I had 3 people on standby ready for when Anastasia Beverly Hills dropped the Norvina palette. I set out very descriptive instructions to my fiance, mum and sister who all rolled their eyes but were up for the challenge anyway! It was early in the afternoon and I didn’t have the time to refresh the website every five minutes but then I got the most wonderful text from my fiance. HE GOT THE PALETTE!
It arrived 3 days later and oh my god you guys it is stunning! I couldn’t wait to play around with it and get those pinks and purples and on my eyeballs. I hope you enjoy this review of the Norvina palette and as always there are 3 mini tutorials at the end of this post.
An essential 14 shade eyeshadow palette featuring Norvina’s go-to shades ranging from bold and bright mattes to soft pastel shimmers.
- 14 shades
- Double ended brush included
- Dreamer – Soft pink champagne with a bright metallic finish.
- Summer – Metallic gold with warm undertones.
- Wild Child – Frosty, sparkling pink.
- Rose Gold – Metallic rose gold.
- Celestial – Medium purple duo-chrome with a sparkling, metallic finish.
- Dazzling – Metallic cool toned bronze.
- Drama – Deep plum with little bits of bronze sparkle.
- Base – Matte light beige.
- Soul – Matte cool-toned purple with a slight shimmer.
- Incense – Light warm brown with a matte finish.
- Love – Cool toned matte pink, with a slight shimmer.
- Volatile – Matte cool toned taupe.
- Eccentric – Burnt orange with a matte finish.
- Passion – Deep berry with a matte finish.
As always with ABH eyeshadow palettes it has a velvet case which I have a love/hate relationship with. I really like the idea and love how it looks and feels but they get so messy really quickly. As you can see from the picture above there’s already a black smudge on it! Aside from that though the packaging is really pretty, I adore that cool toned purple shade which reflects the colours inside so well. It’s simple but looks high-end.
The Norvina palette is your standard ABH palette size, with 14 shades inside, a large mirror and a double ended brush which I always appreciate. It has a magnetic closure too making it feel safe and study for travelling.
The first thing I did when I got this palette was swatch those shimmers. I was so drawn by them, particularly Rose Gold and Celestial. The shadows feel extremely soft and delicate where a little definitely goes a long way. You can expect to get pretty powdery shadows with ABH so don’t go stupidly swirling your brush around until you hit pan and then complain (not throwing any shade here). I had very high hopes from the swatches, the shimmers looked gorgeous, especially when the light caught them, and they were all very pigmented. I was surprised actually at how pigmented the darker shades were as they can sometimes go quite patchy. The matte purple shade also surprised me as those kinds of purple shades are usually quite hard to formulate but the swatch looked incredible and I was so excited to try it!
Like I said at the beginning of this post I have created 3 mini tutorials using this palette for you, so you can see the variety of shades and looks you can get. Admittley I am not the greatest at makeup and blending drives me insane haha. I do my best though and was really happy with how these looked.
For the first look, I used Passion on the outer corner and the crease, blending this up and out. I then applied Wild Child all over my lid. This was a very quick and simple eye makeup look to do and was actually one of my favourite looks for everyday wear.
For the second look, I took inspiration from a few pictures on the ABH Instagram page. Using Soul on the crease and blended this upwards, I found blending this shade quite difficult. I’m not sure if that’s down to lack of skill or because when on the lid it was quite dark with specks of glitter so I just couldn’t get it to blend quite right. I then patted Love all over my lid. I used the Kat Von D L.U.V liquid lipstick to create a bit of an artistic wing. For the inner corner highlight, I used Unicorn from the ABH Dream Glow Kit.
For look number 3, and the one I was most impressed with myself haha, I used Eccentric as my transition shade, blending this quite far up. I then took drama and applied this to my crease and outer corners. Next, I used the Kat Von D concealer and applied this to my lid to create a cut crease look. Very carefully I patted Dazzling over my lid and then used Dreamer for the inner corner. I also used Dreamer for my lower lash line along with Drama to tie the look together.
Let me know in the comments what you think!
Surprise surprise this is a bloody gorgeous palette and I love it! Every time I applied one of those metallic/shimmer shades I squealed. The pigmentation and powderiness does take some getting used to and a lot of practice. I did experience quite a bit of fall out with the metallic shades and as I mentioned earlier I found blending quite tricky.
You know you can expect some great quality shadows from ABH and the Norvina palette is no exception. The colours are beautiful and perfect for spring and summer time and can be used for a more soft, subtle day look or a dramatic evening look. The shades lasted pretty well on me during the day, with primer. I noticed by the end of the day, which is roughly 12 hours for me, the darker matte shades were looking a little patchy which was disappointing but it wasn’t hugely noticeable to others.
I am very happy with this palette and I think you can get a lot of different looks out of it. It is expensive but ABH is such a good quality brand I believe everyone should own at least one of their palettes! My favourite ABH palette is still Subculture at the moment but I prefer Norvina to Modern Renaissance. If you’re considering buying this palette I would say go for it! It’s really fun to play around with an the colours are to die for. Stupidly at the time, I didn’t bother purchasing the Violet Liquid Lipstick, but after seeing a few pictures of people wearing it on Instagram I went and bought it so I’m super excited to use both the palette and the lipstick together!
Thank you for reading this review! I hope you enjoyed it. Let me know your thoughts on the palette and if you’re thinking about buying it or if you already have. Have a great weekend!