Airbrush Makeup Review: MAC Air Airbrush Makeup System
M.A.C. Cosmetics have partnered with airbrush manufacturer Iwata to create their range of Airbrush Makeup Systems called M.A.C. Air. Iwata is a well established brand with excellent quality equipment (my favorite airbrush makeup equipment is Iwata!). Iwata is the preferred brand of many professional makeup artists as well as painters. They have several models, the more popular airbrushes being the Eclipse HP CS Dual Action and the High Performance Cup C+ (HP-C+) combined with one of the Power Jet compressors. These are large, professional use machines with precise adjustment of airflow through an air pressure regulator. This is technically a MAC Air airbrush makeup system review but, since MAC use Iwata equipment, it’s really a review of the Iwata airbrush makeup systems.
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Most consumer or semi-professional users would want to look at the Power Jet Lite. It’s up there with the best for airbrush makeup artists. The Studio Series Silver Jet is more affordable and a great little system but isn’t as powerful. They come with a moisture filter, airhose, protective outer case, airbrush holder and adapters for use with any brand of airbrush. These are not the cheapest airbrush compressors but they are certainly amongst the best and can be seen as an investment for those looking to make a living (even if just part time) out of airbrushing. You can also receive a discount if you book into an Airbrush Makeup Course through M.A.C. Cosmetics.
The Iwata Airbrush Guns are equally as impressive. They set the standard for most consumer airbrushes on the market today. Iwata airbrush guns are a mix of side fed or gravity fed for mixing custom colors or quick color changes. Most airbrush MUA’s will want gravity fed for foundation etc. but you’ll want to look at the bottle fed if you are doing large areas of body art or tanning.
The Iwata airbrushes have the perfect weight balance and are made of quality materials. They feel great in the hand whereas some of the cheaper brands put your wrist in an awkward position. Iwata are known for their ‘responsive’ feel and as having the quickest airbrushes in the industry. These are difficult to find online through M.A.C. because they are only available through their M.A.C. Pro Stores and not in department stores. However, you can order elsewhere if you know what you’re looking for.
M.A.C. has a wide variety of makeups. Some are silicone based and some are water based so they suit all skin types. We all know their colors are fantastic and most of their makeup range can be used just as easily in the airbrush as with traditional brushes. M.A.C. cosmetics are very reasonably priced considering the quality and it’s very easy to play with the pigments either combining tones or watering them down to create the colors that best match your look. Keep in mind that M.A.C. is always bringing out new products so you can have something new to play with every few months.
Another advantage is that you will be using an Iwata model airbrush which is compatible with all makeup types so you can mix and match freely. Have a look at OCC, Graftobian (especially for body-art), Temptu and Dinair.
The initial investment in the Iwata compressor and airbrush will be slightly more expensive than most consumer Airbrush Makeup Systems but if you are interested in doing a M.A.C. Airbrush Makeup course then this cost is partially offset. If you add the benefit of high quality but relatively cheaper makeup from M.A.C. plus the excellent quality of the Iwata equipment then this is well worth the investment if you can spare the extra dollars. Iwata has such a large range of quality equipment which ranges from the consumer-level (and priced) to the professional. Their systems are interchangeable and the choice of many professionals. The Iwata and/or MAC Airbrush makeup system is highly recommended for those who take their own makeup seriously or are thinking of moving into the makeup industry or doing weekend work on weddings or Halloween parties.