The ALCHEMIST palette is $32. It contains 4 pans weighing 1.53g for a total weight of 6.12g (4× 1.53= 6.12g). $32 ÷6.12g= $5.23. So you’re paying $5.23 per gram of product in this palette.
The MOONCHILD palette is $40. It has 6 pans weighing 4.2g each for a total weight of 25.2g. $40 ÷ 25.2g= $1.59. For this palette you’re paying $1.59 per gram of product.
Math lesson over. In conclusion you’re getting a lot more product for a lot less money with the MOONCHILD palette.
So how do the two actually compare? Overall they appear to be quite similar but the MOONCHILD palette is very heavy on the glitter while ALCHEMIST doesn’t have any. Out of the four colors I’m comparing, there’s only one that I’d consider to be an actual dupe.
LUCKY CLOVER is one of two shades in MOONCHILD that’s glitter free (STAR is the other). LUCKY CLOVER and EMERALD are both yellow golds with a lime green shift. Even though they’re not exactly the same, IMO they’re close enough to be considered dupes.
PINK HEART and OPAL both have white bases with a pink opalescent shift. The colors are very similar but PINK HEART has a dusting of silver glitter, preventing them from being exact dupes.
PURPLE HORSESHOE is lavender color with blue reflects and silver glitter. AMETHYST has a white base with a bluish purple shift. PURPLE HORSESHOE is darker and glittery.
BLUE ICE is actually pretty similar to AMETHYST (see previous photo) but again it has silver glitter. SAPHYRE is more teal than anything in the MOONCHILD palette.
When you look at all the colors side by side, you can see that 3 out of the 4 shades in the ALCHEMIST are similar to shades in the MOONCHILD palette, the only real difference is the lack of glitter. I think they’re close enough that you don’t need both but which one you choose comes down to how you feel about glitter. MOONCHILD is a much better value but it’s made in PRC (aka CHINA) while ALCHEMIST is made in America. I think MOONCHILD is one of very few ABH products that is made in China. Not sure what’s up with that. Both palettes are 100% cruelty free. I know for certain that KVD is vegan but I’m not certain about ABH.
Em will working on some indie dupes in the next few days. There are definitely alternatives to this palette from DEVINAH and LOOXI and several other indie brands.