There are a lot of contour & highlight palettes out there that contain tons and tons of different shade, most of which a lot of people realistically won’t use on a daily basis. That being said, I searched high and low for a streamlined contour palette that is more simplified for daily use. Enter the Two Faced Cocoa Contour Chiseled To Perfection ($50) in Light to Medium. With two contour shades and two highlight shades, this is definitely one of the more simple palettes available.
The first thing that immediately caught my eye was the Medium Cocoa shade. I find it quite difficult these days to find an ashy contour colour and most of the time, I just end up using the bron-tour method to add some depth and definition to my face. Medium Cocoa is a fantastic colour that applies very evenly and is really great for adding a natural contour to the cheekbone.
On the bron-tour front, Dark Cocoa is a lovely matte bronze colour. When I initially applied this, I thought it was going to be way too warm and strong for me but it actually sheers out quite nicely. If you are particularly fair, I would maybe swatch this shade in particular before you buy it – but Medium Cocoa should still work well for you.
The highlight shades are not my favourites but they get the job done. Light Cocoa is matte and Pop of Light is quite glittery. Both of them are equally as smooth and easy to blend. I usually end up mixing the two and lightly dusting it on the high points of my face with a fan brush or a small blush brush but I do find that the glitter dissipates quite quickly. The matte Light Cocoa is also great for blending out the contour colours.
As can be expected with Too Faced products, the palette smells like cocoa. I thought that might make me sensitive to the product but I was totally fine – that being said, if scents are an issue for you it’s something to be aware of.
I read a few reviews that said the powders transferred in the pans but I don't find that to be an issue at all - there has been absolutely no transfer or lifting to date. I never really use the brush that's included, but the quality is quite good as far as brushes included in palettes go.
If you want a simplified contour kit to get you going, this is a good one. The quality of the products is really great, fantastic pigment and they don’t look patchy at all.