I very rarely fork out on makeup, so when I do it really must be something special. The last palette I bought was the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette late last year. For once I didn’t miss the hype and was aware of the Norvina Palette before it came out. I absolutely loved all of the colours so I immediately knew I needed it.
In case you aren’t aware, the name of this Anastasia Beverly Hills Palette comes from the daughter of Anastasia herself. Norvina is named after Claudia Norvina Soare who is not only ABH’s brand president, but she is also the daughter of Anastasia Soare aka Anastasia Beverly Hills.
The palette contains seven mattes and seven shimmers, which which makes a change for ABH as they usually produce less shimmers. The Norvina palette is also cool toned which you don’t often come across as most palettes have a warm toned focus.
You only need to lightly touch one of the eyeshadows to appreciate just how pigmented they are. I have not experienced that kind of pay off from any other palette. This is particularly the case with the shimmers, a little goes a long way.
The shimmer shades have almost a wet consistency. Even if you lightly touch each one you can feel the movement in the pan. These unicorn shades are perfect, not necessarily an everyday look for everyone but they definitely make a statement.
The mattes are quite powdery. If you aren’t a fan of powdery shadows then this may put you off. Even though the slightest touch creates a considerable amount of powder (see the photo above), I didn’t experience any fall out over my face. I do always tend to give the brush one tap before I apply anyway, more out of habit than anything else. You do need to work with the mattes a little bit more but they do blend really well.
I was unsure whether Norvina would suit me as I am super pale (when I haven’t had a tan) but I actually created a look I was happy with. I tend to wear more bronze shades so it was nice to experiment a bit. Trying to photograph a pink/ purple/ blue look was considerably more difficult and this shot doesn’t really do it justice.
I’m really pleased I went for it and ordered this palette, I know I’ll be getting a lot of use out of it!