Friday, September 11, 2015

REVIEW: Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin Createur du contour

Life update: I'm sorry for missing another weekly post! :( My laptop has been under repair for about a week now and might continue to be for another week or two. My battery has finally given out on me plus my internal hard drive died as well. Rest assured, all my blog pictures are safe, but things will be a little erratic for a while. Please bear with my irregular posting schedule for now! Hopefully things will go back to normal once the repairs are over.

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Finally a review for this!

The Too Cool for School Art Class by Rodin Createur du contour is a three-coloured 'shading' powder used for defining the face. I used the term shading instead of contouring as Korea does a softer, much more natural version. I've heard and read that this powder is often sold out in Seoul, so that was an indicator for me that it was going to be good!


What made me interested in this initially was the packaging. It is not only very slim and compact, which makes it great for travel, but it also is such a pretty design. For reference, Rodin is an artist, which is why TCFS made the packaging extra pretty. I really like it when brands put in a bit more effort into their packaging, because it makes the product more fun to have and use.

Pigmentation and Blendability

I find the pigmentation for this to be just right - not to pigmented that it would be hard for beginners to use, but it won't take ages to build up either. Its enough for beginners (like me!) to experiment with, but I would still recommend a light hand for the first few applications

It is also very buildable and blendable if you want to really get more definition, or if you've applied too much. Having three colours is also a perk as it allows for you to create a gradient of colour that I find looks more natural. Mixing the three colours together will give a very subtle contour that is great for warmer skintones as it looks more natural versus ashy contour powders.

I will say though that there is significant fall out in the pan when you get product with your brush. Its nothing a little extra taps of the brush can't fix, but those who are very particular about fall out will have to take note of this. 

It works especially well after a setting powder, as it just glides over the skin and can be buffed in if needed. If on bare skin, I find that more buffing and blending is needed. I don't go out without setting my makeup with a powder anyway, so this isn't a problem for me. It also doesn't go on patchy which is something I've experienced with a lot of cheaper cheek products in the past. 

Lasting Power

I would say this lasts about 5 hours at the least. After this, you will still see the colour, though it has already begun to fade. I find that it doesn't wear off badly after a hot day which is great considering I live somewhere very hot and humid. I think it will last longer if you use a setting spray on top. Do take into consideration that this is if I use a setting powder under. I tried it without and the wear time was much less.

Before any shading - just base makeup (Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation + NARS Translucent Crystal Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder) and curled lashes

With shading - slightly amped up to show on camera, but otherwise gives a very blended, soft shadow to the face
Price and Availability

I purchased this for 895PHP at Too Cool for School in SM Megamall. In Korea, it retails for 16000W, I believe, which is a little more expensive than brands like Etude House and The Saem. I do find that this is of higher quality than the aforementioned brands, and is still much cheaper than a lot of contour powders and bronzers from midrange to high-end Western brands.

(+) Compact, pretty packaging
(+) Good pigmentation
(+) Buildable
(+) Blendable with setting powder under
(+) Decent wear time
(+/-) Reasonably priced, depending on your budget
(-) Fall out in pan
(-) Need light hand if inexperienced
(-) Needs extra buffing without powder under
(-) Only available in TCFS branches and in Korea

Recommended for: Anyone interested in face-defining products!

All in all, I'm really happy with this product! As someone with a round face, a shading/contour powder is very much appreciated in order to give definition to my face.

That's all from me for now! Have you guys tried this powder before? Do you have a favourite contour/shading powder? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. I would love to try this contour kit, it's on my wishlist!! I've heard many bloggers rave about it, but it's still a little pricey for me :P Just found your blog, I really like it! Would you like to follow each other?? Let me know!

    1. It's a really great one Claudia, I've been using it almost everyday! You have a great blog as well - following!