Sigma launched their final collection for 2011- the Extravaganza Collection. This is their first luxury brush collection, and since I didn’t receive my kits until after the Face Kit launched last Monday, I thought I’d review them together right now. So- we know the price tag is a lot higher than we’re used to seeing from Sigma… but is it worth it? If you want to know more about each brush, please watch my video review in which I explain a bit about each one. I’m reviewing the collection as a whole here- not the individual brushes.
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As I mentioned, the Extravaganza Collection consists of luxurious brushes. These brushes have a glossy black handle, 18K gold plated ferrules with gold detailing, and the signature Sigma premium bristles. Personally, I’d rather see the satin black handles instead of glossy, I feel like they get gunked up with fingerprints no matter how careful you are, and end up looking less luxurious. I love the way the gold looks… it’s definitely luxurious. However, I’d be much more inclined to purchase the kit if it wasn’t… it doesn’t add any benefit besides making it a bit prettier and expensive looking (not to mention, more expensive) so I think it could do without. It’s a fantastic collection and the book-style packaging is gorgeous. I’d love to see it in a non-gold version that is more accessible for more people. Having said that, everyone has different budgets. This is affordable to some while it is totally out of range for others.
The Face Kit
The Sigma Beauty Extravaganza Face Kit contains four oversized face brushes and it retails for $210 USD. The brushes are bigger, the handles are longer- to me, this isn’t necessarily a good thing. Bigger isn’t always better with brushes, in fact, you lose precision. I’d be much happier with this kit if the brushes were normal sized. Having said that, they work wonderfully and look beautiful. The hardest part is dipping those gorgeous white bristles into bronzer…
- F90 Fan Brush
- F92 Blush Brush
- F94 Kabuki Brush
- F95 Powder Brush
At just over $52 per brush, I would not recommend this collection. Yes it is beautiful, it is luxurious, but it is simply four face brushes. $210 can be spent elsewhere and you can get so much more value… This can almost buy two entire complete collections. Since the quality of the brushes are really no different in my opinion, that makes this kit not worth the price tag. If the bristles were a special superior blend, then maybe. But in my testing, washing and drying- I just didn’t find them to be anymore luxurious in use.
The Complete Kit
The Sigma Beauty Extravaganza Complete Kit contains 29 brushes and it retails for $510 USD. The brushes include all of the ones from the Original Complete collection, the Professional Premium collection and the individual brushes that were not sold in any collection (minus the SigMAX brushes). I adore the way they are packaged in a booklet-style case, which is nice and sturdy. This collection is seriously the ultimate brush kit, containing more than enough brushes for every look you could possibly want to create and more. It’s a makeup artists’ dream as well.
- E05 Eye Liner Brush
- E10 Small Eye Liner Brush
- E15 Flat Define Brush
- E20 Short Shader Brush
- E25 Blending Brush
- E30 Pencil Brush
- E35 Tapered Blending Brush
- E40 Tapered Blending Brush
- E45 Small Tapered Blending Brush
- E50 Large Fluff Brush
- E55 Eye Shading Brush
- E60 Large Shader Brush
- E65 Small Angle Brush
- E70 Medium Angle Shading Brush
- F05 Small Contour Brush
- F10 Powder/Blush Brush
- F15 Duo Fibre Powder/ Blush Brush
- F20 Large Powder Brush
- F25 Tapered Face Brush
- F30 Large Powder Brush
- F35 Tapered Highlighter Brush
- F40 Large Angled Contour Brush
- F50 Duo Fibre Brush
- F55 Small Duo Fibre Brush
- F60 Foundation Brush
- F65 Large Concealer Brush
- F70 Concealer Brush
- F75 Concealer Brush
- L05 Lip Brush
At just over $17 per brush, I would recommend this collection. Yes, that is more expensive then they usually go for if you purchased the other collections individually and even though I really don’t see the 18K Gold-plated ferrules as a selling point, I’m completely in love with the organization and presentation of the kit. It’s by far the most gorgeous and professional looking brush kit I’ve ever seen (beats out any brush roll out there), so I wouldn’t mind spending the extra couple dollars per brush. It is still an affordable kit in comparison to other professional makeup brush brands out there like MAC, even though its a larger price point than we are used to seeing with Sigma. As with the face kit, I don’t believe these brushes are anymore superior in quality than the originals.
Just as a side note, my E25 Blending brush came defective. I talk about it in the video, but I just wanted to say that yes it would be very frustrating to get a defective brush when paying so much for a collection, however Sigma does have fantastic customer service and I know they would replace the brush no problem.
- Price: $210 USD for the Face Kit and $510 USD for the Complete Kit
- Availability: Sigma Beauty
- Overall: I would not recommend the face kit simply because I believe the money would be better spent elsewhere, as I don’t feel the brushes are of any better quality then regularly seen from Sigma. I would recommend the complete kit because even though it is a little more pricey, the value isn’t so drastically different and is still affordable in comparison to other professional brands. The packaging is amazing on these kits, and they really do look luxurious. I would love to see the same collections released without the 18K gold plating to make them more attainable to a larger audience.
- Rating: C+ for Face Kit and A- for Complete Kit