Most of the beauty 'gurus' I watch on YouTube are American. I don't know why, considering they mainly review products which aren't available UK - but I just love watching American beauty YouTubers! One of my favourites to watch is Tiffany D and I originally found her channel through searching for Sigma brush reviews, of which hers are amazing. Tiffany D mainly creates beauty videos and she's fantastic at tutorials. She always has the latest collections and products - she's my go-to for thorough reviews of more high-end products. Defining Eyes* (Cocktail Cosmetics*, £47.95) is a Sigma beauty release I have been waiting a long time for, because I caught snippets of the process of making the palette, over on Tiffany D's channel. Defining Eyes is now in the UK and I've been giving the gorgeous kit a go over the past few weeks.
Defining Eyes is much bigger than I expected. It comes in a fairly large, very sturdy box which has a generously sized mirror and includes eight stunning powder eyeshadows, two gel liners, a dual ended pencil liner and a dual ended Sigma brush. I adore the packaging for Defining Eyes as it's detailed, sultry and eye-catching - Sigma packaging is always lovely and this looks great and eye-catching set upon my dresser. The only thing I don't find so good about the size of Defining Eyes, is that it's not likely to be the most travel friendly, considering the products inside don't quite equate to the size of the box. Although that said, the dual ended brush, dual ended pencil liner and gel liners can all be removed so easy to pop in your bag for on the-go touch ups.
First let's tackle the eyeshadows. Sigma have a gorgeous range of eyeshadows available in single form as well as palettes, with a variety of formulas and finishes. I've shared my thoughts on a few Sigma shadows in the past, being a big fan of the Sigma Powder Eyeshadows. Defining Eyes comes with eight shades ranging in finish from matte, to pearl and shimmer finishes. There's everything from neutral and highlight shades, cool toned browns and golds, as well as a vibrant blue and intense jet black. You can really go wild with the shades because each can be combined to create different looks and the possibilities are endless! I adore using Halo, a pale gold shimmer shade in the inner corner of my eye, with Smoke over the lid and Midnight for a shot of deep, intense shimmer filled colour in the crease. In the Dark is gorgeous to use as a liner, as is Brunette and although they may seem like a crazy combo, I also love using Chestnut and Midnight together, they make a really unique, stand out look. The Sigma shadows are pigmented, have a silky soft powder formula and they last all day when used with a good primer.
This was the first time I had had the chance to try any gel liners from Sigma, of which there are two in the box. Blackout isn't a true jet black, but it's dark and lovely all the same, whilst Chestnut is a stunning chestnut brown, true to it's name. The Sigma gel liners are softer in consistency opposed to my usual gel favourites, but they glide on easily and you can also build up the liner very easily to make the colour more intense, without it feeling heavy on your lids. These have really great lasting power and I've loved using them to complete a look.
I am a huge fan of the Sigma brushes and they really are my absolute favourites. I love my more high-street makeup brushes from brands such as Real Techniques and EcoTools, but for me nothing compares to the quality and ease of Sigma brushes. I use the Sigma Eyes Kit every single day to do my eyes and I couldn't do my brows without my ever faithful E75 Brow brush. The brush in the kit includes a E30 Pencil Brush which is perfect for lining your eyes with powder shadows or blending out a pencil or gel liner. I also find it nice for applying highlight to the inner corner. The other side is the E55 Eye Shading Brush, which is a firm favourite of mine on a daily basis. Sigma brushes are amazing quality and I think both brushes included in this kit are great everyday brushes. It wasn't too long ago that I shared a post with you all on the fantastic Sigma Extended Eye Liner release, and I love using Sigma pencils for their amazing variety in shades and just how easy they are to apply. They don't drag, are super easy to apply effortlessly gliding on and they dry to a finish which doesn't budge all day! The dual ended pencil liner in the kit is called Brighten Up and features a brilliant white and an intense, dark and metallic blue.
I am a bit besotted with the Defining Eyes kit if I am honest. The liners both gel and pencil work so well with the shadows in the kit, everything is wearable and can be worked together to create some truly stunning looks. I think the shades all work perfectly together, there's nothing I can't use and no colour too out-there for me. The shades are going to be flattering against a huge variety of skin tones and a little goes a long way with the powder shadows, so you can easily blend shades out to create a more subtle look, or use a bit more oomph for a look with a bit more something-something. I'm so glad Sigma teamed up with Tiffany D to create Defining Eyes and think it's a truly stunning kit.
You can see me wearing the Defining Eyes kit in this Instagram photo. I used Halo as an inner corner highlight, Chestnut over the lid and a mix of Brunette and Smoke worked through the crease, with Chocolate as my liner.
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*This post contains samples which were kindly given to me for review. All opinions are my own.