**Updated May 31, 2020 from a preview post to a full review.** Last month, Norvina and ABH announced the upcoming launch of the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 4. The latest spring launch from the classic prestige brand is a 25 pan eyeshadow palette with a neutral, pink, and purple color story. Of course the palette is available at both Sephora and the ABH website and is $60.
To note, Norvina did state in her announcement this is the last ABH/Norvina palette launch scheduled for 2020. (There have been a lot of complaints that ABH launched too many palettes back to back lately). But she did not announce how many ABH palettes remain for 2020. Nor did she make note of how many general product launches remain for Norvina or Anastasia Beverly Hills in 2020.
Although this is the 4th installment in the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette series, the new palette differs from the first three in several ways. First, the packaging is simple and stunning. For example – the first three palettes all had bold packaging with geometric or butterfly art on the front. Whereas Vol 4 is a gorgeous understated blush. Another way Vol 4 is different is in its color story. In fact. the first three contained hardly any neutral shades and they were more bold and vibrant. But Vol 4 contains several neutral and every day shades. Which means you’ll actually be able to create full looks with Vol 4 without having to bring in other palettes.
Speaking of the color story… There has been a lot of speculation online about Vol 4 looking like the OG Norvina palette (comparison picture above – you can read my full review here) and the Modern Renaissance palette (also above) had a baby. Or that it’s even just a redo of Norvina Pro Vol 1. And that due to the layout, there are a lot of duplicate shades in the new palette. However, I do caution that ABH is really great about creating different eyeshadow shades that look different in the pan. In fact, I talked about this a lot in my ABH x Amrezy review (you can read that here.) Although some shades look similar, they are usually different in formula, shimmer, undertone, etc.
As for the eyeshadow formula and color payoff, it’s the same classic Anastasia Beverly Hills quality we’ve all come to expect. Although I will say, there is a lot more kickback than I was expecting (the eyeshadow dust leftover after you dip your brush into the shadow). But the eyeshadows are all still bendable and buttery and wonderful. And, like I mentioned earlier, the palette does include two pressed glitters. They are actually quite sticky and creamy, but I am personally not a fan of pressed glitters. So I wish they would have just included other eyeshadows in those two spots.
For my neutral look in this post, I used D1, A4, A5, B4, B5, and B1. In fact, D1 is one of my favorite shades in the whole palette because it’s the perfect prime/transition shade. This is a matte light neutral shade a lot of palettes don’t include. Which means you always have to bring one in from somewhere else. But since it’s included in this palette, you could honestly take this palette on a trip with you and not need to bring any other shadows. Although I do wish they would have dropped the pressed glitters and included a dark gray or charcoal and a dark chocolate brown instead so you could create smokey looks too. Then this palette would really be all encompassing!
One thing that really bothered me at first is the layout of the palette. But then I heard Norvina say that the reason it’s set up in this chaotic fashion is that it’s actually designed in quads. So each quad is meant to be set up to create a perfect look. For example, A4, A5, B4, and B5 will create a perfect every day neutral look. Whereas C1, C2, D1, and D2 would make for a stunning summer sunset vibe. So when you look at the palette that way, it actually feels a whole lot more digestible and user friendly.
For my hot pink look, I used D1, B1, B2, C1, C2, E4, and E5. A quick reminder to anyone interested in using hot pink eyeshadows (including the ones in this palette), most hot pink eyeshadows will stain your skin. So make sure you use a good eyeshadow primer. ABH has one, but I also like the MAC Cosmetics Paint Pot in Painterly.
At first I thought the Norvina Vol 4 palette (right) looked a lot like the Natasha Denona Love palette (left). But once I compared the swatches, I think some are similar, but in general, the color stories are different. The ABH palette includes more bright pinks and champagnes an the ND palette includes more burgundies and dusty pinks. Overall, I’m swooning over the shimmer shades and these pinks in this ABH palette. And I love that they included neutrals this time. It’s so frustrating to buy a new palette and not be able to create an entire look with 25 shades at your fingertips.
Overall Ranking (out of 5) –
Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 4 – 4 – The shadows are great quality. But it’s a bit large, which makes it hard to hold and use. And it’s a little expensive. I don’t like that it includes so many shades that are “not eye safe” and pressed glitters. I also think they could have replaced some of the similar shades with more universal shades to complete the palette. But the neutrals are gorgeous and the hot pinks are so pretty.
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