Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette ($40.00 for 0.68 oz.) is a set of highlighting and contouring powders. Two shades are most obviously contouring powders, while the other two lend themselves as more highlighters, but very fair skin tones may find they still have some color. The palette is very, very powdery–the interior is always covered in excess powdery dust and sparkle, and it can be frustrating when you get excess from the darkest shade with the lightest shade or sparkle from the highlighting shade mixed with the contouring shades. It is chocolate scented, which is noticeable when applied but wanes after two to three hours. The powders have a very soft, silky consistency with the highlighter shade having noticeable sparkle. All four shades were pretty pigmented and the silkiness made them easy to work with on the skin, and luckily, they didn’t look powdery applied. I also wish brands that released a palette like this would consider releasing at least two or three variations–this is very warm-toned and more mid-tone, so a lot of skin tones get left out.

Light Cocoa is a light, yellowed beige with a satin finish. It is a very, very subtle highlighter that I could only see marginally in person, but it doesn’t appear in photos at all. For my skin tone, it was more useful to blend out edges of the contouring shades. The texture was powdery though silky, and it lasted for seven hours before breaking down. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Medium Cocoa is a muted, medium-dark brown with subtle warm undertones and a semi-matte finish–there’s a smidgen of sheen but not a true satin or shimmery finish that ensures the powder looks natural but not flat on the skin. This looked more like a shadow that would fall on my face, though my guess is that it may be too warm-toned for those with rosier undertones. The texture was silky, very powdery, but blendable and easy to apply. It lasted for seven and a half hours before fading on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Dark Cocoa is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellow and red undertones and a semi-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation and a little went a long way. The texture is very soft and powdery, so while blendable, it is harder to control the amount of product you apply. If you have medium or lighter skin, you may want to tap off excess prior to applying. This is a very, very warm-toned choice for contouring, which may work for those with a lot of golden undertones, but it is likely too warm to look like natural shadow on the face. It looks more like your typical bronzer as a result. On me, the color wears for almost eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pop of Light is a light, peachy-beige with gold sparkle. It illuminates subtly, and then it just has a lot of larger sparkly bits that sit on the skin but don’t really do much as half of the sparkles get lost and the other half are randomly dispersed on the skin (and then travel during wear). I wish they had opted for a finer shimmer that contributed to the overall sheen of the underlying powder. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter
Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter

Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter
Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter

Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter
Too Faced Light Cocoa Highlighter

Too Faced Sculpting Powders
Too Faced Medium Cocoa Sculpting Powder

Too Faced Sculpting Powders
Too Faced Medium Cocoa Sculpting Powder

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Too Faced Dark Cocoa Sculpting Powder
Too Faced Dark Cocoa Sculpting Powder

Too Faced Dark Cocoa Sculpting Powder
Too Faced Dark Cocoa Sculpting Powder

Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter
Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter

Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter
Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter

Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter
Too Faced Pop of Light Highlighter

Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette
Too Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled to Perfection Palette

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold Foundation
  • Urban Decay Naked Loose Setting Powder
On lips:
  • NYX Privileged Lipstick

About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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Hmmm doesn’t look too bad, but I think I will stick to my original plans and get the Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book, either that or Anastasia Beverly Hills kit.

Hmmm…I’m still on the fence. Light and medium still look good. Dark Chocolate is about what I expected, and probably too dark and warm for me. I’m not sure about that glitter. I also hate to hear that these are so powdery. I’ll definitely have to swatch this in person.

I’m glad this did okay. I wouldn’t choose it with all the other options out there now. I am personally happy with my Kevyn Aucoin Sculpt powder, Ambient light powders, and a highlighter. I really don’t feel like I need a full on “kit”. But, like you said the bad thing is this pretty much does leave out fair and dark skin tones. That dark contour, I think looks like a bronzer. I like the packaging and the chocolate smell. I think this would be great for someone with light to medium skin and new to makeup who doesn’t have a lot of products and can’t afford to go buy a bunch of separate powders. But, So far in the kits options,I would go with the Kat Vond D or Anastasia’s.

I definitely prefer duos or singles over kits – I think you’ll have a greater chance of using what you buy vs. having too many options. I remember when MAC came out with their sculpting/shaping powders years ago (like 5+ years ago), and I bought one of each… but I only used one of each formula, lol.

Yeah, I think if I was advising someone, I would say just save up and get a quality product to contour and a quality product to highlight with. You could even probably find eyeshadows to double as scuplting and highlighting powders to hold you over. I think this whole trend is taking over the cosmetics business a little late. I think in reality this heavily contoured “Kardashian” look is waning out..finally…I hope. I guess. To each their own though. πŸ™‚

In my very humble perspective, contour and highlights are techniques but the uber-sculpted, high contrast Kardashian “look” is the trend.

And I am happy that particular look/ trend is running its course as, imho, more nuanced highlight and contour (with tonal enhancing rouge and/ or bronzer, for color) is a very useful technique for my personal look, especially when my weight has been higher than my usual range.

Hi Jesi, I totally had no intentions to offend anyone in that comment I made which is why I included the statement “To each their own”. If that look is working for you, by all means, rock it. I was just saying that for myself, I have owned a contour/highlight palette and only did use 2-3 colors. So, for me owning a palette vs. the singles of the 2-3 shades that I would love seemed wiser. I personally don’t like the heavy countour look on myself. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t look great on you. You should just do what makes you happy and not worry about my comment really.That was just my humble opinion.Take care:)

I suspected this palette would only really work for medium skin. I’m surprised at how warm it looks on though–thanks, now I know it’d look orange on me!

I would probably only want this because of the Light and the Medium Cocoa, but it’s a bit too expensive to only use 2. Too bad about the glitter, too. Nopes, I think there are better palettes out there! Thanks for saving us money (again), Christine!

I was most interested in the light cocoa and medium cocoa shades, but they both look too yellow for me. A shame, because I like a lot of Too Faced products, including the Milk Chocolate Soleil bronzer. I’m liking the Kevyn Aucoin contouring palette — I like that I can sculpt my face (best to start with a light hand with the contour and highlight) and subtly define my eyes with the same palette, but I miss having a matte highlight. Might use MUFE Artist Shadow #M530 or M532, but they’re a bit yellow, too, for me. I need something that’s neither yellow nor pink, just very, very light beige (but not quite ivory) right in between.

While I like the looks of medium cocoa, I’m not sure about dark cocoa. I don’t think I am a fan of warm toned contouring. Do you plan on reviewing the Anastasia cream contour palette? Beautiful as always, Christine!

The shades look pretty on you. For me (fair/light), I’m not sure. Plus I would find it difficult to work with powdery contour products. i’m sticking with my creams for contouring.

I’d prefer a cooler toned duo too. I’m still using my It Cosmetics palette, which is fine, but, I only use 3 of the 6 shades!

I kind of like this one… I’ll most likely pick it up, along with the Kat von D one. It seems contour products are taking over my stash, LOL!

I just want to thank you for all your hard and dedication to your business. I feel a high degree of trust in your careful, thoughtful reviews. I’ve been having an extremely difficult time lately, and your early a.m. rigorous posting schedule gives me something (however small and technically intangible) to look forward to each and every day. Thank you for always being a reliable bright spot in my day. From one lady on the internet to another, thank you!

P.S. Though I could not have a more different complexion (I’m more bleached and starched bedsheet to your healthy glow, ) I have a similar cheek structure and learned how to properly apply my highlights, “bronzer*” and deeper contour colors from your reviews. Holy bone structure, Batman! *let’s be realistic, winter bronzer for me is either of the left or right pans in the Hourglass pallete.

Always my pleasure, Jesi! It means a lot to be part of your daily routine πŸ™‚ Hope things look up for you soon!

I don’t contour as part of my normal routine, but I’m always amazed at how much a little contouring can do for cheekbones!

Much too warm-toned for me, and the brushes that come with the palette don’t look like they’d be very useful. I gave the Sephora contour palette a try…it has both cool-toned and warm-toned shades of brown, plus a deeper neutral brown. I was happy with it…there’s enough product to last me a lifetime.

I think this is something you have to try in the shops before you buy. I think with palettes like this there will be some colours you use and some not. There isn’t a peachy colour in there at all. Think I will pass. Looks great on you Christine.

I totally agree! Contour palettes tend to work well for some skin tones but not others, so if you can see it in person, that is so much better!

Displeased with the color selection on this palette. Only fair, light, or light/medium tones can use this. It’s definitely not inclusive to all skin tones.

I almost bought this for the light cocoa shade alone. In person, it was super opaque and the perfect under-eye setting powder for me. However, I did just buy Sephora’s 101 contouring palette and MAC’s scuplting powder in Scuplt, so I’ve spent enough money on these type of products.. Maybe when I run out of my contouring collection I’ll think about picking this one up (haha–not likely to be soon at all).

Hmm, not for me. I do like the dark cocoa shade better on you but I’m not sure it’s unique enough to warrant purchasing because you could get that same look with products already in your collection. If I was new to makeup and medium skinned/warm toned, I’d consider it.

Hi Christine! Let me just say, I love your comparisons! Your thoroughness is everything. This is no exception!

I have a question: unless I missed it, will you be doing a direct head-to-head comparison of contour kits? Since there are so many, I find myself constantly chasing “the perfect one”. Lol. I’d love to see you do a special contour/highlight extravaganza the way you have with some other items. Thanks! ???

Looks nice, Christine, but i am really thinking about get it, because i have a tone of skin Mac nc 40 and i am wondering if this will work for me, because it seems no be so pigmented as i hoped it was.
As always, you do great reviews what make clear if the product is good or a total waste of money.

Hi, Christine, it’s Bruna again.
Well, i can say what i don’t resisted all the cute appeal and i picked one, and i was wrong about it. It no only worked great on my skin tone (mac nc40) but also lasted hours and hours (with a good primer and guerlain tenue di perfection foundation)
I am really happy to had bought this, because it was simple amazing, in all colors. I use also Nars in Paloma shade, and this, cocoa contour and paloma are my favourities to contour, one time what the creamy don’t makes me happy, because i have an oily tragic skin.
Thanks for all your reviews, and tips!

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