The Hungarian Brunette  Anastasia beverly hills norvina palette review and swatches

Well guys, here we are again! Today is my favourite day of the week… And that would be Beauty Wednesday! Beauty Wednesday was my first series on the blog, actually I started it before The Hungarian Brunette was even a blog, when it was just a teeny tiny Instagram channel. It’s also the one series I’ve really stuck with consistently, just because (almost) nothing brings me more joy than reviewing beauty products I love.

Today I’m giving you the lowdown on The Norvina palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills (duh!). Since this palette has been out for quite a bit, I’m sure you’ve heard or read quite a few reviews already, but just in case you haven’t or you’re curious to know my take on it… Then keep reading.

I’ll cut right through the chase here: I loved it. This isn’t gonna be a shocker, you guys know I usually do dedicated reviews only for products that I truly love and use… I try to keep the negativity away, if you will (although on Instagram, I’m a little more unfiltered, and will also sometimes mention something I didn’t like if I talked about trying it beforehand).

So here we are, with me loving a product that had quite mixed reviews. And here’s the thing: I loved the palette, but I understand why some people don’t. I’ll go into more details a little below, but I feel like there are certain inconsistencies with the palette that can make it a little hard to use on a daily basis, especially if you’re less experienced with makeup. That being said, I feel like this isn’t a huge deal, and once you’ve used the palette once or twice, you kind of get to know which shades perform how, and it becomes a lot easier. So if you have this palette and have only dabbed into it quickly, pick it up again and start playing, because it’s really worth it!

The Hungarian Brunette  - Anastasia Beverly hills norvina eyeshadow palette review

One last thing I will say before I jump into the review is that I happen to love Anastasia Beverly Hills products in general. I used their contour palette for the longest time, and I also have one of their highlighter palettes that I use quite regularly. I also have two more of their palettes on my wish list right now, so obviously I loved this palette, even though there are little inconsistencies throughout. As I said, if a product makes it on here for a full review, it means it’s something I LOVE and use regularly.

NOW, let’s start diving in. The first thing I will say is that this palette seems a little fragile to me. When I first got it, I received it as a Christmas present, in Mexico, and one of the shades (Dreamer) was shattered in the pan - you can see it pretty clearly in the pictures. As I said, we were traveling, so I had to resort to pressing it back in the pan, using my fingers and some water. Not exactly the cleanest way to do it, but it worked.

Because of that busted eyeshadow and the fact that the palette is mostly made of cardboard (with the cover being covered in some kind of faux velvet) I don’t take it with me when I travel, which is kind of a bummer, because I love creating beautiful looks when I’m traveling, and because the versatility of these shades would make it a perfect travel palette otherwise.

But let’s talk about the actual shades. I love that half the shades are matte and half the shades are sparkly. I’m usually very vocal about the fact that I can’t get enough sparkle, so I don’t mind having just one matte brown-ish transition shade in an all sparkly palette.

But I also know that this really isn’t the case for everyone, so I love how it’s 50/50 and everyone gets their money’s worth. Since most of the shades have a pretty close equivalent in both the matte and sparkly finish, it allows the user to create pretty much any look, which is pretty dope.

Also, even though the palette stays in the neutral-purple-pink range, there’s really a great variety of warm and cool toned shades, so you can really create warm and rosy looks, cold and frosty looks, or a combination on both that looks like a gorgeous sunset… If your jam is more nude and neutral, there’s also plenty for you to create some gorgeous neutral looks as well.

So definitely, I love the versatility that this palette provides! At first, from the online swatches, I was afraid it was gonna be pretty unidimensional, and I was super happy to realize that it’s everything but!

As far as the blendability and texture of the shades, I loved most of them, but there were certainly some (minor) inconsistencies. If you take a look at the swatches right here, it’s definitely easy to see, but remember that swatches don’t really matter after all, it’s how the product performs on the eye that actually matters, since you most likely won’t be wearing the shadows on your arm.

Top row:  Dreamer - Summer - Wild Child - Rose Gold - Celestial - Dazzling - Drama.   Bottom row:  Base - Soul - Incense - Love - Volatile - Eccentric - Passion

Top row: Dreamer - Summer - Wild Child - Rose Gold - Celestial - Dazzling - Drama.

Bottom row: Base - Soul - Incense - Love - Volatile - Eccentric - Passion

In the sparkly colours, Summer, Rose Gold and Dazzling were super pigmented and creamy and came out super strong. Dreamer was a little less pigmented, but then again, that was the shade that was busted and I fixed with water, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt. Since I usually use that one as a highlight under the brow bone and in my inner corner, I don’t mind it being subtle either, to be totally honest. I like my eye highlight to be a healthy, subtle eye-opening glow, not a “dear in the headlights” look.

Wild Child and Celestial were still super creamy but less pigmented, and Drama was pigmented, although not as much as I would have wanted, and definitely less creamy. I love that it has a bit of tiny holographic sparkles though, I thought that was a really nice touch. Out of the top row, Rose Gold is definitely my favourite shade.

As for the matte colours, I feel like I need to point out that Base, Soul and Love aren’t really mattes, they’re more of a pearly finish. Love is definitely my favourite shades from the bottom row, and it comes out super uniform and pigmented.

I found some of the colours, like Base, Soul and Eccentric, to be a little harder to blend, and I feel like Incense came out a little patchy. Passion was a little grainy to the touch, which isn’t my favourite, since I love a creamy shadow.

Some of the colours look really different in the pan and on the skin, which I thought was a little odd, but as I said, after a few times of using the palette, you kind of get used to it.

Overall, I love the shades in this palette and I love wearing most of them. Yes, some of the shades are definitely more pigmented than others, but that’s not always a bad thing, especially if you love building things up.

I find the fallout and kickback to be reasonable, even though I’ve seen a lot of people complain about it. I usually bake under my eyes while I apply my eyeshadow, so it’s not really something that particularly bothers me in general.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, I know the reviews on this palette have been pretty mixed, but I personally loved it. I still have the Soft Glam and the Modern Renaissance palettes on my wish list, so the minor inconsistencies really didn’t deter me from buying more of their palettes, and definitely not from really enjoying this one!

Did you guys try the Norvina palette? What did you think about it? Also, what’s your favourite Anastasia product? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below!

Love you guys!

Jenny xx

The Hungarian Brunette Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina palette review