About Luminess Air

By Autumn Yates
HighYa Staff

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:

  • A delicate and flawless finish that feels like you’re not wearing makeup, with minimized wrinkles and fine lines
  • Hygienic, since your hands or brushes never touch your face
  • Light to maximum coverage that delivers the appearance of younger skin, with reduced look of blemishes, age spots, redness, large pores, and acne
  • Great for use on the 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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185 Consumer Reviews for Luminess Air

Average Consumer Rating: 1.6
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 21 4 star: 7 3 star: 1 2 star: 12 1 star:  144
Bottom Line: 16% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Nothing but a PROBLEM!

    • Ohio,
    • Mar 20, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I imagine it would work if you have at least three days to mix and mix and mix some more to find their so-called perfect color. You better be rich for the price of those little bottles too.

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

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  • 8 out 8 people found this review helpful

    Not a 30-day money back guarantee

    • Ocean Springs, MS,
    • Mar 17, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    When ordering, everyone was very nice, but when I called to return it was a different story. This is not a 30-day money back guarantee, if you return within 30 days they charge you a rental fee of $50.00. When you receive your package do not throw anything away because you have to have all original packaging and original packing slip.

    The makeup leaves your face feeling wet all day long. I order the matte hoping that would not have the same feeling, but it did also. If you do not like to look shiny, do not buy. I dropped eyeshadow on my face after I had sprayed and tried to brush off it messed up a spot on my face, and I had to take all make up off and re-spray. I also felt like the airbrush made my pores more prevalent. I also sprayed my mom and her friend, this really showed their wrinkles.

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

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  • 23 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Scam, need to be reported

    If anyone has been a victim of this company like me, you need to come forward and initiate a movement against this company. I cannot believe how he can be so legit to steal people’s money like that. And nobody said anything. It’s shameful and we need to stop it. We have to come together to do something. Enough is enough.

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

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  • 51 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Luminess Silk buyer beware, seriously beware!

    • California,
    • Mar 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Seeing it on TV, I gave it a try. I regret it and want to be sure you don't get involved.

    First off, it is a club, they do not tell you that. I found out when I started to research it, called and canceled. I was told it was on its way but encouraged to try it. I did and it was sheer garbage. The makeup hid nothing, made me look older, and in fact, the colors never seemed to be able to mix well. Then to top it off, I told them I wanted to return what I had - they wanted me to pay to return it. Wow, it would have cost me more money and almost as much as to keep it. I told them to pay for it with a prepaid label, I called my bank and it is charged back. Now get this folks, they want to put me in collections for $27, right, yeah $27. To that I say "go ahead, try it!"

    I reported them to the FTC and will do whatever I can to let people know what a load of crap the product is and the company is even worse.

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

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  • 42 out 42 people found this review helpful

    Returned system

    • Clarksboro, NJ,
    • Mar 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I returned my system unopened, did not even use it! A month later I’m getting harassing phone calls because my payments aren’t going through. I canceled the system and mailed it back the beginning of January. I lost my tracking slip with the tracking number from the post office. The postal service can’t go back that far. So because I can’t produce a tracking number they don’t believe me that I mailed the system back, they are continuing to charge me and threatening to put it on my credit. I asked several times to speak to a supervisor and I was hung up on twice! I also was promised once to have a supervisor call me back. Never received that call. I returned their system and now I’m being harassed! I can’t even get someone in management to talk to me. They need to get it straight and stop harassing innocent people!

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

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  • 20 out 22 people found this review helpful

    Should have shopped around first.

    I purchased the whole kit a few years back, even though my skin tone is light, the light makeup did not cover as expected, it also does not help fine lines or wrinkles, and I instead needed one up (medium). Also, after a few months, I started having problems with the sprayer not working, locking up or overspray, and I did keep it very clean as recommended. But I could not get it replaced or would they help me in exchange, or even send me new parts. But because it does make your skin silkier, I decided to purchase a second one, after a few months once again I started having problems with spray head, as I started looking around for a replacement parts, I found that not only does everyone else offer the same kits for 20%-50% cheaper, their machines work and last much longer, the makeup seems a darker shade, not to mention a better warranty and replacement parts. Amazon offers the whole kit for $99 and will exchange any parts for the first year. I was able to replace the whole spray head for only $28.00.

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

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  • 29 out 29 people found this review helpful

    Scam

    Traveling I was told to remove my ziplock makeup bag at the airport and consequently left it, so I purchased Luminess in a hurry. It never arrived because my email to change the address from my credit card address was very difficult. Needless to say, I had to purchase my Clinique, I never used the makeup and arrived home too late to even return it by the 30-day deadline, then was repeatedly charged $50 three times! That's three more times and never even used it! I'm unable to return it and now have all this cake makeup that's useless.

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

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  • 46 out 46 people found this review helpful

    Nice product, bad company

    • Massachusetts,
    • Mar 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    When I purchased the Luminess Air system in November, I was very specific about not wanting to be involved in any membership. I waved the $39 trial and purchased the machine outright for $198. On January 4th I was charged $41. I immediately contacted them via email regarding what I assumed to be a mistake. Never heard a response. Five days later I was charged another $39. Another email went out. No response and no phone number was provided to call directly.

    I contacted PayPal and had them block Luminess Air as they were making fraudulent charges. Which they did. I am now being bombarded with emails threatening collections for services I never signed up for.

    The last email finally included a phone number. The customer service agent stated I now owe another $80 which will continue to acquire $20 late charges if not paid.

    I stated that I did not sign up for the membership and that I paid for the equipment outright and he stated that "I had no clue what I was signing up for" and I still owe. This is a very dishonest company and I will never do business with them again. I hope you can save consumers the trouble I am dealing with.

    I have filed a complaint with the BBB in regards to their false advertising and horrible customer service.

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

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  • 52 out 52 people found this review helpful

    A nightmare experience

    • Portage, IN,
    • Feb 28, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I responded to their advertisement for a special offer and a 30-day free trial. Before receiving my shipment, due to financial difficulties, I had to cancel the order. When the box came in, I called the company and got an RA number which is required to return the product. I returned the box unopened back to the company through USPS on January 4th. Since then they have charged my credit card five times for a product that I don't even have. Their "free trial" has now cost me over $150.00 and I have had to close my credit card to keep them from charging me further fees. Customer Service and the whole experience has been a nightmare.

    My advice to anyone considering dealing with Luminess Air is to RUN the other way and don't look back.

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

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  • 42 out 42 people found this review helpful

    It doesn't even work!

    • New York,
    • Feb 26, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    First they told me they would ONLY charge my card the $1 to make sure it was a good method of payment. Well, they charged it a dollar and then $29.99. I got the product quickly plugged it in after watching the tutorial and did all I was supposed to, and the machine doesn't work! No air pressure, no sound, nothing! This is going to be a nightmare to return if all the reviews I read are accurate. Not fair. Why send me a product that does not even work, and honestly, it looks dollar store quality makeup and the machine. I am not happy.

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

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  • 48 out 49 people found this review helpful

    Rip off

    • New Jersey,
    • Feb 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Please, anybody thinking of buying this product will be ripped off. It was one price for the special offer, then they kept billing month after month. You will pay over $200.00 for a machine you can buy at the hobby store for around $19.99.

    Also, try getting it canceled, a real JOKE.

    Do yourself a favor and RUN from this company!

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

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