Wanna summon your inner '80s kid, which totally exists? You can invoke a classic movie from the decade with your makeup, thanks to the Sola Look Flashdance Matte Eyeshadow Palette. The brand tipped Bustle off about the Flashdance makeup palette, which features the iconic image of Jennifer Beals as welder-by-day, dancer-by-night Alex in her off-the-shoulder sweatshirt and red heels on the cover, earlier this summer. Now have more details, more photos, and IRL experience with the matte shadows themselves.
The palette space is increasingly crowded with new collections, from blogger collabos to the latest blockbuster addition to the Urban Decay NAKED series with the NAKED Ultimate Basics all-matte shadow palette. The indie brand's Flashdance palette manages to stand out amid an influx of peers because of the packaging, the source of inspo, and the quality of these mattes.
So, when can you buy Sola Look's Flashdance Eyeshadow palette and where?
The Flashdance palette, which is $32 and features four XL pans of shadows inspired by the film's industrial, Pittsburgh setting, will go on sale via the Sola Look site on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at midnight ET. The fact that the brand opted to use the film's steel mills where Alex worked as a source of inspo for the hues, as opposed to something more obviously beautiful, like Beals herself, is what makes the palette stand out.
Another quality that sets the Flashdance palette apart? Oh, the fact that it's just four eyeshadows. The pans are huge, so you get a lot of product. Since you are working with a limited amount of colors, so you won't get overwhelmed by too many options. It allows you to create a signature look you can repeat often.
Flashdance Palette, $32, Sola Look
You can build and customize your look, from washes of color to smoky, effectively and without having to pick and choose from too many shades.
Alex is a soft, peachy nude, named after the film's heroine. Jeanie is a brickish red, christened after Alex's figure skater BFF. Maniac, which takes its moniker from one of the film's most memorable songs and dance sequences, is a purple x gray beauty. Then there is Passion, which nods to the lyrics of the Irene Cara-sung theme song and is a deep brown.
I used the palette this morning, sweeping Alex as a wash up to the brow bone. Then I used Maniac in the crease.
It was a nice, purply smoky look, with some cat-eye action from Kylie Cosmetics Kyliner in Black. Tomorrow, I want to mix Jeanie and Passion for a reddish x bronze smoky eye.
While '90s nostalgia remains a thing, the '80s are back and living large, courtesy of this palette. If you've not seen the movie, do yourself a favor. And use that as inspo for playing with these matte shadows.
Images: Sola Look/Instagram (1); Amy Sciarretto (2); Courtesy of Sola Look (2)