Do We REALLY Need the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette?
The Anastasia Beverly Hills saga continues! The creative minds over at ABH have whipped up yet another eyeshadow palette to their lineup. We got nice range of berries and fall tones in Modern Renaissance. A little smokey action with the Master Palette by Mario. Went cool and mysterious with Subculture. To bold and regal with Prism. Then went soft, flirty and feminine with Soft Glam.
So what’s next?
The Norvina Palette
Meet the Norvina Palette.A completely purple themed palette created by the ABH President (and daughter of Anastasia), Norvina. Dubbed after the queen of purple, herself, the Norvina Palette is loaded with her favorite shades. Which are, of course, mostly purple to compliment her signature funky lavender locks.
You’ll either love it or hate it.
As the Norvina Palette isn’t for everyone. This palette is strictly for the purple lovers. Or the makeup junkies who aren’t afraid to play with a little color.
The Norvina Palette includes:
- Dreamer metallic pink champagne
- Base matte eggshell
- Summer foiled metallic golden topaz
- Soul matte wisteria
- Wild Child duochrome frosty pink with magenta shift
- Incense matte dusty terracotta
- Rose Gold metallic rosewood
- Love matte mid-tone cool pink
- Celestial duochrome plum with a violet shift
- Volatile matte warm charcoal
- Dazzling cool tone duochrome bronze with a violet shift
- Eccentric matte dark burnt orange
- Drama duochrome aubergine with a cool bronze shift
- Passion matte deep garnet
Is Norvina a Must Have for Chocolate Cuties?
Yes and no. Norvina created quite a unique palette with an interesting color range we haven’t quite seen before. Making it a great addition to your collection if you love purple shadow. You’ll be hard pressed to find a similar palette. Especially with an even balance of matte and shimmer.
Buuuuut Norvina is still a white woman. And her palette was created with her in mind. Which is fine. It’s her palette and her vision.
Unfortunately, we don’t completely fit into her vision here. The Norvina Palette is certainly workable on dark skin. The shimmers are absolutely beautiful on deep skin and I had no problem getting the mattes to show up.
But you’re still gonna need some help to create a complete look using Norvina. Especially if you like it smokey! There’s just not enough depth in the Norvina Palette to really carve out the crease on deeper skin tones. Our only true crease shade is Passion. And she just barely cuts the mark on me. Meaning that ladies darker than me might be forced to use this as a transition shade.
The Quality & Wear Are Divine!
After the Subculture debacle, we’ve all been on our toes checking to see if ABH is sticking to their guns with their original shadow formula we’ve grown to love. It appears Norvina heard our cries because her palette feels a lot like the Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam.
The Norvina Palette is very pigmented with a finely milled formula that feels soft and silky. Which means the Norvina Palette is a bit powdery, too. So expect some light fallout during application and don’t hold your breathe on keeping the velvety purple packaging clean.
The shimmers are an absolute dream to apply! They go on smooth and creamy with little effort. And the metallics are seriously poppin’, honey! The metallics literally dance on your eyes when the light hits them for the most magical sparkling effect.
Don’t expect any slouching from the mattes either! I absolutely love the ABH matte formula because they’re so silky and easy to blend. And the Norvina Palette is no exception. The mattes are just as pigmented, silky and easy to blend as ever.
I always prime my eyes before shadow so I did the same before putting Norvina to the test. The Norvina Palette held up like a chap throughout the day without much fading or creasing at all. I imagine you’d get similar results without a primer, too. However, I recommend priming your lids for maximum color payout and wear.
Is the Norvina Palette really Brown Girl Friendly?
Again, yes and no. The shimmers are amazing and look wonderful on darker skin tones. However, the mattes leave a lot to be desired. As long you’re comfortable reaching for other palettes or shadows to fully complete a look using Norvina then go for it! You won’t find these kind of colors altogether elsewhere at the moment. It’s worth checking it out!
You can check out the Norvina Palette for yourself at Sephora and Ulta Beauty for $42.