Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism “Neutral” Palette

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette

Availability: Sephora
Price: $42.50

Company’s Description

Create sculpted highlights and stark contours anywhere on your face and body with these four pivotal Powder Eye Shadows. From our new antique gold shade, Vintage – exclusive to this palette – and matte shades Stealth (creamy buttermilk) and Wolf (rich chocolate brown), to the smoky charcoal depths of new shade Obsidian (rich black), express your inner light and darkness with riotous glamour.

Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism collection will release 2 new limited-edition palettes. This review is for the Neutral palette, which includes the following eye shadow shades:

  • Stealth: Creamy Buttermilk
  • Wolf: Chocolate Brown
  • Vintage: Antiqued Gold
  • Obsidian: Rich Black


Packaging: 9.5/10

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.

Quality: 8.25/10

Stealth is a matte cream color. The formula is stiff and dry, so it takes multiple layers to get the color to show up on the skin and to even out the finish.

Vintage is a soft, creamy, shimmery golden-brown. It has great pigmentation and glides onto the skin evenly.

Wolf is a matte, medium brown. The formula is a little softer than Stealth, but it still requires layering to smooth out the finish.

Obsidian is a true, matte black that has the same formula as Wolf. The color isn’t opaque or even on the first layer.

I am less impressed with this palette than with the Fundamental palette. I like that Illamasqua is offering customers a quad with matte shades (companies need to do this more), but the formula needs to be creamier.

Ease of Use: 8.25/10

Expect to spend time layering all the colors except Vintage. And expect to really dig into Stealth to get the shadow to transfer onto the skin.

Price: 9.5/10

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. So, with a single shadow, you pay $10/gram and with the palette you pay $7/gram.

Final Grade

Illamasqua Eye Shadow Palette Box Packaging

Illamasqua Eye Shadow Palette Packaging

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette Swatches

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Stealth

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Stealth Swatch

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Vintage

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Vintage Swatch

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Wolf

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Wolf Swatch

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Obsidian

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Neutral Palette: Obsidian Swatch


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3 Responses to Review & Swatches: Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism “Neutral” Palette

  1. Bronwyn says:

    I love this quad, but you’re right, the mattes are defs a bit on the dry side. The gold shade is gorgeous, and somewhat unique.

  2. GORGEOUS palette and swatches!!

  3. Ela says:

    I’m glad this palette got just a B, because I was trying my best not to order this from Illamasqua’s website. The colors are gorgeous and I love matte eyeshadows but I really don’t need another average quality palette.

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