Monday, January 23, 2017

Product Review -- Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

It's always really cool when a makeup company can come out with a product that works in multiple ways.

You really feel like you're getting your money's worth that way.

Still, when I first saw the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette, I assumed I would be using it strictly for highlighting.

I've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that the palette is just as versatile as advertised.

Like all of the Kat Von D's palettes, the packaging is lovely. The palette is white and shaped like a triangle. It has an embossed design on the lid, which is holographic itself.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
Inside, there is a triangle shaped mirror that is on the small size so it's best just used for touch ups.

The palette contains four holographic shades: emerald, which flashes green; saphyre, which flashes blue; amethyst, which flashes ultra violet; and opal, which flashes pink.

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette
Over the past few months, I've become obsessed with non-traditional highlighter shades, such as blue, green, and purple. When you get the right shade, it's subtle enough that you don't look like you've painted a big blue stripe across your cheekbone -- but it's still absolutely stunning and unique when it catches the light.

I've used all of the shades in the palette as highlighters, and they're all lovely for that. The opal is the most wearable, I'd say, but the saphyre is probably my favorite and the amethyst is fabulous too. The emerald is probably the trickiest one to use as a highlight because I've had a difficult time figuring out what blushes to pair it with.

From l. to r.: emerlad, saphyre, amethyst, opal
Kat Von D also recommends layering the powders over eyeshadows and lipsticks, and they do work just as well for that.

I've taken to patting a small amount of one of the powder over the center of my eye lid if I don't feel like my eyeshadow is shimmery or bright enough. They also work well for highlighting the inner corner too.

But they're also perfect for dabbing in the center of your lips after you've applied your lipstick. They're smooth enough that they don't look cakey or chunky, and they add a really lovely sheen that can help make your lip look a little fuller.

I love this palette, and feel like it would be a great addition to most people's collections. If you're a little nervous about highlighting with blue, purple, and green shades, stop by Sephora and swatch it in person -- I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by how pretty they are.

The palette retails for $32, and is available at Sephora and the Kat Von D website.

Have you tried the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette? What's your favorite highlighter right now?

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