Norvina Eyeshadow Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills

Purchased by me

Wow has the Anastasia Norvina Eyeshadow Palette $42.00 caused a lot of controversy in the beauty world! Some hate it, some love it–there is not much in between. I originally wanted this palette because I’ve been looking for a cool toned purple palette. When I saw pictures online, I was disappointed to see there are only three purple shadows in the palette and it seems more warm toned. The thing that actually convinced me I wanted to try Norvina were the swatches and looks I saw on YouTube. I think the reason people are upset is that the palette is touted as a purple palette and it really isn’t. The other problem is that the shadows are extremely soft so there is a lot of fallout. I admit, fallout drives me crazy too, but if the shadows perform on the eyes, I can overlook it. Especially when the shades are phenomenal like these are.

The limited edition Anastasia Norvina Eyeshadow Palette has 14 shades with a mix of matte, shimmer and metallic finishes. Though the palette leans warm, there aren’t a lot of reds and oranges like other palettes, instead, there are purples and pinks which drew me to it in the first place. I love the dreamy pastel purples, muted pinks, and all the sparkle, it gives me almost a magical vibe. No worries if soft looks aren’t your jam, there are plenty of neutrals and deeper shades to create more sultry looks. You might not think so at first glance, but Norvina is quite versatile.

Top Row L to R:

  • Dreamer – soft, shimmery pale gold
  • Summer – a gorgeous, PERFECT bronze with a metallic finish. Be careful not to dig your brush into this one, it’s VERY soft and loosely packed
  • Wild Child – light warm pink with subtle pink sparkle
  • Rose Gold – gorgeous, plummy pink metallic with shimmer. This is also soft & loosely packed
  • Celestial – lovely shimmery orchid purple
  • Dazzling – warm metallic bronze with a pink undertone, it has a brightness to it
  • Drama – shimmery deep purple

Bottom Row L to R:

  • Base – satin cream with slight sheen, great as a highlight
  • Soul – cool satin periwinkle blue–so pretty!
  • Incense – matte warm camel–makes a nice transition shade
  • Love –  satin rose with subtle silver flecks
  • Volatile – matte cool brown with army green undertone
  • Eccentric – warm matte orangey brown
  • Passion – matte deep plum with brown undertones

A closer look:

All the metallic shades: Summer, Rose Gold and Dazzling do have kickup in pan and you’ll get some fallout. Using your fingers or a damp brush will garner the best results with these shades and make sure to use a sticky primer like the NYX Glitter Primer. I love the beautiful and unique Soul, Love, Celestial and Rose Gold– I don’t have anything like them in my collection. ABH calls all the shades in the bottom row matte but I disagree. I feel Base, Soul and Love are more satin because they have a pretty sheen to them.

Packaging is the typical soft velvet of other ABH palettes, this time in purple. The palette has a mirror and a double-ended brush included. I know some don’t care for the brush, but I like it. One end is fluffy for blending and the other is dense for packing on color.

A few tips you might need with this palette:

  1. The shadows are SO pigmented, you only need to tap once with your brush to get color, build up as you go along–it’s much easier to add than subtract color from your lids.
  2. If you have a tendency to dig into your eyeshadows, do your eye makeup first.
  3. Don’t be intimidated by the colors or the metallics in the palette. One or two mattes in the crease, a shimmer or metallic shade on the lid with your finger, smudge a shade under the lash line add mascara and you’ve created a beautiful wearable look.
  4. Use a sticky eyeshadow primer for the metallic shades.

For this look I was going for an ombre effect with oe shade fading into the other. I used Love in the crease, Dreamer (wet) on the inner third of the lid and corner of eye, Wild Child (with my finger) on the center of the lid and Soul on the outer third. I then used Soul under the lash line with Celestial on top. Base was used under the brow bone. I lined the upper lash line with a purple Laura Mercier eyeliner and used Pixi Nude on the waterline.

This next look was a quickie. I just used Love and Volatile in the crease, Celestial (wet) all over the lid, then stamped Passion in the outer corner. Base under the brow. For the lower lash line I used Celestial and Soul then applied mascara.

And finally, for a more dramatic look, I tried to do a Halo eye. I used Soul in the crease, placed Passion on the inner and outer corners and with my finger tapped Rose Gold in the center of the lid. Base again under the brow bone.

In spite of all the hype and drama, I’m glad I decided to pick up the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, it has some gorgeous, unique shades I don’t own and they pair nicely together too. As to the hullaballoo, it’s just makeup. If you are expecting a purple palette, detest kickup in pan or have some of these shades already you should probably skip this one.

The Norvina palette should be available everywhere now: Anastasia Beverly Hills website, Ulta Beauty and Sephora.

What do you think of the ABH Norvina palette? Have you purchased it, will you?

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  1. This one looks so pretty! I have the other ABH palettes so i’ll probably get this one too. The only reason I wouldn’t is because… I’m pretty sure I own dupes of most the colors lol!

  2. I am in love with the soft pink and purple shade in this palette. I think the last ABH palette I purchased was the Tamanna palette, but I really think I’m going to pick this one up. Love the look you created!

  3. I am in love with your swatches of the shimmers in particular!


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