For those days when you just feel like twinkling like an opalescent unicorn.
Regular readers may recall that I purchased this stunning makeup palette – the Alchemist Holographic Palette from Kat Von D – whilst under the influence of, in hindsight, an ill-advised quantity of cold medication. Apparently going batcrap loopy on cold meds turned me into some sort of mega magpie, because this twinkly palette went into my shopping cart with great haste, along with a number of its sparkly friends. I mean, I think it was with great haste, as I actually don’t remember sitting down at the computer and placing this order at all. Seriously, cold-med responsibly, friends! It could be so much worse than just an overabundance of unicorn makeup!
But however it came to me, I’m delighted to now own this beautiful, fun and playful little makeup palette. What a charming delight! First, the palette case itself. It’s GORGEOUS – an iridescent, opalescent, rainbow-tossing wonder. I love the packaging, and I’m smitten with the soft opal hues of both the triangular palette AND the box it came in. There’s a bit on the Sephora website about how Kat Von D herself spent the last X-unreasonable number of months fine-tuning this creation. And while I certainly can’t speak to her schedule, I’d say it was worth it; this makeup palette features some truly stunning and eye-catching design work.
But one ought not judge a book solely by its attractive, iridescent cover, so let’s take a closer look at the makeup housed within. There’s four shades contained in the Alchemist Holographic Palette, which looks a bit like a pointy mirrored weapon when it’s fully deployed, green Emerald, ultra-violet Amethyst, pink Opal and blue Saphyre.
Being of very pale Celtic descent, the shades – softly pressed powders flecked with holographic shimmer – all but disappear as against my freckled hide. For this next photo, I ramped up the contrast whilst editing so you could actually see the colours and not just wonder to yourself, “Huh, I had NO idea a skin tone could be classified as “ultra-violet.”
Next, I ran a test on the opposite end of the spectrum, layering the four shades over a shimmery black creme lipstick, Hard Candy’s Black Diamond. It was a pretty terrible lipstick (it stained, badly) but the effects created by combining the two were undeniably dope. I’m looking forward to trying out some fun lipstick stenciling work, and these powders will make nifty cool highlighters.
The Alchemist Holographic Palette, when it’s in stock (it’s frequently out of stock) is sold through Sephora (online and in-store) and retails for $44 Canadian. Perfect for all your unicorn cosplay needs or just, you know, ’cause it’s a Tuesday. Twinkle on, fabulous friends. 🙂