I am a professional esthetician/makeup artist. I have lots of experience with airbrush, have taken classes, used it on brides, etc. so I hope you can trust my opinion here. I have different types of airbrush systems- I have a professional airbrush system with a high grade Iwata compressor and airbrush (sold at trade shows for beauty pros) and of course, it is the most versatile system there is...you can do special FX makeup, body tanning, etc., but for this review, this version of the temptu is NOT that type of product. It is designed for personal, at home use. THIS system excels and blows other personal airbrush systems like Dinair and Luminess, out of the water. The main reason people are attracted to airbrush makeup is for the idea of looking flawless and like you have perfect, real, skin. Not cakey, overly made up skin that is fake and obvious- but real skin. Other systems like Luminess and Dinair may be more versatile in the sense that they have those mini top, gravity feed airbrush guns, which allows you to mix colors ( basically, smaller, less powerful versions of the pro versions) and you can even mix wild and crazy colors if you want to,) But really, what normal, busy professional working woman, full time mom, whatever, is going to mix blue avatar makeup for fun everyday? And don't forget. Even with those smaller airbrush systems like Dinair and Luminess, you have to clean the airbrush gun out after EACH AND EVERY USE...just like the pros have to between clients. If you don't, it affects the quality of your application spray the next time you use the Machine, and your makeup will come out sputtering and blotchy on your face. How are you supposed to clean it? Well, you have to flush your gun out with both special cleaner AND distilled water (not tap, which can cause deposit buildup inside your airbrush gun, which would also affect future performance.) Try to get away with NOT doing this even a few times and you will regret it and curse your system and have to do a deep clean AFTER you disassemble like, 6-10 or so parts that comprise the airbrush gun. Sounds awful, right? Stay with me here. Why the temptu has the other systems beat and why it has revamped the personal airbrush system idea is because they have figured out that the busy woman doesn't have time to pre-mix her own foundation color from 1,2, or even 3 different foundation shades. Nor does she want to clean the darn airbrush gun after every use. That gets old people, trust me. With Temptu, all your colors are already pre- mixed for you inside their own little forms of applicators, called air pods ....you just choose your perfect shade, snap it on, and begin airbrushing. And if you can't find your shade, you call the company and they customize a shade for you. Easy. ( I bought my system at Temptu.com....they do that there....check where you buy yours to see if they do that.) when you are done applying your makeup, it's really easy- No cleaning, just snap off each pod, change it out for another or store it. Easy. Plus, temptu is a silicone based airbrush makeup. For skin that looks real, you want silicone based foundation airbrush makeup over water based. All of the pros (or most of them, anyway, if they are any good) use some form or brand of silicone makeup to airbrush those models and celebs we envy so much. Why? Because silicone base lasts longer, is water and sweat resistant, and most importantly, LOOKS LIKE SKIN. It is sort of satin, skin like finish. Systems like Dinair market their foundations as being silicone free and water based with a matte finish, but trust me, matte skin is NOT real skin in real life. It looks made up. most cosmetic and skin care companies use silicone in most of their products. Most high tech bottle foundations, bb creams, face primers, etc, all have varying degrees of it in them. Its there for slip, feel, wearability, and staying power. And it works for most people without reaction or absorbing into the skin and causing problems. If you are oily, you still can use these types of products with silicone, mainly because they last on your skin type (or dry for that matter) just use an oil free, oil absorbing primer underneath your airbrush makeup ( or silicone makeup product) and your oil will be greatly controlled. ( I can't tell you how many People who tell me that water based airbrush makeup sprays on too matte and drying on their face and looks cakey...Even oily skinned women say this) And most women over 40 want glowy, not matte skin. So when you wear Temptu foundation, For wearability, I would recommend for drier to very dry skin types, you hydrate with your regular day moisturizer or a nIce moisturizing primer with SPF (if you want sun protection.) Temptu's formula is kind of like a built in primer, so dry skin gals don't necessarily have to use one, but if you already have one you love, feel free to use it. For normal/combo or oily skin gals, I would say get yourself a good oil free, oil control primer (with or without SPF, your choice) let that dry down THEN airbursh the temptu makeup on. Your skin will have a pretty real skin glow. Not shiny, just perfect. If it feels wet on your skin when you spray it on, you are either spraying too much, putting the airbrush gun too close, using a pressure that is too high, or a combination of these...remember, hold the gun 4-6 inches from your face, smallish, circular motions, and a pressure that is comfortable for your desired coverage. The trick to more coverage without it looking heavy is to follow the above technique, but allow it to set a bit betweem LIGHT layers! Dry skins don't need powder necessarily(your preference)- oily skins should just use a light, talc free superfine setting powder..and use a soft FAN brush it Delivers less powder to set and you still get oil control without looking flat. LOVE!
I got this little gem of a mask in one of Eve Lom's awesome starter kits, along with the Cleansing Balm (100 ml size with muslin cloth) and her TLC rescue cream which is the most elegant, divinely smelling skin treat ever! Any way, this is a great mask for facial exfoliation. I agree with most users that this is a highly effective, albeit expensive mask. (It is a clay mask that dries hard, but read on and I'll explain how to remove it more gently than some reviewers are) but remember that in the eve Lom range she does NOT advocate the use of any acids, peels, etc, on the skin. You get gentle exfoliation from her line with daily use of her cleansing balm and her gentle, muslin cloth. This product can be looked at as the exfoliator in her line...used one or twice a week (and only on T zone for dry to very dry skins, who may, want to skip this mask altogether) it provides deep exfoliation due to the drawing action of the clay. It also contains honey, which softens. When I use this I find my skin tone refined, pores smaller, oil controlled, and skin just glows. ALSO here is a removal tip...for those of you complaining about how hard it dries and how it tugs on your skin to remove it, you are removing it wrong. Take a muslin cloth or soft cotton face cloth or shammy, wet it in warm to hot water, wring it out, then Press onto your face for a few seconds to steam to soften the mask for removal...THEN wipe off. See? Problem solved. Have I used clay masks that work just as well for less money? Of course. But do I feel lovely and pampered when I purchase high end products like this? Yes! I love this mask. I also love Eve lom and her "less is more" elegant skin care philosophy. This and her Cult classic cleansing balm have really made a difference in my sensitve, combo/oily skin.....Love!
I am an avid mineral makeup user (BE GIRL FOR LIFE) but every so often, I must admit, my combo/oily skin does act a bit dehydrated at times, and minerals sometimes leave me a little flakey. Saw the in-store promo and was intrigued....even though as of late, I am adoring and hoarding green beauty products...(This is less than green, that is for sure) but I must admit, the finish is super soft, not at all greasy, and does a great job of blurring pores and fine lines, esp around the eyes and mouth. (I don't have many of those yet, but when I am drier, they do come out a bit) The finish also dries to a semi matte, almost airbrush look (Use sparingly for this type of effect..too much and it will look heavier, not bad, just heavier) so you look neither too shiny or matte, just a healthy glowy look. You need just a bit applied with a great foundation brush, and blend blend blend. Dries down in 20- 30 seconds. Because I tend to shine, I dusted a bit of my trusted and loved Mineral Veil on top, just a bit to set, and was fine for hours. (A shine blotter sheet towards the end of the afternoon touched everything up beautifully without the need to repowder.) All in all, I would def. use this as a great, soft, creme foundation for a great evening glow or on drier, more dehydrated days. The great Olay skin care ingredients are a boon and will keep me hydrated and soft!