After my recent flop with the Urban Decay Born to Run palette, eyeshadows weren’t exactly on the top of my “must have list.” That is until I heard that my beloved Anastasia Beverly Hills was releasing a new palette called Norvina. As soon as I found out, I started stalking Norvina hardcore. Okay, that’s actually weird to say because the palette name “Norvina” is also the name of its inspiration: Anastasia’s daughter, Norvina. So, just to clear that up – I stalked the palette, not Norvina herself *laughs nervously*
If you’ve seen any of ABH’s other palettes, e.g. Subculture, Soft Glam, Modern Renaissance, you’ve probably noticed that they usually contain a lot of warm colors, with an emphasis on orange, red, and gold tones. The internet was abuzz with Norvina News because the color story for this palette was supposed to be different than their previous releases, with some unusual cool toned shades and lots of purple. Purple, you say? I love purple. Anastasia Beverly Hills? I love Anastasia. So, I came out of palette retirement for Norvina.
- Contains 14 shades (see shade descriptions below)
- Retails for $42
- Currently available on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website only.
- Will be available in stores/online at Ulta Beauty on July 29, online at Sephora, Macys, and Nordstrom on August 7, and in-store at Sephora, Macys, and Nordstrom on August 17.
- Dreamer – Metallic pink champagne
- Base – Matte eggshell
- Summer – Foiled metallic golden topaz
- Soul – Matte Wisteria
- Wild Child – Duo-chrome frosty pink with magenta shift
- Incense – Matte dusty terracotta
- Rose Gold – Metallic rosewood
- Love – Matte mid-tone cool pink
- Celestial – Duo-chrome plum with a violet shift
- Volatile – Matte warm charcoal
- Dazzling – Cool-tone duo chrome bronze with a violet shift
- Eccentric – Matte dark burnt orange
- Drama – Duo chrome aubergine with a cool bronze shift
- Passion – Matte deep garnet
True to the ABH’s other palettes, Norvina comes in a luxe, velvet-feeling box, with the palette name written on the front. Inside the palette is the usual mirror, the shadows with their shade names, and an eyeshadow brush. I’ve always really enjoyed ABH eyeshadow palette packaging – it’s not too big to hold in your hand comfortably, and it has a nice weight to it. The fuzzy texture on the outside is unique to other palettes I’ve come across, and I appreciate how the shade names are written below each shadow on the inside. I’ve come to know Anastasia Beverly Hills for their high standards of quality, and Norvina is no different.
The only negative I noticed was that there was some dust on the inside of the palette when I opened it – not on the shadows themselves, but on the black lining. Not a big deal, but it was more noticeable due to the dark color of the lining that the shadows and brush sit in.
Right off the bat: most. pigmented. mattes. EVER. The first eye look I tried featured the coveted matte purpley-blue shade called Soul, Love, and Base. I had guessed that the two would take a lot of time to build up, since mattes can be a little sheer and pastels even more so. Boy, was I wrong. Both shades glided on, blended in mere seconds, and were super pigmented. Wowza. The same became true with the second eye look I created, which used matte shades Base, Incense, and Volatile. Freaking gorgeous.
I will say that I did notice the mattes had noticeable fallout in the pan, but I didn’t get fallout on my cheeks when applying the shadows, so fallout wasn’t a deal-breaker for me.
So far, I’ve used the more glittery shades Summer, Wild Child, and Celestial for my eye looks. They’ve all performed the exact same way and had the same consistency. I’ve also used the shade “Dreamer,” but I’d classify that more as a shimmer/satin finish vs a glitter. All shades that I’ve used are very creamy – not dry and chunky like I found some of the ABH Prism shadows to be.
The color payoff is the greatest when applied with a finger, but that is tough for me because my nails are so long. Dry shadows on a flat shadow brush was a little disappointing for me – not as pigmented as I had hoped, with fallout on my cheeks. The best method I found was applying with a damp brush, the pigment appears rich and vibrant, and glides easily over the lid. If you try this method, you can use either a spritz of setting spray or a little bit of water to dampen your brush.
The colors stayed true throughout the day, and didn’t crease or transfer. Some of this is probably due to the fact that I used an eyeshadow primer set with the color Base from the palette, but I’ve used shadows that went cakey and flat even with proper prep work.
I enjoyed how the shimmer/glitter shades didn’t make my lids look dry or shine a spotlight on my skin texture once they dried down. Shimmer/glitter shades tend to need a heavier hand for application, and because of that, the formula can look a bit thick and mask-like as the day goes on.
If you can afford it, I would snap up this beautiful palette ASAP. The quality is unmatched by any other brand in my opinion, the colors are pigmented and easy to blend, and honestly – it just looks different than any other palette that I’ve seen lately. I really like how you can create super whimsical looks or more elegant looks all from one palette – perfect for any age. I’ll definitely be using Norvina for summer looks and can easily use it to transition into fall and winter. All in all: love, just love.