Sunday, January 22, 2017

Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette Review

 Hello everyone! Happy Sunday :) Today I am back with a review featuring the Alchemist Palette. I have been soo freaking excited about this palette since... leaked images of it surfaced online almost two years ago. Kat has claimed to develop this all new formula to create iridescent powders to be used as eyeshadow toppers or highlighters. So how did it come out?

This palette is available on both  Sephoras website and Kat Von D Beauty website and retails for $32.
Left to right ( Green-Emerald, Ultra Violet- Amethyst, Blue-Sapphire, Pink-Opal)
Left to Right swatched over Kat Von D Shax ( Green-Emerald, Ultra Violet-Amethyst, Blue-Sapphire, Pink-Opal)
I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am in this product for a few good reasons. All the swatches above are all done using fingers and not brushes. I tried a flat synthetic brush, normal haired brushes and the pigments would barely show up. The best way to pick up color was to use a fluffy brush like one you would use for blending or simply use your fingers. So, packing on the color on the center of the lid with a brush was simple out of the question. I could not get the pigment to show up! I had to use my fingers to pack on the pigment. I understand that the shades are supposed to be translucent and iridescent but I would have liked the colors to pop out a little more without having to use my fingers.

That being said, since these powders were picked up well with a fluffy brush, these applied very well as a face highlighter and the pigment showed up remarkably much better than on the eye. All of the shades worked great for this purpose.

Overall, I was extremely let down because I really wanted to use this mainly on the lid and without having to use my fingers. I am also very underwhelmed with the size of the pans. For something that is advertised as both an eye and face palette, this is a very small amount especially when you compare it to the Anastasia Beverly Hills MoonChild palette which has bigger pans, more color selections thus also having a better price value which is $40. I do not own the Moonchild palette so I cannot comment on its quality but I would recommend you consider the Anastasia Beverly Hills Moon Child palette before purchasing the Kat Von D palette.

I also prefer Sugarpills Loose Eyeshadow in the shade Lumi. Lumi is also an iridescent shadow which I personally found easier to work with even though it has more glitter particles in it.

The Alchemist palette an average palette and I will still definitely work with it but I am not as happy with it as I thought I was going to be.

-cute and unique packaging
-great concept.
-comes with a mirror

-not as pigmented as I would like them to be.
-not a good price value of $32 for 4 x0.05oz of product
-marketed as a face palette yet the shadows are standard eyeshadow sizes
-eyeshadows work best used with a fluffy brush or fingers

I hope you guys have a lovely sunday and an even lovelier rest of the week :)
Thank you for stopping by:)

Wicked Honey Bee

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Sephora VIB ROUGE 2017 Welcome Gift

Happy New Years! Cheers to a busy year but hopefully a more productive one! I am finally back after a much needed hiatus. I prefer not to go into too much details about why I've been gone but I can say I am very happy to be back doing something I love and talking to you guys, my readers! <3 Without any further ado, let's get right into this!

So Sephora gives a VIB ROUGE welcome gift everytime you achieve VIB ROUGE status whether its your first time or your tenth year in a row. Everytime you spend $1000 in a calendar year, you get welcome gift into VIB ROUGE for the next year. So since I spent $1000 last year, I have been able to maintain my ROUGE status as well as getting this little freebie from Sephora.

This years freebie is a deluxe sized NARS Blush in the shade Goulue.
NARS Blush in Goulue
NARS Blush in Goulue is a Sephora VIB ROUGE exclusive color meaning only ROUGE members have access to that color. I was so happy to see it wasn't something like Nars Orgasm. Orgasm is in pretty much every single NARS palette or Sephora favorites. If you shop at Sephora, chances are you may already have NARS Orgasm, so I was relieved when I saw this specific shade. Goulue is a absolutely beautiful deep warm toned rose with gold shimmer. It's a lot darker and a lot more of a deep pink shade than Orgasm. I actually really loved this shade. I thought it was going to be too dark especially since I'm more of a neutral or nude blush kind of girl but with a light hand, this turned out to be one of my favorite pink blushes. That being said, this would work great with any skin tone.

Thank you so much for sticking around. My life has been quite hectic with some health issues, work and school. I ended up not taking a spring class as I have reluctantly accepted the fact that it would just be too much on my plate. So again, thank you so much for sticking around.

Love always,
Wicked Honey Bee