Anastasia Beverly Hills X Norvina Palette | Review
A while ago I ordered the Norvina palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills after buying one of the glow kits while in Oslo and as it was my first experience with the shadows I thought I’d give it a probably too long, thorough trial before even considering writing a review and let me tell you, it’s been an experience.
Firstly, this palette was $75 on Sephora Australia, which is definitely a bit pricey but given my experience with the glow kits I had absolutely no doubt it’d be worth the price tag.
One thing I have to say is that this palette is gorgeous, they swatch beautifully and honestly, I couldn’t wait to get into it since the metallic shades were so gorgeous, which I’ll get into later because I quickly learned there’s a bit of a trick to them.
These were all finger swatches and as you can see, these are so stinking pigmented! Also, they’re incredibly soft which did mean a bit of kickback but honestly I don’t mind it, it’s not anything too drastic so it’s not a huge product waste!
In this photo, I’m wearing Base as a transition, Volatile in the crease, soul on the lid as well as Celestial on the lid.
The mattes were absolutely gorgeous, they blended beautifully and were super buildable, the amount of pigment in these was incredible as well and didn’t need to be constantly touched up or fixed during the application process.
However, the metallics absolutely threw me off and in this photo, you can probably see there’s not much (if none) of that gorgeous shine I saw in the swatches, which disappointed me quite a lot, though I remembered hearing a few things about these shadows when it comes to brushes.
I highly recommend using MAC fix+ with these metallic shades, as you can see the swatch with no fix+ on the brush really wasn’t much to write home about. It makes the product go a lot further, a lot more bold and also a lot easier to apply.
So, what do I think about the palette as a whole?
I find this palette probably not the most beginner friendly palette, specifically because of the metallic shades. The shadows blend beautifully so I can’t really complain too much, but if you’re seeing finger swatches which are perfect and then applying them without fix+, it’s definitely disheartening.
Do I recommend it?
If you’re wanting shadows that are super blendable I absolutely recommend it, even considering the fact the metallic shades work best with fix+ (or a finger would work too, but my acrylics definitely won’t allow that) the shades in the palette make it worth the few seconds the extra step you’ll have to take in your routine!
What do you think of this palette? let me know in the comments!