“how about a more contoured area”
I shave my face and head with it without problems. The head is almost nothing but contoured areas. Including foaming up, it takes me about 5 minutes for the face and 15 minutes for the head.
I picked up my used Gillette Slim razor for about 35$ on ebay. I’m quite satisfied with it.
Whatever brand you choose, I would very much recommend an adjustable razor. It allows you to adjust the angle of the blade. Mine has 9 settings although I only use about 5. The 1 setting isn’t very close but is very forgiving and creates no irritation (good for high risk areas and the first pass where you shave off most of the hair) . At 9, it provides a very close shave but creates irritation and I have to be careful in tricky places (good for the last pass). After some fiddling around, you’ll get a good sense of which setting to use where and when.
Blades: A sampler pack on Ebay would be a good place to start. The blade brands I prefer are Personna, Astra and Gillete 7 O’Clock. I find those brands sharp, comfortable and forgiving. The Feather brand is very sharp but also unforgiving. If you use a Feather blade as a beginner, all your mistakes will be highlighted in red. The best place to buy blades is usually Ebay.
Another thing that really helps when it comes to closeness and comfort is using shaving cream or a shaving soap. Soaps cost more than canned foam but last a long time (depending on how often and how much you shave, 3-12 months). I bought a bar of Taylor of old bond street over here http://www.traditionalshaving.co.uk/mall/departmentpage.cfm/traditionalshaving/_268160/1/Shaving-Soap . It ends up costing less than foam cans per shave while being more comfortable and close.
To apply the shaving cream/soap, you’ll need a brush. A badger hair brush is best and costs 30-40$.
If you’re hesitant to buy the quality soap & badger brush considering their price, you might try going to a drug store where you’ll find a synthetic brush (5-10$) and a William’s Mug soap (less than 5$).