Hey everyone! Happy Monday! Today for my Eye Look of the Week, I am featuring the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette. I know that ever since I got this palette (exactly one month ago now), I have been relatively radio silent about it. Usually when I get a palette like this, I try to create as many looks as soon as possible, and put out a review. Well… I’m feeling pretty meh about this palette. I think I would have gotten more excited about it after it’s first use, but I’m not so happy about quite a few of the shades. People are raving about this palette, but I just don’t get it.
Anyways, I think this look that I am about to share with you is pretty, but it’s the creating the look that is the problem. And maybe the word problem is too extreme… It’s just not as easy as it is with other ABH palettes. After Modern Renaissance and Soft Glam I have very high expectations, and this palette doesn’t quite meet them. It is pretty to look at though, isn’t it?
To accomplish this look I used the following shades:
- I started off the crease and lower lash line with Love. This is a medium pink that I would say is also medium in the amount of pigmentation it has. Building is definitely required. People keep raving about how pigmented the mattes are in this palette, but I just don’t agree, at least where some of the shades are concerned.
- To deepen the outer corner I added Soul. This is probably the most disappointing matte shade in the palette. It doesn’t really build well on top of other shades. You can see in the eye look that my outer corners are hardly deepened at all. Well I probably dipped into the palette 3 times to get that amount of pigmentation.
- I cut the crease with a white concealer and applied the shade Wild Child to the inner third of the lid. This is one of two disappointing shimmer shades in the palette. It is kind of like chunky shimmer with very little to no base pigment, so it requires a lot of packing. I obviously got the job done, but I just know that they can do metallics so much better than that.
- I then applied the shade Celestial to the rest of the lid. This was the same deal as Wild Child, chunky shimmer with barely any base pigment. Disappointing. But I made it work.
- I finished off the look by adding Dreamer to the inner corner.
Overall, this palette is fine, but it is not even close to the level of Modern Renaissance or Soft Glam. I’ve had trouble with some of the mattes becoming murky on the eye, and basically losing their colour to become more brown/neutral. Both Eccentric and Passion do this to me. I even tried these shades on top of a tacky white base with the hope of preserving the vibrancy of the shades, but in the finished look Eccentric still appeared like a deeper warm brown, rather than a vibrant mustard orange, and Passion just looked like a dark chocolate, rather than garnet. Eccentric even seems to become less warm on the eye as you wear it, and becomes even more neutral brown after hours of wear. Don’t get me wrong, you can still get plenty of pretty looks out of this palette. They just turn out more neutral than you would expect from how the shades look in the pan, which is disappointing for me.
I know people have been very happy with this palette, but what has been your experience? Let me know!