I’ve tried to sit down and write this post seriously five different times, so if you’re reading this, it’s a blogging miracle. Let’s get into it! When I saw Anastasia Beverly Hills reveal their newest palette Norvina on their Instagram a couple months back, my jaw dropped. This may be dramatic, but it felt like my prayers had been answered. I own their Soft Glam palette and it’s the perfect neutral-but-warm-but-not-too-warm banger, and that one lilac shade called Dusty Rose is the perfect pop of purple that just sets the entire colour story off. Cue Norvina, which takes that concept to the extreme. This palette is gorgeous. It’s stunning. Here’s why.
First of all, the shades are beautiful.
Look at this smorgasbord of goodness. We’ve got champagne pinks, bronze golds, bright shimmering pinks, deep rose golds, incredible purples, terracottas and plums and burgundies, oh my. The only thing better than this is the fact that the photo I took of it is so freaking high quality and actually captures how beautiful it is.
Second of all, the formula is wild.
Anastasia produces my all time favourite eyeshadow formula. They’re intensely pigmented but somehow blend so effortlessly and seamlessly. They’re so soft, but look amazing as soon as they’re on your skin. They last ages, and the metallic shades (aka the entire top row of this palette, love that) are somewhat out of this world. Apply them with your fingers and let the compliments roll in. Spray them with Fix+ or something similar and watch them become practically foiled. I don’t really like swatching things but I couldn’t not. Here are all the metallic shades awkwardly on my arm. I didn’t want to swatch the matte shades, but I can guarantee you they’re the same high quality Anastasia is known for.
…but that also backfires.
After dipping into this palette a bunch of times, I did actually find something negative to say about it. Because these shadows are so pigmented and soft, there is fall out. If you’re not careful, spicks and specks of eyeshadow will land on your cheeks, and if you’re not careful in dusting it off, you’re just going to rub it into your foundation!
Here are some quick tips to avoid that happening:
- Do your eyeshadow first. If you get fall out, just wipe it off your face and you’re good to keep going!
- If you don’t like doing that, lay down some loose setting powder under your eyes. If you get fall out, you just dust everything off when you’re done.
- If you don’t have a loose setting powder like myself and you get fallout on your foundation, grab a fluffy brush, swirl it around a pressed setting powder to coat your brush, then flick the eyeshadow off your cheeks. Going in ham with a naked brush will make the eyeshadow blend into your skin, but the powder will grab onto the eyeshadow and help easily dust it off.
There are a bunch of ways to avoid fall out, so it’s something that doesn’t bothering me too much. If you really hate it when palettes are like this, keep this in mind if you’re thinking of buying it! It’s definitely not a big deal (or anything like the mess that was their Subculture palette) but I just thought I’d mention it as it has happened to me.
Keep in mind, it’s got that velvet packaging.
If you hate packaging that gets dirty easily, these Anastasia palettes will annoy you. They’re so beautiful and luxurious and soft with this felt covering, but it gets dirty very easily and is super hard to clean. I wish ABH had different packaging, but it’s become so iconic and well known to the brand, so I kind of don’t mind it!
She’s pricey, but we have options.
If you’re Australian like me and buy an Anastasia palette like this from Sephora, it’ll set you back $75. It’s the same price on Beauty Bay, but you get free shipping.
But wait! I know a place.
I’ve only ever bought two ABH palettes in my life and I’ve bought they both from Beauty Lish, which ships them to my door in literally a week and not a day later. They’re also quite affordable! They’re $42 USD, which right now converts to $58 AUD. They also have free shipping! So if you’re super keen and want to save some money, I highly recommend Beauty Lish as I’ve had a wonderful experience with them not once but twice.
So that’s everything I have to say about the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette! Would I recommend it? Absolutely. I think the colour story is unique, but it’s also incredibly wearable. The purples mean it’s not just another warm toned palette. I also think it’s very versatile. Every single time I’ve used it I’ve created a different look and really loved how they’ve turned out! Two thumbs up from me.
What are your thoughts on this palette? Leave me a comment below, I’d love to know!
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