I’ve got to say, it’s been a very long time since I’ve been so excited about a palette launch. The market has been inundated with lots of warm, reddish browns, and whilst I can appreciate that they are very pretty, they really don’t suit me at all so I like to lean toward more neutral or cooler colours so when I saw the promotional shots of the Norvina palette, I knew I had to have it.
I snapped this up on launch day on Cult Beauty, and was so excited to get home on Friday night to have this delivered. It’s the first 14 pan ABH palette that I’ve bought. The shades in Modern Renaissance & Subculture weren’t really my thing, I did like the look of Soft Glam but I could not justify another neutral palette as I have way too many neutral shadows that I’ve not hit pan on!
The outer box is a beautiful, slightly pearlescent lilac with white text and rose gold foil ABH logo. On the reverse of the box is a list of the ingredients, an image of the inside of the palette and a quote from Norvina;
‘ I have always wanted to create a palette that embodies my spirit. I’m a dreamer at heart and get lost in my own fantasy world daily. It’s a whimsical place that leaves you feeling carefree. If I had to explain how these colours made me feel, I would say “happy”.’
The palette itself is the same lilac as the outer box and is a flock/velvety material, to be honest it’s not my favourite to put on packaging as it gets messy very quickly! Inside the palette are 14 shadows weighing 0.71g each and are a roughly equal mix of mattes and shimmers. There’s an ok sized mirror that is not hinged and also the standard double ended brush that comes in all ABH palettes. Lets get into the colours!
Dreamer – a champagne, leaning slightly towards pale gold. Very shimmery and a pretty all over lid colour that could be used everyday.
Summer – a mid gold with a hint of copper. This is super soft and metallic.
Wild Child – one of the colours that really drew me to this palette. This is a stunning shimmering pink. It’s not as densely pigmented as the others but it’s a good thing as it captures light beautifully, in a similar way to a duo chrome.
Rose Gold – Love this colour! It’s a gorgeous rose gold which is infused with the finest gold glitter.
Celestial – another colour that I’m sure is a lot of people’s favourites! This is a very pretty metallic purple with a hint of blue. It’s not as metallic as some of the other shades but I think that makes it more wearable.
Dazzling – I’d say that this is like a cross between Rose Gold and Summer making it a very pretty copper.
Drama – lastly for the metallics is this deep, blackened purple that is filled with super fine purple micro glitter.
Base – a lovely bone colour, this could be used as a matte brow bone highlight or as a base for the more brighter colours.
Soul – I wouldn’t really say this is a full on matte, it leans more towards being a satin. It’s a periwinkle blue with a hint of purple. Need to figure out a way to wear this!
Incense – my most used shade so far! I’ve been using this as my crease colour. It’s a good neutral brown, slightly warm but not too much. This is quite a powdery shade so something worth noting.
Love – another shade that I wouldn’t class as being a full matte. When you look closely, it does contain super fine micro glitter. It’s a pretty almost dusty rose.
Volatile – this is a great cool brown shade that is great to add depth to the crease and outer corner.
Eccentric – keeping with browns, this is a warmer, yellow based brown. Not a shade I normally go towards but I do want to try it out more.
Passion – and lastly there is a dark purpley brown. This colour reminds me of autumn. Again, it’s not a shade I normally gravitate towards but I do want to give it a go.
That’s my thoughts on all of the shades. I have to say, I do really like this palette. Whilst some of the shades aren’t very original, the pops of the unusual colours really make it a unique palette overall.
One thing I do want to touch on is texture. The 3 metallic shades in the middle (Wild Child, Rose Gold & Celestial) are a little chunky. When you put your brush in, it can get a little messy and you really need to push these colours into the lid – do not swipe! The mattes kick up quite a bit of product too making the palette messy quite quickly. The texture overall though is extremely soft throughout and I’ve used ABH shadows before so I’ve learnt to expect that the metallics can be chunky and the mattes powdery. For me, it doesn’t take anything away from how much I like the palette, but I do know that some people have issues with this.
I’m really happy that I bought this palette, I can’t wait to get into it even more and experiment more with the shades. Have you got this palette? What do you think of it? Take care and I’ll be back soon ❤
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