It’s no secret that for years, magazines have been airbrushing photos of already-stunning models in order to eliminate any potential “flaws” from the final shoot. But what if you could airbrush yourself so you always have that perfect photo-finish?
That’s the concept behind the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, which took the beauty world by storm over the past few years. One of the best kept secrets was that professional makeup artists used high-end airbrush systems to apply foundation, blush and more, and TEMPTU brought that process to the everyday makeup lover with its easy-to-use airbrush system. Now, TEMPTU has added a bronzer to its lineup, just in time for summer.
If you’re not already familiar with the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System, here’s a quick rundown. The hardware itself is comprised of a lightweight air compressor, a hose, an adapter, an airbrush cradle and, of course, the airbrush itself. That might sound like a whole lot, but when it’s all put together, you get this compact system:
From there, you simply choose from TEMPTU’s wide variety of AIR Pods, which are mini plastic “pods” (go figure) filled with the makeup products: foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer.
To use the pods, first you shake it up to mix the product inside (make sure the cover is still on!). Then you remove the cover (the metallic-looking part), and use a special “poker” that’s provided to poke open a valve so the product can come out.
Then, you attach the pod to the airbrush, making sure to push a small button on the airbrush while you’re connecting them to ensure a proper fit. Then, you’re ready to roll. Simply turn on the system, pick up the airbrush (at this point just air will be coming out — no product) and depress the large button on the top of the airbrush to get the product flowing.
You will be able to tell if the product is flowing freely by spraying directly on one small spot for a couple of seconds (I like to use the underside of my arm).
Once everything’s up and running, you simply start applying by keeping the airbrush about four inches away from your face, moving it over in a small circular motion so you can evenly cover yourself.
I know that sounds like a lot of steps, but trust me — when you get it down, it becomes second nature and it’s really quick. I timed myself, and I found that I can do my foundation, blush, highlighter and bronzer all around five minutes or so, leaving plenty of time to add on eye makeup and gloss afterwards.
Here’s a side-by-side of my bare face (so red!) and my face all TEMPTU-ed up:
As you can see, the products are really natural looking, and not at all cake-y. I’m really picky about finding the right foundation for my dry skin, so I was shocked to see how amazing this looks! It doesn’t settle in my fine lines, it doesn’t cling to dry areas like a lot of other products do, and it doesn’t rub off either. After a full day of wear, it looked like I had just applied it. I honestly can’t think of one downside to this at all…except price, which may come as sticker shock initially…but hear me out.
The basic system (just the hardware with no products) will run you $225, and as my husband pointed out, that’s not out of the ordinary for an air compressor. If you factor that along with the fact that you plan to use this tool every single day, the cost really isn’t so bad. The AIR Pods run from $30 (blush) to $35 (bronzer and highlighters) to $55 (two pods of foundation in each pack).
In all, I can fully recommend TEMPTU’s AIRbrush Makeup System and the AIR Pods. Take a test drive yourself at Sephora, and let me know what you think!
Photos: Anne Houseman/BeautyXpose; TEMPTU
Disclaimer: Products furnished complimentary for review purposes