Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Swatches - Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette


I didn't even know what this was when it was first previewed on KVD's Instagram but I knew I had to have it. Unique packaging? Iridescent colors? SIGN ME UP.

The Alchemist Holographic palette is a multi-use palette, meaning you can pretty much wear it however you want - on your eyes, on your cheeks, or even your lips. The iridescent/duochrome nature of the colors means that they will change depending on the base colors you use, which makes them super fun to play around with, and very striking every time you do wear them.




It's a pretty small palette, about the size of my hand, and there are four colors: Emerald, Saphyre (yes, only one "P," and no, I don't know why), Amethyst, and Opal. They don't look like much in the pan, but once you put them on, you can see a noticeable difference between them:

L to R: Opal, Amethyst, Emerald, Saphyre
These swatches were done with my fingers on bare skin. Here, you can clearly see that they are four distinct iridescent colors. They are on par with most KVD eyeshadows in terms of quality and pigmentation - a wee bit on the dry side, but definitely easy to work with and rich in color. If you missed out on that whole rainbow highlighter thing that happened earlier this year, you can totally recreate that look using this palette (with just a few extra steps).

I decided that I wanted to see how these colors looked against different bases, so of course, I started by breaking out some eyeshadow primers.

L to R: Opal, Amethyst, Emerald, Saphyre
The top row consists of swatches on top of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original (which is a nude cream that just blends into your skin). They didn't look much different from the bare skin swatches.

For the middle row I used my NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk, which is a matte white, and there really wasn't much to differentiate between each shade - they basically all come out white, with a slightly varying sheen.

For the bottom row, I used Urban Decay's 24/7 Eye Pencil in Perversion, and this is always my favorite thing with duochromes - the dark base really transforms these shades. It really brought out the blue sheen in Amethyst, and it made Saphyre look more teal.

Lastly, since this is a multi-purpose palette, I wanted to try these shades on top of some lipsticks and see how they would look. I picked out a few of KVD's Studded Kiss lipsticks that I had in my stash:

This is Wonderchilde lipstick with Saphyre patted onto the center of my lips.

Motorhead lipstick with Emerald patted on

Piaf lipstick with Amethyst patted on

And because I should do one "normal," subtler look, here's Lolita lipstick with Opal patted on.

And here are some hand swatches of those lipsticks, just so you can compare the before and afters:
Same order as above, top to bottom
Overall, I think the Alchemist palette is super fun, and if you don't already have anything like this, I would highly recommend it. I think it is fairly dupeable though, but I'm not sure if every dupe you find can be considered multi-use. If it's really important to you to be able to wear it all over your face (and know that the product has been approved for all-over use), then just pick up this palette :) It'll be a fun addition to your stash.

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