These trio of eyeshadows from Illamasqua’s latest Human Fundamentalism* collection landed on my desk this week and I thought I’d post up some swatches.  The three matte shades are: Vernau (yellow ochre), CanCan (bright lilac purple), and Pivot (yellow green).  Get ready for some piccies… (I dunno why I always say that like it’s 2001 and you’re all hitting X so as not to max out your 56k dial up *shrugs*)

The shades have fair to good pigmentation (for mattes) and blend nicely.  The pick up is powdery but again, this is something you often have to contend with when you’re using a matte formula.  On with the swatches…

Applied on dry skin with no primer (please excuse the cycling scratches).  The pales don’t look too chalky considering.

Each shade applied with Illamasqua’s Sealing Gel* (as you would for an eyeliner application).

My attempts at a FOTD sadly ended with me looking at myself in the mirror and declaring “you look like a twat in those colours”.

But…. and this is where it gets interesting…

I went to the bathroom to remove my clown face and upon scrubbing with face wash and warm water….

The swatches done with the Sealing Gel would. not. budge.  I mean, they really wouldn’t budge.  I’m sat here 5 hours later and they’re still looking at me.

So my review is being thoroughly hijacked because I can’t coo over a trio of eyeshadows in shades that I wouldn’t be seen dead in (did I mention Illamasqua will makeover your dead body?).  However… I can get excited over the Illamasqua Sealing Gel which would be a phenomenal addition to your makeup routine if, like me, you have hooded eyelids and can’t stop eyeliner from transfering up to your hairline when you blink a bit too hard.

The shadows are ok, if you’re gonna get all hot and sweaty over them… you probably don’t read my blog anyway to be honest.  But check out the inconspicuous looking bottle of sealing gel next time you’re near a counter.  I already own/use a mineral-makeup branded sealing gel… this is 100x better.

Illamasqua’s sealing gel is priced at £10.50 and can be purchased on counter or online.  Also, if you haven’t seen them already – check out Illa’s pretty glorious moving swatches on their new-fangled website.  The Human Fundamentalism Collection can be seen here.

* press sample


12 Responses to “Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism: Vernau, Pivot and CanCan eyeshadow swatches”

  1. liloo says:

    aaaaaaaaaa i didnt need to get any further encouragement over this essential sealing gel. maybe the buyapowa monkey (is anyone obsessed) can offer it to us for cheaper.
    p.s happy to hear it’s ‘just’ a cycling scratch and not a burn. ouchie
    i hope we’ll see a piccie of leila on a little tricycle with ribbons flying in the air. YOU DIDN’T FORGET THE RIBBONS, RIGHT? :) x

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  2. I have and love the sealing gel! And Vernau seems pretty interesting (I had CanCan and liked the product but it’s just not a color I really ever wear so I gave it away)

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  3. Sydney says:

    I like it when your blog posts take an unexpected turn :)
    It always reminds me of your unwavering honesty.

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  4. I’m really intrigued by the sealing gel now! How do you use it? Just dip your brush in it, then in the eyeshadow? Does that hurt the eyeshadow?

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  5. Phyrra says:

    That green with the sealing gel is AMAZING.

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  6. Dammit I was just going to say what Phyrra said. But anyway… yes. The green as a liner would be amazeballlsomggggineed it. That’s all. And Illamasqua sealing gel is the sh*t. Love love love it.

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  7. Sara says:

    Ok I bought the Sealing Gel about a year ago and have never used it. Must get on that!

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  8. Andrea says:

    I bought Cancan a couple pf years ago and hated it, the pigmentation was terrible and it was very chalky. Big fan of the sealing gel though!

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  9. I have the sealing gel and absolutely adore it! It’s staying power is second to none, and I love how vibrant it makes colours look :) I agree with you on the eyeshadow though. I only seem to be able to wear taupe at the moment (but must admit I am unashamedly happy in my taupe rut!), so the colours aren’t really calling to me!

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  10. Claire says:

    dry I though ‘eh, they’re ok’ but with the sealing gel? LOVELY :) Especially pivot!

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