Kat Von D Alchemist Palette

Kat Von D Alchemist Palette

4.3

12 reviews

83% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.8

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.8

Price: $$$

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on 6/18/2017 10:20:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

In love! It's very light feeling on the skin but extremely pigmented. As far as I can tell, none of Kat's products have ever irritated my skin, and this palette is no exception. It has incredible shine and you don't have to use alot for it to be blinding. I would absolutely buy this again. These are my favorite highlighters.

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

omg I am in love with the formula of these r highlighting shades. they all look light in the pan but don't let it cool you,it has a gorgeous duo chrome look when applied to the cheek and when light hits the face it is amazing. perfect for people who are Into highlighters that are not the standard gold.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Other, Straight, Coarse

Eyes: Blue

Before I get into the review, I wanted to say that the Alchemist palette is £25 - £12 cheaper than the Shade & Light contour palette - so I was expecting something a bit smaller and have no complaints over the size myself. However I want to let people know that yes, it is a small palette [the pans are roughly the same size as 50p coins].


When I first opened the palette I was disappointed, as the four shades didn't look wildly dissimilar from one another, but then I tried them on skin as highlighters.... Love at first swipe; a little goes a long way as the powder is highly pigmented, so creamy, no chunky shimmer, and the shades come to life. When I look straight-on into a mirror I can't see anything, but when I turn my head the powders catch the light and flash green, blue, violet, or pink. A perfect highlighter - it's not just sitting there as a strip of colour on skin ala Adam Ant, instead managing to be both subtle and eyecatching at the same time.

When I apply my morning I'll usually use a setting spray [a NYX one at the minute], and I'll find that the highlighter will last until I'm ready to remove my makeup in the evening - although it does lose a bit of it's intensity after the first four/five hours.


I was already fully sold on this palette solely as a highlighter one, but I was surprised at how well it works as an eyeshadow and eyeliner 'transformer'; my favourite way to wear them is the over natural skintone-type shades over the lids for a more subtle flash of colour, on my more 'natural' makeup days. The more saturated the base shadow, the more vivid the powders appear - medium grey shadow appears to make the best base for a more 'pow' look, as the highlighters lighten the darker shadows too much to be able to tell much difference between medium and dark.

I've only played around with the powders over lipstick - the ombre lip look isn't my cup of tea. However I want to point out how even the green and blue shades are very wearable over lipsticks. Also; the powders lighten darker shades; so if you have a deeper lipstick shade that you don't feel confident in, a quick dab of one of the powders over it sorts the problem instantly.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Green

First off let me say I think love Kat Von D shadows, but this one does not impress me. As a layering and highlight palette it performs ok but not in any way special. These shades do not do anything that duochrome highlighters can't do and you get a lot more product for the money. Even the spring 2017 Wet n Wild highlighter that is lavender/pink gives the same effect as two of the shades in this palette. I expected these to have more intense iridescence to them. I've used them with Mehron mixing liquid as well as UD All nighter spray then applied over light and dark shadows and I'm just not wowed by the results. I suppose if someone did not have any duochrome shadows or highlighters then MAYBE it would be worth the $32 price but for those who do this palette is a bit of a letdown.


Age: 36-43

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'm not normally into this brand but I've been on a holographic/prismatic/iridescent tear so I had to buy Alchemist. It's pretty similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moonchild Glow Kit, which I also own and love. I swatched them side by side and it looks like the Emerald shade is identical to the Lucky Clover shade in the ABH Moonchild palette. Opal is nearly identical to ABH's Pink Heart; the only difference is that the latter seems to have a slightly stronger pink shift. Amethyst is also nearly identical to ABH's Purple Horseshoe except that one has ever so slight micro-glitter/tiny sparkles that don't actually show up on my face, so once applied they're the same. The only really different color in the Alchemist palette from Moonchild is Saphyre, which leans more greenish blue than purple blue like ABH's Blue Ice shade. Both palettes are comparable in terms of pigmentation - sheer but buildable so you can use them on eyes or cheeks. Overall, while the textures of the shades in the Alchemist palette are slightly smoother than Moonchild, I still prefer Moonchild. Though it doesn't have a mirror, you get more shades and also product by weight (0.90oz for $40 vs. Alchemist's 0.20oz. for $32). But if you can't use the Blue Moon and Silver Star shades in the Moonchild palette, Alchemist might be for you.


on 3/20/2017 5:20:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

Finally makeup that's actually got me excited.. hasn't happened in a while. I don't understand why anyone wouldn't like this pallet. They were probably expecting something else. I just got it yesterday and tried if for the first time today, and I'm in love. I have so many inspirational ideas to try. I purchased this for using it on my eyes mainly. I'm not into the whole metallic lip or different lip looks that's have been on trend lately, but I think the pink Opal would look amazing over a light nude pink lip. you don't need a lot at all, a little goes a very long way because if the effect that it gives off... I mean if your into that, this does build up nice. I used the violet on my lid, the green on my lower last line( I wet the brush first and it stands out that much more when used wet.) I don't recommend wetting the product, but using a slightly damp brush works great. Then I used the pink in the inner corners layered over one of my light gold mac pigments ... looked awesome, and then used the pink for highlight... I also added a little of another highlighter with it because it's my first time using a holographic highlight I wanted to ease myself onto it with a more "toned down wearable". look first. Very happy. I think the people who said it wasn't pigmened was expecting it to be a more opaque product. It's not supposed to be like a Huda beauty / Nicole Guerriero ABH highlight- see-it-from-space type of highlight. And I think for the price it's worth it. I don't think I'll ever hit pan on these, unless it's the only highlight your using and you use it everyday you might run out. These have so much more versatility then a highlight that's 50+ and only has 1 shade to work with. You can wear these alone or over so many things. Complete win in my books!! great addition to any makeup lovers/ makeup artists collection.

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on 3/11/2017 7:14:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Red, Other, Other

Eyes: Green

I had this delivered today from Sephora and was so excited to open this as it looks absolutely stunning on their website but I have to say I was slightly disappointed by the size of it as I was expecting it to be a little bigger for some reason, think the pics are deceiving. Anyway, on to the good bits.... I swatched all of the shades and I was literally rolling all over the floor with pure excitement lol the shades are so pigmented and beautiful that each one I tried I got even more hysterical, they seemed to get better and better. I'm not entirely sure whether this is supposed to be an eyeshadow palette or highlighting palette but I've bought it with the intention of using it as a highlighter and having the bonus of maybe using it on my eyes too. This is my second time using Kat Von D products and I have to say the first time i wasn't overly impressed by her eyeshadow quad but the Alchemist palette is none other than stunning in terms of packaging and quality. I can't wait to really get experimenting with this as I think it's going to be amazing especially with what I've seen so far.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is an amazing palette. Definitely groundbreaking. The wait for this was worth it. The colors are beautiful and this palette can be used in many different ways. My more detailed review video is below.





on 1/13/2017 4:25:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

I wish I could love this palette! I really wanted to love it! I swatched the highlighters on my hand at Sephora and instantly fell in love. Of course, Sephora was out of the product with it being a new product out on the market. Immediately I went online and put in my order. I got my package in the mail a few days after and was excited to try it out. Sadly, and I mean saaaadly, I put it on my face as I do my regular highlighter and the color did not show up at all. It looked as though I put white highlighter on my face. I know others are saying that you can use it over other products, but it definitely should be able to show up as a highlighter.

3 of 5 people found this helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel







This is a beautiful set of highlighting powders in pink, green, blue, and purple. They are very pastel and pearly on my pale skin or over white eyeshadow. If you apply them over a darker base or liquid lip they are very bright and beautiful colours - almost a completely different look.

They are meant to be used as highlighters or to layer over eye shadows or lipsticks. If you wear it as a highlighter it goes on with a subtle colour sheen. The colors fade throughout the day after about the 5-6 hour wear point, however you still look highlighted.

On the eyes you definitely need a primer, otherwise they will crease. If you pack them on they do pack quite a punch, or you can just sweep them on for a really subtle glow.

On the lips they were very comfortably and transform your matte liquid lipsticks into a more metallic looking lipstick. They wear a long time and feel very comfortable on the lips.

The pans are pretty tiny compared with Anastasia Beverly Hills but the packaging is beautiful and actually fairly travel sized.

I really love playing with these and think they are super versatile, just be warned they are not the longest lasting.

6 of 7 people found this helpful.

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