Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Today I’m going to finally share my thoughts about the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic palette. I’ve had this palette around for a long time and realized I never posted a review!

The details

  • $32 from Sephora’s website
  • Cruelty-free and vegan
  • 4 x 0.05 oz/ 1.53 g Holographic Shades in Emerald (green), Saphyre (blue), Amethyst (ultra-violet), Opal (pink)


This palette has some of the coolest packaging of any palette in my collection. It’s a white and iridescent triangle with an embossed A design.

Outer packaging

It’s cardboard but feels reinforced because of the plastic coating. It has a magnetic closure that really stays shut. Inside, it has a mirror and a smooth matte covering around the pans.

Inner packaging

It feels similar to something like NARS or ELF packaging but doesn’t pick up fingerprints. It doesn’t seem to attract product fallout either, but if you swipe your brush over it, the product is very visible and doesn’t quickly brush off. I actually appreciate that this area is dark, because I can see if there’s powder on the palette before I hold it and potentially get makeup on my fingers.

Now, I’m not going to get into the fact that this palette is called “holographic” but is instead iridescent. We’re just going to have to put up with the fact that this is one of the many products that misuses that word. With that in mind, let’s look at what the company says about the palette:

Revamp your makeup looks with this innovative, Alchemist Palette, featuring four holographic shades. It’s perfect for achieving a spectrum of radiant, special effects by layering Alchemist over eyeshadow and lipstick. Formulated with Double Dimension Technology, this first-of-its-kind formula is packed with 360° refractive pearls, dipped in a prismatic coating, to deliver twice the transforming power. Each of the four shades within the palette catches the light from every angle for a spectrum of luminizing special effects—perfect for customizing finishes and exploring your artistic expression.

“The hybrid formula also doubles as a super-shimmery highlighter. Simply sweep product over prepped skin for otherworldly iridescence. Because the formula is packed with high-quality, pearlescent particles, a little goes a long way—even a subtle application imparts bold impact.

“Inspired by the ancient science of Alchemy, the art of transforming natural materials into a precious elixir, this hybrid palette is part top coat and part transformer, so it’s perfect for layering and blending to experiment with different makeup effects.

Basically, these eyeshadows reflect different colors and you can layer them over other eyeshadows, use them as cheek highlighters, or pat them over a lipstick. Many brands have put out “transformer” eyeshadows very similar to this—they look white but go on sheer and reflect different colors, so you can make any eyeshadow have a pink, blue, etc. sheen.

Application and wear

These powders are very soft and buildable. You can make the iridescent quality as subtle or bold as you like. I’ve found these to be great for layering over other eyeshadows. They don’t crease and they blend nicely. I’ve even tried wearing these alone and they’re actually very pretty.

Product swatches
Powders mixed together

It’s hard for me to choose a favorite color. I think I get the most use out of Opal. Saphyre is also gorgeous. I didn’t think I’d use Emerald much, but I love layering it over an olive green or brown shadow. Amethyst is pretty but I don’t seem to use it as often as the others.

As for the other uses for these… I have some trouble getting a cheek-sized brush evenly coated, but it works fine. These don’t make the brightest highlighters, so I’d recommend layering one of these over a standard highlight if you’re looking for something striking.

Wearing Amethyst as a cheek highlight
Wearing Amethyst as a cheek highlight and Opal over my lipstick

I pat one of these over a lipstick once and wasn’t a big fan. I don’t like frosted lip colors, so it could just be my personal preference, but I thought it made my lips look a bit dry, and it seemed to fade quickly.

Overall, I do enjoy this palette, but I’d only recommend it if the “transformation” aspect appeals to you. While this isn’t an original idea for a product, I think Kat Von D does it really well. I love everything I’ve gotten from her brand, and I love that everything is cruelty-free and they’re working towards being 100% vegan, too.

Have you tried this palette? What do you think?

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