For the month of June I decided to do an entire month only using the Luminess Air system I received for review at the Makeup Show in May. Last year I tried their spray tan system and I have to say I was really excited to get to try their makeup system. The first thing that everyone would ask if I mentioned airbrushing on Twitter or in general was: 1. Isn’t it hard? 2. Don’t you look like you spray painted your makeup on?
No and no.
After consistently using this system for 30 days straight, I’m hooked. Seriously.
I watched their short video demonstration on how to operate the system, I was already pretty familiar because of the spray tan system but I wanted to make sure I got my technique down. You drop a few drops of makeup in the well of the airbrush, pull back the trigger and spray a light mist over your face. It tickles at first when you try it but you get over that fairly quickly. I sprayed 2 to 3 coats over my face letting each layer dry for about 30 seconds in between. I found the finish to be pretty flawless. You can make the coverage as heavy or as thin as you like (I’ll also do a separate post about another brand of makeup I tried in the system).
The starter kit comes with primer, highlighter, bronzer, blush and several shades of foundation to choose from. I wasn’t a fan of the primer since I use a primer and a good moisturizer already, so I didn’t need the extra layer. I really like the bronzer and added drops of it to the foundation before applying for a nice all around glow or airbrushed my cheekbones to give them a bit more wow factor. I wish the blush shade I had was a bit deeper, I felt like it disappeared a bit under my skin so I’d use a cream blush on the apples of my cheeks before I applied the foundation.
Here’s what I love about airbrush foundation:
- It’s light. Perfect when you want coverage even on a hot and humid day.
- The makeup doesn’t transfer. Sometimes with bottle foundation I find that I still have to blot with tissues to make sure there isn’t excess makeup getting on a white shirt or someone else. I did not have that problem at all.
- The makeup lasts. I would spray on the foundation and do a light dusting of translucent powder afterwards and it would really hold up all day long.
- The finish is flawless. It really does give your skin a smooth, even, perfectly applied layer of foundation. I got several compliments on how great my skin looked in June and really I owe it to Luminess Air. This applies better than liquid foundation.
The system I received for review is the iLuminess that retails for $229, but they have a few different versions outlined here on their website. This version comes with a compact airbrush system and a sleek silver carrying case. I’ve used the case and traveled with it so it does make it very handy. If you can’t afford this system, the larger version is $169.95. If you wear makeup on a daily basis, this is definitely something to consider investing in, I loved it for the ease and quickness of application. Cleaning it is a breeze and I even had to call Customer Service with an issue and they were delightfully helpful to me.
My next step with the system will be to buy eye shadow, I definitely want to try that out and see what I can do with my eye makeup. Feel free to ask me more questions in the comments, I’ll answer it all. I truly, truly enjoyed this system. It’s definitely worth the investment in my eyes.