The Norvina Palette
The Norvina Palette just launched last week on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website (other retailer launch dates listed at the very bottom of the post). As soon as I saw the promo photos, I knew I had to have it. I’ve been dreaming about a purple palette for months, and I’m glad Claudia (aka Norvina on social media) and the ABH team is the one who gave it to me. The palette has 14 shades and retails for $42, the standard ABH palette price.
I’m going to jump right into my looks! I felt super inspired and wanted to utilize as many shades as possible, so I decided to include five. They don’t require any crazy technique or specific tools. I created these with YOU in mind so that you can easily mimic them. If you want to see what I think of each shade, my review is below the tutorial section. I set my eyes with concealer and the shade Base. Ignore my dark under-eyes and unfilled eyebrows LOL.
Step 1: Love in the crease. Step 2: Wild Child all over the lid.
Step 1: Incense in the crease. Step 2: Passion in the outer V and blended into Incense. Step 3: Dreamer on the lid. **Note: You can really put any color on the lid with this look, it’s a great neutral go-to for this palette!
Step 1: Love in the crease. Step 2: Incense under Love and blended together. Step 3: Volatile in the outer V. Step 4: Summer (or any other shade) on the lid.
Step 1: Soul all over the lid. Step 2: Love blended in the crease. Step 3: Wild Child as a highlight in the inner corner and in the center of the lid to make a low-key halo eye. I would suggest using a glitter glue or using it wet to get the most out of the shade since it’s more of a lid topper, but I like how it was more subtle here!
Step 1: Drama all over the lid with a glitter glue. Step 2: Volatile in the crease. Step 3: Tiniest bit of Incense above Volatile to blend the edges and add slight warmth. Step 4: Celestial over the lid as a topper.
The Norvina Palette is my third ABH palette, so I’m familiar with their formula. It’s overall soft with a decent amount of fallout from the mattes and shimmers. Beauty gurus and reviewers tend to discredit shadows with fallout. I truly don’t think it’s that big of a deal, as long as the pigmentation is there. If you do your eyeshadow before your face and use a light hand, you’ll be fine.
As far as the mattes go, on their own, they’re great. They do produce a good amount of fallout (Love in particular had the most for me), but it was expected. When I would use a couple of the shadows together, like Love and Soul, they were on the verge of getting muddy and just didn’t layer well. I would limit the amount of shadows you’re blending in the crease/outer V so this doesn’t happen. I do wish there were more purple mattes. They are notoriously hard to formulate, but I feel like it really would have made this palette even more unique. The warm tones (Incense, Volatile, Passion) make sense because they appeal to the every day person who wouldn’t wear purple shadows every day. I found the looks to be leaning neutral or pink instead of purple which is slightly disappointing.
The shimmers are gorgeous. Dreamer, Summer, and Dazzling are my favorites. Wild Child and Celestial are more like lid toppers than full-pigment shadows, although their swatches say the opposite. This goes to show you- arm swatches don’t tell you the full story! I recommend a glitter glue for all of the shades, particularly Rose Gold. The glitter flakes in Drama fade over the course of the day, so I like to pair it with Celestial for that extra oomph.
The final verdict…
Overall I like the palette. I commend Claudia for bringing something unique to the market; it was a breath of fresh air. However, if you’re not practiced in eyeshadow or ABH shadows specifically, you may run into some trouble. If you’re doing something simple it’s great, but there are other affordable palettes that offer you the simpler warm shades. I have a review/tutorial of the Soft Glam Palette that you may want to consider if you’re drawn to warm tones. In my opinion, the Norvina Palette is not a great introductory into ABH shadows. If you’re new to eyeshadow in general, proceed with caution and don’t expect it to do the work for you. I am surprised I don’t love it more, and am a little disappointed. I still like it though and will continue to use it.
If you’re interested in purchasing the Norvina Palette, you can currently get it on the ABH website. It’ll be released through Ulta.com July 29th and in stores August 5th. It will be online at Sephora on August 7th. It will then launch in all US retail stores and internationally August 17th and 8th respectively.