You may remember me lusting over the new Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Mini palettes (damn, that’s a long name!) in my October 2019 Makeup Wishlist post…well, despite my better judgment, I ended up with these in my collection! Thanks to Mr. Right, they were an early birthday gift. 😛
I am going to say this right off, and not wait until my final product rating. You do not need these if you own the larger palette (Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Volume 1 or Volume 3)! Please, do not feel pressured into purchasing these simply because of cute packaging or online hype; it’s just a money trap. 🙁 With that being said, on with the review!
I purchased these mini palettes from the Anastasia Beverly Hills website for $29 USD plus tax. At the time, I utilized a 15% OFF coupon code and saved a bit of money. 🙂 I recommend signing up for their text alerts so you can snag a unique code as well. You can always unsubscribe later!
Each mini palette consists of 9 shades, in a cute, hard plastic compact with mirror. Each eyeshadow is 1g of product. For comparison, the original pro pigment palettes have 1.8g of product, contains 25 eyeshadows and is $60 USD. Broken down, each shadow in the larger palette is $2.40 USD each; in the smaller palette it is $3.22 each. O_o WTH!? Yea, let that sink in…
The packaging is beautifully designed and most definitely sturdy enough to be travel friendly, however I was slightly disappointed with the overall size and weight of the product. This is the smallest 9-pan eyeshadow palette that I have ever owned! It’s definitely no match for JeffreeStar, or even ColourPop, when it comes to size (or price, for that matter).
The colors in the minis are pigmented, no doubt. They swatch beautifully and perform well on the eyes, despite a lot of kick-up in the pan. I do, however, feel that they aren’t as pigmented and bold as those in the original pro pigment palettes. The texture of the shadows also feels different both mattes and metallics.
I liked the makeup looks I achieved with these two palettes well enough, but I wasn’t wowed. The quality is anything like you’d expect from a more affordable makeup brand, like Colourpop.
Despite these palettes being really cute and good quality, for the price point and the amount of product you get, I cannot honestly recommend these to anyone. You can find the same quality with more product for $29-30 or much cheaper, in other brands (namely, Colourpop and their $12 9-pan palettes). If you’re trying to choose between this and the the larger pro pigment palette, you’re better off saving up a bit more and getting the larger palette. It’s a better value with better quality shadows, in my opinion. I was simply underwhelmed with this all around 🙁
I’m just curious, do the ‘Volume numbering’ like Vol 1, Vol 2, Vol 3, on the original larger (25 colored) palette correspond to the mini palates? For example mini volume 1 has colors from large volume 1, mini vol 2 has colors from large Vol 2 palette, etc?
From what I can tell, one is, but the others are not. The mini volumes are as follows (Volume 1-purples and pinks, Volume 2- oranges, green brown and Volume 3-has reds and green). Its an odd combination if you ask me!