In case you haven't noticed, this week is all about brushes on Suzy Q-tip! If you missed Monday's post, you can read all about brush washing here.
I've been on the lookout for a good stippling brush and a proper eyeshadow brush for some time. I have the Real Techniques buffing brush (which I adore), but I felt like I needed a stippling brush in my life. Quite a few blogger ladies and Instagram frequenters have mentioned Turquoise Studio as their go-to place for buying Sigma makeup brushes. The Sigma brand is known worldwide for their high quality products, especially their professional quality makeup brushes.
As far as I know, Turquoise Studio is the only online retailer in South Africa that sells Sigma brushes. According to their website, Turquoise Studio was founded by Nina de Winter-Peer because she was frustrated at not being able to purchase high-quality well-priced makeup brushes locally. She wanted to provide this service to South African women.
This from Turquoise Studio's website: "As with any activity, having the right tools means that applying your make-up will be a process that will be enjoyable and yield the results that you want. Turquoise Studio aims to not only be a source of luxury make-up tools, but also a resource that will teach you how to easily apply your make-up so as to rival any make-up artist."
Onto the ordering process...
After a quick sign up process, I placed an order on Saturday evening. The ordering process was quick and painless and I immediately received payment confirmation. Two days later (Monday) I received an email containing my tracking number. The tracking website was updated quite a few times during Monday and Tuesday, something that I haven't seen with any of the other courier companies (big ups to FastWay Couriers). Tuesday afternoon I received a call that the package was at our complex.
The brushes were packaged separately, in their own plastic sleeves and then in bubble wrap. I ordered the Sigmax F80 Flat Kabuki and the Sigma E25 Blending Brush. The F80 is a dense stippling brush, and the E25 is a dupe for the MAC 217. I received a thank you card, as well as three discount vouchers-- a 15% off voucher for me and two 10% vouchers for friends. I also received a Sigma pamphlet with pictures and descriptions of ALL their brushes (I wouldn't even know what to do with that many brushes!). They also threw in a cute pink E05 eyeliner brush to thank me for shopping with them.
Would I buy from them again? Absolutely! Makeup brushes are expensive, but I believe that if you buy high quality brushes and look after them (such as washing them correctly), they will last for years. Also, if you compare Turquoise Studio's prices with that of, say, MAC brushes, they are considerably cheaper. And with free delivery, what's not to like?
As mentioned above I have two 10% discount vouchers to give away. Thanks to Anye I received 10% off my first purchase, and I would like to pay the kind gesture forward. If you would like a discount voucher, leave a comment telling me which brush(es) you would buy from Turquoise Studio. First two comments will each receive a voucher.
Until next time!