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The Alchemist Holographic Palette

Ever since the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glowkit in Moonchild came out, I've been dying to get my hands on it. Unfortunately for me, it wasn't available on Sephora's website and I wasn't about to pay a fortune from ordering it off ABH directly. So when I found out that Kat Von D was coming out with the Alchemist Holographic Palette, I made it a goal to pick it up the second it was available on Sephora..and that I did. I've been trying these out for a while now and I'm ready to share my thoughts.. 

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When I first opened the package, I was really underwhelmed as the palette was not the size I expected it to be. I'd say it's as big as my open hand. But the bigger disappointment was when I opened the palette and realized each pan was the size of a regular eyeshadow. Though these powders are meant to be for the eyes and lips, it is also meant for the face so I was expecting larger sized pans - something similar to the Anastasia Glow Kits - espcially since the palette was more on the pricey side (CAD$44). Besides that, I was pretty impressed with the packaging. Beautiful artwork on the cover with a nice minimal, matte black design on the inside PLUS a mirror. 
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The palette comes with four duo chrome ("holographic") shades:

  • {green}emerald: A reflective green shade.
  • {blue}saphyre:  A reflective blue shade. 
  • {ultra-violet}amethyst: A reflective purple shade. 
  • {pink}opal: A reflective pink shade. 

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To apply these, I have to use a smaller sized brush since the pans are so itty-bitty. I find that the Sigma E40 brush works perfectly to apply these as a cheek highlight, while the Sigma E55 brush is ideal for packing it on the lids or lips. As for the actual product, each shade is pretty pigmented and applies on the skin smoothly. It doesn't look chalky on the skin at all. If you wanted to, you could even build it up to give you an even more out-of-this-world glow. There's little to no fallout and is easy to blend. They look amazing on the high points of the face and also look stunning as eyeshadows.
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Despite my earlier complaints about the size of the pans, the performance of these shades really blew me away. I'm really glad that I decided to picked this up. Admittedly, this may not be for everyone to use as highlighters (unless you really like to experiment), but they definitely make amazing eyeshadows that I think a lot of people would enjoy. I think {pink}opal is a shade that looks the most 'normal' as a highlight as it'll just blend in nicely with your blush. But the showstopper for me has to be the {ultra-violet}amethyst shade, which is what initially brought me to buy this palette. 

Do you own this palette? What do you think about coloured highlighters?

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