I Tried One Of The Most Talked About Eyeshadow Palettes Of The Year!
Anastasia Soare, aka Anastasia Beverly Hills, really made a name for herself with her brow formulas, but recently her eyeshadow palettes have been garnering just as much hype. The latest addition to the collection is the Norvina Eyeshadow Palette, $42, created by Anastasia’s daughter and president of the brand, Norvina. Norvina’s process for creating the palette was all about choosing her go-to shades that she would wear no matter what, and I think the collection of colors are super pretty together. Here’s my verdict:
What it is: A cool-toned eyeshadow palette featuring Norvina’s fav shades in matte, shimmer and metallic finishes (7 shimmers and 7 mattes). The palette also comes with a double-ended brush that has one fluffy end for blending, and one with densely packed bristles for precise application and intensifying metallic shimmers.
First impressions: First off, I think the packaging is really cute – it’s the same felt fabric that they use for all their palettes and I like that the color mirrors what’s inside the palette. When I first saw this palette online, I thought the colors were really interesting and I definitely felt like there were some shades we haven’t seen before (like Soul), but I also noticed that it had some really useful colors.
What we liked: This palette has great color harmony and some stunning shades; Rose Gold is by far my fav color, although it’s more of a pinkish bronze shade, and Summer is also divine. I like that despite this having a strong lavender theme, you can also create some really nice neutral looks, especially with the matte shades; Base, Incense, and Volatile. The shimmer intensity was super dramatic with Dreamer, Summer, Rose Gold, and Dazzling, while the other shimmers (Wild Child, Celestial, and Drama) have a subtle duo-chrome effect, which meant the overall finish was less impactful. Dreamer is amazing for adding a pop to the inner corners of your eyes and the brow bone, while Celestial makes a beautiful topper for a pop of color to the center of the lid.
What we didn’t like: The palette got a little messy while I was using it, but this didn’t bother me too much. I found that the mattes needed a little more blending than I might need to do with other palettes, and the formulas in the previous ABH palettes felt a little more buttery than these. That said, these do have good pigment, so if you’re new to makeup, just bear in mind that you may have to work a little harder to blend.
The Verdict: I think this is a really nicely curated color selection, but it is a cool-toned palette, so seeing as I LOVE warm-toned shades, this isn’t something I’m going to be reaching for all the time. If you’re looking for something new and love the shades, I do definitely think you will love this and the versatility of the looks you can create with it.