Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An Anastasia haul and review

Today I thought I'd share with you a little Anastasia Beverly Hills haul. On International lipstick day Anastasia had an offer on where you could get buy one get one free lip products so I felt it would be silly not to take advantage especially as I wanted to pick up the Norvina palette anyway. 

First off the liquid lips, I went for Violet which is the new release alongside the palette. It is a stunning deep neutral purple. Meaning it doesn't lean too red or too blue. The other shade I picked up was Pure Hollywood which seems to be a cult shade. I expected it to be a milkshake pink shade however on me it pulls a little cool meaning it compliments the Norvina palette so well. In terms of formula these are definitely on the drier side, due to them being super lightweight on the lips but still opaque enough. I find one dip into the bottle covers both the lips even with Violet. 

In terms of wear time I didn't;t really know what to expect however I am so impressed. Once you put these on they aren't going anywhere. Throughout the day they do become a teeny little bit dry feeling on the lips however considering how long they wear for it's only to be expected. I find I can get a good 7 hours out of these with only reapplying a tiny bit after I've eaten to cover up the inner rim of my lips. 

Moving onto the palette, I have to admit I feel as though this palette is missing a few shades however I do still enjoy using it and I have been happy with most of the looks I've created with it. The first couple of looks I did turned out a little muddy however now I'm used to the shades I don't have as much trouble with it. I have to admit its not a palette I would recommend for beginners like I would with soft glam or modern renaissance. Don't get me wrong it isn't as hard to work with as subculture but I just find I have to be a little more careful and it isn't one I'd reach for when I had only a little time do makeup. 

I think that this palette could definitely do with a warmer purple red shade just so there is something a little deeper to add some depth to the looks. I really like the formula of these, as always with ABH shadows they do have quite bit of fallout however not as much as subculture. I do find one of the shimmery shades tends to have some glitter fallout on the face but I'm not 1000% sure which one it is. Im pretty sure it's Drama which is the darkest shimmer however I cannot guarantee it is. 

Moving onto the shades in the palette.. 

Dreamer - This is such a beautiful duo chrome pinky orange shade. I really like this pop of warm which can be added to the inner corner just to ground a cool purple look a little. 

Summer - This one is a medium copper/gold shade which makes a beautiful lid colour. 

Wild Child - This is most definitely my favourite shade in the palette. You will know if you are a regular to my blog I love a good pink shade so I'm not surprised at all that I love this shade. 

Rose gold - This one definitely does as it says in the tin, it's a pinky gold shade. 

Celestial - The first of the purples in the palette. This one is so stunning on the lid however I find to do this I have to reach for other palettes in order to create a full look. 

Dazzling - This shade is pretty much a mix of summer and rose gold so I feel like it's definitely one of the shades in the palette I'd change. I'd love it to be a gorgeous duo chrome lavender pink. 

Drama - As I mentioned before I think Drama is the culprit of the glitter fallout on my face. It's a deep purple shimmer which looks really pretty packed onto the outer corner to deepen a look however I almost wish it was a little deeper. 

Base - This shade is just a good all rounder, it sets the lid and provides a shade as almost a transition for the transition shade. 

Soul - This is the shade that initially drew me to the palette however I feel like I'm not really 100% on what to do with it. It looks beautiful as the deeper shade for a halo eye however I find I want to reach for shades from other palettes for the middle. I do really like this shade I just feel it needs more purple shades to work with. 

Incense - This is your standard warm brown and a shade I just don't really reach for. I just feels like its very similar to eccentric which I like just a touch more as its warmer in tone.

Love - This shade is my second favourite (Again the pink obsession continues) out of all the mattes I find this one has the most pigment and is the best shade to use as a transition especially when working with the purples. 

Volatile - This one is a cooler toned matte brown shade, this is good as a crease shade when I work with the more neutral shades in the palette. 

Eccentric - As I mentioned this is the warmer of the two medium browns in the palette. This is the one I tend to reach for as I prefer a warmer eye look. Again though this is one I only use when using the more neutral shades. 

Passion - This is the deepest shade in the palette, I would describe it as a cool toned Burgundy shade which is nice to deepen however I feel like for me I would prefer is if it was deeper and more red toned to offset the cool purples. 

Overall I do really like this palette and the quality is great however its not one I would recommend for beginners as it can tend to all get a bit muddy. I have to admit I expected purples and pinks from Norvina however I did expect it to be a purple palette not a neutral palette with three pops of purple. I do hope ABH go on to release a fully purple palette in the future. 

I'd love to know what you think of this palette. 


  1. It’s such a gorgeous palette and it’s on my list to buy!xx

  2. That palette looks so gorgeous x


  3. There are so many beautiful shades on this palette, I love the look of Dazzling x

  4. The palette is just so beautiful. I can't wait for mine to arrive.

  5. I love the look of the Norvina palette, and I'm trying my best not to get it, as I definitely don't need it haha! Pure Hollywood is such a classic, it's definitely one that everyone seems to love xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

  6. That palette is ever so stunning, I am going to have to get my hands on that!

    Danielle xx

  7. I have a few of the liquid lipsticks and I really like them!

  8. AAAAH that palette is utter perfection, so so stunning! I might need to get it!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  9. It’s really lovely and I can imagine the shades look stunning on you. Xx

  10. I keep going backwards and forwards on this palette! I can see how those shades might be difficult to work with in some ways as I don't want to look like a muddy, bruised mess haha

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  11. The palette is so pretty, I love the purple shades! As for the liquid lipsticks, I love the formula of them x

  12. This has to be one of the most hyped palettes of the year! x


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