Loyal readers may remember a recent post on the Tickled Pink Airbrush system. I received Tickled Pink as a gift and even though it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, the giver probably meant well. Because I was somewhat disappointed in not receiving exactly what I asked for, the device sat on my shelf unopened for months after the holidays. When I finally broke it out and learned how to use it proficiently, I was impressed with the outcome, but not so much the process. There are several aspects of the Tickled Pink airbrusher that are poorly designed and overall the gadget lacks durability. After a few mere months of use the airbrusher went completely kaput. I don’t mean the tip got clogged – which happens with any airbrusher – I mean the whole fucking compressor died. The kit is covered by warranty, but I’m hardly about to hit up my ex-boyfriend for the necessary purchasing proof to make claims on said warranty. The accompanying makeup is decent for its intended purposes, but the darker colors skew orange. Let me be crystal clear: in no way is Tickled Pink a remotely extraordinary product.
What I originally wanted (and should have just bought for myself) was a high-quality all-purpose airbrusher. Iwata airbrushers are pretty much the gold standard. The Neo is particularly well-suited for makeup application. The compressor and airbrush are sold separately, but assembling the two is painless. What does the Neo have that the Tickled Pink airbrush doesn’t? For one, the cup that holds the product has a lid. When airbrushing your own face with your eyes closed it is easy to spill fluidic makeup everywhere. The makeup isn’t cheap and I go through it rather quickly, so waste just isn’t an option. Overall, the Iwata Neo compressor is sexy, sleek, quiet, and well-made. The airbrusher itself has a healthy-sized gravity-fed vessel, the aforementioned lid, and a nuanced and adjustable spray mechanism. So far, I have been using my remaining Tickled Pink makeup, but when I exhaust that supply I will begin the quest of mixing my very own customized foundation.
The Iwata Neo isn’t cheap, so shop around. Hobby Lobby has these yummy online coupons for 40% off any full-priced item. Coupons can be used on consecutive days or on separate occasions at different stores, so theoretically you could buy the compressor for forty percent off and then do the same with airbrusher, but you didn’t hear it from me.