Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette Review

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I know I’m a little late to the party, but hey … at least I showed up!  One of the recent stars of Instagram is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eyeshadow Palette.  Released last year, the Norvina Palette with its stunning shades and pretty purple packaging, has become a social media darling.  After seeing how beautiful the colors were in person, I decided to purchase it and put it to the test.  Is the Norvina Palette all hype?  And how does it perform on Over 40, mature eyes?  Let’s find out!

Shades & Packaging

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette was named after the president of the brand, Claudia Norvina Soare.  Claudia is the daughter of the company’s Founder, Anastasia Soare.  This palette comes packaged in a pretty purple velvet palette with a large mirror and includes a double-sided brush.  Believe it or not, the brush is actually pretty good.  Normally the brushes that come with makeup palettes … well, let’s just say they generally get tossed into the trash straight away!  This palette includes fourteen shades, seven mattes and seven metallics.  I have to say, the shades are absolutely gorgeous.  They are a mixture of warm and cool tones ranging from bold and bright to pretty pastels.

The Norvina palette includes the following Matte Shades: (Bottom Row in the photo below)

  • Base (Matte eggshell)
  • Soul (Matte wisteria)
  • Incense (Matte dusty terra-cotta)
  • Love (Matte mid-tone cool pink)
  • Volatile (Matte warm charcoal)
  • Eccentric (Matte dark burnt orange)
  • Passion (Matte deep garnet)

And the following Metallic Shades: (Top Row in the photo below)

  • Dreamer (Metallic pink champagne)
  • Summer (Foiled golden topaz)
  • Wild Child (Duo chrome frosty pink with a magenta shift)
  • Rose Gold (Metallic rosewood)
  • Celestial (Duo chrome plum with a violet shift)
  • Dazzling (Cool-tone bronze with a violet shift)
  • Drama (Duo chrome aubergine with a cool bronze shift)
Norvina Palette Review
The Norvina Palette contains 14 beautiful shades with 7 mattes (bottom row) and 7 metallic/shimmers (top row).

Formula & Application

As someone with more mature eyes, I am thrilled to see that half of the shadows in this palette are matte!  As a general rule of thumb, I prefer to use matte shadows in and above the crease and shimmers on the eyelid and under the brow bone.  Although I don’t like rules for what we can and cannot wear in makeup over a certain age, let’s be honest…  Shimmer draws attention to and “highlights” the area that it’s placed. I don’t know about you, but I am not really into highlighting my crepey eyelids and hoods.

A darker matte shadow placed in the crease opens up mature eyes and makes them appear less hooded.  Shimmer on the lid, corners of the eye and under the brow bone brings the light and focus where it needs to be to make the eyes appear bigger, brighter and more youthful.

The formula of the eyeshadows in the Norvina Palette is creamy for the most part, although a few of the shimmer shades are not as creamy as the rest.  The matte shades apply effortlessly and blend out well using eyeshadow brushes.  The consistency and texture of the metallics and shimmers make using a brush a bit more difficult, I recommend using your fingers to apply them and blend as needed.

Be warned, these eyeshadows have A LOT of fallout!  Be sure to tap your brush off before applying and apply your eyeshadow before your foundation or hold something under your eyes to catch the fallout.

The shadows in the ABH Norvina Palette are highly pigmented.  A little goes a long way, especially with the metallics and shimmers.

Wear Test & Looks

I tried multiple combinations of the shadows from the Norvina Palette using a matte shade all over the lid and in the crease and shimmer/metallics in the inner corners of the eye, under the brow bone and the center of the lid. The color payout from the shadows is good, however, I did find that applying an eye primer first greatly increased the color intensity and wear time.  The wear time was around 6-8 hours without an eye primer.  Using my tried & true, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer , the wear time was a good 8-10 hours.

Here are a few different looks you can create with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette along with the eyeshadow brushes I recommend using with this palette.

Eyeshadow Brushes that work well with this Palette:

It Cosmetics Airbrush All-Over Shadow Brush #119  (For applying shadow all over the Lid)

Sephora Collection Pro Featherweight Crease Brush #38 (For applying shadow in the Crease)

Dior Backstage Small Eyeshadow Blending Brush N22 (For applying shadow in the Outer Corner)

Sigma Beauty Tapered Blending Brush E40 (For all over Blending)

For a Pretty Lavender Look:





  • Apply Base all over the lid.
  • Using a crease brush, apply Soul into the crease blending inwards from the outer corner.
  • Apply Dreamer to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone.
  • Apply Celestial to the center of the lid, pressing in with fingers.

For a Bronze/Gold Look:





  • Apply Eccentric Just above the crease.
  • In the crease and outer corner, apply Passion.
  • Apply Rose Gold to the inner corner lid and center of the lid and a light coat on the outer corner.
  • Apply Dreamer to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone.

For a Soft Neutral Look:





  • Apply Bare over the entire eyelid
  • Using a crease brush, Apply Love into the crease
  • Apply Volatile using a Pencil Brush.  Starting at the outer corner of the eye just below the crease, blend downward over the outer 1/3 of the lid. Blend well.
  • Apply Dreamer to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone.

Final Take

Overall, I think this is a good palette.  While the fall out is quite annoying, the colors are gorgeous enough to make up for that.  The shade range in the Norvina Palette is wide enough to allow for creating multiple looks and the shadows are long-wearing with a lot of pigment.  If you are an eyeshadow junkie, this palette is a must-have.  If you’re a beginner, the ABH Norvina Palette is a good option but you’ll have to be patient. It may take some practice and getting used to working with the formula and texture of the shimmers and metallics.  However, the end result is worth it.


$42.00 USD

Have you tried the Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Palette?  What eyeshadow palettes have you tried and love?  As always, I’d love to hear from you.  Please leave your comments below!  If you enjoyed this review and found it helpful, please give it a Like below!  Thank you so much for visiting!

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