Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

Palette Of The Month| Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette Review

Note: Other product pictured in feature image, not from the same collection, they were added for decoration.

Hey everyone, Today I’m sharing with you my part one of two reviews for my monthly palettes review. You may recall that last year I was going to do a review on two Toofaced palettes (Sweet Peach and Life’s A Festival), and then I took a bit of a break because of health reasons. But I decided at the start of the year that I would start up again and so I’m finally giving my thoughts on them. 

In this review I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ eyeshadow and highlighting palette, in my part 2 I’ll be sharing my thoughts on the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette. I’ll let you know whether my thoughts have changed, do I still love it or not, you will just have to wait and see.

My thoughts on the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Life’s A Festival’ palette.

You might not know this about me but I’m a huge lover of unicorns and mermaids so this is palette right up my ally so to speak. I know what you are thinking how can someone who is into punk rock and wears band tees be a lover of unicorns and mermaids. Well, I guess I’m just really eclectic in my tastes. I’m just as much a lover of fantasy and fairytales as I am punk and rock n roll. Have you seen my beauty room? its really shows that side of me.

The Packaging

I think the packaging on this palette is actually really cute, and totally what I would expect to see from something inspired by unicorns and rainbows. I love that the interior features a holographic print, it speaks to my inner 90’s kid. We were all about holographic fabrics and prints, I remember having tops with holographic smiley faces, so I’m all for the holo finish.

Though while I think the packaging is super cute, the shape can be annoying to store because of it not a standard shape (rectangle, square etc) like most eyeshadow palette packaging.

I found the mirror an okay size but the packaging would mean having to hold the whole thing up and you would just have the part with the eyeshadows kind of just hanging because it doesn’t stand up on its own. It’s not hugely practical, But I tend not to use the mirrors in most packaging anyway. I prefer having a small beauty mirror in front of me it just makes it easier for me personally.

I actually like that you have the ability to fold the front of the packaging underneath or behind so that it’s not so bulky on the table or if you have limited room.

The Eye Shadows:

This palette contains 12 eyeshadow which contain 0.8g/ 0.03 oz each or a total of 9.6g/0.36 oz and 1 highlighter that contains 3g/ 0.11oz.

The eyeshadows are made up of 9 shimmers with a combo of normal and duo chrome, 2 mattes and 1 satin as well as a duo-chrome unicorn highlighter.

I love some of the shades in here they are really pretty but I do feel like this palette is definitely a secondary palette, which is why I decided to use an accompanying palette this month because I just felt like this palette didn’t have a lot of depth to it and was mostly shimmer eyeshadows so I felt like it would make it harder to get a decent look out of.

I did find a few of the shades in this palette were kind dry (particularly the mattes but also some of the shimmer shades).

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Shimmers:

The shimmer eyeshadows vary in formula, some are good and some I was left feeling disappointed, particularly with ‘Rainbow Lite‘ this is such a pretty looking shade in the pan but on the eyes is a different story it’s crumbly and can look kind of crappie on the eyes. I tried it wet, dry and with glitter glue and I just couldn’t get it to look as good as I wanted which is quite disappointing because it looks like such a unique and pretty colour.

I did a look with this shade when I first purchased it and It looked amazing but for some reason, since then I have found it a real struggle to get to look that nice again.

I did have quite a few shades in this palette that I do really like, ‘Artist Pass‘, ‘Mystic Rain’,Euphoric andBeamin were among my favourites in this palette. 

Mattes & Satin

The mattes are okay but they are kind of powdery nothing like formulas in TF more permanent palettes.

Funtasy the purple satin shade leaves much to be desired, this shade could have been so good and it could have paired so nicely with the other shade but I just felt l had to build it up too much and it just didn’t have the depth I was looking for. I had to dip into other palettes to really get the look I was looking for.

“Unicorn Tears’ The Duo-chrome Highlighter

Unicorn Tears‘ is the duo chrome highlighter in this palette and it is inspired by a lipstick that Toofaced have been selling for quite a while and I think was also part of the inspiration for this collection. As well as them obviously wanting to join in on the unicorn, mermaid and rainbow trend.

I think the colour is nice I loved using it along with some of the more blue, purple tones in this palette, particularly as an inner corner highlight. It is a little bit chalky to the touch but Its quite a unique colour, it has a blue/ purple/ pink kind of shift from what I can tell. And While I do love a colourful highlighter I have to admit I wasn’t sure how I felt about this as a face highlighter. I just felt like it just didn’t apply that nicely on the face, but it is stunning as an inner corner highlight, so at least its still usable.

The Eye Looks

I’ve included three looks as per usual but for the third look, I wanted to share a photo from my Instagram from last year showing you how paired with other palettes this palette can create some beautiful looks.

The first two looks are just using shades from the palette. I also want to point out that for some reason I was having a hard time getting some of the shadows to stick to my eyes, I’m not sure if my eyelids were just having one of those days or if it was the eyeshadows, it could very well have been a bit of both.

Look 1

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Sorry For the blurry picture, I didn’t notice until editing them.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow : I used ‘Desert Vibes‘ as a transition colour, on my lid I used ‘Sunset Dreams’ ‘all over the lid and then placed ‘Euphoric‘ in the centre of the lid. For my inner corner, I used a mix of both ‘Fun In The Sun‘ & ‘Beamin”.

For the Lower Lash Line, I used the shade ‘Fireflies‘.

To finish off this look I used a black mascara and a white eyeliner pencil on the waterline.


You can see here that it got a bit patching with ‘Desert Vibes’ it’s quite a powdery shade and I just felt like it was hard to use and would just blend away sometimes.

Look 2

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Image has had some editing to clean up small flaws, mainly the eyeliner turned out crap so I had to fix it a bit in photoshop.

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer topped with concealer for an even lid colour (but you can use whatever suits you best) and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Young & Free’ as a transition colour, I then added ‘Funtasy’ on the outer corner and in the crease, winging to out slightly. I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn’ on the inner portion of the lid, I also placed ‘Artist Pass‘ in between the teal and purple.

For the lower lash line I added a dark blue eyeliner and blended it out with ‘Funtasy‘, I then added ‘Dusk Teal Dawn‘ towards the inner corner and then added ‘Unicorn Tears’ as an inner corner highlight.

I added some purple winged liner and Mascara to finish of the look.


Funtasy‘ looks much pinker than purple like in the pan, it’s can also be a little bit patchy and hard to blend at times. I wish it had more depth and had been more on the purple side it could have been a great shade.

Look 3

Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review
Toofaced Cosmetics Lifes A Festival Eyeshadow Palette Review

As well as the ‘Lifes A Festival’ Palette I also used the Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne ‘Kaleidoscope Dreams’ Palette for this look. If you don’t have this you could substitute the purple & pink in this look for something close in your own collection.

What I used to create this look:


Base: eyeshadow primer and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow: For this look I added ‘Dye’ (from the KL Palette) on the outer corner and into the crease, blending it out with a clean brush. I then added ‘Spitfire(also from the KL Palette) in the middle of the lid and ‘Rainbow lite’ (from the Life’s A Festival Palette) on the inner portion of the lid.

I took ‘Dye’ on the lower lash line and added ‘Euphoric’ as an inner corner highlight. To finish the look off I added some white eyeliner to the lower lash line and some lavender coloured mascara to the lashes.


Like I said earlier in the post I’ve since had a lot of trouble using ‘Rainbow Lite‘ which is a pity because its a stunning colour. ‘Dye‘ is similar to what I would have liked from ‘Funtasy‘ both colour & depth wise.

Final thoughts

I think a majority of the palette is good but there are a few so so shades and it’s mainly just the formula of those shades isn’t that great.

This is the one thing I have found with the limited edition palettes from this brand is that compared with the permanent products they vary way too much in quality, meaning the quality isn’t always the same overall there products.

But in saying that I don’t regret purchasing this at all, there are some great shades in here and I can always pair this with another palette to get the look I’m going for.

I’m sure by now this palette is sold out everywhere seeing as it was limited edition but I still wanted to do my review on it anyway, because why not. This year for me is all about getting used out of my makeup collection instead of always wanting to purchase new stuff.

Would you like to see me review some more older, discontinued or limited edition palettes like the Urban Decay ‘Electic‘ Palette (which is discontinued)? or should I just do three looks using it? Let me know.

Thank you for checking in to see my latest post, I’ll be sharing my part 2 with the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette really soon.

Next months palette is…

Violet Voss ‘Flamingo’ Eyeshadow palette

Being summer I can’t get enough bright fun colours so I wanted to dip into another fun colourful palette for February. 

This palette is fairly new to me and I’ve had a play here and there but I can’t wait to try it out some more and share my thoughts with you.

See you soon,

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This series was inspired by Kat from Kitsnitch Monthly Palette Reviews.


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