Too Cool for school contour dupe? (A’pieu 3D Contouring K.I.T Review + Demo)

A'pieu contour K.I.T review and swatchesToo Cool for School’s art class by Rodin has been a cult favourite for a long time and when A’pieu came out with one that looked super similar from packaging to the way it was arranged in the pan, I just knew I had to try to get my hands on it to compare. I had the chance to try all three TCFS art class products including the contour, highlight and blush so if you want to see the reviews for that, click here.  TCFS actually just came out with a new blush shade and it looks gorgeous!!  But we aren’t here to talk about that today hehe.  Let’s get into comparing the two shall we? ⊂◉‿◉つ

Full name of product:
A’pieu 3D contouring K.I.T

Limited edition/ Permanent?:
Permanent

Description of product:
“Create light and shadows with the A’PIEU 3D Contouring Kit
TWO Contour Shades
Sculpt the face with two darker contour shades
ONE Highlight Shade
Add dimension to the face with the lighter highlight shade”

Price:
9,000 won

Amount of product:
9 g

Duration before expiration:
1 year

Country of Manufacture:
Made in Korea

Animal testing?:
Cruelty free/ no animal testing

Where to buy:
Jolse

Amazon
Yesstyle
A’pieu US

Shades available:

Ingredients:
No. 1 Natural Warm
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Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methicone, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Tin Oxide, Mica(CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Bismuth Oxychloride(CI 77163), Ultramarine(CI 77007), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77499)
Center
Talc, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mica(CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77499), Iron Oxides(CI 77491)
Right
Talc, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Mica(CI 77019), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77499), Iron Oxides(CI 77491)

No. 2 Neutral Cool
Left
Talc, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Silica, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Methicone, Magnesium Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mica(CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Ultramarine(CI 77007), Bismuth Oxychloride(CI 77163), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77499)
Center
Talc, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Mica(CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Iron Oxides(CI 77491), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77499)
Right
Talc, Silica, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Diisostearyl Malate, Phytosteryl/Isostearyl/Cetyl/Stearyl/Behenyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Dipentaerythrityl Hexahydroxystearate/Hexastearate/Hexarosinate, Magnesium Stearate, Methicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Octocrylene, Phytosteryl Isostearyl Dimer Dilinoleate, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Dimethicone, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891), Mica(CI 77019), Iron Oxides(CI 77499), Iron Oxides(CI 77492), Iron Oxides(CI 77491)

How to use:
With a brush, apply to places where you’d like to shade away such as the cheek bones, nose, temples and even into your hairline if you want a smaller forehead.

Too cool for school contour dupePackaging:
The case is a sleek round black compact which you flip up to unveil the product inside.  There is also a nice sized mirror which is always welcomed.  At first glance, the packaging looks identical to the Too cool for school one however the only difference there is is the hinge.  A’pieu’s is slightly wider but honestly, its such a small difference that no one really cares LOL.  I don’t even know why I’m mentioning it -_-.

Color/ Pigmentation:
To my disbelief, I only found out recently there is actually two shades for the contour!!  I have here shade #1 (left) which is a lot cooler compared to the TCFS one.  There is also a built in highlighter shade to the left, something that TCFS does not have as all of the shades is matte.  There is also a more grey undertone to A’pieu 3D contouring K.I.T, so if you’ve found TCFS’s too warm for your pale skin or just too cool toned for your liking, A’pieu’s may be the way to go.

too cool for school art class by rodin contour

A'pieu 3D contouring K.I.T swatchesThe highlighter (far left) is a cool undertone beige champagne shade with super fine gold shimmers.  I don’t find the formula for this highlighter to be soft enough or pigmented enough to do much for my skin to be honest and is a super skipable part of the compact.  I’d just have this as a back up if I forget my shimmery eyeshadow but that’s about it.

Middle shade is the lighter cool tone milk chocolate shading shade with a slight grey undertone which makes the overall look a lot more natural since it blends into your skin.  And the far right is a cool tone brown shade which is pretty much the same as the middle one but three to four times darker. The two contour shades blended together creates a super subtle and natural contour with a hint of bronzing effect but it is super cool tone, so don’t depend on it bronzing your skin!

Too cool for school contour swatchesHopefully you can tell the difference but TCFS is a lot warmer and I actually like the lightest shade from their compact.  It almost makes a good light bronze cheek blush shade for when I want a full nude face to accent a bold lip or eye make up.  If you can’t tell from the picture here, you’ll definitely tell the difference in the demo so don’t worry.

Texture/ Finish:
Texture of the powder isn’t the softest thing in the world but it works just fine with a natural bristle brush.  Compared to the TCFS one, the TCFS one is slightly more buttery and more pigmented.  On the face, it doesn’t look drying but it also isn’t super duper pigmented which is good for those who have a heavy hand.

A'pieu contour reviewLet’s try this out!

Wow I just realized how bad my undereye dark circle is LOL.  Goodness…. Maybe I forgot to apply my beloved Clio color correcting concealer.   Anyways here’s my face (somewhat) done with base make up, eyes and brows done. No contour yet!  And can someone give this women some damn lip balm!  UGH.  Hello… i like to yell at myself HEHE.

Before…

A'pieu contouring K.I.TAnd after!  Subtle difference but definitely there.

I bet some of you are going to be like… did you even apply it.  I swear it is there ;).

Too cool for school art class by rodin contour reviewAnd for comparison purposes, TCFS artclass by Rodin contour.

Too cool for school contouring reviewTCFS is definitely a whole lot more pigmented and more visible.  It would look more blended with blush, I promise.

Left side A’pieu, right side TCFS.  I wouldn’t say one is better then the other since A’pieu has the upperhand when it comes to looking super natural but TCFS has a warmer undertone and more pigmented.

Too cool for school contour a'pieu contour K.I.TAnd with blush.  Please note this highlighter is from their 3D highlighter which is the next upcoming review.

Lasting power:
On top of my base make up, these last pretty much all day for me since I have dry skin and it just sucks anything and everything on for dear life.  But if you have oily or combo skin, A’pieu contour K.I.T might not last that long for you since it is so light and not super duper pigmented so you might have to use a a primer beforehand.

Fragrance?:
No fragrance detected.

Pro:
-super natural on the face
-compact and easy to use

Con:
-could be more pigmented
-most likely not work for those with dark skintones

Repurchase?:
No

Stars given out of 5:
⭐️⭐️⭐️

Overall thoughts:
Although this isn’t a bad product, I don’t like the highlighter and I just don’t find it special enough for me to want to repurchase in the future.  Don’t get me wrong, I think this is a great cool tone contour palette but I’ll most likely use this as my go to brown transition shadow then on my face.  I also use mostly cream/ cushion products theres days since my skin is so dry in the winter time!  Overall this is an average product to me but a good alternative if you want a cool version of the TCFS contour.
Product provided by A’pieu US.  Not sponsored.

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