Can I just say I love my Kat Von D Alchemist Palette? Yes? Good because I do. If I could only one highlight palette for the rest of my life this would be it. So when I walked into my local TKMaxx and saw this you can bet I was excited.
From the outside, it looked so similar I had to pick it up and have a look. It is, of course, a great dupe.
So if they look so similar what do the swatches look like?
So what’s the difference?
Cost mainly. The Kat Von D Palette currently retails in the UK at £25, the W7 palette was £2.99. There’s less product in the W7 palette 3.2g vs 6.12g in Kat Von D.
Quality wise the Alchemist palette is finer milled and leave a slightly smoother finish on the skin. However, the difference isn’t that apparent. I really doubt most people would be able to tell the difference.
The W7 Prismatic palette is lighter mostly because it has no mirror. That, of course, makes it feel cheaper. When the Alchemist palette is closed, it’s all white but the outside edges of the Prismatic palette are black. Of course, the other difference is the holographic packaging of the Alchemist palette. That’s restricted to the printed part of the w7 Prismatic palette.
Lastly, they really are colour dupes for one another. The only one of the shades that differ slightly is the dupe for Blue Saphire in the Prismatic palette. That one has a slightly white base meaning the Kat Von D pulls a much stronger blue. You can see in my swatches how those two look different.
Sadly finding this in TKMaxx means it’s not current stock from W7. You might if you’re lucky find it in your local store. However, it is still available online at various places. If you want to try out the Alchemist Palette but don’t want to break the bank on something you might not like, this is a good alternative. Otherwise, go for the real thing.