As you know this time last year, I was in the New Beauty "Beauty Report" magazine for my favorite palette which was the Norvina palette. Well now they've released the first palette of the new Norvina Collection. It's new, it's different from their normal releases, and it's heavy duty in color impact. So let's get into it.
First off this palette is large. It's designed for pro artist work. It's thin though so I feel like it's travel friendly for overnight stays or vacations. It's sturdy, it's easy to wipe off unlike most of their eye palettes that have a texture (ie: velvet, canvas, etc), and the mirror is both huge and really nice. It has some weight to it, it doesn't feel flimsy or like it could easily break/crack (packaging wise). There's not a brush in this like their other palette and I actually like that. I like that there's more room for bigger pans and more shadows.
As far as the layout of the shadows, it can be a bit intimidating or overwhelming. When you first look at it all you see are the bright shades that pack a punch. You don't really see neutral shades so therefore that contributes to making it a little overwhelming right at first. There's more mattes than shimmers and I love that. The shimmers are very creamy and intense, and also absolutely stunning. The whole palette is intense though truthfully. The mattes don't swatch the best but I don't think that's the best test. There are 17 pressed pigments out of the 25 shades. The real test is applying them with different brushes and trying to blend them out to both: keep their intensity or smoke them out to be less intense and cover more area with that shade. It's very easy to pick up a lot of product though so I just tap my brush in the pan once and go from there. Surprisingly, there wasn't a lot of fall out. I was using the intense blue, the neon orange and pink, etc. on the lower lash line to beat all, really keeping it intense, and there was very little fall out on my face. The shadows don't seem to "muddy" together as they're blended or end up looking like one shade after 2 hours, so creating a gradient is easy, and they don't really lose their intensity as you go about your day. I love that there's no real shade names and they're just a letter and number. That's so much easier to me. I do think this is a consistent formula through out the palette and it feels like a different formula than most of their other palettes that I have from them.
I do like this palette because I love color. That doesn't mean it doesn't overwhelm me when I look at it though. It's because so many shades call out to me. It's very easy for me to go overboard and put a bunch of bright shades on my lid, because I can't decide which way I want to go. It works very well, I haven't had any issues really except trying to decide which shades to put together. If you are a neutral person, or a person who likes neutrals with maybe a pop of color, I don't think I'd go for this one. I'd get another palette that has far more neutral or wearable shades, and has a few pops of colors in it to spice things up if you want to. If you love some bright shades with full pigment, then yes take a look at this one. I think you would love it. You can swatch it in store if you want but I'm telling you the real test is with a brush. The shade that is in the pan is pretty much the shade that you get when you apply it. Sometimes with bright shades (or any shade really), they are only bright because they're pressed into a pan and then with application they're not as impressive or at the very least don't look the same on the lid. This isn't the case with this palette. I think people will gravitate to the purples mainly in this palette but that's actually what I avoided with my first look because I want to see what other looks you could do without purple taking over. The purples are beautiful don't get me wrong, I just wanted to go against the grain.
The palette is $60 and it has 25 shades with bigger pan sizes than any other ABH palette. It's Vegan and Cruelty Free. This is the first installment for the Norvina Collection. So it's Volume 1. I'm excited to see what the other palettes will look like. I'd love a grunge one that had some pops of neon but was mainly darker shades to do super smoky eyes. I have an entire color scheme and packaging look in mind. Now I'm just rambling. So anyway, I'll drop a look below and tell you what shades I used.
Shades: D4, D1, E1, E2, E3, E4, A5
Here's the claim from the ABH website:
"Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol. 1 is a professional-grade artistry palette featuring 25 deluxe-sized, high-performance shades with maximum payoff—carefully curated by Norvina herself. Expand your Norvina collection with this limited-edition pro palette and create your most artistic makeup looks yet."
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