We review the new Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

To buy or not to buy – that is the question.

By Erin Cook

As beauty junkies may remember, in June last year, Kat Von D gave us a glimpse at her new Alchemist palette on Instagram. Then, in November she shared swatches of the highlighting and transforming formula on Snapchat. (For a refresher, you can read our original report on the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette here.)

Now, after nearly a year of twiddling our thumbs and waiting patiently, the palette is on sale at Sephora. So, naturally, we had to try it out.

What is it, exactly?

The Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette is a highlighting and transforming palette that contains four shades of powdered pigment.

In a highlighting capacity, the palette can help accentuate your features and brighten the face. To do this, apply the powder in a boomerang shape along the top of your cheekbones and under the brow. You can use a fancy brush if you like, or you could just use your fingers – that's what I did!)

Alternatively, the pigment can be applied on top of eye or lip colour to give it a holographic twist.

Why is everyone so excited about the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette?

The Internet lost its metaphorical shit last year over this palette because it highlights and transforms and it's holographic. Win, win, win.

What does it look like?



Green Emerald

I didn't expect to like this shade – because, let's face it, a green tinted highlighter sounds like a faux pas – but I do! I was wrong! And I am quite glad that I was!

Ultra-Violet Amethyst

Same, same but different. The Ultra-Violet Amethyst shade pops a little bit more than Green Emerald, non?

Pink Opal

Are you sick of looking at my face yet? ¯_(ツ)_/¯ The pink-y undertones of this shade are far more visible IRL.

Blue Saphyre

Holy mother of highlighter, this shade is intense.


Using my finger, I dabbed the Pink Opal shade on top of my regular pink-y lipstick.

My thoughts on the result? Don't hate it.

Overall feelings on the Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

The Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette retails for $50 at Sephora. I love a multitasking beauty product and this palette is just that. As a highlighter, the formula is very buildable, giving you the option to apply a little – or a lot, for maximum sparkle. Plus, you have the option of jazzing up all of your tired old lip and eye colours.

In short, it's a yes from me.