LET’S REVIEW: Sola Look/FLASHDANCE Matte Eyeshadow Palette






Sola Look is a small online company that is cruelty-free. Here’s their “ABOUT US”

“Hi! We are David and Yvette. We have been friends since 2006 and our daughters are God-Sisters. We are JewMinican…Dominican and Jewish. Think pollo guisado, plantanos maduro y mangu. Think matzah, challah and gefilte fish. Think novelas and think Seinfeld. Yvette is fluent in Spanish. David is extremely good in Spanish but can’t roll his R’s for the life of him. Yvette is a licensed cosmetologist. David is not. Yvette worked at Sephora. David did not. Yvette can swatch the sh*t out of any makeup product. David can’t. Yvette has a wonderful teenage daughter named Maryvette and a bouncin’ baby girl named Evaliz. David has a spunky and iPhone-addicted teenage daughter named Athena.

We launched Sola Look in late 2013. Boston, Massachusetts is the home of Sola Look. We like to put out mega cool makeup that people will love. We like to let our creative juices flow when thinking about new product releases. We sincerely appreciate our loyal customers, fans and followers. We are just like you. We want to share our passion of makeup, hard work and laughter with you. We are Sola Look. This was written at 4:03 am. Goodnight and sweet dreams!””

Here is their blurb on the palette:

“In 1983 Flashdance combined music, dance and fashion to become one of the most influential movies of its time. Today Sola Look is proud to present an eyeshadow palette inspired by its story. The palette contains 4 extra large and high quality matte eyeshadows. The colors of the shadows are influenced by the 1980’s steel mills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the main character Alex worked. So take your passion and make it happen!

We do not test on animals. Our eyeshadows are paraben-free and talc-free. Discontinue use if signs of irritation appear.””

Paramount is the movie company that owns the rights to the 1983 movie “Flashdance”.  If you are a fan of 1980’s movies as well as makeup, then you will love this fun collaboration.

The case displays the official movie poster on the front, and on the back is one of the iconic scenes from the movie.  The case is sleek, thin, made of a hard cardboard and has a magnetic clasp.  Within there’s four matte eyeshadows and a nice sized mirror with a couple more pictures from the movie which is great.  There’s a line from the movie under the shadows which reads “If you close your eyes you can see the music.”  There is no applicator brush included.

The colors are named after characters in the film, as well as the film title song “Maniac” and “Passion” could readily come from breakout star Jennifer Beals’ character having passion for going for her dream as a dancer.  The word is also mentioned in the film’s main song “What a Feeling” sung by Irene Cara who also sung the theme to another 1980’s cult classic “Fame”.

I loved that the colors are matte, simple, yet sultry.  I want to say the colors are deep, and reflect the grittiness of the main character’s life.

After doing my usual moisturizing and priming of my face, it was time for my eyelids to be primed.  I had used a Sephora sample of Urban Decay (purple) eye primer and boy, is that stuff like concrete.  If you do not have your makeup ready to blend the second you put the UD primer on, there will be awkwardness to the blending.  A little rough.  The UD primer sets and it stays put.


As to the Flashdance palette, the pigmentation of the colors is beautiful, the colors are rich, warm and sultry.  It does get powdery when you put the brush in, there’s kickback, so you will have to be careful with that. There is no scent or perfume to this that I can tell.



I used “Alex” for the base, and applied to entire eyelid.  I added “Jeanie” to the eyelid and “Passion” to the crease and blended away.  I had to use some cleanup with concealer, because of UD staying put power, it got hard to blend quick.  But I did my best.  I finished off the look with Makeup Forever Smoky Extravagant Eye Mascara and I lined under my eyes with Wet N Wild Idol Eyes Cream Shadow in Techno.  I did not line the upper eyelid. I used Tarte Swamp Queen in Sweet Tea for contour under cheekbones and for overall warmth on the face.  For lips I used NYX Lip Primer in Dark Nude and Colourpop x Hello Kitty in Tiny Chum.

Not bad.  I like!  I was satisfied with the results.


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The price of this palette is $32.00 (U.S.).  They offer free shipping with purchase of $50 and over.  There is a Black Friday sale going on today, 20% off entire store (November 28).

Should you buy it?  If you are a fan of cheesy 80’s movies and dark earthy matte tones for eyeshadow, and indie online brands with great packaging and pigment, I say go for it.  This is $32.00 without an applicator, and there’s no highlighter – these are all deep colors.  Six hours later, the color still holds up.

As for me, I liked it.

The next palette is said to be inspired by the next 1980’s cult classic “Dirty Dancing”.

Sola Look also sells liquid matte lipstick, cream lipstick and eyeshadow.

I wonder what that color palette will be like!


oops – almost forgot the INGREDIENT list!

Made in USA
Weight: 0.14 oz. / 4g (per eyeshadow)
Cruelty-free: Yes
Vegan: No
Paraben-free: Yes
Talc-free: Yes
Ingredients: Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Polyethylene (&) PTFE, Isoeicosane, Polyisobutene, Carmine CI 75470, Titanium Dioxide CI 77891, Iron Oxides CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, Boron Nitride, Ferric Ferrocyanide CI 77510, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Dimethicone, Calcium Sodium, Borosilicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Bismuth Oxychloride CI 77163, Tin Oxide, Ultramarines CI 77007, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Nylon-12, Kaolin, Carmine CI 75470

The above ingredient listing is called a “blanket ingredient list”. As per government regulations makeup companies must either have individual ingredient listings per shade/color or a blanket ingredient list that covers all shades. Many makeup companies use blanket ingredient lists because they are constantly releasing new shades. Although we use blanket ingredient lists, too, we’re happy to provide the exact ingredients of a product upon request. Feel free to contact us if you would like an ingredient listing of a specific shade. Thanks!








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