My review of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette ($42) is way late! Sorry about that! I ordered it the day it launched, got a shipment notice within hours of my order, tracked it, and got an estimate arrival but after that nothing. It never arrived. When I tracked it again via Fedex it hadn’t moved from the warehouse. I called customer service to see what was up and they told me they couldn’t do anything about it until a certain number of days had passed by. So, I waited and had plans to call back but within 48 hours I got another shipment notice and finally, it arrived.
That was a lot of trouble for one eyeshadow palette 🙂
If you haven’t heard or if you’re living under a rock the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette is the newest, limited edition 14-pan eyeshadow palette from the brand that launched late last month which contains an array of purples and pinks. Of course, the whole makeup world went wild with this one because purple eyeshadow. Oh my god! Everyone run around in circles and squeal. With the endless nude palette releases it was understandable why people were excited not to mention the fact that we’re headed into Fall and purple, well purple is such a Fall friendly shade isn’t it?
The Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette arrives in a velvet compact that’s lilac in color which holds a mirror inside, a dual-ended eyeshadow brush, and 14 eyeshadow shades that are 0.02 oz each. It’s made in the USA and is cruelty-free.
This is an odd little palette as I think going into the purchase most people were excited about the prospect of it being dominated by purple shades as well as being a little cooler. It’s actually a surprisingly warm palette and isn’t completely dominated by purples and in fact only contains three shades of the color. Don’t ask me how they made it so warm but they did and I’m not complaining in the least as the shades are truly stunning and remind me of witches and Halloween! It’s a palette that has some really sultry shades that will look great for an evening out in the Fall.
The first line of shades are chunky shimmers and the second line are all matte. All the shades have the typically soft, powdery texture as past palettes from the brand. I mean you barely have to touch these shades before a ton of powder kicks up. This doesn’t translate to dry or chalky by any means though! I find the shades very buttery, soft in texture, and intensely pigmented. I didn’t think there was a dud in the batch! All of the shades were very rich without being dry, difficult to blend, or patchy during application.
The only thing that bugs me about Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palettes is I feel inclined to order a backup since I tend to hit pan fast on shades due to the very loosely packed formula. I feel like I’m tapping off so much excess eyeshadow. It’s such a waste.
There’s a good deal of fall out with the shimmers and I felt they worked best applied with a finger or a sponge applicator. The mattes applied easier with less fallout. The blending process was well enough but when combining certain shades I had to be cautious as they tended to blend muddy and it was difficult getting definition!
There a lot of really unique shades here that I feel like I don’t already own which was a pleasant surprise like Love a gorgeous matte rose and Drama a dark shimmering plum. The palette just has some really outstanding shades. I was also surprised how easily I was able to pair up looks. Some shades look like they don’t belong like Eccentric but once you start messing around it’s easy enough to pair up shades and create looks even though a few shades appear mismatched.
All in all, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette has me pumped for Fall and Halloween. There are some very sultry shades in this palette that I really liked! I’m happy I added this one to my collection. I think it might disappoint those who wanted an all an purple palette or expected something cooler but I’m actually quite happy with how warm it turned out!
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette is a new, limited edition 14 shade eyeshadow palette available for Fall 2018. I was quite happy with the overall performance with this palette. The shadows are quite soft and powdery but they blended well although beware as some shade pairings did go muddy and lacked definition. There was some fall out with the shimmers but the mattes I had no issues with. The pigment on all the shades was very intense and rich. Overall, I had a really good experience with this palette but it wasn’t quite the cooler, purple shaded palette I think most people were hoping for as it only contains three purple shades and it’s quite warm in tone.
- Really a great pick up for those that like warmer tones but aren’t so sure about purples. This successfully marries warm shades with purple tones.
- No dud in this palette and all the shades were rich and pigmented and buttery.
- Comes with a useful dual-ended eyeshadow brush.
- Perfect for Fall looks!
- Eyeshadows are very loosely packed which results in a good deal of wasted product.
- Some fall out to deal with especially with the shimmers.
- Blends muddy and lacks definition when pairing up certain shades.
I wouldn’t say this is the cool toned purple palette of everyone’s dreams but I think anyone seeking a warmer purple palette will be overjoyed with this. I think that is in fact what makes this a bit unique as I can’t say I own many warm purple palettes! It should be an instant love for anyone that loves the ABS eyeshadow formula and past palettes.