TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System Review

August 18, 2009
TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System ($225)

I know this has taken longer than some of you had hoped (and thank you for waiting so patiently! I promise you’ll be rewarded with more TEMPTU info than you’d ever want) but I’m finally ready to introduce you to my new favorite makeup gadget – the TEMPTU AIRbrush System!


TEPMTU’s Airbrush Makeup System represented the next generation of makeup – for years pro makeup artists have used TEMPTU products to achieve flawless airbrushed results, and now TEMPTU has brought us a compact unit that we can (afford) to use in the comfort of our own homes!

What you get in your TEMPTU Airbrush Makeup System:

  • A trigger-activated AIRbrush which you can use to achieve sheer, medium or full coverage.
  • An AIR Compressor that’s compact enough to travel with and easy to set up.

The AIRbrush trigger with no foundation pod connected.

Closer look at the trigger. You can pull this back to varying degrees so that you can achieve various degrees of coverage (controls the air flow).

There’s also an on/off switch and an adjustable pressure dial (which you’re looking at right here) to enable you to have even more cutomization and control.

What I Love: I decided to test the TEMPTU Airbrush system one morning when I was running really late to work and didn’t have time to read over length instructions, but the system literally took me all of 30 seconds to set up. You connect one end of the air hose to the AIRbrush, and the other to the AIR compressor, open a pod, pop it on and you’re set! The photo below illustrates how you open one and attach one of TEMPTU’s blush pods:

You should actually be holding down that little round button while attaching the pod!


So what else do I love about the TEMPTU? Well the coverage! My SK-II Air Touch Foundation was pretty great, but it was a small handheld system and so could never really achieve the high pressure needed for a decent spray stream which would give full coverage. The TEMPTU allows me to achieve a full coverage finish that looks and feels natural (my skin can actually breathe!) with a gorgeous luminous finish and lasts and lasts. The steady stream of foundation blended with air across my face feels incredibly refreshing on a hot summer’s day, and I even like to cut off the foundation flow and just use the air across my face post-application to help everything dry and set.

The foundation is actually released from a needle-like point at the tip of the foundation pod which gives me incredible control over where the foundation ends up – plus it’s hygienic since you never have to touch your face! This is also a major pro for me because I don’t know about the rest of you, but I hate applying an expensive face cream and then feeling like I’m smearing it all away by applying primer and foundation right over it.

Not So Much: Following my first two uses of the system I ended up with a little foundation in my hair, eyebrows, and all over my lashes (unlike the SK-II you will notice a little bit of this on hairs if you spray for long enough – i.e. to achieve full coverage), but with a few uses I learned to be more precise with my application, focusing on the areas that needed more coverage, and now I’m virtually mess-free! My other tiny gripe is that for me, full coverage takes a good minute or so of continuous spraying as I need a a lot of coverage, but that’s only because I have a lot of redness to cover. Oh and the fact that the pods are rather hard to remove from the AIRbrush trigger – it takes a good deal of maneuvering and strength to get that thing off!

The Verdict: Honestly I really don’t think that $225 is bad at all for an entire airbrushing system, particularly one of this quality – I mean who doesn’t want to look like they have naturally gorgeous glowy skin? Have I mentioned that I love love love LOVE mine? It really is like having a pro airbrushing device at home and you’ll love the amazing results you can achieve with this. Whether you intend to reserve it as a finishing spray to achieve a flawless finish for those special occasions, or plan to use it on a daily basis like I do (airbrushing your foundation each morning is such a refreshing way to start the day), this is a worthy investment to me. Plus TEMPTU offers not only foundation pods, but also blush pods, highlighter pods, and a myriad of touch-up products that coordinate fabulously with the system itself.

Nonetheless I know that this is a rather significant investment, so if there are any other aspects of the TEMPTU you’d like to see covered in this review just e-mail me/leave a comment and I’ll incorporate it! Before & After photos using the system, plus more in depth reviews of the foundation, blush & highlighter pods and all of the touch-up accessories to come!

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8 Responses to “TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System Review”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Thinking about adding this to my Christmas wish list. Do you still love it now that you've had it a few months? How quickly are you going through foundation pods? Any problems with clogging? Thanks so much for posting this.

  2. *Jen* Says:

    Hey Anonymous,I do still love mine, although I'm realizing I don't really love it quite so much on its own. But for a special day (or even just a normal day) I use this as a finishing spray over any foundation and my skin looks beautiful, glowing and flawless. I've had zero problems with clogging.My only gripe? How quickly go through the foundation pods. I use my TEMPTU almost daily and I use a generous amount each time (I need a good amount of coverage) and a pod lasts me maybe 6 weeks I want to say, so it can get a little pricey. For me it's worth it though. Hope that was helpful!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for the additional info. I'm curious about why you're using the Temptu over another foundation. Does the Temptu alone not give you sufficient coverage? I don't like the idea of having to go to the trouble and expense of applying regular foundation and THEN having to use the expensive Temptu product in addition. I was hoping this would replace all other foundations. I don't have the time or patience for a two step process every morning! I actually thought this system might save me time, in addition to looking flawless. Any thoughts? Thx.

  4. *Jen* Says:

    Hey Anonymous,One reason I layer foundations is simply the fact that I have a million LOL. Another is that I do like full coverage and the TEMPTU alone doesn't offer that as quickly as I'd like, plus I'd use up the foundation WAY too quickly if I went that route. As a finisher it creates a beautiful, flawless finish though.If you have pretty decent skin this can definitely replace all your other foundations, but I have a LOT of underlying redness and so need a heavy duty foundation/concealer. Is there any way you can make it out to a Sephora store to try this before buying? It is a hefty investment, although thankfully Sephora has a awesome return policy.

  5. Anonymous Says:

    My 15 year old received the Temptu system for Xmas and it seems as though the pods are emptying too quickly and the pressure has decreased. Any suggestions?

  6. *Jen* Says:

    Anonymous unfortunately no – I've noticed that the foundation goes way too quickly as well which is sad since it is so pricey. I love it though and I guess it's a price I'll have to pay for nearly flawless skin. I do always wait for a discount event to stock upon my pods though!

  7. Anonymous Says:

    Hi Jen! thanks so much for posting this, I'm very interested in an airbrush system and have been looking at dinair and luminess reviews. It's been very disappointing, but this seems promising. My skin is normal and I don't need a lot of coverage, the only thing is my ridiculous dark circles under and above my eyes! Would you say this would cover my problem or would I need some extra help from my concealer?


  8. Anonymous unfortunately I'd say you'll probably need some concealer, although I can say that with the TEMPTU over the concealer your eyes will probably look pretty fantastic. I've taken to using my TEMPTU more as a finishing spray than anything else, although if I had pretty flawless skin I'd use just this.


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