The second I set eyes on the Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette (sent complimentary for review) I immediately thought of the Kat Vo D Alchemist Palette and wondered if it was an affordable dupe. The Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette retails for $19.99 CAD and the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette retails for $44.00 CAD. They both feature non-traditional highlight shades. By non-traditional I mean shades like pink, blue and green compared to the standard champaign, gold and peach highlighters that we frequently in the beauty community.
Both palettes contain four non-traditional ‘holographic’ highlighter shades. I’ve used both palettes both on the cheeks and on the eyes so even if a blue highlight seems like a bold choice, it can be easily worn to give an extra pop of shine to an eyeshadow look.
The biggest difference in shade choice is that the Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette has two pink shades, vs. the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette has a blue shade instead of a second pink. I like having the blue in the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette, but pink is generally considered a more wearable shade so this could be a pro or a con depending on your preferences.
When looking at the swatches, the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette packs a much bigger punch in terms of pigmentation. While the swatches of the Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette don’t look as impressive, they do look pretty on the face, just less intense. This again could be seen as a pro or a con depending on your preferences. The Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette may be better for someone starting to dabble in non-traditional highlights or someone who prefers a bit more subtly.
Out of all the swatches the purple from the Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette is the only one that is more intense than the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette. It’s almost more of a blurple (blue-purple).
Overall, I do like both palettes but I think which one I reach for will really depend on what my intention for a particular look is. If I’m looking for a more intense in-your-face highlight I will probably reach for the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette. However, I often find myself layering white highlight (ie. Becca’s Pearl) over them to make those shades a bit more wearable for everyday. With that in mind, the Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette is probably better for those looks and is a lot more user-friendly since it is harder to over-do it in one swipe (except for the purple shade… use a light hand!!). The Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette is also more affordable clocking in at less than half the price of the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette.
Which of these two palettes do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!
The Revlon Galaxy Dream Palette was sent to me complimentary for review purposes, however all thoughts and opinions are my own.