It’s a while since Illamasqua brought out anything that I’ve really loved, but they’ve knocked it out of the park with their lastest collection, Human Fundamentalism launching on March 15th.
I love that the inspiration comes from celebrating humanity’s connection with colour, there is something very Cirque du Soliel about it – which isn’t a bad thing – that pushes our thoughts about what is normal and what is freakish. Very few make-up ranges have achieved this; a proper challenge to perception via colour. The imagery backs up the challenges and shows men and women of all ages and race celebrating colour. However, the one thing missing is people of differing abilities; this collection seems ripe to showcase that and I feel it missed an opportunity in doing so. A humanity and perception theme feels lacking without it.
The colours are FABULOUS! All the rich pigmentation we have come to expect; glistening metallics and outrageous hues – watch the teal lipstick, Apocalips, fly off the shelves. I’ve swatched the palettes and the new lipstick (along with Box in red) below:
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|Lipstick in Apocalips (Teal) and Box|
|Apocalips (£15.50) and Box swatched|
|Neutral Palette (£30) in Stealth (white), Vintage (gold), Wolf (brown) and Obsidian (black)|
|Neutral Palette Swatched|
|Fundamental Palette Hype (yellow), Liquid Metal (bronze), Mint Green Cream Pigment and Inception (violet)|
|Fundamental Palette Swatched|
The new nail polishes, Stance and Nomad, are exquisite; particularly Stance which is a super-bright mauve/pink shade. They’re £13.50 each. The other highlight is Precision Ink in white (Scribe).
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