Hello babs! I know it’s not been long since I’ve reviewed one of these palettes but they keep releasing them so I can’t really have a break from them haha… I’m sorry! I hope you are enjoying them though🤞🏻 We’re going to be talking about the Chocolate Elixir palette today and whether it’s a dupe for the ABH Modern Renaissance palette as people have been saying?? I do actually have the Modern Renaissance palette so I have been able to do swatches to compare… I won’t be doing a full comparison though, I’ll just be summarising if it is or isn’t 🙂 I picked up my palette from Superdrug for £8.99 but it is also available on TAM Beauty. Lets jump right in…
The eyeshadows come in a shiny brown plastic packaging with a muted rose gold 3D melted chocolate effect (it’s not as shiny or as rose gold as the Chocolate Rose Gold palette). The palette flips open and has a click shut mechanism. Inside as always it comes with a good size and great quality mirror as well as the dual ended sponge applicator. It also has a removable plastic sheet with all the shade names on.
MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, PARAFFINUM LIQUIDUM, ETHYLHEXYL PALMITATE, KAOLIN, POLYBUTENE, DIMETHICONE, PROPYLPARABEN, METHYLPARABEN, PARFUM, [CI 77891, CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499, CI 77510, CI 77007, CI 15850, CI 16035
I do really like the packaging but I don’t like the almost matte 3D melted effect as I would prefer it to be more shiny… regardless I Heart Makeup always slay with their packaging! When I first opened the palette I could tell straight away that it looked like the ABH Modern Renaissance palette just from the look of the shades. As always it does have the slightly chocolate scent which I looooove. I also really like the shade names because they’re all relating to food or drink haha! When I was swatching the shades I noticed that this palette is quite consistent with the pigmentation as the majority of them swatched really good. I could also tell that there were more matte shades in ratio to shimmers. The shadows as always are very creamy and easy to blend on the eyes. Now onto the real question… is this a Modern Renaissance dupe? I would say 100% yes!! All of the shades apart from 2 are almost identical to the ones in the ABH palette apart from a few being in different places. I will prove with some pictures down below of the both palettes swatched (please ignore the eczema on my arm though🙄).
Side note: I have dipped in twice to do my swatches like I always do to get a good opinion on the shadows pigmentation with build 🙂
Lets start with the top row…
(Without and with flash)
Coconut – This is a cream matte shade which could be good to use to set an eyelid primer. Pigmentation 3/5.
Icing – This is a beige yellowy matte shade which has a slight glitter reflect. Pigmentation 3/5.
Crème Brulee – This is a champagne shimmer which could be good to use as an inner corner or under the brow bone highlight. Pigmentation 4/5.
Candy – This is a taupe brown matte shade. Pigmentation 4/5.
Bubble-gum – This is a berry pink matte shade. Pigmentation 5/5.
Sweet – This is a brown shimmer. Pigmentation 4/5.
Latte – This is a pukey yellow matte shade. Pigmentation 3/5.
Chestnut – This is a deep brown matte shade. Pigmentation 3/5.
Carrot Cake – This is a deep orange matte shade. Pigmentation 4/5.
Hot tea – This is a light orangy brown matte shade. Pigmentation 3/5.
Sugar – This is a gold shimmer which could be good to use as an inner corner or under the brow bone highlight. Pigmentation 5/5.
Red Velvet – This is a maroon red matte shade. Pigmentation 3/5.
Pumpkin – This is a light orange matte shade (similar to Hot tea). Pigmentation 3/5.
Roasted – This is an ashy grey/brown matte shade. Pigmentation 3/5.
Pink Icing – This is a deep reddy pink matte shade which has a slight glitter reflect. Pigmentation 4/5.
Vanilla – This is a white shimmer which could be good to use as an inner corner or under the brow bone highlight. Pigmentation 4/5.
I am in love with this palette and thats because of it being a dupe for my ABH Modern Renaissance palette but at such an affordable price. The ABH palette is £41 whereas this is £8.99 so you’re saving yourself A LOT of dollar!! 🤑 If you don’t want to splurge on the ABH one yet and want to try out if you’d like the shades then I definitely recommend picking this up to try out before splurging. I’m a sucker for warm tones so that’s another reason why I love the palette, you do get the old cool tone shades but overall it’s a warm toned palette. If you are collecting the chocolate bar palette then you definitely need to pick this up… no questions asked haha!
Thanks for reading!
- If you’d like to check out my previous chocolate bar palette reviews then here you go… Salted Caramel, Chocolate Vice, Chocolate and Peaches, Naked Chocolate, Chocolate Rose Gold and Mint Chocolate
See you in my next post…
– Jessica x