Crystals are beautiful and commonly used in both jewelry and home décor. Did you know they’ve also been used for thousands of years to heal the mind, body, and soul? There is no scientific evidence to support the benefits of crystals, but many still believe in their powers. One of the most popular crystals is rose quartz, a stunning pink gemstone. Rose quartz is linked to love and is thought to encourage respect, trust, and confidence.
As crystals become increasingly more popular in the modern age, they are now being used in beauty tools, skincare, and makeup. Rose quartz in particular is said to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette harnesses the power of real rose quartz. I think this is a brilliant use for rose quartz since the skin around the eyes is very thin and prone to wrinkles.
Unfamiliar with Aether Beauty? It is a sustainable clean indie beauty brand founded by the former head of product development at Sephora, Tiila Abbitt. All Aether products are cruelty-free, vegan, organic, and packaging is recyclable. That’s not all! Aether Beauty donates a portion of all sales to environmental charities. I love supporting companies that strive to make the world a better place, and that’s exactly what Aether Beauty does every day!
Please continue reading for a full product review of the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette.
Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette claims directly from AetherBeautyCo.com
A rose quartz infused eyeshadow palette that offers a variety of 12 radiant warm shades in shimmer, metallic and matte finishes. This bestselling palette is designed to illuminate the skin with extraordinary luster, these high-payoff, pigment-packed formulas are made with skin-loving ingredients that offer a buttery-like texture for an easy one-swipe application.
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Other product details
- Price: $58.00
- Net weight: 0.56 oz.
- Made in the USA
- 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 coconut oil calms, protects, and hydrates the skin
- Organic shea butter infuses antioxidants and soothes skin
- Organic rosehip oil boosts collagen, reduces inflammation, and brightens
- Packaging is recyclable once pans and elastic band are removed
- 12 shades (there are shade descriptions on AetherBeautyCo.com; I copied most of those here but tweaked some that I thought weren’t quite accurate):
- Rose Quartz antique rose shimmer
- Sandstone light beige matte
- Stardust icy pink shimmer
- Heartstone rose pink shimmer
- Scorpio rose brown matte
- Aphrodite violet gray matte
- Grounding charcoal matte
- Crystalline silver shimmer
- Reawakening pink to gold duo-chrome
- Divine gold to silver duo-chrome
- Aura purple to blue duo-chrome
- Astarte lavender to silver blue duo-chrome
- 1% of sales are donated to The Water Project
- 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: 8.4/10
- Inclusivity: 7/10
- Texture: 8/10
- Pigmentation: 8/10
- Staying power: 10/10
- Price: 9/10
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.
As a fairly new indie brand, Aether Beauty currently only offers four full sized palettes (there are also two quads and two single shadows available, however): Rose Quartz, Amethyst Crystal, Summer Solstice, and Joshua Tree. There is a good amount of variety among these options. Of the four, Rose Quartz is probably the most approachable for everyday wear. For the most part, the shades in this palette are very soft and neutral. Many of them can even be worn as “one and done” eyeshadows for quick eye looks.
I am writing this review from the perspective of someone with fair skin. You can find swatches of all the shades in this palette on AetherBeautyCo.com, and they’re shown on fair, light, and medium skin tones (you can find photos of my own arm swatches coming up in the next section). I think it’s very helpful that they showed those side-by-side comparisons. Unfortunately, I don’t think this palette will work as well on medium to deep skin tones as it does on fair to light skin tones.
The photos below are of a recent eye look I created using the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette. Most of the looks I do with this palette look very similar to this one. If these soft neutral shades speak to you and would work well on your skin tone, I think you’d enjoy this palette very much!
I only took a few points away in this category for a couple of reasons. First off, it is such a reliable approachable palette that’s good for any occasion. This would be the perfect everyday palette for a lot of people. Secondly, while the shades in this palette aren’t ideal for every skin tone, there are other Aether Beauty eyeshadow palettes (especially Amethyst Crystal and Joshua Tree) that would be more fitting for deeper skin tones.
This palette is the perfect mix of mattes, shimmers, and duo-chromes, as there are four of each. Duo-chrome shades aren’t very common and I have very few in my collection, so I was excited to see four duo-chrome shades in this palette! If you’re not familiar with duo-chrome eyeshadows, they shift between two colors.
I enjoy every shade in this palette, but I have to say that the shimmers perform best. They are all buttery smooth and easy to blend. I haven’t experienced any fallout with these shimmers and they look perfect on the eyes with very little effort.
The matte shades don’t swatch well as you can see in the photo on the left, but they do actually blend easily and look beautiful on the eyes. Scorpio is the perfect crease/transition shade! My only complaint about the matte shades is that Aphrodite and Grounding are quite powdery so they require a little more caution during application. With those shades, I always tap the excess off my brush before applying and that helps a lot!
The duo-chrome shades are some of the most beautiful in this palette, but they are the most difficult to work with. It’s hard to pick them up with a brush and when applying with a brush, there is a lot of fallout. I’ve had the best luck applying these duo-chrome shades with my fingers to prevent fallout.
You can probably tell from the swatches above that this is not the most pigmented palette. While that sounds like a con, for many people it isn’t. Lower pigmentation means that you don’t have to be very careful with this palette. These shades are very forgiving. Also, they do build well!
I want to make note of the pigmentation of certain shades. The deepest shade in this palette is Grounding (matte charcoal), and it is quite pigmented. Those with fair skin like me should be careful with this shade because it is easy to apply too much. I always start out with a very small amount and build it up slowly.
I hate to pick on the lovely duo-chrome shades again, but I’m a little disappointed that they aren’t more pigmented. I expected them to have strong pigmentation and apply similarly to the shimmers, but they’re actually quite different. They take effort to build up and even then they never look nearly as intense on the eyes as they do in the pan.
Since this eyeshadow palette has a very clean formula, I wasn’t sure if it would wear as well as most powder eyeshadows. Turns out, I didn’t need to worry at all! Every shade in this palette looks good on my eyes all day long. There is no fading, creasing (with the help of Milani Eyeshadow Primer on my oily eyelids), or smudging. I always hate to wash it off at the end of the day because it still looks so good!
While these eyeshadows have great staying power, they never stain my skin. They’re also easy to wash off, even with regular face wash vs. cleansing balm.
Aether Beauty is not an affordable brand. I would consider Aether Beauty products to be high-end, but not quite luxury, if that makes sense. The Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is $58.00 and I recognize that that is a lot of money for an eyeshadow palette. It’s one of the most expensive ones in my collection. With that being said, I do think it’s worth the price!
Since I received this palette, it’s been rare that I’ve reached for any of my other palettes. It’s just so versatile and easy to work with. Plus, it has a good mix of textures so I never need to bring in other palettes when I’m creating an eye look with this one. Lastly, companies like Aether Beauty are some of my favorites to support. Aether Beauty has high ethical standards and is working to make the world a better place. Those things cost money, so it makes sense that Aether Beauty products would be a little more expensive.
I chose not to add a sixth rating category for packaging, but I couldn’t finish this review without mentioning it. The packaging for the Aether Beauty Rose Quartz Crystal Gemstone Palette is quite beautiful unique!
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 the elastic band shown in this photo. It’s attached to the “lid” and wraps around the backside of the palette to keep it securely closed.
With some eyeshadow 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 eyeshadow, but Aether Beauty took a different approach (probably because of this palette’s layout). 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 be very helpful when instructing others on which shades to use to recreate an eye look.
When I first received this palette, I was really unsure if I was going to like it or not. At first glance, it looks kind of boring. Over the past few months, I’ve come to enjoy it and appreciate its versatility. I could use this palette every single day if I wanted to! I’m especially impressed with this palette because it is formulated with very few ingredients and is completely clean. I honestly think these eyeshadows perform just as well as traditional (non-clean) powder eyeshadow formulas.
I wish I could say this palette is for everyone, but unfortunately I don’t think it’s ideal for those with medium to deep skin tones. I think anyone with fair to light skin that enjoys subtle but elegant eyeshadow palettes, would be very happy with this one. Those with deeper skin tones should check out some of the other Aether Beauty palettes I mentioned. I’ve heard nothing but good things about all Aether Beauty products!
Aether Beauty has a small collection of products at this time, and I can’t wait to see what they release next. Have you tried any products from Aether Beauty? If you have, please let me know in the comments. 🙂