Monday, 19 January 2015

Are they worth the hype? ...

Sigma flat kabuki brush F80

Hello!
If you are a big fan of beauty blogs and youtube videos you definitely know that there are some products that become cult ones in no time and are praised and hyped about by most of the beauty community. And you just dream to get your hands on them. These three products I want to talk about today are definitely very well known in the beauty world and it seems like everyone tried them and loves them.
So what do I think of them? Are they worth the hype?
 
Let's start off with this iconic Flat Kabuki brush by Sigma which has been used in thousands of online tutorials, especially by American beauty bloggers/vloggers. Everyone claims that this brush gives an amazing finish to the skin when applying foundation with it so I wanted to have it since like forever. Finally, a few months ago I ordered the famous F80 Sigma brush (RRP £15.95) from Beauty Chamber.
The quality of this brush is excellent, it's very well made, has VERY soft and super dense bristles. It washes well without shedding.
But, does it give me the flawless, airbrushed finish I was hoping for? No.
Seriously, I've tried with different foundations, with stippling motion, buffing and the results are ok but not satisfying, I always come back to my beloved Beauty Blender to perfect the blending and to get the finish I like. I just don't get the hype surrounded this brush, yes, it's a lovely tool but definitely not the magic wand I thought it would be.
Maybe because I love Beauty Blender so much and nothing compares really, my experience was like this but the truth is I rarely reach for this brush unfortunately.


Glamglow Youthmud Tinglexfoliate treatment is one of those masks that everyone raves about them and you think they are the miracle workers you were waiting years for. I was super excited when I received my first sample of this mask a few months ago. Since then I've had another two samples and still, I'm not that impressed and certainly wouldn't spend nearly £50 for 50g jar of this product. Again, it's a great mask, leaves my skin soft and clearer but so does my other mask which costs a fraction of the price. The tingling sensation is probably not for everyone, I don't mind as such but the mask leaves my skin slightly irritated and red. I was expecting that the mask would remove any existing blackheads but it didn't. It's a good mask but definitely not worth the money, in my opinion.

Caudalie Divine Oil  is another beauty product that I was dying to get my hands on so when it arrived in one of the beauty boxes a few months ago I was over the moon and started using it straight away. Firstly, the scent, it's lovely, a bit musky, might be overpowering for some but personally I like it. The texture, dry oil that doesn't feel greasy or sticky, perfect. It's suitable to use on face, body and hair.
Lovely product but it didn't really impressed me, in fact I haven't even used the 15ml sample. I tried it on my face for a week or so but I didn't noticed any benefits. I used it on my body but even though it's not sticky or greasy it does leave a residue on the skin and I like my moisturiser to sink in quickly. I tried on my hair but it makes my hair greasy so I only use a tiny amount on the very ends on my hair and that's the only way I use the Caudalie Divine Oil now. Would I purchase the full size for £27? No.
 
So there it is. My opinion on those three very popular beauty products. In no way they are bad, I just don't think they're worth such a hype. But of course you might have had a different experience with them. Let me know your thoughts on these iconic products if you've tried them.
 
Dagmara
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24 comments

  1. I feel the same as you, I didn't rate the GlamGlow masks at all, as you said they are good but no better then the cheaper masks out there. I won't be trying the other things that you have spoken about either and thanks for saving us all a bit of money :)

    Pams Stuff and Things

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    1. You're welcome lovely! They are good products but they didn't wowed me and that's what I was expecting for the price! x

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  2. I don't have the sigma brush but have a very similar flat kabuki brush and the same like you not impressed with it. Glamglow however has impressed me personally, but not this original one as the stinging sensation was too much. My favourite is the Supermud one. I feel the same way about the Caudalia Oil, tried it on my hair, face, body but it just wasn't great x

    Beauty with charm

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    1. I've tried the Supermud one and I agree that it's better than this one. The Sigma brush is a major disappointment because I really thought it would make my foundation look fabulous! x

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  3. Great review and gives a good overview of the brands and whether they are really that good.

    Mrsinlondon.co.uk

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    1. The products are good but they didn't impressed me like I was expecting they would!

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  4. I have the Sigma F80 brush and I find the foundation it works best with is L'Oreal True match as it's a thinner formula. I haven't tried the beauty blender but I think I need to try it now!

    Lauren xo

    Porcelain Queen Blog

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    1. Since trying the Beauty Blender no other brush can compares really, the finish of my foundation when used with BB is just amazing! x

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  5. It's a shame the Sigma brush doesn't live up to the hype! I have a very similar one from Nanshy that I love and I think it's a goof few quid cheaper xx

    Magpie Jasmine || Palette Giveaway: Urban Decay, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced

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    1. The Sigma brush is nothing special for me unfortunately but maybe because I prefer to use beauty blender for my foundation. x

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  6. Oh wow I LOVE the F80 so I'm surprised you weren't wowed with it, cause it makes my foundation look amazing xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

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    1. Unfortunately I'm not impressed with it, it's good but it doesn't give me the flawless finish I get from using Beauty Blender. x

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  7. I am so glad I'm not the only person whos not fussed on the Sigma F80! I bought one two weeks ago and it doesn't seem to work as well as my beauty blender either, or my real techniques buffing brush. I don't really know how I feel about it yet but its not love at first use which is a shame x

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    1. I think once you try the Beauty Blender no brush will ever be good enough :) At least that's my personal opinion :) x

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  8. I bought the F88 (angled kabuki) and really liked it. For some reason the flat top didn't appeal to me. I didn't get on with the caudalie oil either so good to know I'm not the only one x

    http://www.mrsdloves.com

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who is not impressed with some of the cult products :) x

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  9. Such a good post, and the first honest review on the oil I've read!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  10. I haven't tried any of these and I'm not going to rush out and get them now! Reassuring to read other people's honest opinions on products where it isn't always talking about how amazing products are! You know, I think I have that Claudalie oil sitting in my samples box and I haven't even touched it yet! :) x

    Brenda BusyBee

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  11. I loved my Caudalie and Glamglow, but I understand completely for the price. They are hard to sink your teeth into. As for the sigma, after purchasing my zoeva flat top, I never went back. Sigma is still expensive here, but Zoeva is bang on point. But I also adore my beauty blender, and I have heard sigma just doesn't get the job done!

    Angie x |~ Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog ~

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    1. The Sigma brush doesn't blend my foundation, I don't know how others do it but I definitely can't master applying foundation with this type of brush :) x

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  12. I have just received a sample of the Caudalie Divine Oil in my monthly GlamBox and am looking forwards to reviewing this later as likewise I have heard a lot about this product and have been eager to try it, lets see how I get on with it... Have a good day.

    www.sabelista.com

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    1. I hope you'll find the Oil great, for me, unfortunately, it just didn't do anything. Thank you for commenting! x

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