One of the most visually appealing palettes for me this year has been the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette, for sure. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and now that I finally got it, here are my thoughts on this palette.
The Norvina palette is a beautiful purple toned palette and knowing my love for purples and ABH eyeshadows, how could I have not got this.
Norvina shares her inspiration:
I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree.
Where did I buy this? I bought this palette from CultBeauty, but the good news is that Anastasia Beverly Hills has finally landed in Sephora Singapore a few days back. In fact, the Norvina palette is going to be available in very limited quantities soon, so if you are lucky you might be able to purchase one here.
I am so happy that ABH is finally launched here in Singapore and I will be able to swatch products before buying. The brand is definitely in my top 5 brands.
How much did I pay? I paid GBP 36 for this palette, which is roughly around SGD 63. If we buy the palette here, it is going to cost SGD 75, so I did save some money buying from overseas. I think the price point of the ABH palettes are quite good considering how good the quality of the shadows are. But, for this particular palette I would have loved to pay a bit less since I love only half of the palette, which are the metallic shades.
How is the packaging? I have three other ABH palettes including the Modern Renaissance palette and the packaging of the Norvina palette is very similar to that. This time the velvet cover is purple. I, personally, do really like the velvet covers on these ABH palettes, which could be an unpopular opinion. I handle my high-end palettes with a lot of care, so my palette cover doesn’t get that dirty and I love the luxe feel of the palette.
There is a mirror and a brush in the palette and for me both come in very handy. The brush quality in the ABH palettes is pretty good and I use it if I need to.
How much product do we get? There are 14 eyeshadows in this palette and each pan contains 0.71 g / 0.02 oz each. Compared to some other palettes in the market, the amount of product which we get in ABH palettes is always less. The shadows have an expiry of 6 months too, which is quite less. Someone following expiry dates very strictly will not have a lot of time with the palette. By the way, that someone is not me as I don’t care too much about expiry dates when powder products are concerned.
What is the finish of the shadows? Out of the 14 eyeshadows, there are 7 matte shades and 7 shimmer or metallic finish shades. I really like the range of metallic shades in the palette and it’s possible to do a lot of looks using them.
- Dreamer (Metallic pink champagne)
- Summer (Foiled golden topaz)
- Wild Child (Duo chrome frosty pink with a magenta shift)
- Rose Gold (Metallic rosewood)
- Celestial (Duo chrome plum with a violet shift)
- Dazzling (Cool-tone bronze with a violet shift)
- Drama (Duo chrome aubergine with a cool bronze shift)
- Base (Matte eggshell)
- Soul (Matte wisteria)
- Incense (Matte dusty terra-cotta)
- Love (Matte mid-tone cool pink)
- Volatile (Matte warm charcoal)
- Eccentric (Matte dark burnt orange)
- Passion (Matte deep garnet)
Here are the swatches of the first row of the palette. This row contains all the shimmer or metallic shades.
Below, are the swatches of the second row. All the matte shades are placed in this row.
How was my experience? I have always loved ABH eyeshadow palettes, specially the Modern Renaissance palette is one of my holy grail palettes. The Subculture palette was a bit tricky to work with, but I was able to like that palette as well. So, I was pretty sure that I would like the Norvina palette and it doesn’t dissapoint. I love half of the palette and I like the other half.
The matte shadows have a typical ABH matte formula, very pigmented, easy to blend and has lot of fall out. All of the matte shadows perform really well on the eyes but on my skin tone most of the mattes, except “Passion”, need to be built up. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that if you are close to my skin tone or deeper, you may not like the matte shades too much. My favourite matte shadows are “Passion”, “Eccentric” and “Base” (really nice highlight shade for the brow bone). But, all the other shadows need to be built up a lot and I prefer to bring in other palettes for the mattes. I really like the colour “Soul” which is something unique but again needs to be built up on a primer, for it to look intense on my eyes.
The metallic shades are just perfection! They are super intense, pigmented, smooth and really easy to work with. They go on the eyes very smoothly even without a primer and pack a lot of punch. Some of the shades like “Rose Gold” and “Dazzling” are a tad bit crumbly in the pan but I didn’t have any issues with them blending on the eyes. The metallic shadows are smooth but some of them may have some fallout on the face. So, the best advice for this eyeshadow palette is – finish the eyemakeup first.
I really like the colour selection of the palette but do wish that there were some deeper mattes for my skin tone. The metallic shades are really versatile so a lot of looks are possible. The shadows are pretty long lasting on the eyes but I will still recommend using a primer. Without a primer there may be some fallout from the metallic shadows throughout the day. Other than that, it’s a beautiful palette with which you can create very pretty eye looks. But, I will recommend this palette only to someone who loves shimmer or metallic shadows. If you are not a metallic shadow lover then this palette may slightly disappoint you.
I created few looks with this palette for my YouTube channel, here is the link to that video.
That’s all for this post. I would love to know if this palette looks interesting to you. Let me know below.