I have never tried Air Brush makeup, whether it be on myself or on another person, so I was really excited to receive the Luminess Air Brush System in the mail. I read the instruction booklet first, unpacked all the product and popped in the instructional dvd that came with the starter kit. Everything seemed simple enough to do. As soon as I felt I was all informed, I plugged in the compressor and starting airbrushing right away. As long as you follow a few key points, it is almost impossible to not achieve a flawless face.
- keep the stylus moving
- hold back on the trigger lightly
- let dry between layers
- shake bottles before use
- CLEAN stylus after use
The starter kit comes with a range of 4 foundation shades, plus a primer, blusher, bronzer, and highlighter. For foundation, even numbers have more of a cool, pink tone and odd numbers have more of a warm, yellow tone. I use shade 5 as my all over foundation (being as though it has a yellow tone which I like), 3 as a spot concealer, and 6 as a contour. Shade 4 I have yet to use so I kept it in its wrapping.The great thing about this kit is that if your skin doesn't fit into one shade perfectly, you can mix to achieve your own customized colour! Also, the main ingredient in Luminess Cosmetics is WATER, so it is good to use on even the most sensitive skin. It is also an Oil-Free formula!
INGREDIENTS: Purified Water, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acrylates Octylacrylamine Copolymer, Azadirachta Indica (Neem) Extract, Butylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Kaolin, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Olivoyl PCA, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, D&C Red 30.
To achieve the look above, I used each product as follows:
Moist-Primer M1: Used 4-6 drops before applying makeup.This all took a matter of minutes to achieve. The first time I tried using this system it took a bit longer, but now that I have the hang of it, it is much faster than applying with various brushes/bottles/powders...etc. My skin truly was "Luminess".
Ultra Airbrush Foundation - Shade 3: Used 3 drops for spot concealing problem areas of the skin, as well as under eyes.
Ultra Airbrush Foundation - Shade 5: Used 8 drops for first layer of foundation, 4 more drops for additional coverage.
Ultra Airbrush Foundation - Shade 6: Used 3 drops for contouring cheeks, temples, forehead, jawline
Metallics Series Bronzer - Used 3 drops to add a touch of bronzer to entire face, focusing on cheeks. Also brought it down my neck.
Blush Series - Soft Rose 2N: Used 2 drops to add colour to apples of the cheeks.
Brightening Glow G1: Used 2 drops to add highlight to cheek and brow bones.
The eyeshadow kit comes with two shades and instructions on how to achieve 3 different look: Day, Glam, and Evening. I received the shades 28 and 41 in my kit, both are neutrals/browns.
I'm still not sold on the eyeshadow. I think it would be much easier if I was a Makeup Artist and could try the eyeshadow out on a client as I find it quite difficult to keep my eyes closed and properly airbrush different areas of my lid. With this said, I feel as though I would always be more skilled with a brush then with an airbrush. It feels odd firing liquid at my eye and I can't help but wonder how good it is, especially as a contact lens wearer.The company says that it is eye safe, so I'm not too worried, but I still can't shake the odd feeling.
Eyeshadows come with instructions to achieve 3 different looks: Day, Glam, and Evening
Beauty System Kit comes with a water bottle which I filled with half 70% rubbing alcohol and half water to clean the stylus after use. Also, an extra primer/moisturizer!
Overall opinion would be that the Luminess air brushing is great for a beginner in makeup who wants to achieve flawless skin, without having to be skilled in the use of foundation brushes and buffing the skin. The kit is absolutely amazing and the shade range works perfectly for my NC30 skintone. I highly recommend the Luminess Air Airbrush Cosmetic System if you have ever been interested in trying Airbrushing at home. The Beauty System retails for $229.90 and comes in 4 shades: Fair, Medium, Tan, Dark.
Disclaimer: This product was sent to me for consideration to review. I am in no way affiliated with Luminess Air Cosmetics, nor am I being compensated for this review. As always, these are my honest opinions.