Experiment with contrasting textures, from glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matte Cream Pigment in mint green, to express every inch of you alter ego. Coupled with two vibrant Powder Eye Shadows in Hype (bold yellow) and Inception (rich violet), prepare for unparalleled levels of nonconformity.
Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism collection will release 2 new limited-edition palettes. This review is for the Fundamental palette, which includes 2 powder shades and 2 cream shades:
- Powder Shadow in Hype: Bold yellow
- Liquid Metal in Surge: Molten pewter
- Powder Shadow in Inception: Rich Violet
- Cream Pigment in Bedaub: Mint green
This palette comes in standard Illamasqua packaging. The black, plastic compact is shaped like a pinched square and has a snap-shut lid. The compact also conveniently has a full-sized mirror inside.
Hype is a bright, medium, matte yellow. The color is intense and extremely pigmented, giving you great color payoff with just 1-2 swipes of the brush. It applies evenly and opaquely.
Inception is a medium, matte purple. It doesn’t have the same level of pigmentation that Hype does, and requires more layers to even out the finish. The color payoff is decent, but not fantastic.
Surge is a shimmery, grey-based silver with no distinct glitters. The formula is amazingly silky to the touch and the cream glides onto the skin and blends very easily. You can wear a thin, transparent layer of this color on the lids without worrying about creasing. If you want a more opaque color, you should apply a primer first, otherwise the cream will crease after an hour or so.
Bedaub is a pale, mint green with no shimmer. Being a Cream Pigment, it has a very different formula from Surge (which is a Liquid Metal). It is much stiffer in the pan and doesn’t have the Liquid Metal’s silky feel. But it actually blends fairly easily. The pigment is also versatile. You can use it as an eye shadow base as well as on the face to neutralize redness.
This is a high-quality quad that gives you the ability to use both cream and powder products. The least impressive of the 4 shades is Inception, but even that shade is good, particularly given its matte formula.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
The powders apply smoothly, though you will need to layer Inception. Surge applies and blends effortlessly. Bedaub needs a little bit of warming up, but blends well thereafter.
The individual pans are just large enough to comfortably fit an eye shadow brush or your finger and are spaced far enough from each other so that you don’t have to worry about contaminating a shade with its neighbor.
For $42.50 you get a total of 6 grams of product. Illamasqua’s individual shadows cost $20.00 but contain 0.5 grams more product than the powder shadows in this palette. Cream Pigments cost $24.00 each but contain 8-times the product provided in this palette. Liquid Metals cost $26.00 each but contain 4-times more product in their individual form.
After all the math is worked out, you’re actually paying more given the amount of product you get with the Fundamental palette ($7.08/gram versus $4.50/gram).