A’pieu Small face shading kit (Doraemon edition) First impression + Demo

A'pieu small face shading kit reviewContouring was all the rage in the beginning of 2015, and now that the year is ending, I got a contour kit HAHA.  I never have been a big fan of of full on contouring since I thought it was a hassle, but I do use a little bit of bronzer to define my face on a daily basis.  When A’pieu came out with their part two of the Doraemon collection, I just could not resist!  There wasn’t much that I wanted from the collection except for this contour kit and the brow kit.  Everything else was kind of just meh.  Again, I pretty much got sucked into getting this because of the packaging.  Let’s not lie here and say we don’t get things for the packaging, because we all do so don’t be judging me with your judging eyes.  HAHA anyways, let’s start and cut the chit chat.

A'pieu doraemon cream contourFull name of product:
A’pieu small face shading kit (Doraemon Edition)
[어퓨] 스몰 페이스 쉐이딩 키트(도라에몽 에디션)

Limited edition/ Permanent?:
Limited edition

Description of product:
“Contour face V line palette with cream type.
Moisture light fit with natural skin tone finish, layering controls color.
3 color palette, highlighter, concealer and shading use.

The contouring palette contains lotus extract, darkening free powder, baobab extract and mango butter as the major ingredients.”A'pieu contour

Please excuse the broken English.  The translation of the description was taken off of another Korean cosmetic retail website since I can’t read Hangul just yet.


9,000 Won ($7.83 USD)

Amount of product:
(Left to right) 1.4 g/ 2.6 g/ 2.6 g

Duration before expiration:
18 months (1 year and a half)

Where to buy:

Shades available:
a'pieu contour 2
Shade #1 Modern shapes (1호 모던쉐이프)
Shade #2 Edge shapes (2호 엣지쉐이프)

*Please note the list in English is a translation of the Korean list, so just in case it is not accurate, I have also included the Korean list as well.*

Shading A – Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), methyl methacrylate cross polymer, dimethicone, echil ethylhexyl palmitate, hydro jeneyi suited polyisobutene, hit a tree hex elderly, ceresin, Mica (CI 77019), D. isostearyl malate, silica, di-glyceryl sebacates / isopropyl palmitate, polyethylene, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), beuyipi / Hex to Senko polymer, sorbitan source Te rate , mango seed butter, cherry extract, water lily flower extract, rose extract, Lotus extract, roots extract, cactus stem extract, baobab seed extract, Adeje uranium ohbe sumip extract, microcrystalline wax, silica Di Methyl silyl rate, Ste Aral benzalkonium hectorite, methoxy chikon, propylene carbonate, caprylic rilgeul glycol, polyglyceryl isostearate -2 tree, boron nitride, synthetic fluorinated graphite sample logos, Butylene glycol, purified water, potassium sorbate, spice, red Iron oxide (CI 77491), black iron oxide (CI 77499)

쉐이딩A – 티타늄디옥사이드 (CI 77891), 메칠메타크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 디메치콘, 에칠헥실팔미테이트, 하이드로제네이티드폴리이소부텐, 트리에칠헥사노인, 세레신, 마이카 (CI 77019), 디이소스테아릴말레이트, 실리카, 디글리세릴세바케이트/이소팔미테이트, 폴리에칠렌, 카프릴릭/카프릭트리글리세라이드, 황색산화철 (CI 77492), 브이피/헥사데센코폴리머, 소르비탄이소스테아레이트, 망고씨드버터, 벚꽃추출물, 수련꽃추출물, 장미꽃추출물, 연꽃추출물, 모근추출물, 선인장줄기추출물, 바오밥나무씨추출물, 아데늄 오베숨잎추출물, 마이크로크리스탈린왁스, 실리카디메칠실릴레이트, 스테아랄코늄헥토라이트, 메치콘, 프로필렌카보네이트, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 폴리글리세릴-2트리이소스테아레이트, 보론나이트라이드, 합성플루오르플로고파이트, 부틸렌글라이콜, 정제수, 포타슘소르베이트, 향료, 적색산화철 (CI 77491), 흑색산화철 (CI 77499)

Shading B – methyl methacrylate cross polymer, dimethicone, echil ethylhexyl palmitate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), hydro jeneyi suited polyisobutene, hit a tree hex elderly, Ceresin, yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), Mica (CI 77019), di-isostearyl malate, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, silica, di-glyceryl sebacates / isopropyl palmitate, polyethylene, beuyipi / Hex to Senko polymer, sorbitan source Te rate, black iron oxide (CI 77499), red iron oxide (CI 77491), mango seed butter, cherry extract, water lily flower extract, rose extract, Lotus extract, roots extract, cactus stem extract, baobab trees seed extract, Adeje uranium ohbe sumip extract, microcrystalline wax, Ste Aral zirconium hectorite, silica Di Methyl silyl acrylate, propylene carbonate, methoxy chikon, caprylic rilgeul glycol, boron nitride, synthetic fluorinated sample logo Fight, Butylene glycol, purified water, potassium sorbate, flavoring highlighter – Hydro jeneyi suited polyisobutene, methyl methacrylate cross polymer, dimethicone, echil ethylhexyl palmitate, Mica (CI 77019), the tree in the seven hex elderly, ceresin, titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), di-isostearyl malate, silica, synthetic fluorinated sample logo phosphite, di-glyceryl sebacates / isopropyl palmitate, polyethylene, Caprylic / Capric Triglyceride, beuyipi / Hex to Senko polymer, Mysore Grief is a source Te rate, mango seed butter, cherry extract, water lily flower extract, rose extract, Lotus extract, roots extract, cactus stem extract, baobab seed extract, Adeje uranium ohbe sumip extract, microcrystalline wax, silica-de-methylation silyl rate, Ste Aral zirconium hectorite, methoxy chikon, propylene carbonate, polyglyceryl isostearate -2 trees, glycol caprylic rilgeul, boron nitride, Butylene Glycol, Water, tin oxide (CI 77861), potassium sorbate, spice, red iron oxide (CI 77491), yellow iron oxide (CI 77492), black iron oxide (CI 77499)

쉐이딩B – 메칠메타크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 디메치콘, 에칠헥실팔미테이트, 티타늄디옥사이드 (CI 77891), 하이드로제네이티드폴리이소부텐, 트리에칠헥사노인, 세레신, 황색산화철 (CI 77492), 마이카 (CI 77019), 디이소스테아릴말레이트, 카프릴릭/카프릭트리글리세라이드, 실리카, 디글리세릴세바케이트/이소팔미테이트, 폴리에칠렌, 브이피/헥사데센코폴리머, 소르비탄이소스테아레이트, 흑색산화철 (CI 77499), 적색산화철 (CI 77491), 망고씨드버터, 벚꽃추출물, 수련꽃추출물, 장미꽃추출물, 연꽃추출물, 모근추출물, 선인장줄기추출물, 바오밥나무씨추출물, 아데늄 오베숨잎추출물, 마이크로크리스탈린왁스, 스테아랄코늄헥토라이트, 실리카디메칠실릴레이트, 프로필렌카보네이트, 메치콘, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 보론나이트라이드, 합성플루오르플로고파이트, 부틸렌글라이콜, 정제수, 포타슘소르베이트, 향료 하이라이터 – 하이드로제네이티드폴리이소부텐, 메칠메타크릴레이트크로스폴리머, 디메치콘, 에칠헥실팔미테이트, 마이카 (CI 77019), 트리에칠헥사노인, 세레신, 티타늄디옥사이드 (CI 77891), 디이소스테아릴말레이트, 실리카, 합성플루오르플로고파이트, 디글리세릴세바케이트/이소팔미테이트, 폴리에칠렌, 카프릴릭/카프릭트리글리세라이드, 브이피/헥사데센코폴리머, 소르비탄이소스테아레이트, 망고씨드버터, 벚꽃추출물, 수련꽃추출물, 장미꽃추출물, 연꽃추출물, 모근추출물, 선인장줄기추출물, 바오밥나무씨추출물, 아데늄 오베숨잎추출물, 마이크로크리스탈린왁스, 실리카디메칠실릴레이트, 스테아랄코늄헥토라이트, 메치콘, 프로필렌카보네이트, 폴리글리세릴-2트리이소스테아레이트, 카프릴릴글라이콜, 보론나이트라이드, 부틸렌글라이콜, 정제수, 틴옥사이드 (CI 77861), 포타슘소르베이트, 향료, 적색산화철 (CI 77491), 황색산화철 (CI 77492), 흑색산화철 (CI 77499)


A'pieu cream contour reviewProduct packaging:
When I first got this in the mail, I was super surprised how small it was.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but in my mind I thought it would be slightly bigger then what came to be.  This product packaging measures 9 cm length x 1 cm width x 5 cm height. Of course the most obvious thing about the packaging is the cute print with three of Doraemon’s face.  Again, the print is actually printed into the plastic and not a sticker or anything that can be scratched off, would I find annoying even with higher end brands still using stickers as limited edition packaging.  They can learn a thing or two from A’pieu for sure.  IMG_9268The compact itself is a traditional snap closure, nothing fancy.  Oddly enough when I was doing the demo, the whole cream part of the compact popped off.  I was like….

IMG_9175Not that it was stuck on with glue or anything, it was suppose to be secured with the little ridges on the side. I don’t know how it came off, but nothing a pop back into the compact won’t fix.  And please excuse the runny nose I will be having with the series of pictures below.  LOL I was sick during that time and didn’t even feel the runny boogers coming down.  I promise it is not green, it’s just clear liquid.

How to use:
Contour honestly depends on your face shape.  I know there is that traditional 3 method where you are suppose to shade from your temples, then down from your ear to midway to the corner of your mouth and back down from the hallows of your cheeks down to your jawline.  I found only recently that is not the only way to contour your face even if it is widely shown on Youtube that is what you should.  This only struck me when I opened the Smashbox contour sticks and there was a little pamphlet with all the different face shapes and the ways you should be contouring accordingly.  Why on earth did it take so long for me to realize that HAHA.contour
a'pieu contour 3
A’pieu advertise that these are the ways you are suppose to use their contour palette.  The pink one is the highlight, middle one is the middle shade and the last one os the darker shade.  I’m sorry but I would not put shimmery highlight right on my under eyes.  That would just accentuate my fine lines and wrinkles, that is not what we want.  I’ll be demo-ing how I used it down below on myself, so keep reading.

a'pieu contour 4Color/ Pigmentation:
There were two shades but I picked the lightest one since I didn’t want it to be too dark.  The second shade available looked a little too warm for my cool skin tone and this one seemed to be perfect. Shade 1 palette contains a fine shimmer 
champagne (nothing really special), mid toned cool milk chocolate brown and a darker milk chocolate brown.  The highlight is actually a big disappointment to the palette, and if they were to have changed it to a better one, I’d give a better grade for this palette.  I might have become a little too accustomed to Becca’s shimmering skin perfector and their highlights because I have caught myself comparing other highlighters to theirs.  They got their highlight products down pat!!  Becca’s highlight on the skin makes it look like my skin was misted with moisture or something, especially in pictures.  The cream highlight proved in this palette was acceptable however I found the shimmers to be slightly too chunky for my taste and does not have the same moisture touch that Becca has.  I would use it if I was desperate, but definitely not my first choice. 

As for the contour shades, they were pigmented enough if you were to use it for everyday use and wanted a natural look.  This is not something you would want to use if you were to take photos since it is slightly too subtle as you will be able to see down below.  The tone of the two shades were perfect paired with my cool undertone skintone, and if you have a warmer undertone then me, I’d suggest the second shade.  I would not recommend anyone with a skintone higher then MAC NC25 to get this palette since it looks a little too natural even for my natural liking taste.  I would just be a waste of money if you were darker then me, however if you have the same skintone or even lighter, this would be perfect since we pale girls (and boys, I don’t judge) have a hard time getting something that doesn’t make us look like we smeared chocolate poop on our face.

Texture/ Finish:
Texture of the highlighter is no good in my opinion.  They reminded me of ELF’s $1 cream eyeshadows which were greasy, oil, had no pigmentation and just a train wreck all around.  This highlight isn’t a full train wreck since the pigmentation is decent, but if you have uneven skin then this would just accentuate all the imperfections along with the chunky shimmers.  The contour shades is a different story though.  They are both creamy but not too thick like Anastasia Beverly Hill’s new cream contour palette which I find my opinion too thick and would easily look to fake on my skin.  There is a slight translucency when blended out making them look natural on my skin, which you would either like or don’t depending on how you want to use these.  If you want a everyday natural contour look, this is for you.  If you want something to photograph well with and something very pigmented, this is not the product.

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A'pieu small face shading kitLasting power:
Lasting power for this palette surprisingly was pretty decent.  Because of the perfect texture of the cream contour, without me setting these babies, I had no problem with lasting power on my dry skin.  I think any type of moisture my skin can get, it would cling onto it for dear life.  I wore this for more then 8 hours and it was slightly fainted by the 6 hour mark. The highlight can just burn in hell LOL.  I hate it.  Let’s not talk about the highlight.

Smell-o-scale= 6/10
Scented detected: old granny powdery floral scent.  Fragrance only detected if you too a big sniff but goes away once applied.

Demo time (๑❛ʚ❛๑)Apieu doraemon


IMG_9179My face with just BB cushion on, eye make up and brows filled in with a bit of brow powder.


IMG_9181I decided to use this brush from Sonia Kashuk I got when Target was still open for business in Canada.  Sadly they left us Canadians :(.


IMG_9183Starting with the lighter brown shade.

IMG_9193I like to contour on the hollows of my cheeks..

IMG_9194Temples …

IMG_9195…my chin since I have a long face and want to slim it down a bit.

IMG_9196..bridge of my nose

IMG_9199A new technique I learned recently was to do a line over the tip of my nose to kind of break up the straightens of the nose contour.  I always loved the little button nose look and I don’t natural have it, so fake it till you make it haha.

IMG_9200Blend it out.

IMG_9201You can barely see the definition but I promise it is there.  Left side is the after, right is before.



IMG_9204Now in with the darker shade…

IMG_9205 2I’m pretty much doing the same thing here with the darker shade.  A’pieu’s instructions shows a different method with the two shades, but being the rebel in me, I just winged it.  It still turned out pretty good though :).



IMG_9208Blended out…  It looks pretty good actually.


IMG_9215Let’s finish it off with doing the other side as well.

IMG_9219Looking at the pictures now, there is definitely a huge difference from before and after contouring.  Not the Youtube before and after with the dramatic, drag queen style of make up but a more natural everyday look.  Don’t get me wrong, I love me the style that is more commercialized on Youtube, but let’s be honest.  We wouldn’t do our make up for an hour and a half just to go to the grocery store right?


IMG_9221Finish this off with the highlighting cream that I hate LOL.  Okay, hate is a strong word.  I don’t like it.  There…

IMG_9222Some on the tops of my cheeks…

IMG_9223…my chin

IMG_9224And a little on my forehead for the finishing touches.


IMG_9232Added a little bit of blush and some YSL tint in oil.  Done ٩(◦`꒳´◦)۶

-cream contour texture is nice and creamy, pigmented enough for everyday wear
-one stop shop for contouring needs
-very affordable for 9,000 won

-highlighter sucks
-palette can pop out sometimes if not popped in correctly
-not very user friendly since you need a brush to apply


Stars given out of 5:

Overall thoughts:
My expectations was never really high to begin with since I never know what to expect with Korean cosmetics that I buy online.  I wish I was in the physical store, but that is near impossible with me living in Canada so I can only rely on online pictures when I’m doing my purchases.  With my past experience with A’pieu, I’ve found their products to be very high quality despite their very affordable prices and have easily become one of the brands I keep a close eye on.  I knew going into it, the packaging would be amazing since the rest of the Doraemon collection did not disappoint.  The actual product itself did not fully disappoint since the formulation of the cream contour was exceptional, however the cream highlighter kind of killed the mood.  I don’t know why they would include that chunky, not awesome, greasy-ish higlighter.  Overall I do like this product and they are good products but not something I would reach for on a daily since it would be an extra step to grab a brush and apply this on my face. I would recommend this product if you are very pale and still have not found anything that would fit your skintone, anyone with the skin color lighter then NC25.

What do you guys think about this product?  Do you think it is a good product?  Are you going to buy one for yourself?  Let me know in the comments down below what you think, I love hearing from you guys. ( ¯•ω•¯ )

This Post Has 6 Comments

  1. Midori

    I love how subtle it is and that it is alright for the price. You look great, as always! ^^ ♥

    1. Christina

      I do like how subtle it is as well but I’m too lazy to add another step and dirty another brush. And thank you love 🙂

  2. Darrell Myers

    Hey good post!! I bought the edgy version of the pallete and I agree with you a lot about the highlighter it’s just horrible. I just use it on the cheeks cause it’s too greasy for on top of the nose and forehead, for me anyways. When I received the little pallete I was excited but then I realized I didn’t wanna have to use brushes to apply,etc. you look good with the product on and did great at capturing it in photographs. I’m curious to try the cushion bronzer from the collection as an alternative. But for now I’ll stick to my Cristal blushers. They’re everything

    1. Christina

      We have the same thoughts :D. I wouldn’t try the cushion bronzer honestly since it is a really liquidity consistency and you’d have to apply it with a air puff which really doesn’t make any sense. It would make more sense if they changed the shape of the air puff to something more of a triangle or something but a circle would not do a good job with contouring.

  3. Noah

    I agree that the second shade is meant for darker skin tones, but it definitely leans towards the cooler side. I’ve swatched them both in store and the first shade is perfect for fair skin with yellow undertones (like moi lol), but I’m hesitating whether to get this or the Aritaum magic cream contour kit which doesn’t contain a highlight that I won’t ever touch like in this one!

    1. Christina

      Hmm I would definitely not recommend this one from A’pieu. The texture is not long lasting and just slips and slides.

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