Aaaaaaloha pals! Today’s post is a little review on Too Faced’s Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection palette! I asked for this palette for Christmas having felt like I had accomplished as much as I could contouring without a proper palette. I picked this one out based on the fact that Anastasia’s palette’s reviews were of mixed emotions, and Too Faced felt like a safer option. I really wanted to make sure I was getting a good one because I feel really bad if someone buys me something I asked for – only for me to decide that I don’t like it. My mom was so kind as to buy this for me and overall I really like it! Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty details that might deal-break your decision.
About the Product: The Cocoa Contour palette has four shades: Light Cocoa, Medium Cocoa, Dark Cocoa and Pop of light. Two of these are dark shades used to give your face shape – the medium and dark cocoa. Depending on which of these two you chose you can decide how chiseled you really want to look. The Light Cocoa is more of a setting powder than anything else as it really doesn’t lighten up your face. BUT if you put Light Cocoa on top of concealer (which is what I tend to use to highlight) it works just the same. The Pop of Light is supposed to be the highlighter, but is the one that I use the least. It also comes with a mini Contour Buki brush, and has a mirror on the top flap. I really value those mirrors – they’re essential to any makeup look or tutorial I film for my YouTube channel so thanks Two Faced!!
Sidenote: After swatching these I can say they go on waaaay better with a brush rather than your finger.
Cost: My mom bought mine from Sephora, because that’s the link I sent her and also where she bought the rest of my makeup from. Buying from Sephora is also a good idea because it’s free to be a member so you can rack up points and get some pretty sweet samples. Honestly. The samples are worth it. At Sephora it costs $50.00 CAD, which means it’s probably a heck lot cheaper in USD because the Canadian dollar is hurting right now. $50 still isn’t cheap for a lot of us, so it’s important to make sure that the cost is worth it.
Pros: It smells like yummy chocolate. It really does. I don’t know why I didn’t expect this because I’m pretty sure all of their chocolate-related products smell of chocolate, but I was very pleasantly surprised by this. Another good pro is that it doesn’t smell like chocolate on my face, which I really wouldn’t want. At first I really didn’t like that it was a powder because I felt like I needed something a bit heavier. I’ve used it for over a month now and I’m liking the powder more than I thought I would, it’s perfect because I can set my makeup with it. If it was a cream based contour-er (????) I think I would need to then set it with a powder based contour because otherwise it would be slipping and sliding all over the place – I’m not quite ready for all that makeup yet. The dark colours are the best and aren’t too obvious – creating a subtle shade rather than a streaky look. I also like the one light colour which I use with a dense powder brush to set the my concealer. Last but not least, it comes with a brush!! AND it’s a nice brush. Usually, when a palette comes with a small brush I don’t use it because it tends to be, dare I say it, kind of crappy. The Cocoa Contour palette comes with a Contour Buki brush and though it’s quite small and doesn’t have a handle, I really like it. The brush is excellent quality and has a spot in the palette where it always stays, so it’s always on hand whenever I use the palette.
Cons: Sigh. I hate this part. Firstly, the highlighter is a huge drawback in my opinion. I like a highlight that shines and shimmers – not sparkles. This highlighter is sparkly more than anything else. It has big sparkles that catch the light and shimmer in between rather than a nice sheer shimmer, so I never wear it. (My favourite highlighter is ‘Pink Champagne’ by Tarte, but Becca has good ones too!!) I have to say that the powder is still a huge drawback for me. In reality, I need a palette that’s cream based with colour correcting shades as well because what I want most from contouring is not just a good cheek bone, but more importantly: COVER MY DARK CIRCLES. This just doesn’t do that. It creates a good shade and shapes your face nicely, but I personally don’t really need that and could easily get away with just a bit of bronzer to do the trick.
Overall: I’m definitely not disappointed with this purchase. For me, it’s the perfect in between absolute amateur contourer (just using a bronzer and highlighter to do the trick), and a full out professional (colour correcting, clown faces, etc.) I think if I had jumped straight into full out contouring I would have struggled to learn how to use it properly and probably just disappointed myself as a result. I think this palette is perfect for me right now because depending on how much I use and how I use it I could either wear it to school or wear it out to a club. It’s not super heavy duty, and it’s not super professional, both of which I was disappointed with at first but have now decided that it’s probably perfect for where I’m at.
Here’s what the contouring looks like in action:
I hope you found this review helpful! If you have any questions feel free to leave them in the comments below and I will try and get back to you as soon as possible.