Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My 1-week review on Dinair Airbrush System

As promised, I am writing a review for my Dinair Personal/Pro Edition Airbrush System Kit (http://airbrushmakeup.com/personal/compare) that I got last week. This is my very first experience with any type of airbrushing, and I am totally in love with it. I am neither a representative of Dinair nor a professional makeup artist. I am doing this review solely as a consumer who enthusiastically want to share my opinions about the product. This review will be in a semi question/answer kind of style. I am not going to post any picture and tutorial simply because you can find this information all over youtube lol. Okay, so let's started :)

1) There are three well-known airbrush makeup systems: Dinair, Temptu, and Luminescence. So why did I choose Dinair?

- Dinair and Luminescence systems closely resemble each other. I chose Dinair because it is slightly cheaper compare to Luminescence. I also like Dinair's website better haha. It is easier to navigate and I can quickly find what I want. For Dinair and Temptu, Dinair, without a doubt, has an upper hand in my opinion. I just feel like Dinair is more well-prepared, and they seemed to thoroughly consider all aspects of makeup. First, Temptu compressor and airbrush gun are bulkier. Second, it doesn't have a lot of color selections. Third, its foundation and blush come in a pod so it doesn't allow you to mix your own color like Dinair. Fourth, it can only do foundation and blush whereas Dinair you can actually do a full makeup (foundation, conceal, blush, contour/highlight, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and eyebrow) as well as tanning, and body/face arts if you want to. Finally, Temptu foundation pod is a lot more expensive (around $40 the last time I check) whereas Dinair foundation bottle costs $12-$30 depend on the size.

2) Airbrush system is expensive, so is it worth it?
- To me, it is. Airbrush makeup does have its advantages over traditional makeup. First, it gives you a flawless look, but at the same time it is extremely light and so natural that you don't look like you have any makeup on (trust me on this because I put my face against the 5x mirror and it still looks so natural like that is my real skin). Second, it is definitely cleaner. With airbrush, you don't touch your face with anything so it is more hygiene compare to using brushes. Also, airbrush doesn't make a mess like loose powder makeup. Whatever you spray will go directly onto your face, and it will set immediately so you don't have loose powder foundation  floating around and be all over your table and on your clothes. Third, it is quicker than traditional makeup. My second day using it, I finished the foundation and blush in less than 10 minutes. Now it only took me 5 minutes and this is only my first week. In addition, for long term, I don't think it is expensive. It is actually cheaper than traditional makeup. With the traditional makeup, you have to buy different types of brushes (for quality tools, this could cost you from $50-$100), brush shampoo, primer (around $30-$50), liquid and/or powder foundations (around $40-$60), concealer, settling powder etc. you got my point. However, for airbrush, once you get the start-up kit, everything else after that is pretty much cheaper compare to the traditional makeup. Before, I rarely wear makeup, only occasionally, because I hate the feeling of having something on my face. However, I am wearing makeup everyday now using the airbrush. So in conclusion, worth it or not is really up to your personal preference. Its like someone would ask "is it worth it to have an Iphone, Android etc?" hehe

3) Does the airbrush gun has to be cleaned after every use, which also mean daily?
- This question is tricky. When I did my research, some people listed "cleaning the airbrush daily" as a negative point. Others also said that every time you clean it you have to take the whole gun apart. These reviews actually delayed my decision on buying one for a whole month. I am super lazy lol so I thought there's no way I can deal with something like this. However, when I got my airbrush, I realized this is a big misunderstanding. Yes, I clean my airbrush after every use because I want it to be in good condition so I can use it for a long time. Yes, every time I clean, I would take the gun apart. HOWEVER, the whole process only take me 3 minutes. It is absolutely painless. It only involves putting a few drop of cleaning solution into the well, spray and then maybe wipe the well clean. Taking the whole gun apart really mean you unscrew the tip and simply wipe the dried foundation off the needle. I did it right at my makeup table and there is no mess. It only involves a piece of tissue and some Q-tips. So cleaning the airbrush everyday is not a negative point in my opinion because compare to cleaning makeup brushes, which involves the sink, towel, shampoo, drying process etc. and may take 30 minutes to an hour, cleaning the airbrush is actually heaven.

4) Is it easy to use?
- When people think of airbrush, they automatically afraid that they don't know how to use it or can't control it and would spray into their eyes. This is not going to be the case. The continuous airflow would scare you a little bit when you first use it. But you will soon realize that it is just air and your foundation won't come out until you pull back the level. You will also soon realize the difference between air and a cool liquid mist that touch your face. In another word, you will know exactly where your foundation goes on your face. In addition, you can lower the power of compressor, and the spray is so fine and direct that you can precisely control its flow. I can do a flawless foundation and blush after the second day. Within a week, I can also apply highlight and eyeshadow. So yes, it is surprisingly very easy to use. However, I think for special occasion, I would still use brushes to apply eyeshadow, eye-lining and eyebrow just because I think it is easier and simpler.

In conclusion, here are some of the things I love:
  • It does look flawless, light and natural.
  • It does minimize pores.
  • Makeup application is quick and it sets immediately.
  • It has a wide range of color choices.
  • The foundation is matte but also has the option of moist and dewy. This is especially great for people with combination skin like me. I can have the matte overall look, and then only spray moist and dewy on a certain area of  my choice.
  • Dinair said their makeup lasts 24hrs. I never wear makeup that long to find out. But it did last more than 8 hours for me, however only when I don't touch my face with anything.
  • The compressor and airbrush gun are small and compact. The compressor is the size of my hand. This is good for traveling.
  • The cleaning process is easy and quick.
  • Customer service is nice so far.
  • The airbrush is not only designed for applying a full makeup but can also be used for facial/body arts, tanning and cover imperfection throughout your body (such as stress marks). 
    Some of the things I don't like including:
  • Although Dinair got rid of Paraben, they still used Tacl-Cosmetic Graded. However, the last time I check Tacl-Cosmetic Graded and Tacl are no different and may cause the same harms. However, the majority of cosmetics contain Tacl. I recently got rid of SO MANY of my cosmetic stuffs, mainly eyeshadow, because they all contain this substance.
  • Dinair said their foundation is water-resistant. I may misunderstood this statement hahaha but the makeup goes right off with water. 
  • Dinair supplies can only be ordered online. I hate order stuffs online because of the wait and the shipping fees. I hope in the future they open stores to sell their cosmetics or have it in other cosmetic stores such as Sephora, Ulta, etc.
 Hope you enjoy my long and dry review hahahaha