I absolutely love Kat Von D. I loved her show and watched the entire series. She's so talented. Her book, The Tattoo Chronicles, is one of my most favorite books I've ever read. She's a babe, and she owns her look and her style with no concerns for other people's opinions. I love her gothic style, and her cats are adorable! As if I couldn't love her more, she officially announced her veganism back in 2015!
In 2016, her products were officially certified as cruelty free by Logical Harmony aka Tashina Combs, who is an authority on cruelty free products. Most of her products are vegan, and the ones that aren't she's working on ways to make vegan as quickly as relatively possible. With this information, the floor gates of possibilities opened up for me, and basically I want all of her products that I can use. Her website even has a section titled #VeganAlert so there's no guessing as to what products you can and can't use.
I made my first official Kat Von D vegan purchase the other day- her Alchemist Holographic Palette. I am a sucker for highlighters. And I love different colored ones. You don't always have to highlight with the same boring shade. This palette makes that possible!
Let me tell you about the palette itself first, before I go into pros and cons.
The description on the KVD website says everything you need to know about this palette:
"Kat’s super-special hybrid formula features DoubleDimension Technology: 360° refractive pearls dipped in a prismatic coating, for 2 times the transforming power with every stroke of your brush (bonus: a little goes a long way!). Part highlighter, part topcoat, part transformer, this palette is filled with endless luminizing possibilities: Strobe cheekbones, eyes, nose lips, collarbone, Cupid’s bow— dust Alchemist literally anywhere you want an extreme iridescent highlight!"
Here's what I love:
-The colors are amazing. Emerald, sapphire, amethyst (my favorite), and opal.
-They're highly pigmented and a little goes a long way.
-This palette is so versatile. Highlighter, eyeshadow, on top of lip balm, layered, solo.. it's amazing.
-They last awhile on my cheeks. At the end of my work day, my highlighter is still "on fleek," as the kids say.
-I haven't had any skin sensitivities on my cheeks from using it. I can't attest to using it as a eyeshadow yet, but my eye are almost constantly irritated from my contact dermatitis anyway so there would be no way of knowing anyway. I'll never use it on my lips because that just seems weird, but it's good that you can use it on your lips, since clearly that would make it safe in case you accidentally ingested some. I still wouldn't recommend that though.
Here's what I hope they improve on:
-Each individual color is small. Not only is this a little disappointing due to the price ($32), more so, it's annoying because I have to use an eyeshadow brush to apply it. A kabuki brush won't work. I could use a fan brush too, but I think it's too wide for the small colors.
-There's a lot of fall out when I pat my brush on it. I use a light hand, and still there's a lot.
Overall, I love the palette. I want her Pastel Goth eyeshadow palette next, although I would probably never use it since the colors are so, well, pastel! 😹 But it's still really pretty. I'm also debating on trying her Tattoo Liner when I'm done with my other ones. I'm a typical makeup junkie, plotting to buy new makeup when I have so many others already!
Check out her new #VeganAlert section, and I'm sure you'll find something you like!