Did you catch my product review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette a couple of weeks ago? It’s a beautiful palette with 12 versatile eyeshadow shades infused with real rose quartz. That palette is one of my all-time favorites and it can be used to create a variety of soft neutral looks. If that eye palette appeals to you, you may also be interested in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette!
The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is infused with rose quartz, just like the corresponding eye palette. As I mentioned in the review of the eye palette, rose quartz is an interesting skincare ingredient because it is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. For that reason, I think we can all agree that rose quartz is a great addition to any skincare or makeup product!
While I’m excited about the rose quartz and some of the other ingredients in this product, they aren’t the reason I purchased this cheek palette. I just thought it was gorgeous! I love blushes, but I think it was the highlighter that really pulled me in. I’m not usually a big highlighter girl, but this shade is perfect for my skin tone and different from anything else I’ve ever tried.
To learn more about this cheek palette, please keep reading for a full product review!
Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com
A rose quartz infused cheek palette with two soft-focus blushes and one luminous highlighter. High-payoff, pigment-packed formulas. Velvety pressed powders that build effortlessly and blend seamlessly. Organic skincare oils that boost collagen and brighten skin, provide antioxidants, and reduce inflammation. Harnessing the power of Rose Quartz, these radiant powders help to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and redness. Can be worn on the face, eyes, lips and body.
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Other product details
- Price: $44.00
- Net weight: 0.3 oz.
- Made in the USA
- Cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny certified)
- Free of gluten, talc, parabens, nanoparticles, and fragrance
- Formulated with ethically sourced mica
- Special ingredients:
- Rose quartz reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and redness
- Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
- Jojoba seed oil moisturizes and reduces inflammation
- Indian sappanwood bark extract contains antioxidants
- Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
- Three shades
- Heart icy pink highlighter
- Compassion peachy-pink matte blush
- Self-love rose pink matte blush
- 1% of sales donated to charity
- Where to buy: AetherBeautyCo.com and Amazon.com
- AetherBeautyCo.com ships internationally to many countries, but I wasn’t able to find a list of those countries.
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- Overall rating: 8.6/10
- Inclusivity: 7/10
- Packaging/ease of application: 10/10
- Texture: 10/10
- Staying power: 8/10
- Price: 8/10
Please note that I am not a makeup artist. The opinions expressed in this review are my own, as a regular person that loves makeup.
There are actually three Aether Beauty cheek palettes: Rose Quartz, Ruby, and Amber. Of the three, Rose Quartz is the most appropriate for fair to light skin tones. Since I have quite fair skin, I thought it would be the best option for me. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette is ideal for medium to deep skin tones since the blushes aren’t very pigmented and the highlighter is very light. In these arm swatches, I swiped the blushes on several times to build up the color. The highlighter is quite pigmented, but again, it is very light!
If Rose Quartz was the only cheek palette option from Aether Beauty, I would be more bothered by its lack of usability for a variety of skin tones. Thankfully, the Amber cheek palette would be a good choice for many skin tones. It’s light enough that it could be used with a light hand on fair to light skin, yet deep enough to also work for medium to deep skin tones.
I actually had a hard time deciding between the Amber and Rose Quartz palettes, but I thought I’d probably get more use out of the Rose Quartz palette. The Ruby palette is beautiful, and also the deepest of the three palettes. It is best suited for medium to deep skin tones.
As for inclusivity as preferences go, again I think it’s great that Aether Beauty offers more than one colorway. I think the Rose Quartz palette might be the most approachable of the three options (if these shades work for your skin tone) and is great for everyday wear. Each of the shades can be worn individually, mixed, or layered, to achieve the desired finish and color intensity.
Packaging/ease of application
If you read my review on the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette, the packaging portion of this review will be redundant because the eye and cheek palettes have very similar packaging. Feel free to skip down to the ease of application portion of this section. 😉
Sustainability is a big part of Aether Beauty’s ethos, so this palette is made without a mirror or magnets. The packaging is completely recyclable once the pans and elastic band are removed. Since there aren’t magnets, this cardboard palette is kept closed with an elastic band. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.
With some palettes, it’s very difficult to find shade names. I think it’s easiest when shade names are printed on the palette with the pans of product, but Aether Beauty took a different approach. There is a clear plastic sheet with the shade names printed on it that you can keep in the palette. I’m guessing that a lot of people won’t keep that plastic sheet since it would be easy to lose, so the shade names are also printed on a sticker on the back of the packaging. Both the plastic sheet and shade names printed on the back are shown in the photo below. I don’t care too much about shade names myself, but they can sometimes be helpful, especially if you want to create a tutorial.
The pan sizes in this palette are very generous, making it easy to dip a brush in and pick up a sufficient amount of product. For the blushes, I dip my fluffy Real Techniques 400 Blush Brush in and swirl it around a couple of times because these are not overly powdery blushes. Since these blushes aren’t highly pigmented, they are very easy to apply without looking “over-blushed.” I like to apply the Compassion shade first and then a little bit of Self-love on top for a bright pop of color.
I apply the highlighter, Heart, with my little Real Techniques Setting Brush. This highlighter isn’t the most intense I’ve ever seen, but it would be easy to go overboard with it if you’re not careful. The RT setting brush makes it easy to only apply this highlighter exactly where I want it. It blends into the skin seamlessly and looks even better with setting spray because that helps it to “melt” into the skin!
The two blushes in this palette are very matte, but they both work beautifully with the highlighter. For those that prefer shimmery blushes, a little or a lot of the highlighter could be mixed with one or both of the blushes. I really like how customizable these shades are!
The blushes don’t feel very soft to the touch in the pan, but they apply very smoothly and easily. They don’t catch and stick to look patchy like some blushes do. I appreciate that they aren’t too powdery, so when you dip a brush into these blushes, there isn’t any “kick-up.” They also aren’t pressed in the pan too hard, so it’s easy to pick up product on a brush.
The highlighter formula feels much different from the blushes, but that makes sense since it is a shimmery product. The highlighter is so smooth, it feels buttery. Much less product is needed with the highlighter compared to the blushes since it is a softer formula.
Aether Beauty states in the product description that this cheek palette can be used on the face, eyes, lips and body. I have never felt inclined to put powder on my lips so I’m not sure how well that would work (maybe tap a bit of the highlighter over a regular lip product for extra shine?). The highlighter could also be used on the body, but I don’t put any makeup on my body (and I’m not sure how anyone would use blush on the body).
I have, however, used the blushes and highlighter on my eyes. Both formulas work well as eyeshadows! It’s nice that this palette can be used for multitasking, especially if you want to travel and pack lightly. In this photo, I’m wearing Self-love (blush) and Heart (highlighter) on my cheeks, and all three shades on my eyes. 🙂
The blushes in the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette aren’t the most long-wearing blushes. I might be a harsh judge since I have an e.l.f. Primer Infused Blush in my collection! That one lasts all day long with zero fading. While the Aether Beauty blushes don’t have the greatest staying power I’ve seen, they also stay on reasonably well. My skin seems to absorb some blush formulas, but not this one so much. The color lasts all day, but there is some fading after several hours. I’m not bothered by this since almost every blush I’ve tried fades some throughout the day.
I’ve found that the highlighter’s staying power is better than that of the blushes. Once it’s blended into the skin, it doesn’t seem to lose its color or luster. I still notice that beautiful subtle glow at the very end of the day right before removing my makeup.
I admit, it’s difficult for me to judge the price of this cheek palette since it’s the first cheek palette I’ve ever owned. I usually buy products individually instead of in a palette format (except for eyeshadow palettes!).
The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette is $44.00, which means each shade is $14.67. That is expensive, but Aether Beauty is not a “drugstore” or affordable brand. It’s a high-end clean beauty brand with very high standards that cost money to maintain.
This cheek palette is unique and special, making it worth the high price tag. It is formulated with excellent natural clean ingredients (including ethically-sourced mica), the packaging is recyclable, and all three shades are wearable and versatile to be worn individually, mixed, or layered. I also really appreciate that Aether Beauty donates 1% of every sale to charity. Aether Beauty is a great company to support!
I’ve had the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Charged Cheek Palette in my collection for a few months now and it’s become one of my most used makeup products! These shades go with just about every outfit and makeup look I create. It also helps that the palette itself is so pretty! It’s hard to reach for other cheek products when this one calls my name every time I see it. 🙂
I think anyone close to my skin tone or a little bit darker would enjoy the blushes and highlighter in this palette. If you have a medium to deep skin tone, I’d definitely recommend the Amber or Ruby cheek palettes. All three colorways are beautiful!
Do you prefer individual cheek products, or cheek palettes like this one? There are definitely merits to both product formats. Please share your thoughts with me in the comments below!