I'm an old-fashioned girl, if you haven't noticed. It has a little to do with my conservative stance and a lot to do with my grandparents. So when I was first introduced to airbrush make-up systems, I waved them off. I opted for more accessible consumer airbrush finish products like the Dior Airflash foundation, which does not require a complete system [aka one that must be plugged in] and a lot of counter space. When I encountered the Luminess Airbrush system, I was surprised to see how travel friendly it was. I would definitely use the system on a client if he or she specifically requested airbrushing. I also love the included [not built-in] stand. Would I use it on myself? On a daily basis, most positively not. It will, however, be a nice treat on special occasions when I have the desire and more importantly, the time, to pamper myself.
I can apply liquid foundation with my fingers and set with powder in one minute. My morning routine is truly that quick :) Luminess, however, does take some patience. If you don't have a very steady hand, you may want to avoid these specialized systems and try the Dior Airflash which comes with a simple nozzle that you would find on a standard hairspray bottle. I got the hang of it on my second try, though, and the best tip I can give you is: Watch the DVD! It really does give you helpful tips. Also, the machine - considering how small the system is - has a rather loud motor. It's normal but I figured I should mention it for those who have never seen an airbrush system in action before. Furthermore, this system needs regular cleaning. And when I say regular, I mean with each use. Granted, it's not too high maintenance but you want to avoid clogging, which will result in a patchy, uneven mess. Using too much product will also result in a nightmare so make sure you thoroughly experiment and play with the product. Practice makes perfect!
The blush is my favorite color piece. You only need one drop for full coverage color on both cheeks! It reminds me of the MUFE HD blushes in terms of pigmentation but I find that the Luminess blush looks smoother on the skin. The blue eyeshadow is surprisingly wearable, albeit very shimmery, but I would reserve the chocolate shade for night use only, as it is darker than I generally wear during the day. The bronzer is much too shimmery to wear all over my face but it did look lovely as a wash of color on my lids. The complexion enhancer, Boost It!, can be used on the face or the body. Personally, I prefer wearing it on the decollate. The foundations are lovely but I prefer the matte foundation by far. The Ultra [labeled 'L' for luminous] foundation colors were all too pink for my skin, other than Shade 3. Matte in Shade 5 wasn't perfect either, a little too red, but it was the best fit of the bunch. For those of you who want MAC comparisons, I believe I am closest to NC35 at the moment.
Without a doubt, this is a luxurious investment but if you're interested, you can find it at Neiman Marcus or online.
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