Airbrush Makeup Review: Luminess Air Airbrush Makeup Kit
Luminess has a large range of affordable Airbrush Makeup Kits which increase in price as you add features and makeup. It ranges from the basic Kelly System at $165.95 to The Platinum (which includes Luminess Tan) at $369). In between are the Luminess Air ($229) and the Luminess Professional ($309.95). All kits come with makeup with the main difference being the quality of the compressor and nozzle. As with many companies though, shipping and handling is extra ($17.50).
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For most people in the market for a consumer-level airbrush makeup kit, the choice would be between the Luminess Air with its compact compressor, or the larger Kelly System. The Luminess Air is about half the size of the Kelly and is slightly more powerful. The machines don’t really start to wow you until the Pro Series which has a compact size and powerful compressor. The airbrush nozzle is also much more versatile on the two models (PC-200 and PC-300) which come with the Professional and Platinum kits giving you a stylus spray range of extra fine to wide. This means you can use it on the body as well as for tanning. The two models also come with multi-speed for better control in detailed work. This is really essential and it’s a pity the Kelly and Luminess Air systems do not come with this feature.
Though the Luminess Airbrushes are very affordable, you should note that their makeup is much less so. A 16ml bottle will set you back $44.50 ($38.00 at the club price). Given that the quality of their makeup tends to be less popular than other brands the prices seem a little inflated. It’s a real positive that the Luminess makeup is water based and free from alcohol or paraben. There are sixteen shades and two styles (matte and satin). The matte is rated to last up to 50 hours which is awesome–at the higher end of the scale– and it will even stay on even with intense humidity. The satin will only last around 8 hours but is lighter and contains vitamin E and antioxidants. Many users have reported that they cannot get good coverage at all with this makeup and it tends to leave them looking patchy–especially with the darker shades which stand out more. Some prefer to keep the compressor and airbrush which work really well, but use makeup from other manufacturers like Dinair. However, though you can successfully use other brands of makeup with the Luminess systems, this may void the warranty so it is not recommended unless you’ve had it for over a year or are assured that there won’t be any warranty issues. You may be a little underwhelmed by the range of tones in the Luminess makeup collection especially given that Dinair and Kett Jett have such exciting colors.
*Note that since this review was created, Luminess have gone to great lengths to update their makeup systems as well as the makeup. The Luminess Air New Beauty Edition has been getting very positive reports and the new Luminess makeup is said to achieve much better results. We look forward to reviewing it shortly.
Though we have not had any experience with the customer support team from Luminess we have heard reports of long hold times and extra credit card charges. Though we’re sure this is something that would not be intentional and would certainly be resolved, the company isn’t creating as much confidence as the likes of Dinair or TEMPTU.