I feel like I’ve been trying to get this post up for ages but it can’t be that long ago as I only got back from Orlando two and a half weeks ago? I asked for your input on Instagram and my USA Haul post and so many of you wanted to know a bit more about the Too Faced Cocoa Contour palette, especially as there has still been no further update on when it’s going to arrive in the UK. I’m literally checking Debenhams daily. I’m having a massive love affair with Too Faced at the moment, from the whimsical packaging to the crazy yet wearable colours of the Melted lipsticks. The Cocoa Contour is probably one of the most beautiful contour palettes that I have ever set my eyes upon.
I know we shouldn’t let the packaging sway our decision of whether it is a worthy purchase, but can you seriously say that you’ve never bough an item for the packaging alone? The box is reminiscent of a luxury chocolate bar, with gold embossed writing and design decorated with bows. You can always rely on Too Faced for a pretty package. Within the chocolate box is the main event, the Cocoa Contour. Now, when I first opened the box, I couldn’t believe just how chocolately it smelt. The powders are infused with a cocoa scent and whilst it isn’t overpowering in the slightest, it just gives that delicious, creamy chocolately scent that disappears on the skin. Featuring a large mirror for on the go touch ups and travelling, four powders, the softest little angled buki brush and a step by step guide to contouring, you’ll be a pro in no time.
The four powders are split into light, medium and dark cocoa with a pop of light powder for extra highlighting. Buttery soft and ultra blendable, each powder feels very silky and soft. Light Cocoa is a very pale, yellow toned beige powder that I have been using to blend out the edges of my contour. It is very light and doesn’t really make much of a highlighter on my medium beige skintone, but it is a good transitional powder. The satiny finish comes across very powdery on the swatches but once blended, it sits well on the skin with no cakiness.
Medium Cocoa is the best colour in the pan for me to contour with. A warm toned, medium -dark brown that I find sits on my skin so naturally that the contour is just barely there but still defines those hollows of the cheeks. It has a semi matte finish and it looks like shadows on my skin rather than a full on Kim Kardashian/drag queen contour. It lasted well, in fact the majority of the day, and its very easy to blend out any mistakes and harsh lines with the silky formula of the powder.
The Dark Cocoa powder is quite dark and I have been slightly reserved about using it for contouring, due to its darkness. Again, it is a warm toned powder and I suppose that for a night out it would work for creating more enhanced shadows. I do feel that I had to tap off quite a lot of excess so I could build it up. I probably sound a bit unsure about the dark, and it’s probably because I’m slightly confused as it is a colour that doesn’t create a natural shadow look. That being said, it makes a gorgeous bronzer for my skin, so I have been multi tasking with it and enjoying the outcome.
Finally, the Pop Of Light powder is absolutely gorgeous. It’s packed full with glitter which I normally don’t go for, yet when transferred onto the skin, it spreads out into light reflecting particles that just catch the light. It’s a beautiful champagne colour with peach undertones and I have been not only using it as a highlighter on the face, but as a little eyeshadow as a spotlight colour.
Although I have several contour palettes, including the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills contour palette, I have found the Too Faced Cocoa Contour to be slightly different from all my others. The colours within the palette are more suited to warmer skin tones, and veer on the medium skin tone side. I think lighter skin tones would struggle with working with the product especially when the dark powder is very dark on my skin. That being said, the powders within the palette are very blendable and light so the sheerness of the formulas may work in your favour. There is no UK release date as of yet but Debenhams is the only official stockist of Too Faced in the UK so it may be worth setting up an email alert.
I bought mine from Sephora for $40 which is approximately £28.