I recently purchased the Self-Made palette, the latest and greatest from Anastasia and Norvina, and rather than write a rather predictable post about how much I love it and how much you need it in your life, so buy it now because it’s limited edition (though I’d like to point out that the Maya Mia, Artist, and Shadow Couture palettes are also all LE and still quite available online), I thought I would show some comparisons between it and the other palettes of theirs that I own.
This isn’t really a dupes post — since they’re all shadows manufactured by the same company, they’re going to (obviously and appropriately) have some differences. But if you haven’t been able to get your hands on the Self-Made palette, or think you might pass on it this time around, know that if you’re the proud owner of their other palettes, you’ll be able to create some similar looks to those created by beauty gurus and the like.
Overall, this palette is beautiful and absolutely worth the $35 price tag — it features 14 shadows, some new, some customer favorites, and some duplicate in name but not color (???), and they’re really gorgeous and for the most part pigmented and easily blendable. I purchased mine at Ulta, using the Platinum Ultamate Rewards coupon for 20% off, making this a paltry $28, which is only a few bucks more than the latest NYX eyeshadow palettes.
The other ABH palettes I own are:
- Lavish palette
- Maya Mia palette
- Artist palette
- Shadow Couture palette
At the time of their release, the Tamanna and Amrezy palettes didn’t really excite me all that much, but in hindsight I really wish I’d picked them up. They’re the only LE palettes that sold out for good, so I think most of my reasoning is that I want something everyone else wanted so desperately more than the shadows appealing to me. Of the five palettes I own, the Maya Mia is without question the most disappointing, with a few lackluster shadows that pack about as much pigmentation as cheap drugstore eyeshadows and a variety of colors that you can find in, well, all your other neutral palettes. I almost never use it, unfortunately, but I continue to hold onto it because maybe, just maybe I’ll really want to use something out of it (and I will say that the Caramel shadow is quite lovely, so I should probably put it to use before Fall is up).
My most beloved palette thus far is the Shadow Couture palette because there’s not a single dud out of the twelve shadows it features, and it’s warm-toned overall, which I tend to lean more toward when creating eye looks. It’s also very cohesive and feels complete — you don’t have to reach for another palette to supplement your look, and you can create dozens of different looks using it alone. To be honest, if you were to only purchase one ABH/Norvina palette, I’d say get the Shadow Couture because you’ll use it the most (unless, of course, you hate warm tones, in which case put it back on the shelf and maybe look more at the Urban Decay Naked Smoky palette, which will run you $24 more but is devoid of warmth).
I didn’t find similar colors for each shadow in the Self-Made palette because some are rather unique and because I don’t own the Tamanna or Amrezy palettes, but I was able to find near dupes for 11 of the 14. And in looking online, if you don’t have the Amrezy palette like me, don’t feel bad because you will DEFINITELY have similar shadows (or the actual ones) in the Shadow Couture and Self-Made palettes.
There have been some complaints that she’s putting duplicate shadows in her palettes, but I think that argument is unfounded. Companies can’t manufacture products with the assumption that every person who purchases them will already have an arsenal of their previously manufactured products. And unless you’re giving me ten boring shadows I already own *coughs* Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani *ahem*, having a fan favorite in more than one palette isn’t really perturbing.
I found 11 shadows with similar previously released counterparts. In each photo, the top swatch is from the Self-Made Palette, and the bottom is its near dupe:
- Pink Champagne/Pink Champagne from the Shadow Couture Palette — is it just me or do they look different? I feel like the Pink Champagne of the Self-Made palette is pinker, while the Shadow Couture version is more champagne. I’m not sure if that’s intentional or just a fluke, but they’re both gorgeous
- Metallic Plum/Pink Sapphire from the Lavish Palette — okay, Metallic Plum is darker, but they’re from the same color family, so if you were to apply Pink Sapphire over some black base, I’ll bet you’d end up with Metallic Plum or something very similar
- Witchy/Antique from the Lavish Palette — like Metallic Plum and Pink Sapphire, same color family, just one is a darker shade than the other, and Antique is a proper satin finish
- Blush/Beigely from the Artist Palette — these two are quite similar and make for beautiful highlight options
- Buttery/Buttery from the Artist Palette — these are exact duplicates and are perfect for setting your eye primer or using as a matte highlight. I actually use Buttery quite a bit from the Artist Palette, so it’s nice to have a second!
- Deep Purple/Unicorn from the Artist Palette — I feel like Deep Purple is what Unicorn wants to be but just didn’t quite make it, but in color they’re quite similar
- Hot & Cold/Rum Cake from the Lavish Palette — I kind of question whether these are actually the same shadow with different names because they’re pretty spot on. Hot & Cold swatches better, however, and is less patchy on the skin, which makes sense because the Lavish palette was her very first and, I assume, of lower quality.
- Sherbert/Bellini from the Shadow Couture palette — a little lighter and a little more shimmery, Bellini is Sherbert’s little sister
- Isla/Aqua from the Maya Mia Palette — behold the two most underwhelming shadows in the whole lot — they’re severely underpigmented and take several layers to show up properly on the skin. I’m not sure what’s going on, but Anastasia and Norvina need to re-evaluate the formula of their teal shadows.
- Spirit Rock/Black Diamond from the Lavish Palette — both have bits of glitter in them, though I’m very pleased to see Spirit Rock is a lot more pigmented
- Hot Chocolate/Fudge from the Shadow Couture Palette — one’s cool, one’s warm, both are beautiful in the crease and outer corner
At the end of the day, it’s obviously easier and more economical to purchase just the Self-Made palette if you haven’t bought her shadows before than to buy the other four. And I don’t think you should be disappointed with the similarities if you’re like me and hoard all things ABH. I think what this really indicates is that her palettes, while beautiful standalones, work really nicely with each other, and I love that. For awhile, I used the Lavish and Artist Palettes together a lot.
Did you pick up the Self-Made Palette? What’s your favorite palette by Anastasia and Norvina? Are you SUPER EXCITED for the Makeup by Mario collab???