Put away your old powder puff and foundation brush and start transitioning to today’s cosmetic airbrush systems. If you haven’t already heard of it, airbrushing is the modern method of makeup application which utilizes a highly pressurized “gun” and compressor to turn liquid foundation into a fine mist that spreads evenly on your face. With the advent of HD cameras, the regular powder-and-paint no longer works since pores and other imperfections become apparent during close-ups. Airbrushing removes this problem by giving far better coverage and results, compared to what can be done manually by hand.
In this short post, we examine the top two airbrushing systems out there today. There are a dozen other brands, of course, but why waste time on those when you can get higher quality with the top two? We break the criteria down to the airbrush, compressor, makeup, price, and unique aspects of each system so you can pick the one that suits you best. Don’t worry, we’ll also leave our recommendations at the end. Without further ado, here are Temptu and Dinair:
Temptu: The Temptingly Total Airbush Package
The Airbrush: Temptu’s airbrush gun (pictured above) stands out from the rest due to its unique design. Instead of the skinny, pencil-like airbrush that you see with other brands, Temptu uses a larger one with a hollow compartment. Rather than putting in a few drops of cosmetics like usual, you essentially insert a full 12ml “canister” of makeup into the Temptu airbrush. The company calls it “AIR pod” and – while it strays away from the norm – it’s actually quite ingenious and hassle-free. Think of it like loading shells into a shotgun — once it’s in, you just blast away!
The Compressor: Sleek, black, and lightweight but slightly larger than Dinair’s (the other brand discussed below). It allows for adjustable air pressure and contains a cradle on top to holster your airbrush gun.
Air pods and Before/After
The Makeup: Temptu offers foundations, blush, highlighters, bronzers, and tanners for their airbrush. All of them come in AIR pods to allow compatibility with their strange gun (and render them incompatible with their competitors’). The makeup formulation is currently the best on the market: a mix of silicon-based makeup minus the oils combined with a water-based formula called SilkSpheres. In their own words, SilkSpheres are “weightless and light-diffusing.” Frankly, the name sounds nothing more than a clever marketing ploy, but the results are amazing. Notice the before and after picture:
So, is the makeup silicon-based or water-based? The answer is both. You get the best of two worlds.
What’s New: Temptu now offers an AIR pod called Body Camo Leg & Body Cover ($38.00). This makeup is geared to camouflage (hence the name) ugly varicose veins, blue bruises, marks, scars, age spots, and anything else you might be embarrassed to show in public.
Price: Probably the cheapest package you can get is the $229.00 starter kit System & Foundation Duo composed of one Temptu AIR brush system and one 12 ml AIR pod foundation in a shade of your choosing. Additional foundation would cost you about $45.00 per pod. Find out more about the Temptu airbrush system at www.temptu.com.
Dinair: Inexpensive Yet Amazing
The Airbrush: The Dinair airbrush, called the Pro Dinair JX Beauty Airbrush, is your average airbrush, a far cry from Temptu’s unique design. Being a standard airbrush, this means you have to manually put in a few drops of cosmetics into the reservoir during every application. There’s nothing particularly striking with Dinair’s model that you won’t see anywhere else.
The Compressor: This is slightly smaller than Temptu’s compressor which means storage costs less space. There are a minimum of 4 air-speed settings you can use, and the compressor is fully customizable. That’s right: You can choose from fourteen compressor colors and even have it painted with an animal print finish (zebra stripes, anyone?). Although this adds nothing to the overall functionality of the Dinair system, having a pink, leopard-spotted compressor does add panache to your dull makeup collection.
The Makeup: Dinair has quite an extensive collection of makeup options and colors. The foundation is water-based, silicon-free, paraben-free, and oil-free (and no, the makeup itself isn’t free). It comes in a matte or satin formulation in order to look as natural as possible. Dinair also has blush, eyeshadow, liners, concealers, and adjusters. A unique Dinair makeup formulation is the Face & Body Shimmer ($49.99) series which is based on opalescent colors that give you a glowing look. If you’re feeling particularly courageous, you can also go for the Dinair Fantasy ($8.00 – $20.00) series, which are special water-based formulations that are perfect for temporary body art. A couple of final cosmetic choices are the Dinair Bright ($40.00) series for hair special effects and Paramedical for those wishing to cover over bruises and scars.
What’s New: Dinair has a separate tanning system called Airtan for those wanting to appear a few shades darker. However, what really take the cake are Dinair’s extensive customized airbrush packages for brides. They sell special systems like The Romantic Bride Package, The Classic Bride Package and The Natural Bride Package. Each package contains expertly handpicked shades and other items that would go well towards accomplishing that ultimate wedding look that you’re envisioning.
Price: The cheapest bundle you can get is the Personal 4 Speed kit for $159.75. This includes the Dinair airbrush system, 4 foundations, and 1 moisturizer. Additional foundation makeup costs about $16.00 per 15 ml bottle.
What’s the Verdict?
We’ve seen what each product offers, so which one should you buy? Well, it depends: Get Temptu if you desire quality above anything else (even price). The hybrid silicon-and water-based makeup that Temptu offers is bar none the best out of every makeup system out there. However, it isn’t bargain priced — a single 12ml Temptu foundation is almost three times more expensive than the same amount of makeup that you can get with Dinair. If you have deep pockets, go for Temptu, otherwise…
Get Dinair if you want a budget-friendly airbrush product that would still turn heads nonetheless. Dinair offers both the professional finish you’re looking for without hurting your wallet. It may not look as good as Temptu’s, but it comes out superior to any other airbrush system out there. Regardless of your decision, both these products are excellent, and either one would be worth the price. Airbrush makeup is here to stay, and it’s best to get on the bandwagon so you can see for yourself what a difference it’s going to make on your skin.
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– Kelly Williams, editor/writer at thebeautyreviewer.com
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