It’s that time of the year again – holiday releases are coming. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of these launches and, while some brands have slacked off a little in 2020 (understandable given how the pandemic has impacted everything), there are still a lot of great ones! From celebratory eyeshadow palettes to brilliant skincare sets – there’s so much to choose from.
It would be exhaustive to include absolutely everything, so this article mostly features things that I’m personally interested in trying or think would be a great gift option. Most, if not all, of these will be beauty related and available either in Australian stockists or online – all information which you will find here, of course.
Please note that this list is also being updated as new announcements are made so let me know if there’s a brand or release you think I should add in!
It’s a fact that I am obsessed with purple so the release of the first Norvina Pro Palettes caught my eye more than all of the others. The main issue that I had with it was the size – I’ve had storage issues for a while so have been avoiding larger palettes but I really liked the colour story here. I was so on the fence about it but then my best friends made the choice for me: I got the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette for my 28th birthday!
I know – I am spoiled and so, so lucky.
The Pro Pigment Palette was the first release from the (sort of) sub-range Norvina. Although it still sits under the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand, the direction of their line is more vibrant, youthful and experimental, drawing its influence from Norvina herself (who is the current president of ABH and also the daughter of its founder). Since the release of this first palette, there have been quite a few other releases in this range and honestly – it is the bomb and I am loving the direction!
I always highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes, and the Soft Glam one is definitely the most wearable of the range. This is one that I picked up on a whim while I was in the States. I wasn’t originally intending on getting it, because I usually gravitate towards brighter and bolder eye make up, but the quality of these shadows is incredible and the colours really do look better in real life (though I hope these photos can do it some justice).
Since getting this, I find that I can using neutral shades more in my every day routine and I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this sort of colour palette. Of course, I still don’t feel like I (or anyone) needs multiple neutral toned palettes but if you are going to invest in one, then the Soft Glam is a great one to look into!
With the end of August approaching, I decided to start a new series on my blog! This is my ‘Want (Don’t) Need’ series, which is essentially where I talk about different products that have caught my eye and that I want to buy – usually new releases or new to me. I’ll also briefly discuss a few products that I have decided to pass on for now, whether it is because the formula isn’t meant for my skin type/tone or because I have repeats in my own collection – that is, I don’t need it.
Aside from helping me to analyse my own shopping habits, because I have a big problem when it comes to buying make up and skincare, I hope that these posts will also help you to decide what products that you want to try out too! Remember that I haven’t personally tried out any of these, so these posts are not reviews. If a product is in my Don’t Need list, that doesn’t mean that it’s bad or that it isn’t worth checking out – it just means that, for whatever reason, I have decided I don’t personally need it in my collection.
And so, there is no better time to start this because my birthday is at the beginning of September! I’ll be letting myself splurge a little bit on treats for myself so it’s good to get thoughts down. I have been trying to limit my spending lately so there’s quite a few things I have my eyes on.
Since my birthday is coming up in a little under a month, and I have decided to get myself the Norvina palette as my present to myself, I figured that I should get starting on reviewing some of these palettes that I’m hoarding! Ever since I bought Modern Renaissance, I had unofficially decided that I would be buying all of the new ones – even if it is just to continue my collection. That all being said, these are a higher end product and they are not cheap – each of these palettes retail for AUD$75 at Sephora or USD$42 on the Anastasia Beverly Hills website. I had gotten my hands on all of the previous ones but I was super hesitant about the Subculture palette.
Essentially, there was a lot of criticism about the shadows being excessively dusty – to the point where people were easily hitting pan by swirling their brush around. In addition, some people were having trouble with the shades not blending together well – the colours either turned muddy or would skip and become patchy. There have been a lot of mixed reviews about this; some people really love the Subculture palette and others don’t.
This palette launched with a lot of controversy and, in my opinion, probably showed a side of the brand that I’m not a fan of – i.e. Norvina’s less than apologetic statement on the criticisms of the product. However, I’m also glad that they did take the feedback into account and did both a rerelease and a refund for those who bought the original.
The one that I own was bought recently on sale at Sephora – I got it for 40% off and I know that it’s also on sale at a lot of places now. This is one of the newer, ‘fixed’ batches so I am definitely not seeing the same issues that other people do. In fact, I personally really enjoy this palette – I love the colour scheme and the pigmentation works really well for me.
So, read on to see my own review on this palette so you can decide whether you want to add to your collection.
I’ve been so excited for this holiday season (and spending a crazy, stupid amount of money) because there have been almost endless limited edition products being released – from the Fenty Galaxy Launch, the Urban Decay (which is my favourite holiday release) and then now this… I need to relearn how to exist. Anyway, before I get carried away with my little antics, let’s get into it.
So Anastasia Beverly Hills is based out of – you guessed it – Beverly Hills and they’re especially known for their brow products (their pomade is one of my favourites and daily essentials). They have also become really popular for their Modern Renaissance palette and… well, also went viral for the Subculture palette which was much less well recieved. Their next release was one that a lot of people have been anticipating – how would it compare to their original, cult classic and would this be a repeat of the ‘Subculture disaster’?
This is the Prism Palette from Anastasia Beverly Hills, which is their limited edition (at the moment) holiday release for 2017. This is available online at Cult Beauty and from Sephora US – unfortunately, it has yet to hit Australian shores and I’m not sure if it will or when. I got this from overseas and it is currently selling for USD$42 – which is the standard price for their eyeshadow palettes. Compared to Korean beauty brands, these luxury Western brands are definitely a lot more expensive but I really think that these eyeshadows are so much better quality and easier to work with that it’s incomparable. Personally, I usually reach for these palettes over Korean eyeshadows because I’m a fan of bold colours and super pigmentation – both of which this palette delivers!
Let’s get right into it because I want to show you all these colours!