THIS IS NOT A DRILL. I REPEAT, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. Anastasia has released the Norvina palette and we're here to talk about it! Let's not wait any longer and get into this.
So this is the long awaited Norvina palette from ABH. If you don't know Norvina is the president of ABH and also Anastasia's daughter. There are videos though of her discussing her job and what products she loved etc. etc. which I will try to find. (Link to her video) She discusses how she went from answering the phone at her mom's first salon to working all the way up. I feel like she's heavily behind the creative process and product development except for brows which Anastasia is over. I love to hear her explain the vision and thought process behind products. I also love how she explains shades and formulas. Like I mentioned she also discussed her favorite products. I must've watched that video 10 times because I love her eye looks and it was when they first launched single shadows. So I took notes and bought every shadow that she personally used and the main on I remember was "Electro" I believe, which was like a purple duo chrome similar to one in this palette. So I'm a stan. I'm a full blown fan of the brand in general but I admire Norvina for her work ethic and her passion and I've felt that way for a long time.
So lets get into the palette. Same velvet packaging, and number of shades, with double ended brush, like there is in every palette. Same price which is $42. So top row is shimmer/metallic/duochromes/pearl finishes. So anything that has a foiled look to it is up top and then the mattes are the bottom row. This is the first time a layout has been like that. At first I wasn't into that when the product was revealed but it grew on me and now I actually really love it. I love it because the mattes mix so well with each other that you can do whatever you want to do. They're also super pigmented if you want to have a matte eye look. This entire palette is workable for all skin tones. I think it actually looks even better with darker complexions. It pops so much that it's stunning. The top row is hard to explain in the sense that some of them have different shifts of color like a duo or quad chrome even, and then some would be defined by the majority as "foiled" because it's super metallic and finish. I feel like one true shimmer is up there. All of them are gorgeous though and they're definitely more intense like foiled shadows where as shades that have just shimmer in it sparkle in the light. The palette packaging is a perfect purple shade. The theme is more on the purple side but I wouldn't define it like that because it's really everything you ever seen Norvina wear typically on social media and so on. The two pops of color are exactly like the inner corner highlights she likes to do. So this theme to me isn't all purple although they do stand out but you have some warm shifts, some beautiful peachy pink shades, and neutral browns or taupe. I think that for people that want a more cool toned look because warm tones just don't suit them, try this. I think you would enjoy it.
I feel like purple toned shades, mauves and cooler shades of pink are going to be the next trend that is everyone's "go to", like how warm tones are the current "go to" look. My dear friend Savannah or "poodle" as I refer to her as a pet name. (It's a Will and Grace thing) She doesn't enjoy warm tones on her complexion. She's gorgeous for one, but she has the most unique cool toned blond that isn't white and not so cool toned that it's silver. So her go to look that she feels most comfortable in is all matte cool toned shades of plums, dusty rose, mauves, cool toned pinks and muted true purples. It looks amazing on her. She does it so well but she's right it flatters her overall look. So it's about time we have a cool toned go to to match the warm toned go to.
The formula in this is phenomenal I think. There was kick up in the pan. That has never bothered me. It's not as much as the kick up in Subculture which I really liked, but it does have some kick up. I'm cool with that. It does have some fall out but again I don't care because I do my eyes first, always. So it's easily taken care of. I find that is stay on really well. It does lose some of it's intensity as the day and heat wears on. I have oily lids so the summer makes the longevity of my eye shadow much shorter. The foiled shades don't lose their intensity as fast I've noticed. Playing with colored bases under these are a game changer as well. Especially for shades that have different color shifts in them. If it's over a black base it will be more intense, you'll get more sparkle, and reflective shades. If it's over a white base your getting the overall look of the shade in the pan. If it's a pink base it will look pink but have more of a pop to it, like more vivid. These blend with no problem. I find that I don't have to use much product at all. I usually tap my brush in at most twice. It deposits color evenly not patchy. I do tap off my brush though before placing it on my lid. I apply the top row with my finger because that's how I apply those formulas. I feel like it does better than spraying you brush or wetting it. I'm able to really press it in to the lid without looking all crumbly and caked up on the lid like it can when you apply too much pigment with a wet brush.
I've heard people saying that there's been a lot of purple palettes out lately. For instance, Huda Beauty Desert Dunk had a pop of purple, Natasha Denona Lila Palette was purple, and a few smaller ones. So I feel like the shades with the exclusion of a couple can be duped, but the formula can't. They're on another level with their formula. If I had to choose I would still pick the Norvina Palette because I don't feel limited to purple looks only with this. There's plenty of variety to do what you want, from more taupe looking brown smokey eyes, to more peachy toned, warm toned of course, rose gold, champagne and gold, berry,or a very simple ivory and soft brown subtle eye look for just a touch of definition to the eyes. So I see myself reaching for this and traveling with this as much as my Natasha Denona Tropic Palette that is my go to. The only thing is the beautiful velvet gets dirty so easy. I think this is going to be the rival for Modern Renaissance. Like I'm not sure if MR can be bumped from the top spot from ABH but I think this could give it a run for it's money. I have nearly all the palettes they put out. I prefer this one to Modern Renaissance because this palettes has more color combos and options for different looks.
I live in Tennessee and I ordered this at 6 am on Wednesday and it got to me by 3pm the next day on Fedex but it was shipping from Memphis, TN. I've heard though that plenty of other people have not had to wait long at all to get their palette. So the shipping is great and it's free over $25 or $6 for two day shipping.
So I think this is great. I love it. I'm blown away even though I knew it would be great. I think the captured Norvina's personality and style perfectly and it's a solid product.
**UPDATE: I've watched some reviews about the palette where people were having a hard time blending. I could definitely see what they were talking about as they pointed it out. I don't have that issue though and I've done similar looks and techniques, so that leads me to believe maybe it was that specific palette they had. Upon looking on twitter I seen some of the responses saying that a few people were experiencing it as well. So I do think that, as with any palette, there might be some that for some reason don't work as well as the others or are a bit inconsistent. I want you to be aware of that though. So that's why I'm updating this. Also, I've seen that some people aren't getting the "pop" that they want from Celestial and Wild Child. My advice is try using your finger and patting it on and see if that helps and if you can't do that then use NYX Glitter Glue. Pat a small amount on the lid with the brush and then pick up your shadow with the same brush and apply. The NYX Glitter Glue I like just because it's like regular primer consistency. So it looks better on the lid in my opinion.**
You can purchase this on www.anastasiabeverlyhills.com and not in stores just yet.
I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.
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