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At-home foundation airbrushing!

Makeup mavens and artists are going to flip out for this!

TEMPTU at Sephora

As stated on

The leader in professional AIRbrushing, TEMPTU is the brains (and beauty!) behind most of the A-list work you see—the picture-perfect faces on the silver screen, the immaculate high-fashion shots. Now the brand is revolutionizing everyday makeup with its TEMPTU® AIRbrush Makeup System, a personal AIRbrushing tool designed to deliver impeccable coverage on demand. The sleek system’s handheld applicator sprays with TEMPTU’s natural-finish foundation, blush, and highlighter, leaving skin looking untouched—never retouched. It’s easy and unparalleled perfection—right at your pretty little fingertips.

TEMTPU Foundation Airbrushing Tool

Now, I would just like to note that I’ve never airbrushed makeup before. I have used foundation in a spray can from Dior and MAC, and the spray-on blush from MAC, but I wasn’t impressed with any of those products. There are airbrushing classes for MAC Pro members, which might serve to be key before purchasing any airbrush device. I am not sure what the difference is between the TEMPTU and the MAC airbrushes, if anyone can offer insight, let me know and I will post your experience / tips or anything you know about these products. TEMPTU is marketing their airbrushing system as an “anybody can do this at home” product, but honestly, is it that easy?

Here’s the breakdown of the cost VS. the MAC Pro airbrush:

TEMPTU airbrushing system

Compact airbrush system with DVD instructions – 1 year warranty: $225
AIR pod foundation – 2 pods at .28 oz each : $55
Blush (four colors to choose from) 1 at .28 oz : $30
Highlighter: $35
Total cost: $345 before taxes

MAC Studio Compressor:
MAC Studio Compressor
Weight: 8 lbs (3.8 kgs) Size: 10 x 7 x 6 in (25 x 18 x 16cm), 110V
$285 regular price – but I believe if you take the Pro Master classes, you can use your class payment towards the airbrush cost.

MAC silicon-based Airbrush Formula (Available in foundation colors as well as pure white and other bright colors for dramatic looks. Colors are high in pigment and can be diluted with the airbrush cleanser) : $29.50 for 1.7 oz of product – $17.70 for Mac Pro members!

Airbrush Cleanser (Used to thin down products and also cleans the airbrush) : $21 for 5.1 oz and $12.60 for Mac Pro members!

You can choose a gravity feed or side feed airbrush gun. Now, like I said before, I have never used an airbrush gun, but I read on the MAC site that the gravity feed gun allows for slower hand movements for more detailed applications, and the side feed gun has a smaller color cup which rotates and allows the artist to paint vertically and horizontally. I don’t know exactly the big difference between them besides the size of the cup that holds the color. Each gun costs $140 each.

Total cost regular price – $475.50 – $455.30 for Pro members, who will save their 40% off on the airbrush products, not the airbrush itself.

My thoughts:
Well, I like the fact that the TEMPTU airbrush is highly portable and easy to use, but it is very limited. You can only use the TEMPTU pods to apply the color and you have no freedom to use other pigments. I have read the reviews and see that people love it, but the TEMPTU product is a sheer and buildable product. I’d rather have a highly pigmented product to thin down to my own liking, like with the MAC pro products. I see the TEMPTU airbrush gun as being a very basic approach to airbrushing, good for everyday foundation and blush use, but not for a professional makeup artist that needs to do body airbrush and more dramatic work. I personally would rather have the MAC airbrush to do fun body painting and work with a wide array of colors. I would rather pay $110 dollars more for the MAC airbrush, which seems to be very durable, more professional and the cost of the color is really reasonable for the size you get and the pigment that you get out of it. In the long run, you will be paying more for the TEMPTU pods, which are pretty small. The MAC airbrush is only found in at the MAC pro stores (not at MAC counters in department stores) and the TEMPTU airbrush can only be found at Sephora. Good luck and let me know what you guys think!

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I am Krista, the author of I started a career as a pro makeup artist in 2001 for Benefit Cosmetics in the San Francisco bay area, and transitioned in 2006 to pursue jobs in the Silicon Valley. I am currently working as an editor in the media industry, where I contribute to original content that includes beauty articles. I am occasionally doing freelance makeup jobs, but spend most of my time working on improving my health and wellbeing. I have Hashimoto's and PCOS, and plan on contributing articles that touch on these areas, as well as weight loss and Paleo Diet recipes.

3 Responses to At-home foundation airbrushing!

  1. I have a questions that I’m hoping someone will answer. I’m an avid Temptu user and purchased a lot of foundations/colors/adjusters (all for personal use). I have had them for some time now and I’ve noticed that they have thickened so they don’t spray well in my airbrush. Can I use the SB Cleanser to thin it out in the same way that you mention the MAC products? I didn’t want to try it on my face (at the risk of having a bad skin reaction) as I’m not sure of the ingredients. This would really help me extend the life of my temptu collection. Input would be helpful.

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