I have a major crush on the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette. In fact, this is the first palette that I’ve seen in months that has truly made me feel inspired. The Norvina Palette makes me want to be creative with color.
When I saw the promotional photos of the Norvina Palette across social media, I was hoping and praying that Anastasia Beverly Hills would drop an early release for fans at Beautycon. AND THEY DID!
On the first day of Beautycon LA, my friend and I booked it to the Anastasia Beverly Hills booth when the doors opened at 10:00AM (for those of us that bought early admission tickets. While there, we found out that ABH was selling 500 advanced copies of the palette. Needless to say, we both snagged a copy of the new release.
Unlike the rest of the goods ABH was selling at Beautycon which were on sale for 25% off, the Norvina Palette was full price. However, I found out afterward that they actually marked up the price of the palette at the show. (I paid $46 USD compared to the $42 USD retail price.)
Behind the Norvina Palette Creation
The palette is named after Anastasia Soare’s daughter, Norvina, and is inspired by her personal style and favorite colors. Norvina selected these shadows for the new release.
Norvina Palette Packaging
Like the Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam palette, the Norvina palette comes in a soft, velvet package. I enjoy the velvet packaging. However, velvet can be a pain for anyone who obsesses over keeping their palettes clean. Additionally, this palette comes with a dual-ended brush and a large mirror.
Norvina Palette Eyeshadow Description & Swatches
The palette contains 14 cruelty-free eyeshadows in a mix of matte, duo-chrome, and metallic finishes. This palette is half matte and half shimmer. The packaging promises a shelf-life of 18 months after opening.
Top row of shadows, from left to right: Dreamer (metallic pink champagne), Summer (foiled metallic golden topaz), Wild Child (duo-chrome frosty pink with magenta shift), Rose Gold (metallic rosewood), Celestial (duo-chrome plum with violate shift), Dazzling (duo-chrome bronze with violate shift), Drama (duo-chrome aubergine with cool bronze shift)
The bottom row of shadows, from left to right: Base (eggshell), Soul (wisteria), Incense (terracotta), Love (mid-tone cool pink), Volatile (warm charcoal), Eccentric (burnt orange), Passion (deep garnet)
Please forgive my poor bathroom lighting. L-R: top row, bottom row
All finger swatches were done on a bare arm, without the use of any primer base or Fix-Plus. As is likely evident from the above photo, these shadows glided onto my arm with just one light swipe of the finger. The formula is creamy.
Celestial, and Eccentric felt dry. They did not swatch as effortlessly as the other shadows. Given that these the two metallic duo-chrome colors were the ones that drew me to make this purchase, I am slightly disappointed. However, some shadows perform much better when applied on the eye so I will reserve judgment until I get a chance to wear these shadows.
The shadows in this palette are super soft and powdery. Swatching produced a lot of kickback. I had to blow excess powder on my arm after swiping the colors on my arm. Although I don’t mind a powdery formula, be cautious that the formulation could cause you to go through this palette quicker than anticipated.
Where to Buy The Norvina Palette
This palette is available for purchase on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for $42.00 USD. This palette will be available for purchase at Ulta on July 29th and on Sephora on August 7th.
Final Thoughts on the Norvina Palette
As a whole, I find the mattes to be superior to the metallic and duo-chrome shades. In particular, Base, Soul, Incense, and Love are my favorite shades so far due to the opaque pigmentation and ridiculously creamy formula. (Base is so creamy that it nearly felt wet to the touch. Also, I’ve never owned a shadow quite like Soul.)
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