Every Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette released is met with a lot of anticipation and excitement, and the ABH Norvina palette is no exception. But a lot of people are wondering which palette formula it takes after more — the much loved Modern Renaissance or the controversial Subculture? Let’s dive into that right now!
ABH Norvina Palette
What to Expect From this Palette
“I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colors made me feel, I would say “happy”.” – Norvina
Norvina wanted to create a palette that embodied her — her color preferences and the type of eye looks that she loves to wear. While you get a few purple shades, there’s also pink, rose gold, an intense taupe metallic, and a variety of blendable cool-tone matte shadows. If you do not enjoy cool-toned looks, I do not think you will like the looks you create with this palette.
Amount of Product You Get
The outer box that the palette comes in says it has a net weight of 0.71 grams or 0.02 ounces of product per pan. Another thing worth noting is that the box says this palette has an 18 month shelf life. That’s different than the Modern Renaissance, which says only 6 months.
The ABH Norvina palette is in the traditional soft “carpet-feel” luxe packaging. The palette is very compact and a nice size, but it still has room to house the dual-sided eyeshadow brush. Which I find to be very useful for blending and smoking out the lower lash line.
Also worth noting is that Anastasia Beverly Hills (who I purchased it from) packaged the palette very securely in a lot of foam cushions. It arrived safely — and very quickly — to my doors just 3 days after I ordered it.
I had no issues blending out or building up the matte eyeshadows in this palette. Even the few mattes that have a subtle sheen to them — Base, Soul, and Love. The eyeshadows are as pigmented as ever, so I definitely encourage you to gentle press your brush into the pan instead of the traditional tap or swirl. The pigmentation on some of the mattes is intense, so a lighter hand and slowly building up to the intensity you want is easier than going in too heavy and ending up with eyeshadow up to your hairline. 🙂
The metallics are just as beautiful and none of them need any help intensifying except for Wild Child and even Celestial a little bit. I pack them on either with my finger or a tapered eyeshadow brush and they easily transfer and look amazing on the lids.
No eyeshadow primer was used underneath these swatches, and my finger was only dipped into the pan once, and over the arm 2-3 times.
All the mattes feel very soft to the touch and pick up a lot of pigment with very little effort. You don’t get a lot of deep shadows with the mattes in the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette, but you get a nice variety to use in the crease, on the brow bone, or even to get a pretty and pinky all-matte eye look.
The metallics are beautiful! They might not look like much swatched out on the arm, but used in a look they pack a serious punch and bring a lot of light and dimension to your eye look. Wild Child does not look very exciting, but I consider that shade to be more of a topper shade that — when use atop a colored base or spritz with something — really comes to life and has a gorgeous duo chrome shift to it.
So…Modern Renaissance or Subculture?
I would say the ABH Norvina palette is a happy medium — it is just as intense, powdery, and soft as Subculture, but it blends easily and beautifully like the Modern Renaissance. If you hate fall out on your face as you create a look….stay away from this palette. lol.
Eye Swatches & Tutorial
This is my review video that I shared on my Youtube channel. I include a few first impressions at the beginning of the video, then get into live arm and eye swatches and after that I share an eyeshadow tutorial using the ABH Norvina palette.
PLUS: I shared the 7 eye looks that I created while testing this palette. At the end I give my overall thoughts about this palette, as I do at the end of this review. I hope you find the video helpful!
In general, Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow formula tends to fade on me by the end of the day, and the Norvina palette was no exception. I would get a solid 4-6 hours out of my the look before I could tell that the metallics had dulled a bit and the mattes were starting to fade.
Alongside this, I found that I had to use a glitter glue underneath all the shimmers and metallic eyeshadows or I would experience fall out on my face throughout the day. The glitter glue solved the problem, however, and when use I had no issues with fallout and even the fading throughout the day wasn’t as bad.
Keep in mind — I have very oily eyelids. If you do not have oily eyelids or typically don’t experience fading with Anastasia’s eyeshadow formula, this part may not be applicable to you.
My Overall Thoughts
I like this palette! And I recommend it to all the makeup lovers who have been wanting brands to release more cool toned eyeshadow palettes. 🙂 I, personally, am not in a phase of loving on cool toned looks, so while the looks were very pretty…I miss my bright yellows and oranges. But I still can recommend this because the quality and blendability of the eyeshadows are stunning. A palette that can make creating an eye look quick and almost effortless is a winner in my book — and the ABH Norvina palette is just that.
Are you going to be getting the ABH Norvina palette? And if you already have, what’s your favorite shade to use in a look??
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