When it comes to buying makeup, eyeshadow palettes are a fickle thing. We all use them differently. And what one person absolutely needs in a palette may be different than what someone else needs. So as I start adding more beauty reviews to the blog, I think it’s important to establish a few things. Especially where the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Palette* is concerned.
My eyeshadow palette questions are always the same: Can I travel with this? Is it something different than what I have? Will I use more than 4 colors in this palette? Is it worth the price tag? Do I think I’ll reach for this often? These are all the things I ask before I invest. Do I sway from this occasionally? You bet. But these are the questions I think we need to keep in mind before diving into my opinions on this palette. With that said I have quite a few thoughts to share today. Originally I’d planned to share both Aether Beauty palettes in one go. But I think for now we will just start with one. Let’s chat all things Rose Quartz Crystal Palette*, shall we?
Aether Beauty is a baby in the beauty world only starting in 2018. It’s founder, Tilia, has a passion for creating clean beauty with an ethical sustainable package. So far the brand has produced 2 eyeshadow palettes: Rose Quart Crystal Gemstone Palette* & Crystal Grid Gemstone Palette*. You can purchase both palettes on Sephora, Credo Beauty, The Detox Market and other online beauty boutiques.
Can I travel with this?
When I ask if I can travel with a palette, I’m looking for two things. If a palette will serve as the mirror in my travel bag, it’s a win. Until recently I always relied on my eyeshadow palette to provide whatever mirror I might need to do makeup, particularly my mascara. I also consider whether or not it will be a strong enough option than I won’t feel the need to pack anything else. If I can simply throw it in my bag and not grab anything else, then it’s a winner in my book.
The Rose Quart Crystal Palette* is iffy on both counts. Aether Beauty’s ethical packaging means there isn’t a mirror. So if you rely on that in a palette, this might not be for you. As for packing only this palette on a trip, it’s doable but that depends on how you like your shadow. There isn’t a darker shadow for liners or a super dark color for the outer corners if you want to add depth. Both are options I like to have in a palette when I travel but can work around.
Is it something different than what I have?
Yes, it is. As far as clean beauty goes, I don’t have any other palettes like this one. Finding a good mix of shimmer and matte shadows isn’t always easy. Plus I love that there is a pink theme for the Rose Quartz Crystal Palette.
WILL I USE MORE THAN 4 COLORS IN THIS PALETTE?
Yes, absolutely. I use all the colors in this palette depending on my mood. There’s a good mix of colors for both the crease and inner corner highlight. I can create a look with two colors or 5 colors. I tend to use 3 colors for most of my daily looks. But so far there isn’t a color I’ve found I don’t like.
IS IT WORTH THE PRICE TAG?
One of the things I’ve come to learn since in investing in clean beauty products: you’re paying for what you’re not getting in your makeup. Often time that means there’s a pricier tag on your products. As for the Rose Quartz Crystal Palette, I’m 50/50 on this. If you’re a makeup lover and like to buy new products regularly, dropping $60 on a palette isn’t cheap. However, if you’re someone who uses the same palettes and loves their staple looks, then yes I do think it’s worth the price.
DO I THINK I’LL REACH FOR THIS OFTEN?
It’s already become my go to palette. So much so, I’ve invested in a new makeup bag with a removable mirror* so I don’t have to worry about it when I travel. I love the Rose Quartz Crystal Palette that much. I’ve pretty much exclusively worn this palette everyday since it made its way into my collection last month.
WHAT ARE THE PROS?
The colors are beautiful. There is a nice mix of matte and shimmers in the palette. You can also build up the colors to a stronger pigment if needed. The colors wear well if you use a proper primer combo underneath. You can create tons of looks with it. And overall, it’s filled with good staple colors that can be used every day.
WHAT ARE THE CONS?
If you’re like me, the ethical packaging might come off cheap initially. Not all the colors payoff the way you think they will so it takes some playing to get adjusted to the Rose Quartz Crystal palette. There is no mirror. And the palette could probably do with a darker liner color or something close to a dark burgundy to add depth. Also, the price tag isn’t cheap but is on par for other products in it’s range.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS TO MY BESTIE?
Yes. If I had to suggest one clean eyeshadow palette that would suit the every day looks of my besties, this would fit the bill. And despite all of the cons, I love it enough that I would tell her to buy it.
As a note for anyone considering buying the Rose Quartz Crystal Palette, there are a few bonus things I want to share. I have normal/combo skin. I live in a very humid climate. And I’ve learned how to create a base for my makeup so it lasts. This is all to say, be mindful of what you’re using under your products if you want it to work. My standard primer combo is my RMS concealer* set with my Kjaer Weis powder*. So far I haven’t had any issues with the colors creasing or wearing oddly.
Have you tried Aether Beauty’s Rose Quartz Crystal Palette? I’d love to know what you think! Be sure to leave me a comment below and let me know. Until next time. Xoxo, Savvy
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