I know, I’m the worst blogger. I actually started writing this review last year and never finished. I am sure it was because I was busy trying to get my apparel line out. This collection released last February, however, TooFaced.com is now having a clearance sale and everything from the Life’s A Festival is now on sale. So if you missed out, you can now get them at a deep discount! And here I can show you how these worked out for me…
This collection received a lot of hate in the comments sections of various social media. Yeah okay, you’re sick of the unicorn trend. Yeah, it looks like kid’s makeup from Claire’s. But for some people, that’s the fun of it, that’s the nostalgia I am having. I was given a lot of unicorn things as a kid. And seeing this makes me giddy with delight, reminding me of simpler times. You gotta do what makes you happy.
Life’s a Festival Eye Shadow Palette-
Unfortunately at the time of posting this, the palette is sold out on Too Faced’s official website. But you may be able to find it elsewhere. Since it is the centerpiece of this collection, I am going to go ahead and show you the swatches and review.
The packaging has me sold. It didn’t matter if the colors were hideous. But thankfully, they gave us a rainbow of colors, many of them being fun duo-chromes.
The purple, Funtasy, is not a disappointment. As a lover of purple eye shadows, I tend to gravitate toward palettes with purple in them. And I hate feeling disappointed because I didn’t feel that they were pigmented enough. I dipped a flat brush in it and applied it to my lid. Woooo! Though the duo-chrome, Mystic Rain, doesn’t look strong, it’s a topper shade and looks really pretty on! I am living for the purples. The pink shades were a surprise too, I didn’t expect them to end up so vibrant.
I do like that there are wearable colors in this palette, I need neutrals to work with even if I’m using color. A lot of people disagree, I don’t know what they want. I personally don’t wear green and blue eye shadows, so the fact that there is one of each is okay with me! Fireflies is a spring light olive green and something I don’t already own. It might not be something I’d wear. But I am sure it is an appreciated color by other customers. Maybe I will experiment with it on St Patrick’s Day. The blue, Dusk Teal Dawn, is gorgeous. But I personally never wear blue on my eyes. Time to get out of the comfort zone, I guess!
Rainbow Strobe Highlighter
Do I need another rainbow highlighter? Of course not! But sheeeittt, look at it. It’s cute!
The positive is that the colors are pastel, so no weird blue and green streaks. My complaint that I have with most rainbow highlighters, it needs to be small enough to fit on the high point of your cheekbone. Not the entire side of your face. HOWEVER, it’s also not very pigmented and leaves a glittery trace of rainbow instead. You could actually just get away with swirling your brush and let it just look silvery because the rainbow isn’t strong anyway.
Unicorn Tears “Iridescent Mystical” Bronzer
Strange concept to have a shimmery blue highlight shade in a bronzer, but here we are! It’s mostly just cute, rather than practical. At least the unicorn goes all the way through and it not just an over spray. (Ahem! MAC!) It’s not a bad bronzer shade and when mixed, it definitely has a sheen. But I prefer matte bronzers. I find myself not wanting to ruin the design inside so it rarely gets used.
The unicorn itself could be used as a highlighter if you use a tiny brush. Or you can just work with a highlighter that’s easier to use. (The one inside the eyeshadow palette should be similar.)s
I let the sunlight photo be blurry because you can see the rainbow highlighter way better than the focused picture. And yes, it’s not pigmented, it’s not just my weak swatch.
Magic Rainbow Strobing Brush
That brush. I want to say it’s the best thing in this collection! The one thing I would want a duplicate of. In my year of owning this brush, it doesn’t get used in the rainbow highlighter, but as a contour brush. The shape of the brush just calls for “contour!”
La Creme Mystical Lipstick
The only time I have used the Mermaid Tears colors was on St Patrick’s Day and it of course doesn’t look wonderful. If you like green, here’s a green gloss. If you go green, going all the way opaque green seems better than sheer tint of green. Green lips look better when it’s bold and deliberate, rather than…. froggy.
The lipsticks and glosses aren’t exact matches to each other, with exception of Angel Tears. I hope the arm swatches help you decide which colors you think you will prefer.
Magic Crystal Lip Topper
The Angel and Fairy glosses have gotten some love for sure. They are the most wearable after all and are wonderful toppers. I’ve definitely packed these in my purse.
Because these are sheer and glittery, these looks best with a base color. You can of course wear it however you want, but you might want to at least define your lips with a lip liner.
Comparing Unicorn Tears Gloss (the blue) to the Melted formula of Unicorn Tears: Melted is way thicker, darker, more purple and will last a tad longer. The background of my skin has the Liquid Drops, which explains why it’s glittery.
Unicorn Horn Highlighting Stick
I always have issues with cream stick highlighters. It lifts off my foundation and concealer. These colors are also too dark (and too blue) to serve as a highlighter for me. But the pink/gold horn could serve as a blush topper if I put it on my hand and picked it up with a beauty sponge. But wiping it directly on my face, unwarmed, will scrape off my foundation.
I did my trial Sylvanas look for Halloween with the blue highlighter. I applied it over my entire face but it didn’t get me as blue as I needed, and that was to be expected it’s a shimmering highlighting product after all. But it was nice to experiment with (and get use out of!) before using body paint for the final look.
Festival Refresh Spray
The scent was so familiar that I kept spraying to so I could figure out exactly it was. I have concluded that this smells like Hawaiian Punch.
You have to remember to shake this! It settles, and it’s blue, but you have to shake the purple pigment sitting at the bottom and suddenly it looks duo-chromatic… at least in the bottle. Like those weird water tubes you find at the Discovery Channel store. I can’t say that it made me luminous, like a fairy with translucent complexion. But it gives me a blast of moisture and sets the powder on my face. And let’s admit it, I like the scent. Does it make me look bluish lavender? I don’t think so? I would have to ask someone looking at me in direct sunlight if I have a blue cast.
If you are looking for a facial mist that has a similar effect and isn’t a sold out limited edition item, try the Prep + Prime Shimmer Fix + from MAC. They come in gold and pink. Who wanted to look blue anyway?
Bottle of Unicorn Tears
It’s very glittery! It’s not something I want on my entire face. I’d get something like Jeffree Star’s Liquid Frost if you were aching to get some luminizing drops. It’s not a glitter bomb on your face and comes in many different shades to choose from.
The Unicorn Drops, is something that I would wear on my body to a festival. But not on my face, I’m not too hot on having a blue glittery sheen on my face.
Overall, the collection was pretty cute. Some hits, some misses. I’d recommend the palette but it’s sold out, the refresh spray, the Angel and Fairy lip glosses and lip cremes, and most definitely the brush! I would not feel bad about paying the clearance price! $6 for the glosses are a bargain! Full price for the whole collection sure hurt though!
The packaging is an A+! The design of the actual packaging and the products themselves! If you get the powder compacts, they’d make for cute props for a flat lay if you’re the Instagrammer that does vanity shots. These are the cutesy little products you will want to collect!
If you came for the unicorns, I am working on a new collection for my apparel brand for this spring. It involves unicorns and is taking up a lot of my time! Hopefully you will all love it! Sub to the blog and the store newsletters when you want to be notified when the collection releases!
Disclaimer: Every single one of these products was purchased by me with my own money. All of my opinions are my own.