I’ve got to admit that I was very not interested in this airbrush base system until I tried it. I tried the Luminess system in 2010 when there were long rubber pipes and spray wands involved, so the evolution of the product into one machine is interesting. It was a bit of a tangle before and complicated to get your shade right.
Temptu is a very neat little gadget which is extremely easy to use. I use brushes to apply foundation (Artis, mainly) and I’m perfectly happy with the finish, so I think Temptu is really for those who absolutely love their bases and are obsessed with perfection. There is something extremely enjoyable about spraying on your base so that it lands with seamless precision.
When you think of a ‘spray’ foundation, I think the mind can conjure up a kind of hose pipe like blast – it’s not like that at all; particles of foundation sort of waft onto your face with the gentlest whisper of air. On the gadget, you’ll find three intensity options – don’t head straight to No.3 as I did – it’s too full-on for any accuracy even though it’s still a very light mist. No.2 is the best for applying foundation (your light needs to be perfect, though) but be aware that you need to hold it further away from your face than you might think. No.1 is the finest of the air mists and good for spot coverage (no, I don’t just mean zits.. under eye circles, dark spots etc).
The key way I can tell this is ideally a make-up artist product is because you have to do it with your eyes open (a make up artist would have his/her subject with their eyes closed) and there is inevitably a little bit of filming. I’m not sure how you get round this, but I was left with the feeling that I sometimes get if I’d used an oil based mascara remover. Other than that, it’s completely consumer friendly and requires very little expertise; only practice.
The foundation mix is to the oily side – it’s not the slightest bit dry and beautifully buildable although you will need to give it a few moments to ‘dry’ before you apply another layer. One layer is light coverage, two layers is medium and so on, so you are very much in control of how much you want. The best performer, I thought, was the blush – you will never see such a seamless blush! I’d definitely use Temptu for blush application – I loved this aspect of it. I haven’t tried the bronzer (feels a bit too much like contouring for me) but the highlighter, again, is seamless in application (although I am looking far too glamorous for a Sunday morning!).
Bottom line is that Temptu is an expensive outlay initially but if you love, love, love your make up application, you’ll find it a joy, I think. I get far too bogged down in the daily grind of application and totally forget to enjoy any aspect of it – this reminded me of the absolute pleasure of it. The colour pods are around £24 – depending on what you want, and I do think that’s way too pricy – but you know, if base is your luxury, then maybe it’s reasonable. It’s £160 HERE.
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