Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Sedona Lace 12 Piece Synthetic Professional Make Up Brushes with Cup Holder Review (With comparison to Sigma)

Sedona Lace was one of my first ever make up brush sets that I bought when I first started out with my dangerous-to-my-bank-account make up addiction. :) As a result, I've had plenty of time to try out and use all these brushes before this review. I've used them half asleep, in a hurry, with many different types of products, and for every possible occasion!

I highly recommend this 12 Piece set from Sedona Lace for anyone who is starting out with make up or just wants back ups of staple favourites for their collection. They're incredibly inexpensive, especially when they're compared to other brands. I bought this set for $79.95 USD from the official Sedona Lace website. Shipping was less then $10 for two brush sets for that order. CLICK HERE to visit the exact place I bought this set from.


All of the 12 Brushes!
These are the brushes, they have matte black handles with holographic lettering (which won't fade like some other brands such as real techniques so there's no need to apply clear nail polish to the names!) and light pink-purple bristles with dark purple/black tips! I really love the dark bristle tips as this means the brushes will not stain (or the stain will not show up) when using certain highly pigmented products such as eyeshadows! They are a bit larger then the Sigma version in relation to length of the brushes.

I found that all the brushes kept their shape but I always use a brush guard when drying my brushes. I also wash my brushes after every use (due to my sensitive skin and the fact that I'm terrified of germs). Hahaha!

Anyways, this kit comes with a hard-cover carrying case which stores your make up brushes easily and makes a good holder for your vanity table.

The case has purple stitching to follow the theme of the Sedona Lace set. :)
Comparison of the size and materials used for the Sigma Mrs. Bunny Kit case and the Sedona Lace Kit case!

As you can clearly see from the above picture, the case for the Sedona Lace brushes are almost twice the size of the Sigma Mrs. Bunny case! However, if I travel with my brushes (the cases were made with the intention of traveling in mind), I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND YOU USE THE SEDONA LACE CASE! If you look closely at the image, you will notice that the Sedona Lace case is completely lined with suede inside!

This is a terrible design idea for plenty of reasons:
- If you're not like me and wash your brushes after every use, you will accumulate product on the inside of the case if you use the case to hold your brushes. Or in my case, it will accumulate dust if you don't clean frequently!
- Unless the brushes you travel with have a slip-proof cover to protect the bristles, the suede material will rub against the bristles causing it to SPLAY outside the brush! Don't destroy your brushes by traveling with this case. I was very lucky to notice it in a trial run before risking destroying my brushes!

So to sum up the case: Sedona Lace is larger and therefore better for displaying brushes on your make up dresser table, but for the love of all that's good, do not use this case to travel with brushes or you will regret it sorely! Got that? Okay! :)


Time for the brushes:

Sedona 850 Large Angled Contour & Sigma F40 Large Angled Contour Brush.
I've tried multiple times to use these brushes for contouring and bronzing but the bristles are too long and flexible. They blend easily and it's incredibly difficult to draw a precise contour (which we all know is vital for a perfect contour)! They work well as blush brushes though. I believe they both work as well as each other.  :)

Sedona 376 Powder Brush & Sigma F30 Large Powder Brush.
They both work very well for the application of powder to set your foundation and make up. I personally prefer the Sigma version since it is larger, denser, and softer for application of powder.

Sedona 813 Duo Fibre & Sigma F70 Duo Fibre Brush.
One of my favourite methods of liquid foundation application for natural beauty make up looks. I prefer the Sedona Lace brush because it's larger and the same density as the Sigma. I just feel like it blends foundation easier. They both work well though, I would use the Sigma one for application of cream blushes due to it's smaller size.

Sedona 727 Foundation & Sigma F60 Foundation Brush.
I've mentioned it before, I absolutely hate using these brushes for applying foundation. It literally looks like you're painting your face, it does not give you the most natural, flawless finish (I judge this by stepping into direct sunlight and seeing what my face looks like), and it has a high risk of cake face! That being said, there was a period of time that I actually did use this brush for foundation application and I must admit these brushes do make foundation look good in photos, just not in person (or sunlight!). If I had to chooseI would choose the Sigma one since it is denser and has an even tapered brush shape. As you can see from the photo, the Sedona brush has an odd pointed tip on the side and the bristles are slightly uneven at the ends (which streaks). But maybe I got a faulty brushIf you have this brush, let me know how you found it to be in regards to application and bristles.

Sedona 863 Tapered Blending & Sigma E40 Tapered Blending Brush.
I like the Sedona Lace brush better since its' shape and size is just perfect for my crease and blends my eyeshadows amazingly with a few strokes! The Sigma version is too untidy for my liking but that's just my opinion... :)

Sedona 941 Large Shader & Sigma E60 Large Shader Brush.
Both work very well but I prefer the Sigma due to it's tapered pointed bristles which allows for very precise application of the base eyeshadow colour to the lid area. But it doesn't really matter - unless you're doing a dramatic, sharp look - because you'll probably blend it out anyways. :)

Sedona 407 Medium Angled Shading & Sigma E70 Medium Angled Shading Brush.
These are tied to me, they both do their jobs well. I will reach for the Sedona Lace brush for darker (high chance of staining) pigments but the Sigma works just as well!

Sedona 772 Eyeliner & Sigma E05 Eyeliner Brush.
Sigma wins this round: It's incredibly soft for my sensitive eye area. I needed an eyeliner brush which was both soft yet hard enough to allow precise application of gel liners and I went through a lot of brushes to find this one. A definite staple brush for me now! :)

Sedona 561 Small Angled & Sigma E65 Small Angled Brush.
Both are good, I use them for powder liners when doing natural looks or smoking out the eyes!

Sedona 954 Concealer and Sigma F70 Concealer Brush.
Good for application of concealer on the face and eyeshadow colours! Brushes are small and the perfect size for spot concealing. Both are good, although keep in mind that the Sigma brush is likely to stain due to its' white tipped bristles!

Sedona 305 Eye Shading & Sigma E55 Eye Shading Brush.
SIGMA WINS THIS HANDS DOWN, it is denser, soft and picks up the perfect amount of pigment. I've made it no secret that I love this brush! Perfect for shading!

Sedona 904 Pencil and Sigma E30 Pencil Brush.
Both brushes are good but I do like the Sigma one a little bit more because the bristles don't irritate my eyes as much.



In conclusion, the Sedona Lace are very similar to the Sigma brushes - even down to using similar/the exact same names as their competitors! In the end the brand name does not matter, all that matters is what brushes work best for you. When you find a good fluffy brush which is perfect for you and your method of make up application - it will be difficult to find a substitute! So remember to keep an open mind and to be honest, you will probably end up buying both sets since you will always wonder "what if the other suits me more?". Just. Like. Myself... ;)

Also a cool fact I found out a while ago: Sigma brush codes which start with F (e.g. F30), refer to face brushes. When they start with the letter E, they are intended for eye make up!


All of these opinions are my own, what works well for me may not work well for you. Please use these reviews as a general guideline only, my words are not written in stone (they're typed on a laptop) and I will edit my posts if/when my opinion of them changes. ;)


Stay Beautiful! xx

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  1. Great Review..Now really Im still torn as to what to acquire. Sedona or Sigma hahaha but of course sedona is a bit inexpensive than sigma but as you said some brushes are similar

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      The brushes are definitely incredibly similar. Sigma has some good brushes in their set compared to Sedona (like the E55 shading brush which I am obsessed with for amazing eyeshadow application), but when it comes to money for value, I'd have to say Sedona Lace wins. :)

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  13. Thank you for the great review and feedback. Especially about the Sedona Lace case and the suede material on the inside. We may need to make some changes to the case.

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  14. This was exactly what I was looking for! a side by side comparison between the brushes on the synthetic sets. I already have a sigma set, but it's the one with the natural bristles and decided I really want a synthetic set but was having problems deciding between sigma and sedona lace. The photos and all the detail are super helpful. Thanks for the great review!

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