Brush Comparison: Flat Top Kabuki vs. Traditional Kabuki

I was asked by one of my subscribers (PinkFlower2410) via YouTube to do a video on the difference between the Sigma F-80 Flat Top Kabuki brush and the Sigma F-45 Buffer Brush. In case you haven’t heard, offers affordable makeup brushes with extremely high quality. At about 1/3 of the price of MAC brushes, I’m in love.

Sigma F-45 Buffer Brush

Sigma F-80 Synthetic Flat Top Kabuki Brush

Both of these brushed are densely packed and used to apply foundation to the face. The main difference? The Sigma F-80 has flat head with synthetic hairs and the F-45 has natural hairs with a tapered head. The flat head of the F-80 is great for applying thick or gel-based foundations like Revlon Colorstay or Makeup Forever Mat Velvet +. The F-80 is great for controlling hard to blend foundation by buffing it in to the skin for an even, air brushed finish.

The F-45 is great for dusting setting powder over your liquid foundation or lessening harsh contour lines or bright blushers. The large head of the F-45 makes it great for dusting mineral powder all over the face for a quick running-out-the-door makeup application.

I’ve also been told its best apply liquid foundation with a synthetic brush because using natural fibered brushes to apply liquid foundation can damage the brush over time. Whether you choose to believe that theory or not, I have found that using synthetic brushes for liquid foundation makes the blending process a lot easier. I’ve also found that using natural fibered brushes to apply mineral makeup such as Bare Esentuals works a lot better than synthetic brushes.  So how should you choose between these two brushes? I would ask the following questions:

  • What is your daily foundation routine? Do you tend to use more liquid foundations or powder foundations?
  • Do you have problems controlling your thick liquid foundations? Do you have a hard time making your foundation look airbrushed and even?
  • What brushes do you already have in your collection? Do they have natural fibers or synthetic fibers?
  • Do you have a traditional kabuki brush in your collection, or a similar large powder brush?

Overall, I love both of these brushes and I think they are two essentials for everyone to have in their makeup collections. At $16 and $19 each, why not give them a try?

For more information on these brushes and to watch the entire comparison, watch this video!


Filed under Brushes, comparison, Review

2 responses to “Brush Comparison: Flat Top Kabuki vs. Traditional Kabuki

  1. Mimi

    Most informative advice on brushes I’ve read! Thanks so much!!

  2. Today, while I was at work, my cousin stole my apple ipad
    and tested to see if it can survive a 30 foot drop,
    just so she can be a youtube sensation. My iPad is now destroyed and she has 83 views.
    I know this is completely off topic but I had to share
    it with someone!

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