Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Product Review -- Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette

I'm a big fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes, so I am always interested in the new stuff that they put out.

(While I admit that some palettes are better than others, I think I'm one of the rare makeup junkies who's never been really disappointed by any of the ABH palettes. Even the Subculture Palette works pretty well for me.)

But when I saw promotional photos of the Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, I was even more excited than usual.

All the purples and pinks and gorgeous rich metallic shades?

Definitely right up my alley.

Like all of ABH's eyeshadow palettes, the Norvina Palette comes in a long rectangular palette that's covered in a faux velvet material. It has a lovely texture -- and color! It's a vibrant lilac -- but I do hate how the material gets so dirty and stains so easily.

ABH Norvina Palette (notice the palette already has smudges after one swatching session :P)
Inside, there is a small mirror that really only works well for touch-ups. The palette also includes the usual double-ended brush with a fluffy end for blending and a flat shader end for packing on color.

There are 14 shades in the palette, which include: Dreamer, a metallic pink champagne; Summer, a metallic golden topaz; Wild Child, a frosty pink duo-chrome with a magenta shift; Rose Gold, a metallic rosewood; Celestial, a plum duo-chrome with violet shift; Dazzling, a bronze duo-chrome with violet shift; Drama, an aubergine duo-chrome with cool bronze shift; Base, a matte eggshell; Soul, a matte mid-tone blue lavender; Incense, a matte dusty terracotta; Love, a matte mid-tone cool pink; Volatile, a matte warm charcoal; Eccentric, a matte dark burnt orange; and Passion, a matte deep garnet.

ABH Norvina Palette
Right off the bat, I have to say I'm absolutely in love with the color scheme. Even the more "boring" shades in the palette like Volatile and Incense have such a richness to them that really makes them stand out. I especially love Volatile because it's a charcoal with just a hint of purple and it's not too dark, so it just looks so soft and smoky and lovely on the eyes.

The metallic and duo-chrome shades are absolutely stunning -- Wild Child and Celestial are my faves for sure, but all of them beautiful. They work beautifully on the lid, but they blend out well for the crease too so they aren't too high-shine for that area.

From l. to r.: Dreamer, Summer, Wild Child, Rose Gold, Celestiral, Dazzling, Drama

From l. to r.: Base, Soul, Incense, Love, Volatile, Eccentric, Passion
The formula for the eyeshadows are the same as most ABH palettes. The metallics and duo-chromes are so ridiculously creamy and pigmented -- they apply and blend easily with most brushes, though you can sometimes get a bigger impact if you use your finger.

The mattes are also highly pigmented, though they are somewhat dry. Still, they apply and blend easily.

It is worth noting that he metallic and duo-chromes are extremely soft, so if you stab your brush into them, you'll likely wind up with some crumbling. A light touch is all you need.

The mattes kick up a quite a bit of powder, so it's important to tap your brush well before applying them to you.

All that said, I absolutely adore the palette.

If you like the color scheme, I definitely recommend checking it out.

The palette retails for $42,a nd you can purchase it on the ABH website, at Sephora and Ulta, and wherever else you can purchase ABH products.

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette? Are you a fan? What palettes are you loving these days?

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