This month Interplay sent us the Fab Lab Best Friends Style Lab to review, which made the geekdaughter very happy as she is still completely makeup-obsessed, and loves to play makeovers with her friends when they come over (or with her brother when there’s no-one else around!).
The Best Friends Style Lab combines three different Fab Lab products into a single box. It contains 4 hair lights which Interplay describe as “vibrant, easy to wash out”, 7 solvent-free nail varnishes and 5 different colours of glitter tattoo with over 50 designs. Interplay pitch this product as being perfect for sleepovers, but the geekdaughter couldn’t wait for a sleepover and launched straight in to testing the products. This video shows her unboxing the set and showing everything that is included in the box:
The three products that come within Style Lab are definitely designed to be played with, and safe for use on a school night. None of them lasted very long in use. The hair shadows were probably the least long-lived, with the colours not showing up particularly strongly on the geekdaughter’s brunette hair, and dropping out very quickly. No need to worry about these being easy to wash out – in our experience they didn’t last until hair wash time.
The nail varnishes went on easily, and were nice strong colours. Again, they’re not designed to last, and the geekdaughter found them easy to peel off when she wanted a change of colour. Left to their own devices I think they would wash or peel off within a day of normal activity.
Finally the glitter tattoos. We have some experience of these already, as I bought the geekdaughter the full Fab Lab Glitter Tattoos set for her birthday a couple of months ago. The glue provided is not too strong, and the tattoos wore off within about a day of application.
I initially thought the geekdaughter would be disappointed with how quickly each of these products wore off, but actually I think that’s the appeal of this set. Although she is currently obsessed with makeup, and watches endless makeup tutorials on YouTube, it’s still part of “dressing up” for her, rather than anything more grown up. She can apply all the products contained within the Style Lab on her own, with the minimum of mess (you have to watch out for the glitter though!), and can remove it easily when she’s finished with it. I think Interplay pitching this as a great set for sleepovers is just right, because the kids can play with it to their hearts content, but it can all be easily removed before it’s time to go home!
This has been a set that the geekdaughter has returned to again and again, and she has started choosing to buy either this or other Fab Lab sets for her friends’ birthday presents. The products contained with the Style Lab set are also available as individual sets, and if you buy the individual set you’ll get a couple more colours of your chosen product. We found the Style Lab selection provided plenty of choice, and was a good mixture of activities – it didn’t feel “cut down” in any way.
If you have a tweenager who wants to start playing with makeup, the Fab Lab Best Friends Style Lab would be a great gift. It has a retail price of £19.99, and can be purchased directly from the Interplay website, or through many other online and high store retailers. I use and recommend Amazon (where it is currently available for £15.96), and you can support this site by buying through my affiliate link.
Disclosure: We were sent the Fab Lab Best Friends Style Lab by Interplay for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own. The Amazon link within this post contains my affiliate ID – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no additional cost to you. I recommend Amazon because I use them personally.