Too Faced Life’s a Festival Collection + Tea

Before I even get into this post, I know a lot of my followers are going to be very confused on why I am even talking about Too Faced after being so vocal on social media about how I am no longer using their products. I’m still not a Too Faced fan, I’ll get into that in a moment if you’re out of the loop, but after receiving this collection in the mail I will admit I was a little impressed and thoroughly surprised so I thought I would share.

Those of you that had no idea about my whole Too Faced strike, it’s definitely petty, but worth sharing. Last year, around April/May, Too Faced had launched their Natural Love palette and their Love Light highlighters. I filmed a “Hit or Miss” YouTube video speaking about both items and saying I was disappointed in the quality and that Too Faced in general had really taken a dive in quality around that time. I was also speaking out about it on my Twitter, which they followed me on at the time. This was also around the time that Jerrod Blandino (The former co-owner of Too Faced) had been on a problematic spree. One attack that he posted on Instagram was directed at Tarte Cosmetics – insanely childish and unprofessional.

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The shade of the post was “Copycats aren’t unicorns” followed by “There aren’t unicorns in the amazon” directed at Tarte’s new (at the time) Unicorn Collection because they use a lot of amazonian clay in their products. The whole thing was very bizarre and then it turned into a huge war once Jeffree Star spoke about it on twitter, but I’m not going to get into that.  If you want that tea, a quick google search will fill you in. So right after all that drama and myself speaking about it on Twitter (and that YouTube video) I was quickly unfollowed by Too Faced on Twitter and Instagram and taken off PR. I was shocked by the immaturity of a brand I had once loved so much and decided if that is how a brand wants to carry themselves and refuse to accept criticism, I would no longer be supporting them. This whole mess went down May 2017 and since then I have tossed out almost all Too Faced products and stopped using them on my social media channels. Clearly this wasn’t about being taken off PR, if I want a product I will simply buy it. Free makeup is great but if me being honest on my social channels affects my spot on a silly PR list, you can keep it. My job as in influencer is to try out brands and products and speak honestly about my thoughts on said products. I would never jeopardize my authenticity on my channels for a brand, the last thing I want is to recommend a sh*t product to my followers, and at the time… all Too Faced was coming out with was, well… Sh*t.

So fast forward to now, about 9 whole months later, they reached back out to me. They had reached out a few weeks ago about the new White Peach palette and the PR coordinator was a new person so she probably just found my account and thought I’d be a good fit, not knowing what happened previously. Still, I ignored the e-mail because I hold grudges like no other and was still turned off by the whole situation. Then again, last week, the same woman reached out saying she’d love to send over the new Life’s a Festival collection – their new Unicorn line. If you know me even a little, you know I’m that annoying b*tch that loves unicorns and is still very much on that train, so naturally, I was like f*ck it, send it on over. I wasn’t really sure what to do with the items after that point – do I use them? Put together a giveaway? I don’t know. Anyway, today the package arrived and I hate to admit it, I really do but… Damn, it’s cute.

SO. Today’s post will be talking about a few items from the collection and my overall thoughts. You can choose to keep reading from here or click out since you got your fill on the drama, but my question to you guys is, where do you stand with Too Faced? I know they have been losing a lot of fans within the past few months and there seems to be a general consensus on how their ideas are all tired and dry, as well as the overall quality being comparable to some low-end drugstore brands. I still am annoyed with the brand, but I know it’s so petty. Jerrod is no longer the owner of the brand, they were bought by Estee Lauder, so I don’t know if it’s silly to stop using them because of his involvement. Let me know your thoughts or advice in the comments – is this all so silly and stupid or should I just keep doing what I’m doing and forget the brand? I’d love to know your thoughts and opinions on what you would do in a situation like this.

Moving into the new collection… When I first saw this, my immediate thoughts were really? At this point, the unicorn/mermaid makeup trend is so played out. It’s all been done before and one person only needs so many colorful, glitter packed highlighters and lipsticks. This collection packaging, while admittedly adorable, is not ideal for the average consumer. Most grown women aren’t super interested in a makeup collection decked out in mythical creatures, so I’m assuming this collection was more targeted to a younger audience. I wasn’t super interested in the collection after seeing photos all over social media, mostly because the last time I used Too Faced the products were chalky and had little to no pigment. One of my best friends, Ashley Wagner, did a tutorial/review of the collection on her YouTube channel and she did an amazing look with the collection and said that everything really exceeded her expectations, so after watching that I was like hm…. dare I purchase? Shortly after that was when I received the e-mail about being sent the product and I was like ya know. Ya. Lemme try that out. So here we are!

I really like the packaging of the of the Life’s a Festival palette, it’s super cute and has a sort of squishy feeling to it. Personally, I reach for more vibrant colorful palettes since they tend to fade out while blending, but even with these being softer pastel shades, this is definitely something I’d reach for if I wanted a pop of shimmer on the lid. If you’re newer to working with color, this might be something you really enjoy as well since it’s less intimidating shades. This formula is definitely a step up from their past launches though, a lot smoother and WAY more pigmented, which I was impressed with. I hardly tapped my fingertip into the pan and the color pay off was crazy! It felt even better than the original Chocolate Bar palette, which used to be my all time favorite.

The Festival Refresh spray is actually really nice, the scent is sort of lemon-y like a household cleaner, but in a good way if that makes sense? I loved the smell! It claims to help minimize pores, but I didn’t notice anything and that’s kind of a large claim for a facial mist. I used it as a primer and to set my makeup and it looked and felt so nice!

The packaging on the Rainbow Strobe palette is seriously the cutest and the presentation of the highlighter in the pan is amazing, I love how they made it look like an actual rainbow! I don’t wear colored highlights often, besides maybe in my inner corner for a little pop, but the formula of this was super buttery and had crazy color payoff. Seriously, I was so impressed considering the Love Light highlighters were so chalky and textured.

The Unicorn Tears bronzer is interesting to me. I know a lot of people love shimmery bronzers for summer time, but this one having an actual light highlight shade in the middle seems more inconvenient than anything else since most people use larger brushes to bronze with. The press in the pan is adorable, though. The aesthetics in this collection is super on point and I am obsessed with all the packaging and little details.

For the people that are into metallics and glitter lip toppers, you’ll love these. I have never been a huge fan of metallic lipsticks, I find them more on the unwearable side and they don’t look especially flattering on me. However, these shades in particular are so subtle, I definitely think you could get away wearing them day to day. I do also love a lip topper from time to time because I am such a lip gloss girl. I really like the Angel Tears and Fairy Tears lip toppers from the collection.

The Unicorn Dreams and Unicorn Tears highlighting sticks are super cute, the unicorn horn detail is perfect. I like Unicorn Dreams a bit more just because I feel like you can get away with wearing it more on an everyday basis, but Unicorn Tears is actually pretty subtle for a colored highlight.

My final thoughts on the collection is that they really did a great job with the packaging, I know this isn’t everyone’s forte but I thought it was executed really nicely! The pigmentation was super impressive, too! The products in the collection aren’t something that most would wear everyday, or often at all. We all have personal preferences and for me, I don’t wear cream highlighters often, as well as metallic lipsticks, or shimmer bronzers. That’s just me, though. This collection could be something you fall in love with depending on your personal preference and style! Again, I think this is targeted for a younger audience. It is also called Life’s a Festival and all of which are very festival appropriate, so they hit the mark there! It will no doubt make for a fun summer look. I will be giving a few items in the collection away just so they don’t go to waste, but I am definitely keeping the Rainbow Strobe highlighter, eye shadow palette, Angel Lip Topper, and the facial mist!

Now I want to hear your thoughts! Let me know what you think about the Life’s a Festival collection – yay or nay? And what do you think about the whole Too Faced mess? I’m torn between, ‘who cares, makeup is makeup’ and ‘I rather support a company that takes feedback into consideration and doesn’t act unprofessional and messy on social media’. I will say though – the quality of this collection was outstanding compared to previous launches, so I really think they are finally listening and making important changes to better themselves and improve. I was pleasantly surprised and definitely ate my words about this collection! Anyway, I hope you guys enjoyed this post, I can’t wait to read your feedback and see your discussions in the comments!

15 thoughts on “Too Faced Life’s a Festival Collection + Tea

  1. honestly, i’m still on the fence about Too Faced. they kinda drew me back in with the peachy mattes palette (easily the best palette i’ve ever had from them), but their past actions have me questioning whether or not i should buy more from them.

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    1. Exactly how I feel. These products are so nice, I definitely want to use them to create looks but due to past events, I don’t know if feel comfortable supporting/recommending them. I just don’t know how to feel, like if I’m being too dramatic over just makeup or??? Ah!

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  2. I like that you decided to review this despite your history with them! I personally am not a huge fan of Too Faced. The colours in their palettes are just overdone and they milk their successful collections for all their worth. With that being said, now that they’ve been bought out maybe they will get more creative. I’m open minded to liking them again but as of right now they’re nothing special!

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  3. I feel like I had a lot of too faced products but don’t reach for them often, last year with all the public drama it really turned me off of them. I believe that a brand should be above the everyday drama and throwing shade and immaturity around just kinda rubbed me the wrong way. However, if their quality is improving and they’re changing their attitude, I’m happy to give them another chance.

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  4. I honestly don’t know how I feel about Too Faced. Being sold to a known company that tests on animals is not something I’m okay with, especially with them previously being cruelty free, (which they still claim they are and the parent company thing is another discussion lol) But products in the past haven’t been that great so I’m never willing to spend money on their products and I’ve still seen Jerred at Too Faced events in videos but I don’t really know what’s going On there. Ehhh I still don’t know about it. But this collection does look super cute.

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    1. I think Jerrod is still involved somehow, but I’m not I’m entirely sure what he does. But yes, I’m with you. I feel so weird about the whole thing and even though this collection is high quality and cute, who is to say they won’t flip it around again? I just am so conflicted with them as a brand.

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  5. I’d say don’t kiss a*s but I do appreciate all your reviews. I bought the Papa Don’t Peach blush because you said it was your favorite and it’s one of mine too now. Even with this review I’m more willing to give this new line a try when before I was turned off by the low quality they were turning out. Keep being honest and review the things you try, if TF wants to send you stuff then why not? 🙂

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  6. The only thing I’ve got from Too Faced that completely impressed me was the Born This Way Foundation. Don’t know if I’ll buy another bottle now since they sold out to EL and they are the Queen of animal testing. 😑🙄 I think it was great of you to give the brand a second chance. They should never shoot the messenger. Always be real because that’s how you got followers in the first place, duh! 💖

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  7. I was initially unimpressed with this collection upon seeing pictures too, but your review makes me second guess that assumption haha. I’m glad to hear they may be finally listening to people’s constructive criticisms and changing their formulas and whatnot. I didn’t realize they got bought out by Estée Lauder and that Jared is not the co-owner anymore? If they’re under new management and have lots of new employees I feel like it may be worth giving them a chance? I’m not sure, because at the same time staying “petty” and holding a grudge could send a message to other brands to not be so shady. I hate how the industry is like that, and I’m not even in it. I just know that you and my other favorite people have to suffer from it and it’s not cool. Anyways… thanks for being so honest and transparent with all your reviews. It is refreshing and extremely appreciated since ya girl is poor and has to choose wisely on what I purchase. 😭

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  8. I thought you were very honest in your assessment of Two Faced problems their products and past interactions. You also decided to try this new launch and were up front with your past / present interactions. The product sounds interesting and I would try because you felt it was worth seeing for ourselves. You Are honest and even with the past performance you overlooked past and tried the new products.

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  9. They are so conflicting 😭 I was certainly not a fan of Jerrod, but I really loved their love flush blushes, lip plumper and Sweet Peach palette (a palette EVERYONE else hates but my fiance bought it for me as my first high end palette so I may be biased, everytime I open it and smell it it brings me back ti that day 😂😂😂😂) But for such an adorable brand they are not creative anymore! They play on their popular ideas too much (like seriously…. White peach. So mediocre 😪 and those chalky white peach blushes 😷) but if they stepup their game I will GLADLY be a fan again. My fave brands are the artistic out of the box ones and I’d love to see them go that direction bc I’m SICK of the same eyeshadow colors time and time again

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  10. I don’t have that much high quality make up bc I don’t earn money with what I do bc Germany sucks. But I got the love light highlighter and it was pretty good at the start but now it’s like the quality fades away with every use 😦 also I really love mermaids, unicorns etc but I don’t like this collection. The eyeshadow and lipsticks look quite good but the bronzer? Idk I feel like the quality all over is too low for the prizes when you got literally no money anyways

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  11. Let me start off by saying that I love how honest you are and for addressing the drama of what happened. You are NOT being too dramatic over makeup because it wasn’t just the makeup situation, it was the former co-owner. I’m still a little iffy with the brand but I like how they addressed the situation with you and reached out and changed the staff. I would say to wait a while and see how they work/ how it plays out. If it looks like it’s going to a good place, then by all means go ahead and buy more from them. With that being said… I’m not a “unicorn/mermaid” or colorful person. My toes are only dipped in but I’m not fully into the water. BUT my mother (38 y/o) IS in love with everything mermaid/unicorn and is getting soem of the products here.

    You’re guessing that it’s for a younger audience when I think it’s just made for what it says right in the packaging… “festival” So obviously very colorful and bright with shimmers and glitter galore. Lol. I’m glad to hear from you that the pigment payoff is better! Thank goodness. But they need more of a creative outlook and and get back to being a great brand and get outbid the rut they are in.

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  12. This helped a lot. I knew you had drama but I never knew where it stemmed from. I’ve never had the chance to really use Too Faced palettes or products (besides a sample blush/lippie from a stocking stuffer one year) and I’ve been on the fence to reach for them and give them a try. Hearing that things might have taken a turn for the better leaves me a little more open minded to try them out.

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