The Kat Von D Holographic Palette has been on the market for a while now. Previous plans to post a review were foiled though when it promptly went out of stock at Sephora and then took MONTHS to return. I hate posting about products you all can’t actually buy; Dangling the proverbial beauty carrot in front of you isn’t something I make a habit of! The brand calls these shadows ‘Holographic’ which most definitely always raises some eyebrows in the beauty community. So let’s talk about that…
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Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette Review and Swatches
This palette has 4 colour shifting shadows. The brand refers to them in the title of the palette as ‘Holographic’. Let’s address that right away: They aren’t. They ARE really pretty duochromes (a pigment that changes colour depending on the angle and light you look at it with), but holographic is a stretch. The term ‘holographic’ in the beauty world generally refers to something that reflects multiple rainbows of colours/light as it shifts.
The Alchemist Palette is a transformative multiuse palette that can be used all over the face to add a unique effect. The four shades have different undertones: Green, Blue, Purple and Pink. The texture of these powder shadows is really beautiful. They are smooth and creamy to the touch and layers perfectly on top of other powders or creams. One of my favourite ways to use this palette is to add a unique dimension to an otherwise all matte shadow look. I will apply a warm matte camel shadow in the crease, then use a finger to pat on the Pink Opal shade on to the lid. Similarly, the Blue Sapphire shade looks amazing when applied on top of a chocolate brown.
Like my beloved Thunderstruck Eyeshadow from Kat Von D, these also can be used on the face and lips, and apply smoothly with a brush for a more diffused look. I often find multi-tonal powders like this don’t actually have much pigment to them, but in this case, they can go on full colour if you choose. Initially, the palette might seem pricey given there are only four shades, but given the multitude of uses and looks you can get out of them, the value is actually very good.
So besides the fact that this palette has a rather misleading name, I really like the quality and payoff these shadows give and find it unique. I don’t care much for the packaging and would have prefered something much slimmer and streamlined. Then again I often find Kat Von D packaging garish and bulky. If you love matte shadows but have wanted to dabble in colour without going wild, this would be the perfect palette. Likewise, if you want something that can bring new life to your existing collection that I would definitely pick up the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette!
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