Airbrush Makeup Review: Belloccio Airbrush Makeup System
Belloccio is not really a household name and they are unlikely to grab as much of a share of the market as TEMPTU or Dinair but their makeup system is worth considering. The compressor is very similar to the Tickled Pink model in performance and has a real non-industrial, domestic feel to it–presumably because the compressor is encased with a plastic shell. However, the airbrush itself is a good performer with a few extra features which I really liked. It is amazing that they can sell the Super Quiet Mini Airbrush Compressor for less than $50 and the complete Belloccio Professional Airbrush Makeup System including foundation for just $179.96. It is definitely competitively priced and not lacking in features, making this an airbrush makeup system to consider.
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UPDATE: New Belloccio Airbrush Makeup Review
Belloccio have updated their compressor and makeup since this review and I have created a more detailed, in-depth review of the company and their two airbrush compressors as well as their makeup here.
What is in the box:
The Belloccio Airbrush Makeup System is a complete setup and will provide you with everything you need to start airbrushing. It comes with the Precision Gravity Feed Airbrush that can be set up for both single or dual action, airbrush holder, 5 foundation colors, a moisturizing primer, the compressor, 6-foot hose, carry bag, airbrush cleaner and plug-in adapter.
The mini compressor is very quiet and powerful enough for airbrushing with a range of between 5-15 PSI (that’s actually 5PSI more powerful than some of Bellocio’s rivals!). It has three airflow control settings (low, medium, high) which means it can be used for tanning or body art and gives you finer control when you need to do detail around the eyes. It’s a great size for travel and only weighs 1.3 lbs. The airbrush is good quality and is both single or dual-action because the unit has an extra air inlet valve stem. There are also two sizes of plastic fluid cups (3/4 and 1.5 oz.) which is a fantastic option for when you need to cover large areas or only need a couple of drops for finer control. The nozzle has an adjustable spray pattern from 0.4mm ‘hairline’ to 2.5 inches wide. Belloccio also sells a professional grade ‘Salon Air’ compressor which is much larger and more powerful but we have not reviewed it here.
The Belloccio makeup range is extremely limited being just 16 shades of foundation in sets of 5 from cool to warm–or, more specifically, fair, medium, warm, tan or dark. This is a real pity and it would be great to see some blushes from them. The foundations are water-based and do not contain fragrance, oils or parabens. Belloccio claim their makeup is organic and have have been tested as hypoallergenic and non comoedogenic. These are also sold separately in sets for $79.96 which includes five 1.2 oz. bottles plus the moisturizing primer. An alternative would be to use makeup from another brand (such as Dinair or Tickled Pink) in the Belloccio since the range and quality of some of the other brands of makeup is better.
Belloccio haven’t had as large a marketing campaign as other airbrush makeup kit manufacturers and as a result haven’t quite built up a reputation as a trusted brand.
We don’t really associate the name ‘Belloccio’ with ‘makeup’ which puts them at a disadvantage in this competitive market where many manufacturers are racing to get their machines out before perfecting the quality of their cosmetics. However, at such an amazing price the Belloccio does not compromise on features and is compatible with makeup from other brands, giving it a possible edge against its competitors.