After my introduction to the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand of cosmetics with the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Volume 1, I am hooked! Since then I have picked up the Jackie Aina palette (one that was on my August 2019 Wishlist) and the new ABH Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Volume 2. ABH has been cranking out new cosmetics like a chocolate factory lately it seems and I am not mad at it! So, how does the Volume 2 measure up? Keep reading to find out 😛
As usual, whenever possible I purchase my high-end cosmetics from Beautylish. I was able to use the awesome flexible payments plan to get the Volume 2. It retails for $60 USD. Originally, this palette was a Sephora Exclusive, but I got lucky when it was being offered on Beautylish! (Thankfully, ’cause I was pissed when I went all the way to Sephora after work traffic and they were suddenly out of stock!).
The packaging is beautiful; with the unit carton and the palette itself having the same gold foil chevron design. I am also a fan of this teal blue color. This palette has the same amount of eyeshadow pans at (25) and features the same large mirror.
Upon swatching this palette, I must say I was immediately disappointed. I made the mistake of checking out one part of a review where swatches were featured and it made me nervous. The swatches were horrible; especially in comparison to those of the Volume 1. I was so excited about this palette, so I decided to ignore my initial reaction and truly give this palette a chance on the eyes. I am so glad I did!
These swatches took a couple of swipes to build up pigmentation, so they aren’t exactly nice.
As always when I am trying out a new palette, I like to give it a test during the work week. Here are four looks I have done exclusively using this palette. I am very happy with the results! What do you think? The third look is my absolute favorite look I’ve done! ..And yes! beautiful warm-toned looks can still be achieved with what seems to be an all-blue-eyeshadow palette. The fourth look gives me Valentine’s Day/ Date-Night vibes! I think my cut crease skills are getting better, too! 😛
Overall, I am glad my first impression of swatches didn’t deter me. The colors are bright, bold and highly pigmented. Both mattes and metallic shimmers work well on the eye. I do have the strange patchiness issue that some pressed pigment shades can give, but with patience and building, the colors can work. I do find that I have to work a bit harder at blending these shades versus Volume 1. Nevertheless, I love it! Given the quality though, I am very interested in knowing how Volume 3 pans out (even though, I never planned to get that palette!) Did you pick up any of the new ABH Norvina palettes?