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Lex Cosmetics Arcoiris vs. OPI Rainbow Connection vs. Milani Gems

When the Muppets collection came out last year around the Holidays, my son had just recently been born, so I really didn’t go out to purchase my polishes, and instead of buying the OPI Rainbow Connection, my husband ordered Milani Gems (after much of my research going through swatches online after another!). I was really thrilled with Milani Gems, but I recently acquired MOST of the Muppets collection glitters, and I really felt I had to have Rainbow Connection. So, I finally broke down and bought it from Jill from Glisten & Glow. SO glad I did. Back ups of this baby is a must. On top of that, I was sent Lex Cosmetics Arcoiris for review, and when I saw this, I was a little more giddy! Okay, so you’re burning with curiosity… are these dupes or WHAT!

Let’s take a look!

And, here’s a “micro” shot of the swatches.

So, what I’ve gathered from looking at these glitters closely is that Arcoiris and Rainbow Connection are THE closest. Milani Gems has darker colors such as reds and blues. These are all 1 coats of each, so you can see the coverage of all these glitters are extremely good. Now, if we talk about prices, Milani Gems is maybe more easier to find and is also cheaper than the other 2. Lex Cosmetics can only be purchased on the Lex Cosmetics website or for now (at $10 + shipping, but is MUCH easier to find, as well), or currently on the Sneakpeeq website (if quanties are still in supply!). OPI Rainbow Connection is HTF (Hard to Find, but it can be done. I did it!) and it is now a little more costly than the $8.50 it was selling at!

So, now, it’s really based on which one tickles your fancy! In my opinion, Milani Gems doesn’t count as a dupe because the colors are more vibrant and darker. I wish I had Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday (yet another contender) to see how they compare, but that’s for another time! What do you think? Which ones do you have and do you like this glitter enough to get back-ups?

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Pacifica Perfumes Malibu Lemon Blossom Spray Perfume and Sandalwood Body Butter

The first time I tried Pacifica was when I got my Bloom Ambassador June Box. I was able to try a few of the scents: Indian Coconut Nectar and Blood Orange. They were accurate scents, for sure! Today, I have two new scents to share. Malibu Lemon Blossom and Sandalwood.

I really wanted to try the Malibu Lemon Blossom because I’ve heard amazing things about it, and let me tell you it smells absolutely divine. I wish I could provide a “Scratch N Sniff” for you here, but obviously, technology hasn’t advanced in that direction yet. But, I can tell you it smells a lot like a Lemon Drop. Delicious. The spray perfume lasted a good amount of time and stayed on the clothes, and the best thing is that it is not overwhelming! It smells so natural and beautiful. The packaging, size, and price is all perfect (and definitely worth it!) for this perfume.


The next one is one of my favorite scents, Sandalwood. Whenever our family went to India to visit, I would always get a sandalwood carved elephant. They smell so spiritual and relaxing. This scent is exactly that. At first, I was disappointed by the scent, but then when I let it sit and soak, it smelled JUST LIKE sandalwood. SO perfect. It’s a musky, woody scent. It’s a really good size and about as expensive as most other body butters from other brands.


Pacifica has just started a new sample program. The samples are 1 oz solid perfumes and they come in all the fragrances that Pacifica has to offer. I actually splurged yesterday and grabbed 5 scents. If you register on the website, you will get a $10 credit to use around your birthday! SO worth it!

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* Product samples provided for review. All opinions are honest and my own. *


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