About Luminess Air

If you’ve ever dreamed of having magazine-ready, pearlescent skin at the touch of a button, Luminess Air’s at-home makeup application airbrushing kit might pique your interest. The system promises simple setup, easy maintenance and smooth, stunning results for a one-time cost that’s on par with a spa-day package, but with a better-lasting glow.

What’s Airbrushing?

The airbrushing method of applying foundation has been popular for professional artists working in film, theater, and even special events for several decades, and is most-loved for delivering superior, blendable coverage, despite using a minimal amount of product.

It works on the same principle as spray-paint (which is actually how the method was invented! You know, long ago before they cared about stuff like dying from toxins.)

If you haven’t ever seen airbrushing in action, the best way to imagine how it works is to compare painting a wall with a brush or sponge roller, which yields thick coats of paint and uneven application, to the fine mist and even coverage you get from spray-on methods.

Each airbrushing system uses a small, pen-size tool that holds foundation in a small reservoir and gently sprays it on the skin in a spray-dot pattern, which eliminates any visible brush strokes and results in a totally natural look (providing your foundation color is a good match.)

Luminess Air Everyday System – What to Expect

This is the Luminess Air “basic kit” (not their pro version). It promises a quick and simple learning curve, and to provide buyers with everything they need to get started applying airbrushed makeup, including:

  • Compressor, stylus & nozzle
  • Two .55 oz foundations
  • Blush
  • Bronzer
  • Glow
  • Primer / Moisturizer

To order a kit, you first have to select your skin shade from five groups. The kit will then come with two different foundation shades that you can mix to achieve a natural look. Luminess offers a color match service to those who have a difficult time choosing; simply upload a recent picture and submit it through their site in order to receive suggestions for your best fit.

The Luminess site also offers a bounty of “How To” videos that walk users through everything from their first time using the device, to basic application tips and advice from professionals, as well as suggestions for mature skin.

The foundation used with Luminess Air is promoted as oil-free and great for sensitive skin. Luminess claims applying makeup with their device has the following benefits as well:

  • Get the most delicate flawless finish
  • Very hygienic, as hands and brushes never touch face
  • Minimizes the look of wrinkles and fine lines
  • Light to maximum coverage
  • Gives the look of beautiful, young skin
  • Feels like you don't have makeup on
  • The look of blemishes, age spots, redness, large pores and acne can be softened or appear to vanish
  • Exact foundation color match only possible through airbrush
  • Great on face and body

Setting up the device is as simple as plugging it in, depositing foundation in the stylus’s reservoir, and pulling back a lever to begin application.

Cleaning is required after every use to avoid gunking up the system, and is accomplished by placing a few drops of water into the reservoir, and then spraying the device onto a cloth until all remaining product has been pushed through the nozzle and the spray runs clear.

Caution: Luminess Air Will Cost You

The Luminess Air Everyday system costs $199, and is available in the website’s Online Shop section. Additionally, foundation refills cost between $18 and $40, depending on the line you choose.

However, Luminess Air offers multiple models and packaged kits, and many buyers report feeling tricked or confused by the pricing scheme offered on the Luminess home page.

It’s worth noting that the site appears to offer users an upgraded kit for a 30-day trial for $19.95, however in very fine print this also appears:

“Then after 30 days when you love Luminess, it’s yours for only 5 easy monthly payments of fifty-nine dollars and ninety-nine cents when you order today!”

That is a whopping $299! And it’s unclear whether or not the initial $19.95 fee to “try” their system is deducted from your total cost.

The Luminess Air return policy promises that dissatisfied buyers can return it for a full refund within 30 days of delivery, minus shipping and handling, as well as an “initial trial cost” that isn’t fully explained in their terms.

To return a Luminess Air, the device must be thoroughly cleaned and not show any wear and tear. Returns must also be authorized by customer service before they may be sent in.

A one-year manufacturer's warranty does cover buyers if their Luminess Air breaks, but is considered void if any non-Luminess brand makeup is used.

What Are Reviewers Saying about the Luminess Air?

Luminess Air has over 300 registered complaints on the site PissedConsumer.com alone, many of which reference:

  • Difficulty returning the product and being charged the full amount
  • Negative customer service experiences
  • Not allowed to return a device that had been used
  • Unclear pricing
  • Unreasonably long shipping times (up to 4 weeks)

Unhappy buyers have also turned to Yelp, giving Luminess Air an overall rating of 1.2 out of 5 stars. Complaints include more mentions of poor customer service and potentially shady pricing:

“It's been more than 4 weeks since I've placed my order with the promise of receiving it before the holidays. Now 2 days before Christmas, several hours on hold, several threatening emails, and a dispute with my bank later, my order has finally shipped. It is expected to come January 2nd. More than 6 weeks after my original order.” Source

“The advertisement makes it seem like you can get the machine and makeup kit for $20.00. That may be unrealistically cheap, but they seem to promise that. Once you are on the phone they try to tell you it's $300.00. But they just don't tell you that, they try to go through this hokey spiel about easy payments and how they can make lower payments for you.” Source

That’s Not To Say There Aren’t Positive Luminess Air Reviews

If you’re searching for folks who have nice things to say about the Luminess Air, you don’t have to look too far – YouTube is full of tutorials where bloggers and home-beauty-buffs show their prowess with the device, although some of these are paid endorsements.

Pros and Cons of the Luminess Airbrush Makeup System

The brand lives up to its promise of providing easy-to-use, professional quality makeup and tools in its airbrush makeup system. You can choose from a wide range of makeup colors available, so it’s stress-free to find the right color range for you.

Perhaps the only concern that buyers have expressed about this product is the customer support and confusing pricing plans – both of which need some improvement. But if you’re patient enough to wait for shipping and understand what the final cost is, you might be very happy with this product.

The Verdict

Overall, the Luminess Air airbrush makeup system is priced similarly to others on the market. With their complete range of makeup, you can create a natural look that appears flawless with minimal practice.

But airbrushing kits aren’t cheap! Since there are quite a few options on the market, potential buyers interested in learning more might do best comparing a few models and brands before purchasing one.

When doing this, be sure to compare all the parts included in your kit. Also, consider the products you’ll have to use, and whether or not they meet your skin’s needs.

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22 Customer Reviews for Luminess Air

Average Customer Rating: 2.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 5 4 stars: 2 3 stars: 0 2 stars: 1 1 stars: 14
Bottom Line: 32% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Never received my product

    I ordered a Luminess Air and never received it. It's going on three weeks now and it is saying that my order was shipped and received, but I never received it. I'm very unhappy and sent emails and called, but no one got back to me but yet. I was charged, so I'm going to have to dispute this with my bank.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 13 out 13 people found this review helpful

    Bait and switch?

    While I like the ease of use and product in general, I'm returning my Luminess Airbrush System because I feel that what I ordered and what I received are two different items.

    I ordered the 3-speed professional system. However, the paperwork says PC-100 (SKU) but the box says PC-250.

    I've tried communicating with the company, both by email and phone, and they're trying to tell me that the products are the same thing. I asked to speak to a supervisor, but I was told they're extremely busy and that it would take 24-48 hours for someone to return my call.

    Needless to say, I'm not comfortable paying hundreds of dollars for what, in my mind, is a completely different product than what was ordered. I've requested an RMA #, and I'll be returning it today.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Great cover, excellent finish

    I was cautious at best. Let me start with this: the commercials are misleading.

    That being said, anyone who is accustomed to using makeup and is skilled with it can learn to use Luminess like a pro. I've had mine for over a year, and I love it. It gives good (medium), not full coverage, and doesn't cause any acne. I use it and am always given compliments, such as "you look great," "you look so pretty," even when dressed casually. You just look really finished.

    Always use the primer, and with time you will learn to use the highlight and the bronzer to create the same effects faster than with brushes. I use it to apply the blush for lip tint, and it's excellent and lasting. I love it. It lasts ALL day. If you have dry skin, you should exfoliate and moisturize as well.

    I LOVE my Luminess, and I even used it on my 74-year-old mom for special occasions. It isn't expensive by comparison. I don't care for their mascara. However, I have even traveled with my smaller unit.

    I love it, and I am glad I made the investment.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 53 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Scam, fraud, unethical company!

    I called in late one night after seeing an infomercial and thought I was getting something really neat for $34.99. Little did I know that when I received it, I would continue to be billed for a system costing over $300.00.

    They also started sending me additional makeup and deducting money from my account unauthorized. I tried to cancel prior to the 30-day so-called "money back guarantee" and to return everything (which was still unopened), and all I could do is get a response from a so-called "stylist" by text. By that time they had deducted three payments of $78, plus payments for makeup that kept getting shipped for $34.99.

    I went to my bank to dispute this. My bank originally gave me back the money. I had to pay to ship the machine and products back, and when it was all said and done, my bank ended up re-charging me for the reimbursement because they lied and stated that I went online to order and the website states the process and info about the payments! Oh, and by the way, they charged me a $75.00 restocking fee for returning it! So now I'm frustrated, out over $300.00, and I am sure I am just one of many like this. This is a sick, unethical company.

    P.S. The only reason my bank allowed the charges is because of specific laws and regulations they have to meet, and apparently this company has found the loophole in becoming an expert in fraud.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 27 out 30 people found this review helpful

    No complaints

    • New Jersey,
    • Jan 22, 2017

    I was lucky enough to buy a new system at an estate sale for $10. I have to say I love the Luminess system. I purchase the make-up on eBay and pay a lot less.

    I find it fast and easy, with great coverage. If my machine broke, I would definitely buy a new one on eBay. I would absolutely recommend it. I had no dealings with the company, so I have no idea about dealing with them. It's easier to buy the product on eBay.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 44 out 44 people found this review helpful

    I got suckered

    • Washington,
    • Jan 19, 2017

    I'd seen the product infomercials during bouts of insomnia and decided to give it a whirl. As for the product, it's hardly as easy to apply as they make it seem. I even tried using a darker color to see how I was misapplying it so I wouldn't use up the fair tint. The colors are extremely limited and were not a true match, even if I were able to get the technique mastered.

    As for the billing, I agree with so many others here that the pricing is deceptive, at best. I ended up with six payments of $72 (product can be purchased on Amazon for $250, but I'm paying over $425). I also got signed up for their "makeup club" where they send two bottles of makeup for $35 each month. Uh, no.

    In all, big fail. My bad. This will be going on Craigslist, and I'll probably be lucky to get $50 for it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 75 out 78 people found this review helpful

    I'm reporting this company to BBB

    • Virginia,
    • Dec 15, 2016

    Luminess, I suggest you get your act together or your company will fold. Read all these complaints. Scammers! Blatant lies on your pricing advertised. Ridiculous shipping delays. Terrible customer service. Good hell, time for new ownership with an ounce of pride.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 138 out 140 people found this review helpful

    A big scam!

    My girlfriend did not like the product and we got the first delivery

    of addition product. I called and canceled the account and got a return address for the last delivery.

    I returned the product by mail.

    I thought that this would be the end of the story. NOT. I find out they charged my account for two additional payments after I canceled. I call them and they told me that they have no record of my call or cancellation and they never received the return.

    SCAM. Greedy liars. I am going to make as much noise as possible so that fewer people get ripped off.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 145 out 148 people found this review helpful

    Not worth the price

    • Texas,
    • Aug 20, 2016

    I ordered before looking at the reviews and regretted it. I ordered it for $19.99 not realizing it would be another 8 dollars in shipping plus 5 payments, making it a total of just under 330.00. If you buy an air brush from Walmart and just buy the makeup, you are much better off. They say less is more but it took way more than eight drops to cover my face. I have some slight discoloration but even three cups of 8 drops wasn't enough. Another thing, even after the makeup dried it didn't feel good. It felt tacky. I don't know if that's because I didn't use to sealer which was not included. Do your research. The Dinair is cheaper at 199.00 and they have a lot more products like eye shadow, eyeliner and hair color. They also have stencils. There are other air brushes for 99 dollars with other brands. Check Youtube for tutorials from other brands and even how to use airbrush other than the cosmetic brands.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 45 out 61 people found this review helpful

    A great product

    I was desperate to find makeup that looked more youthful and gave me that "healthy glow" and am very happy to say Luminess did that. I am 38, have melasma, and had very bad acne (active and scars). At first, I thought I was reacting to the Luminess makeup, but went to a dermatologist and they said the makeup was fine, and gave me a different prescription and now my face looks great. I like how it applies so evenly, though it took some time to practice and to figure out what colors to use.

    The only reason I gave it four stars and not five is because I bought some colors in the silky formula, I didn't know they had matte formulas, and they don't accept returns on unopened products. My only recommendation would be to make sure to watch the training videos before purchasing, so that you know what is available and what you need before placing an order. My airbrush wand did break but they replaced it at a minimal shipping fee (which I think is unfair but I did get a brand new one).

    This second wand seems to be much better. I also call them in the middle of the day, when they have lower call volumes, and I make sure to keep very detailed records and people I spoke to about my specific purchases (just like any smart consumer would) in case I ever feel they are overcharging me. I was scared because I first ordered my expensive product THEN read all the reviews, but I can honestly say I have had a great experience with the product (once I mastered the color matching and application) and am getting a lot of compliments at work and even my dermatologist now says that my acne was "in my head."

    I am also taking short term antibiotics, and underwent micro needling and chemical peels, so overall am taking really good care of my skin. The makeup, any makeup, can only do so much, but I really think this product is revolutionary and looks beautiful (as long as it doesn't get wet). Try not to cry when you are wearing it, or let rain or water splashes fall on you for about an hour after application. After that, it seems to just meld into the skin and form a beautiful, light, healthy skin looking, coverage.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 103 out 109 people found this review helpful

    Total rip-off. Would give zero stars if I could

    I took forever to receive the product but didn't take them long to start deducting $400 from my account.

    I took 3-4 of the little cups to apply makeup. It came out so fast that I couldn't move the wand fast enough to get a decent coverage. Customer service was so rude to me because they thought I should like the product and told me that it was my fault, not the product's that it didn't work as they said it would.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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