (Sonia Kashuk Flat Top will be next) and moves around like I am swiping a satiny smooth silky cloth on my face. The brush has a dense shape but it doesn’t feel firm and is fluffy enough to smoothen foundation with ease.
The brush can be used to set foundation in two ways:

  1. Stippling movements: When you want to achieve that clean, even streak-free distribution of foundation in that soft air-brushed finish use this brush in small stippling motion to buff foundation onto skin. This way you can deposit layers of foundation and achieve full coverage without getting that cakey look. Instead of picking up foundation directly with the brush ( as this way the bristles will absorb lots of product) take the foundation at the back of your hands and apply in tiny dots all over the face. After that spray some water on the bristles to make it damp and start with blending in the foundation with stippling movements
  2. Swiping/gliding movement: Apply foundation with fingertips and then blend lightly to distribute the product on the skin and then use this brush to blend and smoothen out everything. Or just swirl the brush over your powder foundation or compact and cover the imperfections by gently rolling it all over the face

It works best in Stippling style with liquid products or buffing in Loose Powder due to its flat shape but with powder products like Pressed Powders/Powder foundations it can also be used in the swiping and gliding movements. The brush is provides medium coverage with ease and it can be converted to heavy by layering the product with stippling actions with the help of its tightly packed bristles

I believe the brush gives the best application with liquid and powder formulation but for creamy consistencies it will load too much of product depositing a heavy layer of product on the skin. I doesn’t have any cream foundation so cant say for sure but I feel SIGMA F-40 is better fit for this purpose as it is much thinner and has slightly loosely packed bristles.

Now, the brush can get dirty really quick and you might need to wash it even before a week as the bristles can be seen sticking together raising an alarm for bath-time. To extend the life clean the bristles with a brush cleanser after every use so as to get rid of excess product on the bristles and give a deep clean spa treatment over the weekend. ;). Cleaning this dense brush can be huge task and owing to its dense shape it is take long to dry completely and be fit for use.

It is one of he most sought after kabuki brush and now I know why it is being loved by everyone so much! It has become an essential part of my makeup kit and i can’t imagine my life .. doing makeup without it! It gives a smooth and streak-free finish and you can get that flawless look with any of your foundation using the F-80 brush.

Dont Miss to Checkout:

  1. SIGMA F80 brush is much larger, fluffier and denser than the Sonia Kashuk. F80 covers more area in a single stroke while Sonia Kashuk is better for covering small areas especially for blush/bronzer application.
  2. ELF Studio powder Brush is quite close but is bigger and had bristles are flared than F80 and achieving heavy coverage wouldn’t be that easy. Though it performs really well at distributing the foundation evenly, I like F80 more over it for dealing with liquid formulations.

I haven’t used Real Technique brushes yet so couldn’t compare.

Pros of SIGMA Makeup F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush:-

  1. Exceptionally soft bristles
  2. Superior quality
  3. Blends foundation effortlessly
  4. Impeccable finish
  5. Can be used with both liquid and powder formulations
  6. Doesn’t shed at all
  7. Brush is sturdy and easy to use
  8. Comes with a plastic sleeve for protecting bristles
  9. Worth every penny
  10. Cheaper alternative to MAC brushes

Cons of SIGMA Makeup F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush:-

  1. Cleansing thoroughly is a pain
  2. Availability in India

Recommendation:- SIGMA Makeup F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush is a flat top duo fiber brush which blends foundation with minimal effort. The bristles are absolutely flat and that can be tested by making this brush upside down on the bristles. I like using this brush damp and with stippling motions to buff in the foundation and get that flawless finish. The price is justifiable for the quality and teh excellent job if performs at blending the foundation. The bristles quality, the density, the size; everything about this brush is just perfect. Brushes are not something that will get over by time and they are here to stay so investing in good makeup brushes is always a great idea, they can be your BFF’s. Highly Recommended!

PS: If you don’t feel comfortable using the regular foundation brush due to streaky finish or use fingers to blend I would suggest to give flat-top brushes a shot. They not only blend the foundation smoothly but gives such a superlative finish that you will fell in love your skin again. I have never been inclined towards pointed foundation brushes as I feel they are just not designed for this job and will always give a streaky finish. I bought one last year but never put it to use. Rather I prefer such flat-top kabuki brushes better for base makeup application. 

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Rating:-4.8 /5

Have you tried SIGMA Makeup F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush ? Which is your favorite brush for foundation application?


34 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. ManasiJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:56 AM - Reply

    Sounds gr8… Must have product 🙂

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:38 PM - Reply

      Yeahh.. It’s a must Have for me!! 🙂

  2. AnamikaJanuary 27, 2014 at 2:22 PM - Reply

    Looks nice

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:37 PM - Reply

      Thanks Ana.. this is really a fab Brush.. 🙂

  3. SwatiJanuary 27, 2014 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    Sounds really good! Nicely reviewed dear 🙂

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:39 PM - Reply

      Yeah Swati.. U must get this.. 🙂
      Thanks dear.. 🙂

  4. Saniya@beautynbuzzJanuary 27, 2014 at 8:26 PM - Reply

    I am super happy with my makeup sponge…wondering if this this will be even better thn my sponge? What do you think Poo? 🙂

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:46 PM - Reply

      I havent yet tried the makuep sponge cant comapre but i think it will be at par with that if not less also I think It will be less messyy.. but yes I gotta try teh sponge first.. 🙂

  5. rachnaJanuary 27, 2014 at 8:30 PM - Reply

    i love this brush…best brush for liquid foundations!

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:40 PM - Reply

      yeahh.. it is the best ever foundation brush.. 🙂

  6. ArzooJanuary 27, 2014 at 9:48 PM - Reply

    First toh tell me how many Sigma brushes you own total 😛 then coming to your last words, you are so right, pointed brush always gives me streaky marks and I always end up blending with my fingers, hate it, thanks for this wonderful review, I will try looking for a kabuki brush that’s easy available.

    • poonamJanuary 27, 2014 at 10:49 PM - Reply

      heheh.. This is last to second just one more brush to go.. 😛
      yeahh.. I havnt tried them but i feel they will give streakyfinish.. I just dont like it that extra effort to blending!!
      Tahnks a lott dear.. glad u liked.. 🙂

  7. iswaryaJanuary 27, 2014 at 11:22 PM - Reply

    Thats a lovely brush.perfect one.Sigma has good range of makeup products but wish they were available in india..well reviewed poo

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 11:30 PM - Reply

      Thanks dear.. eyah me too wish they come to India soon!! 🙂

  8. Vipra SJanuary 28, 2014 at 12:51 AM - Reply

    Looks a great brush 🙂 .. You have a great collection of the Sigma brushes <3
    Lovely Review and Superb Clicks Hun :* :*

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 11:25 PM - Reply

      It is indeed a fab brush dear.. Thanks swwettee…. <3 <#

  9. Natasha (Nats)January 28, 2014 at 12:48 PM - Reply

    this is a favourite brush of a youtube guru .. and no it wont give u streaky effect u will hv to use buffing motion while applying foundation.. this is a must have frm sigma even P80.. nice review!!

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM - Reply

      Havent tried any of the P series.. but next time for sure I am adding mre of these.. It is really a must have dear.. the wya it belnds in the foundation is amazingg.. <3

  10. ShreyaJanuary 28, 2014 at 2:04 PM - Reply

    Awesomely reviewed dear ! I really want this brush ^.^ <3 <3

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM - Reply

      Thanks Shreya.. I am sure u will fall in love with this.. 😀 .. get it soon!! 🙂

  11. Shivi@COSMOCHICSJanuary 28, 2014 at 9:21 PM - Reply

    OMg!!! Reading ur review i can only think about adding it to my kitty now!
    Lovely detailed post!

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 11:23 PM - Reply

      heehe.. u must !! it is such an amang brush.. a magic wand!! 🙂
      Tahnksss sweets 🙂

  12. Richa SaxenaJanuary 28, 2014 at 10:38 PM - Reply

    I have this nd I absolutely love it!!! 🙂
    I agree…It blends the foundation seamlessly..
    Beautiful review dear! 🙂

    • poonamJanuary 28, 2014 at 11:34 PM - Reply

      wwoo.. Hi5 dear.. 😀 😀
      Thanks Richuu.. yes it works like I didnt have anything at all on my face.. 😉

  13. Swati ChinkyJanuary 29, 2014 at 5:23 AM - Reply

    Awwww I’m now jealous your brush…
    Amother reason to loot your house 😛
    Vry detailed reviews dear 🙂

    • poonamJanuary 29, 2014 at 10:51 PM - Reply

      hehehe… okk will let you hav it if u r ready to share ur makeup collection with me… 😛 😛
      come here to loot and will make u stay here permanentlyy.. 😉
      Thanks sweetiee.. 🙂

  14. CinnamonMarch 12, 2014 at 12:12 AM - Reply

    Amazing post! So detailed and helpful! I purchased my F80 from an authorized retailer, but I hear so many scary stories about how even some of those are fake. Are the words “Patent Pending” engraved on the metal part of your brush as well?

    • poonamMarch 12, 2014 at 9:47 PM - Reply

      No dear.. I bought mine form SIGMA store in MAll of America.. and the brush doesnt have any engravings other than Brand Name SIGMA!!

      I think u shud jst buy from their online store .. could never be sure of other retailers.

  15. Praneeta KosarajuSeptember 17, 2014 at 11:59 PM - Reply

    hey poonam! important ques! where did u get this from? i got one from and it had “patent pending” written on the metal steel part of the brush. on the opposite site of “Sigma” engrave. i want to know if u have the same thing written! because i suspect mine might be fake! please reply!! 🙂

    • poonamSeptember 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM - Reply

      Hey Praneeta,.. I got it from the SIGMA store in US during my US trip.. and no it doesnt have that “patent pending” thing written anywhere.

      It can be fake though I am not sure.. Havent tried Ibhejo so cant say! But SIGMA doesnt have any retailers.. they sell mostly online and their only store in US.

      • Praneeta KosarajuSeptember 18, 2014 at 1:29 PM - Reply

        yup! they are only available online! but due to card issues i cudnt buy from sigma website! but ibhejo had it so thought of buying from there. does yours have “made in china” on it or made in PRC?

  16. Praneeta KosarajuSeptember 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM - Reply

    i can see that yours says made in china, but i heard that original ones have made in prc written on them . im more confused now!

  17. DollieJanuary 31, 2015 at 6:27 PM - Reply

    What a wonderfully in-depth review! I haven’t tried the F80, but I have the F84 which I love. Thanks for the tip of spraying water on bristles to dampen them. Shall try it out 🙂

    • poonamMarch 11, 2015 at 1:19 PM - Reply

      Hey Dollie.. F80 is my go to foundi brush.. I have to get F84 in my collection too.. 😛

      Yes do try dampening the bristles before application.. it really helps in smooth application and less absorption of foundation by bristles! 🙂

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