The Huda Beauty Rose Quartz Palette contains 18 shades and has a cooler-toned, rosy theme to it. It’s almost like a neutral palette with a little bit more to it. 8 of the shades are matte, 9 are shimmers and there is 1 gloss topper. Of the 9 shimmers, some of them are described as being creams on Sephora’s product page (screenshot below). The info on the Huda website is slightly different and the way they feel isn’t what I think of as true creams. They just don’t have that dry feel that you might expect.
All of the creams in this palette are more emollient than a regular powder shadow and they adhere easily to the skin but they still have shimmer/sparkle fallout like a drier formula would have (maybe just not quite as much). They are not “squishy”. There are also regular powder shimmers in here and between the two different types, there isn’t a whole lot of difference in the way they feel.
All the of mattes swatched easily with hardly any patchiness or streakiness. They had a smooth, fine texture and felt very consistent throughout the palette.
Quartz is a marbled shade and is described as being a cream. When all the marbling is mixed, it is a light copper with smaller particles and is semi-sheer but can be built up to look more opaque.
Aura is a medium reddish brown with a matte finish.
Gratitude is rosy brown with a matte finish.
Cosmic Love is another marbled cream. It has a lot of large sparkles that have a subtle blue/pink/purple shift and a sheer warm brown base color. It has more sparkles than base color in it, so if I swatch it lightly, it looks mostly sheer with tons of iridescence. I can also build it up to look the way it does in the heavier swatch.
Empowered is a deep grey powder shimmer. This is one of the most pigmented shades in the palette. I got full color payoff in two swipes. It has a thicker, almost waxy-feeling texture to it, picks up easily and adheres quickly to the skin. It’s not super obvious in the swatch but this has some large silver sparkles in it. I thought they showed up more easily when I applied this to the eye.
Joy is a light pink powder shimmer. It has a mixture of small and medium-sized particles. In the swatch, this looks somewhat grey/lavender but in real life this has a warmer golden glow to it with larger purple pinpoints.
Precious is a medium purplish grey with a matte finish.
Energized is a metallic cream. It feels slightly creamier than some of the other “creams” in this palette and is the most metallic looking shade in the palette. It swatches with full opacity but goes on a little more sparkly/sheer with a brush.
Love Stone is a pearly gloss. It has “pebbles” of pigment deeper underneath the surface that took me several swatches and uses to finally get to. It feels like waxy lip balm and doesn’t have a super glossy finish to it.
Cherished is a pale matte pink with a decent amount of color payoff for this type of shade.
Blissful is a cream. It has large light blue-green sparkles and a sheer warm brown base color. It reminds me a little of Devinah Messier but doesn’t have as strong of a shift.
Happiness is a medium bubble gum pink with a matte finish.
Mantra is a charcoal grey with a matte finish.
Serenity is a muted pinkish lavender with a matte finish.
Abundance has lots of small purplish silver shimmer particles with some larger specks of blue and pink sparkle that don’t show up all that easily. It is similar in texture and finish to Joy and Empowered. You can probably tell in the swatch above, it looks thick and it feels that way too. It is easy to pick up color and applies with plenty of payoff.
Moon Magic is a cream and a lot like Cosmic Love in that it is heavy on the large sparkles with a very sheer warm brown base color. The sparkles shift pink to blue. This one can be built up but its more sheer and I can see my skin or any other shade I put under it more easily than with the other shimmers.
Radiate is a matte dusty rose.
Self Love is a marbled cream with part of the color being more gold and the other being a light pink. The way I swatched this, I can see both colors in the swatch because I didn’t try to really swirl both shades together. I kind of like the ombre effect this shade gives.