Coming up unicorns: Too Faced Cosmetics Life’s a Festival collection

Tarte Cosmetics did it. BH Cosmetics did it. Makeup Revolution did it. And now, Too Faced is doing it.

Probably the most exciting collection I’ve seen in a while, Too Faced has recently come out with a unicorn-themed festival makeup collection, which has everyone putting items on their wishlist.

Now if you remember, Tarte Cosmetics also came out with a festival-themed collection about a year back, and since we still cannot get enough of the mystical unicorn, equally as cute makeup brand, Too Faced has followed up with their own collection of magical, colourful items.

The Life’s a Festival collection consists of nine items, everything from an eyeshadow palette, to a strobing brush and highlighter, a setting spray, and more. Everything comes in bright iridescent packaging that won’t even make you want to throw out the boxes.

Too Faced's Life's a Festival collection

I received a number of items from this collection, including the Life’s a Festival Eye Shadow Palette, the Festival Refresh Spray, two of the Magic Crystal Lip Toppers and La Crème Mystical Lipsticks, and one of the Unicorn Horn Highlighting Sticks.

Although everything in here is truly jaw-dropping, the showstopper is no doubt the eyeshadow palette (C$52), which contains 12 iridescent and matte shades, plus a highlighter. Here’s the thing about the palette, you’re going to want to own it, but it’s not the most wearable for everyday. Keep in mind that this collection is festival-themed, which means bright, colourful eyeshadow. Maybe not something suitable for the office (however, you can definitely make this work for daytime wear).

The shade range in here is mostly pinks, peaches, and green-toned shadows.  A lot of them give you that holographic effect, which is perfect for a concert, festival, the beach, you name it.  The shadows are infused with rose quartz to add extra energy to the shadows, which give them that shiny, holographic look, which unlike the glitters in the White Peach palette, these actually perform like you want them to.

Too Faced Life's a Festival eyeshadow palette Look using the Too Faced Life's a Festival eyeshadow palette

For the look above, I actually felt inspired by their information booklet that comes with the palette and gives you a variety of different looks to try out.  I used Desert Vibes lightly in the crease, then Sunset Dream in the crease and inner corner, and then placed Fun in the Sun directly in the middle. For the brow highlight I used Beamin’. Like I said earlier, I was really impressed with how soft and pigmented these shadows go on.

Like most of Too Faced’s palettes, this one does have a signature scent, it’s a citrusy one that will have you craving some sun and a music festival. This palette also includes their Unicorn Tears highlight, which is a blue/silver-toned iridescent shadow that goes on shimmery. If you know the brand well, Unicorn Tears was first a lipstick colour that looked blue, but transformed into a different colour. Around the last holiday season they also came out with a Unicorn Tears set at Ulta, which included this highlighter as well.

Speaking of highlighters, the brand has come out with a couple different unicorn-themed highlighters, including the Unicorn Horn Highlighting Stick. This cream highlighter, which looks like a unicorn horn, comes in two shades, Unicorn Dreams (pink) and Unicorn Tears (blue). I received the pink one, which although looks coral/pink, it blends out into a nice subtle highlight. Although I don’t usually reach for a cream highlighter often (since I like to use a powder first to set my foundation and I find powders and creams don’t typically mix well), I can’t help but reach for this one since it’s so darn cute.

Actual product aside, the packaging for this features a glittery unicorn on the lid, which is so irresistible that you’ll probably want to pick this up solely to just have in your collection.  The colour is nice, it actually reminds me of NARS Orgasm, since the shade is similar, but once it’s blended out it doesn’t look as pink. If not the most shimmery highlight, however, it’s nice to use a base for a powder one to finish a look.

Too Faced La Creme Mystical Lipstick Too Faced Unicorn Tears Gloss and Fairy Tears gloss

Since this whole collections seems to be based off a lipstick, obviously the brand would come out with more shades of their mystical colour-changing lipsticks. La Creme Mystical Lipstick (C$26 each), available in four shades, is a shade-shifting technology that changes the colour based on your body temperature. Think of it as a mood ring for your lips. These are infused with White Lotus Flower Extract for hydration and offer up a signature sweet unicorn scent.  One swipe is all you need for full coverage colour.

I received two of the four shades, Mermaid Tears (iridescent green with deep lilac) and Angel Tears (cream that transforms to iridescent pink champagne, worn above).  There is also Unicorn Tears and Fairy Tears (soft coral). These are very comfortable to wear and I like how they aren’t exactly as they seem. Obviously Angel Tears is my favourite between the two, but I actually did like how Mermaid Tears looks on once applied (more so than I thought I would). Mermaid Tears is pretty dark and green in the tube, however, once you put on it’s a shimmering purple colour that is really stunning (below).

The wear on these is quite comfortable, with the lighter ones, like Fairy Tears, you can easily just throw this in your bag for everyday use since it’s such a wearable colour. It’s one of those shades that is great to carry in your bag all the time since it’s so versatile.

Mermaid Tears lipstick with Unicorn Tears lip topper

Finally, if you want to add a little more magic to the La Creme Mystical Effects lipsticks, then pop on the Magic Crystal Lip Topper (C$24 each). Available in the same four shades as the lipsticks, these are a super-glossy, non-sticky lip gloss that also shifts in colour based on light and movement.

These are meant to be worn over the corresponding shade of lipstick, however, you can definitely mix and match, as I did above. I received Fairy Tears and Unicorn Tears, which were the other shades of lipsticks I didn’t get.  I paired Fairy Tears with Angel Tears (seen in the eyeshadow photo at the top) and Unicorn Tears with Mermaid Tears (above). As you can see, it didn’t really shift the colour of the lipsticks, but instead it added some major holographic shimmer that just amplified the colour even more.

I’m not usually a fan of lip glosses, but I do really like Too Faced’s Lip Oils and these have that same comfortable, non-sticky texture, so I don’t mind these. Again, these are great to just have in your bag, whether you wear them alone (also very pretty since they are so prismatic) or to layer over a lipstick.

Finally, to set everything, you’re definitely going to want to pick up the Festival Refresh Spray (C$32), which out of everything, I think this is my favourite. This setting spray, which is a blue, cooling pearlescent face mist, sets and refreshes makeup and instantly lifts your mood. First, shake it up so those opalescent pearls are activated, then spray on your face to set your makeup and refine the look of pores and skin texture. The reason I love this so much is because a) it looks cool, and b) it smells like Sprite. Seriously, this stuff is so amazing, and best of all, it’s one of those universal products, so even if you wanted to pick up something from this collection but aren’t that adventurous, this is the way to go.

There are a ton of other items in this collection as well, such as highlighting drops, a brush, and a bronzer (which I actually did receive two of, both of which shattered in the mail; be careful when ordering the bronzer!!). Although some of the items in here aren’t the most wearable for everyday, with the packaging, the scent, and the cuteness of the collection, you’re definitely going to want to pick up something from here.

Peace, love and unicorns.

Will you be picking up anything from the Too Faced Life’s a Festival collection?

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