Illamasqua Fundamental Palette – Review, Photos, Swatches

Product Breakdown:

The Illamasqua Fundamental Palette is one of two palettes created especially for the Human Fundamentalism collection. It contains a variety of colours and textures, to actively encourage experimentation with your “alter-ego”.


I have quite high standards when it comes to product pigmentation – the more pigmented a product is, the better I like it, and I think this is why I adore Illamasqua as a general rule. Having said that, I would rate the pigmentation of the Fundamental Palette as 3 out of 4.

Here are the colours in the pan, relatively true to life:

Fundamental Palette Close Up 1 Hype
​Hype Pressed Eyeshadow

Fundamental Palette Close Up 2 Surge
Surge Liquid Metal

Fundamental Palette Close Up 3 Bedaub
Bedaub Cream Pigment

Fundamental Palette Close Up 4 Inception
Inception Pressed Eyeshadow (this is a little darker in real life).

Now here are the hand-swatches:

Swatch Full Sun
​L-R: Inception, Hype, Surge, Bedaub in full sunlight.

Swatch Shade
L-R: Inception, Hype, Surge, Bedaub in the shade.

As you can see from the swatches, I was able to achieve virtually full opacity with Hype pressed eyeshadow (yellow), Surge Liquid Metal (silver) and Bedaub Cream Pigment (mint green). Sadly, I could not get Inception (purple) to swatch any more vividly than this, no matter how much I tried to build it up.

Ease of application:

As far as eye products go, these are fairly easy to apply once you know how to work the product.

  • Bedaub Cream Pigment (mint green) – super easy to use, I apply this with my fingers and it pretty much goes anywhere. I like to use it as an eyeshadow base, as it gives a nice amount of “grab” and it is crease resistant.
  • Surge Liquid Metal (silver) – you really don’t want to use this on your eyelid. Illamasqua liquid metals are so emollient, they crease beyond belief, even with a primer underneath them and a powder to set. Use this anywhere else – it really does give an insanely metallic effect.
  • Hype Powder Eyeshadow (yellow) – apply this anywhere, on it’s own or over a sticky base. It is very highly pigmented, so start with a very small amount on your brush and build it up in layers, or else it may just get out of control.
  • Inception Powder Eyeshadow (purple) – in order to make the most of this product, try applying it over a purple sticky base like NYX Jumbo Pencil in Purple Velvet. I would recommend applying this with a flat shader brush in a patting motion, and don’t try to blend it out. As you will see in the pictures below, when you try to blend it, it becomes quite sheer and very muddy looking.


The measure of longevity is different for each product in this palette:

  • Bedaub is extremely long-wearing, and when applied in a very thin layer all over my lid, it stays for around 7 hours without creasing. When set with a powder eyeshadow it lasts indefinitely, or at least until I take my makeup off!
  • Surge lasts indefinitely when applied to a smooth surface of skin. It doesn’t even last 5 minutes on my eyelids though, it slips around like nobody’s business.
  • Hype lasts indefinitely when applied over a base or primer. On bare skin it starts to fade after around 5 hours.
  • Inception has poor lasting power on me, when applied to bare skin I can’t comment on the lasting power, as it barely applied properly. When applied over a sticky base I can get 2-3 hours wear before it starts to fade.


Fundamental Palette 1

The Fundamental Palette is packaged in the traditional and now-iconic casing that all the Illamasqua Palettes are presented in. Like all Illamasqua’s packaging, it is sleek, black and edgy.

Fundamental Palette 3

Once opened, the palette reveals the 4 pans presented within, and a reasonably large mirror.

Although I love the aesthetic of this palette, it could be considered a little bulky in relation to the volume of product it contains. I don’t find this to be a problem in a palette dedicated to personal use, but it is a deterrent from including it in my professional kit.

Fundamental Palette 5

Anything else worth mentioning?:

Here are a few pictures of a quick look I put together today using this palette. I’ve been experimenting with my new camera and tripod, so the pictures are a little different to my usual face shots.

Fundamental Palette Look Eyes Open 2

Fundamental Palette Look Eyes Closed 2
​In this shot you can clearly see where I have attempted to blend Inception into the outer 1/3 of my eye. Instead of the vibrant purple I hoped for, I was left with a muddy, slightly dirty-looking grey that didn’t blend properly.

Fundamental Palette Look Eyes Open 1

Fundamental Palette Look Eyes Closed 1

What they say:


Experiment with contrasting textures, from glistening Liquid Metal in molten pewter to matt 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.

Available from:

Illamasqua counters, Illamasqua concept stores and online.


$78.00AUD, 30.00GBP
This product was provided for editorial consideration. Makeup Utopia has no affiliation with any companies mentioned and has received no remuneration for posting this review. All opinions are those of the author.
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