Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush

May 24, 2018

The Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush is one of the most popular blending brushes out there. I've seen it in makeup tutorials and blog posts for years but had never tried it. Now that i've got my hands on it, it feels like a great mystery has been solved. What makes it so special?

Upon opening, my first impression was that it didn't look how I thought it would. In my head, I was referencing a Jaclyn Hill video from 2013. I've compared images all over the web to mine, it seems the brush has gone through some redevelopments or improvements. through the years.

Open it up, brush was obviously flattened from the packaging so not that fluffy. I also thought it was too long and flimsy. I washed it twice and really beat it up. When I say beat it up, I mean I stabbed it into my palm to give it it's rounded and more fluffy shape. That fixed it up a ton.

The E40 has a flatter cut top. It's not as rounded so it covers more surface area evenly when blending. The diameter of the brush makes it cover my browbone/crease area perfectly. I really appreciate the cut actually. I don't know why it's still called the tapered blending brush though. When I look at it, I don't think of it as pointed. It's slightly rounded, but pretty flat at the top.

The length of it is not a problem like I thought it was when I first got it. The brush forces a delicate blend which I like. When a blending brush is too compact, stiff or short, it's harder to control. The bristles are soft and I haven't lost one hair but if you did through a first wash, it's nothing to worry about.

The black handled E40 I have is made with SigmaTech Fibers - Synthetic fibers engineered to outperform traditional animal hair. Features technologically advanced filaments with specialized tips developed to hold and deliver cream and powder products without any absorption into the bristles. SigmaTech® fibers are antibacterial, hypoallergenic, and will maintain their original shape and color even after multiple washes.

This brush comes with a 2 year warranty that the brand really doesn't expect you to use. The brushes are built to last; just make sure you're washing them properly. When you're using a silicone mat, use ample soap so that the bristles are not tugged on and don't pull on the the bristles to wring water out.  I use this brush everyday. I really enjoy it, it's one of my favourites now. It's the easiest to use for blending and fastest.

You can buy the brush at Sigma for $17 USD or $21.90. You can get 10% off your purchase by using the code FLUORES10.

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