So, I wanna know–are you an impulse buyer or a careful planner?
If you’re like me, you’re an obsessive researcher. You’d never just grab an item in-store or add to your cart online without reading at least a dozen reviews, watching a minimum of 5 YouTube videos and asking others in the know their opinion. That is why I’m so excited to bring you an in-depth review of a product I’ve certainly researched a lot myself-airbrush systems! My goal is to write the type of review I seek out myself, full of bulleted lists, categories, discount codes and straight up, real deal experiences. So here goes!
Belletto Studio contacted me and asked if they could send me their airbrush system to try. I was both delighted and creeped out since I’d just been on their website the night before checking things out!
To preface, prior to receiving the Belletto Airbrush system, I had not used any other system. Honestly, the closest I got was using spray paint when doing abstract paintings. I hoped that with my art background, I could jump right into the airbrush game though. I felt better as soon as I opened the kit.
I really like that it comes in a travel/storage case and though it’s nothing fancy, it’s practical as it can be wiped clean easily. Everything fits inside without having to resurrect a tetris puzzle each time. Inside you will find:
- The air compressor
- Airbrush gun in holster
- Instructional DVD
- Eye dropper
- Baby wrench
- AC Adapter Power Cord
- Warranty such and such
Belletto sent 8 foundations, a blush and a highlighter with the airbrush system. The foundation are broken into P-for pink and Y-for yellow. For a makeup artist, this is incredibly helpful. It takes a lot of the guess work out of shade matching with multiple clients. All the Belletto foundations are water-based, oil-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free and silicone-free. If you have skin that breaks out easily, I think you’ll be in the clear. However, if you have dry skin, you may find these overly matte as I did. I gotta do the dew and there is no dewiness to these at all. I moisturized well prior to using but I still feel that the finish is a bit matte for my taste. I did prep an older client’s face with Embryolisse and found the Belletto foundation looked gorgeous on her so it truly is a texture preference thing. What these foundations do perhaps best is last They feel budge-proof and for summer weddings and outdoor events, what more can you ask for?!
As far as colors go, I’d like to see a little more range in the lighter end of the spectrum. I find that the yellow shades could still be a bit more yellow. I created a color chart here.
Blush & Highlighter
The blush color I was sent, Coraleia, is ok. When used carefully, it looks pretty natural, but I felt it got a chalky if you weren’t careful. The highlighter, Bling It On, is a pale gold color, which is great for yellow undertones like mine, but it’s just way too sparkly to be a natural highlighter for the face. It would probably be gorgeous on the decollate but I didn’t like that I could see actually specks of sparkle in it. I will try their Pearl highlighter with Lustre Drops and let you know how it goes.
I love the compressor! It’s so light, compact, portable, sleek and most of all-quiet! It can tend to move around on a hard surface so you make sure not to put it on the edge of a table! Belletto sells another compressor that has just low, medium and high settings, but I prefer the dial so you can fine-tune the pressure.
I can tell the gun is very well-made. It feels light and comfortable in the hand, but solid. It’s made of stainless steel and it’s easy to clean. I will tell you, it is a 3.5 mm gun and silicone-based makeups like Temptu will not go through it. It may appear to at first, but it will eventually clog. I’ve tried it so take it from me! I got the Temptu 4.0 mm gun to use specifically with S/B foundations and reserve my Belletto gun for water-based ones only! That being said, you can use any water-based foundation with this gun! I really want to try Kett and OCC’s next. I did order the Belletto Lustre Drops from Zulily to see if I can’t achieve a more dewy look with a water-based formula.
Ease of Application
Of course it takes a few practice rounds before it feels natural, but once you imagine the airbrush gun is just a pen, and you get the feel for keeping your arm moving, you’ll see it’s a breeze. If you’re a brunette like me, wear a head wrap and shield your lashes and brows as they can pick up overspray and take on a gray appearance. I always do my eyes first so I can wipe away shadow fallout before foundation, but save brows and mascara for after airbrush.
Finish & Wear
The finish is truly matte. I would describe the look on the skin as porcelain doll-like. The wear is great. I just airbrushed a bridal party during one of the most humid days I can remember at an outdoor, lakeside wedding. When the girls came in from their outdoor photos, I was delighted to see little to no oily-ness or shine! The boys? Yes, but the girls were fresh-faced! I did use a powder highlighter after airbrushing on them to bring back that bridal glow and that seemed to work just fine. I did use Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray once the airbrush foundation had dried. I am not sure if that is kosher, but I actually liked the way it softened the matte finish.
I would describe the coverage as buildable. If you have dark circles, areas of hyperpigmentation or blemishes, you’ll want to conceal those first, prior to airbrushing. Because the airbrush is such a fine mist, you would have to do many, many passes on some dark spots and while the coverage will build to where you need it, it will look cakey and artificial. When I didn’t properly conceal first, the finish was too heavy due to my layering to achieve proper coverage.
Compared to pro systems like Temptu, Iawata and Kett, Belletto is quite affordable. Dinair is very comparable if not possibly cheaper. There’s too much As-Seen-On-TV crap on the Luminess site for me to even locate a price, or I would.
Tips & Tricks
- Moisturize and prime like a motha.
- Keep er’ movin! Don’t let your hand rest in any area. Small circles, small circles, small circles.
- Conceal first. Use cream or liquid concealers before airbrushing so that you can keep your foundation lightweight and prevent cake face.
- Clean your airbrush after every use. Spray purified water through it into a paper towel. I also used a precision Q-tip with rubbing alcohol to clean inside the bowl and around the needle tip.
- Use promo code: wakeup50 on the Belletto Studio site so you can get half off!
I think this is a well-made, easy-to-use airbrush system that is perfect for those embarking on the AB journey!
I don’t love the Belletto makeup for dry-skinned girls like myself who love the dewy look, but it’s great to practice with and oily-skin girls might love it.
I look forward to experimenting with other water-based formulas as well as making my own. But this is a great little compresser and gun. I see no reason to up the equipment, just the makeup I use in it!
Belletto Studio on mah face
(I did not retouch any blemishes, pores, wrinkles, etc. in any of the photos below)
If you’re jonesing to get airbrushing, visit Belletto Studio and definitely, most certainly enter the code wakeup50. Why? Because you get 50% off the entire site, that’s why! I’m so appreciative to Belletto for offering this code for you, my little darlings! Thank yoooou!