I was kindly sent the MAKE Colour Aether Palette* by the folks over at MAKE and Autumn PR, which was exciting for me, as I wanted this so badly but settled on trying out one palette first, the Post-Impressionism Palette (reviewed here), which I ended up loving a lot.
The reason for this edit-out-in-favor of another palette is because… well, this palette is a bit experimental as far as palettes go. Aether is an artist collaboration with Faye Toogood, a furniture designer, and makeup artist Ayami Nishhimura.
“Opaque and pure, Aether is an endeavor for the absolute and the eternal, with a series of hues in cool and warm matte whites set off by deep flesh lips, which Nishimura interprets into an other worldly look.”
First of all, this palette has three matte white eyeshadows—Salt Flat, Warm White, and Cool White—a medium matte grey, a cool matte yellow, and two pale glitter eyeshadows. Oh, and one fleshy lip color. I loved the idea of tonal whites, but it truly wasn’t the most practical palette for me to get as an introduction to the brand.
As you can see, Quartz and Alabaster are only slightly tonally different, with Alabaster just being the tiniest hint warmer.
Here, you can see the very subtle tonal differences between the three whites in the palette. Salt White seems to be the “purest” white, Warm White has a little touch of cream, and Cool White has a slight tinge of grey. That a makeup company would make an eight-pan palette with three matte whites is just so insane to me. And I love MAKE for doing that!
This is the left side of the palette with two of the three matte whites and two glitter shades. The differences in each shade is so subtle. So, here are some looks I made with Aether. It can be done, yessir!
LOOK 2: I used Sulfur on the inner 2/3 of the lid, and Cement on the outer 1/3, taking both up a bit past the crease. I also used Deep Flesh, which is the only lipstick color in this palette.
LOOK 3: I used Salt Flat, Quartz, Sulfur, and Cement on the lids! Then I patted on Deep Flesh lightly on the lips and cheeks. And I guess I will have perpetually wonky brows.
This is such a great sleeve, with a debossed/spot UV coated creamy white paint blob over a frosty, cool white—driving home the concept of this beautiful tonal palette.
I think Bea said it best in the comments of the Post-Impressionism Palette review:
“I’m going to be honest and say I’m not terribly impressed with the quality of Make’s eyeshadows based on the Celeste e Verde palette. They kick up a lot of fuss and are tricky to work with. […] This is one case where everything else makes up for an underwhelming performance, and I totally agree with what you said about the feelings the palettes can bring up. I love how carefully each collection is designed, how adventurous the palettes are, and how strongly each collection evokes a specific mood/feeling. […]
Makeup collections nowadays are so predictable and boring, and the themes are so vague that brands can basically throw in whatever shades they want and invent reasons. But with MAKE the inspiration comes out so strongly in the palettes. You can tell that the artists’ preserved their various source material in the purest form possible, even if that means going rogue (Aether’s 50 shades of white). It’s the only brand that made me question: why these colors? Why this inspiration? What about this combination makes it work?
And maybe that’s what makes MAKE special: it invites you to look at makeup like you would a work of art. To study, appreciate, and ask questions. Or, if you’re shabby at art appreciation like yours truly, at the very least, it invites you to react and feel.”Bea, whose comment I linked because it really is how I feel about MAKE as a brand.
Anyway, that’s that! I really adore this palette. Not because it’s functional or totally flattering for me to wear, but because it is beautiful in itself, and it was able to tell me a beautiful story using three tones of white.
* PR Sample
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