Over the last week I have been in Singapore visiting my boyfriend’s brother, and his fiancé. I of course, couldn’t resist going to visit a Sephora store whilst over there, and actually visited no less than four different stores! Heaven for me, since I have not seen one since I was in the States a year ago, and we don’t have any on my side of Australia (Although, whilst I was away it was confirmed that the Gold Coast is getting one in April via Seek hiring, and many reports have surfaced regarding a Brisbane store soon, though with no actual facts).
Sephora Singapore doesn’t have anywhere near as many brands as the USA one’s do, but interestingly, will have many of the same I would assume, that Australia has since ours is owned by Sephora Asia. A few notable differences I noticed were missing in the Singapore Sephora’s were Kat Von D, Anastasia Beverly Hills, IT Cosmetics among others. However, many brands were there I would assume are not part of our Sephora’s either, due to exclusive contracts with Mecca Brands (Urban Decay, Philosophy, Too Faced, Nars etc).
On to the haul! I made three separate transactions from Bugis+ Sephora, Sephora ION Orchard (The Flagship), and from Marina Bay Sands Sephora. Luckily I did, because I didn’t find the same things at each store. I didn’t purchase anything at the VivoCity Sephora.
- Avocado Face Mask $4, same as on our website in Aus
- Pomegranate Eye Mask $3, not online
- Tarte “Picture Perfect” Eyelash curler and mascara sample $30, is actually $34 on the Aus website
- Urban Decay “First Hit Travel Kit” $40, sold out at Mecca Maxima online, however I think it was around the same price.
- Urban Decay Concealer in Light Warm for $40 ($42 at Mecca)
- Sephora Mud Mask (Often compared to Glam Glow – Review coming soon! I’m not sure why the writing seems to be in French), $26
- Tarte Holidaze Deluxe 3-piece set $30, unsure of Australian price as it is no longer stocked
- Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Violet $20 on sale, this shade has been discontinued.
For my last shop I purchased:
- Laura Mercier Matte-to-Metal Caviar Stick eye collection for a whopping $85, versus the $65AUD it costs here (although it is sold out here, hence the purchasing overseas)
At Watsons Pharmacy I also purchased three items from the Wet’n’Wild brand I had previously only seen online as you can see in the above image with the Tarte item:
- “Comfort Zone” eyeshadow palette $14.90
- “I’m Getting Sunburned” eyeshadow palette $6.90
- Eye pencil in Gold $3.00
In comparison, I found most items were around the same price e.g. UD Naked Basics palette for $45SGD and $42AUD, and Too Faced Chocolate Bar palettes for $75SGD vs $70AUD. Whereas, some items were excessively more expensive (Case in point my LM Caviar Sticks I went back for after initially leaving behind when I saw the cost).
There is a sneaky way to save a little money at Sephora: You can produce your passport to receive 5% off for tourists, and forfeit the 7% GST you can claim back at the airport (Although it is not really worth it, as they charge a fee as well, unless you were spending many hundreds of dollars). I stupidly forgot this at my first shop, which was of course, my biggest! Oh well, nothing can be done now.
At Sephora I picked up some great buys I had been looking for, like all of the Tarte packages, the LM pencils, and the Wet’n’Wild palettes, which I jumped up and down each time I found one.
I didn’t shop duty free at the airport because I ran out of time (You must purchase cosmetics and alcohol at least 90 minutes before your flight so DF can get your products to you). I did notice that MAC in particular were a fair bit cheaper! E.g. the new liquid lipsticks were $35SGD and regular lipsticks were $26SGD! Great buys I think.
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