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 truly made me feel inspired. The Norvina Palette makes me want to be creative with color. But is it worth the hype?! Read my Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette First Impressions Review.
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Buying the Palette
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. While there, we found out that Anastasia Beverly Hills was selling 500 advanced copies of the palette. Needless to say, we both snagged athe new release.
Unlike the rest of the goods Anastasia Beverly Hills sold at Beautycon were 25% off. However, the Norvina Palette was full price. Moreover, I found out afterward that they actually marked up the price of the palette at the show. For example, I paid $46.00 compared to the $42 retail price.
Behind the Norvina Palette Creation
The palette is named after Anastasia Soare’s daughter, Norvina. Therefore, she selected the shadows. Overall, the palette is inspired by her personal style and favorite colors.
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.
The palette contains 14 cruelty-free eyeshadows in a mix of matte, duo-chrome, and metallic finishes. Composition-wise, half the palette is matte, while half is shimmer or metallic. Also, the palette has an 18-month self-life. In comparison to previous Anastasia Beverly Hills, this is up to 3X longer.
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)
Norvina Palette Swatches
All finger swatches were done on a bare arm. I did not use any primer base or Fix-Plus.* These shadows glided onto my arm with just 1-2 swipes. Also, 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 what drew me in, I am disappointed. However, some shadows perform much better when applied on the eye. Therefore, I will reserve judgment until I get a chance to wear these shadows. [2020 Edit: these shades do not perform that well on the eyelids, either.]
That being said, the shadows in this palette are super soft and powdery. Swatching produced a lot of kickback. In fact, I blew away excess powder \ swatching. I don’t mind a powdery formula. However, be cautious that the powdery formula could make you go through the palette more quickly than normal.
Where to Buy The Norvina Palette
This palette is available for purchase on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for $42.00 (now discontinued). Also, this palette will be available for purchase at Ulta on July 29th and on Sephora on August 7th.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette First Impressions
As a whole, I find the mattes superior to the metallic and duo-chrome shades. In particular, Base, Soul, Incense, and Love are my favorite shades due to the opaque pigmentation and ridiculously creamy formula. In fact, Base is so creamy that it nearly felt wet to the touch. Also, I’ve never owned a shadow quite like Soul in terms of color.
Want to see how this palette worked out for me in the long run? See where it lands in my brutally honest Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette ranking.
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Did you enjoy my Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette First Impressions Review? Check out more eyeshadow reviews on my blog – ColourPop Sweet Talk Palette, Natasha Denona Sunrise Palette, Juvia’s Place Nubian Palette.
What do you think of the Norvina Palette? Is this something that intrigues you? Please let me know in the comments.
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