Reader Request: MAC Rubenesque vs. Mad Minerals Apricot Frost

So, my lovelies, let’s take a look at one famed heavyweight in the makeup world and it’s reputed, more affordable sibling.

I speak of Rubenesque and the alleged dupe, Apricot Frost.

Rubenesque is on the left and AF is on the right.


On the top is Rubenesque, on the bottom is AF.


While the two have that strong gold base, Rubenesque is distinctly more peachy.


AF looks more peach in the pot, so it was surprising to see it look more gold than anything else once swatched.

The color difference is noteworthy if you’re thinking of getting Rubenesque. If you want a standard gold cream shadow, save a bit of money and buy Apricot Frost.


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Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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17 Responses to Reader Request: MAC Rubenesque vs. Mad Minerals Apricot Frost

  1. Oh woah, PERFECT dupes 😀

  2. This is a great alternative! I love how it looks so identical. Great job girl love it 🙂

  3. amybv says:

    AF is def more yellow-toned compared to Rubenesque’s pink. But they are both pretty and have a very similar finish. I could see doing AF – it’s peachy gold, whereas R is just kind of straight peachy. Could be close enough!

  4. Simera says:

    Such a great dupe. I love Rubenesque paint pot but then again I’m a sucker for paint pots.
    Simera |Beautetude

  5. Oh wow Rubenesque is gorgeous! I do see similarities, but I’m digging the peach just a tad more.

  6. Lupe says:

    Such gorgeous colors!! I need these in my life. Just a random question, but do you have a instagram account?

  7. Anubhuti says:

    Rubenesque is looking more of rose gold while AF looking like muted gold…both look gorgeous and now I need Rubenesque 🙂

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