Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

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Alright, alright! I’ve bowed to the general pressure (and curiousity) and stepped foot into the hallowed halls of Sephora Malaysia LOL! I was there during the weekend, after having a lovely dim sum brunch with 2 new friends. Since we were “in the area” (loosely defined) we decided to pay Sephora a visit and see how it fared, as 2 of us hadn’t been yet.

The first Sephora store in Kuala Lumpur (yes there’ll be there is another at KLCC soon) is located within an interestingly designed geometric sphere on Jalan Bukit Bintang, just outside of Starhill Gallery, opposite Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Access to the store is through 2 doors – from Starhill Gallery and from Fahrenheit 88.

My first impression of Sephora KL was “Gosh! That’s small!” I swept my eyes around the place, and you can literally just about see everything since its circular. This picture is proof – I’m standing almost at the other end of the room – if I could just call it that.

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Despite the diminutive size, I do think its done quite well, all things considered. I’ve got loads of pictures below, so you can take a virtual visit through our local Sephora, if you haven’t been there, or are living outside of KL, or just would like a point of reference. I’ll have some commentary and an idea of prices of products as well. So come on then, let’s go!

Colour Makeup Brands at Sephora Malaysia

First stop as you step through the doors from Fahrenheit 88 will be the Urban Decay counter. If you come in through Starhill Gallery, its on the opposite end.

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Urban Decay selected prices: Single eyeshadow (RM69), Stardust eyeshadow (RM75), 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil (RM69), Shadow Box (RM145), Primer Potion (RM75)

The UD Naked palette is stocked, except it flies off the shelves faster than they can stock it. As of last weekend it was not yet back in stock. The famed Primer Potion is available at RM75 but in the old packaging (doe foot applicator), not the new one of a squeeze tube.

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Too Faced Cosmetics is the other major new colour brand available.

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Too Faced Cosmetics selected prices: Pink Leopard bronzer (RM109), Bronzers (RM99-105)

Too overwhelming and too much to take in icon razz Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype? I remember raves about their bronzers, if you are into that. The one big item I knew for sure had loads of raves was the Too Faced Shadow Insurance which is an eyelid primer.

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The Too Faced Shadow Insurance comes in a tube, and retails here at RM69. The news is that if you are in the market for an eyelid primer, the two most raved ones are the Urban Decay Primer Potion and Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Great to know that both are finally available locally!

There is also another new color brand – Pop Beauty.

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This is a younger looking brand with whimsical looking packaging and prices are quite affordable. I believe an eyeshadow retails at about RM69. However, I’m unfamiliar with this brand. I was also pleased to see Givenchy because it was getting nearly impossible to find a Givenchy counter. There isn’t much from the brand I’m crazy about, but I do like checking out their collections now and again – Oh I do like their blushes! icon biggrin Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

There was of course, the Sephora Color Wall, which is a whole wall of Sephora brand colour cosmetics.

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Sephora Makeup selected prices: Mono Eyeshadow (RM45), Lipstick (RM49), Lipgloss (RM39), Foundation (RM65), Compact Powder (RM55), Blush (RM49)

The array of colors is quite mind boggling, ranging from foundations at one end, nail colours and eye colours in the middle and lip products bringing up the end. I find the prices affordable for the majority. I’m not familiar with the products however, since I’ve never really tried any Sephora Makeup. Perhaps, its time to? icon wink Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

There are also Sephora brushes and various accessories – nail files, glass nail files, tweezers… including a lighted tweezer that I found terribly amusing!

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This is the famed Sephora brush display that has so many people aping it – standing the brushes in clear boxes filled with plastic beads. You can quite easily get these plastic beads from the DIY store I think, and a simple clear glass holder from Ikea. Tada! Your very own Sephora brush stand! icon smile Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

I’m told that the Sephora brushes are of decent quality (some of them) and I found the prices affordable. The red handled brushes retail between RM95-105 and the black handled smaller brushes start from RM49. As brushes go, I think its decent enough for the approximate quality (just quickly testing at the counter).

In terms of colour, there is also Benefit Cosmetics, Smashbox Cosmetics and Make Up For Ever, all of which are very well stocked. I was happiest to see MUFE because the only 2 MUFE counters in KL are at KLCC and 1 Utama, 2 places I rarely visit. The fact its now in Sephora just makes it so much easier for me to get stuff from the brand! There are the usual department stores brand makeup too – Dior, Shiseido, Lancome, Estee Lauder etc.

Skincare Brands at Sephora Malaysia

The major part of the store is taken up with skincare. I found quite a few new brands available, one or two of which I found intriguing.The first one that caught my eye was Ole Henriksen.

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Ole Henriksen selected prices: Foaming Cleansers (RM109), Face Mists (RM79), Moisturizers (RM199)

The colourful bottles attracted my attention right off the bat. They are also exclusively sold at Sephora here. Prices are on the high side though so I’ll probably bide my time just in case my skin decides it likes the taste of this icon razz Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

For those with acne prone skin, there is the famed Mario Badescu range of skincare.

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Mario Badescu indication of prices: Cleanser and lotion (RM115), Creams (RM135)

Thankfully, not a range I’d be trying out any more – whew! icon smile Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype? There is also Boscia skincare available which I’m unfamiliar with.

There is a small range of Organic skincare – Juice Beauty and John Masters Organics are available. Another skin friendly brand is Dr. Hauschka from Germany which I’d used before previously – I got mine from Singapore.

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Dr. Hauschka and Juice Beauty are available outside of Sephora too at Skin Labs and the stand alone store respectively. However, I think having it in Sephora just makes it a heck of a lot easier instead of having to run to 20 different locations to buy products from different brands. In the background of this picture, you see the other major brands which are widely available in most department stores elsewhere.

Sephora too has their own skincare as well as bath and body care.

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Not too familiar with the Sephora brand skincare. Has anyone tried it with any great success? You can also find some of the cosmoceutical brands here like Strivectin SD, Perricone MD, Dr. Brandt and Murad. Oh and very oddly, Baviphat.

Bath and Body brands at Sephora Malaysia

Speaking of bath and body care, I was quite pleased to see Soap & Glory available at Sephora here. Soap & Glory is a British brand of skincare and bath and body products which are really very affordable, yet of decent quality. I knew that they were sold primarily in Boots pharmacies (in the UK and Thailand) so I was surprised to see them at Sephora here. Still, it was a happy surprise icon smile Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

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As their tagline says “You don’t have to be bankrupt to be beautiful” and the prices reflect that, with prices ranging from RM25-65. The most expensive is the perfume spray at RM79 (I believe).

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Soap & Glory has been a bit of a hit or miss for me (mostly miss for now) but it still makes me happy to see the brand because it reminds me of the UK and Boots pharmacies! LOL icon razz Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

There is a small selection of Korres bath and body products. This is a Greek brand and gets quite a lot of raves (even if I didn’t have too good an experience with the famed Guava scent)

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It is a little pricey for a bath product at prices from between RM58-75 or thereabouts. I also saw Burt’s Bees and… really. I can’t remember. There’s too many!

Oh and how could I not mention the Clarisonic! The Clarisonic is a gadget with a brush head for cleansing the skin which some people swear by. There is only 1 type available – the large set for face and body.

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The whole kit retails at a whopping RM849 vs the US price of US$225. At today’s exchange rate of about RM3:$1 I’d say that its inflated. If the exchange rate were to go up, then the gap might narrow. The brush head replacements retail at RM95. Still, I did not see many kits left so I guess people are still buying it. I’m dead curious about it, but I might go for the smaller more travel friendly Mia which is unavailable here for now.

Dotted throughout the Sephora store are large mirrors and testing stations – Beauty Bars where you can test and play with the products.

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There are ample tissues, applicators and brush cleaners at each station, which I think is great. I did not see anyone abusing this privilege by swiping all the applicators or mascara spoolies available, nor making a mess, and I was curiously pleased. Throughout the store too are various shelves highlighting the bestsellers for various product categories, so you can pick up the star products without having to locate the counter directly. Can be a boon in times when one is in a hurry.

One thing I like is the availability of testers everywhere. Nearly every product has a tester which is of course wonderful so you get to try before you buy. There were sales assistants around, but the ratio of SAs to customers was quite surprisingly low. Good and bad. Good because there is less hassle, bad because you won’t get help when you need it. I was approached by just one who was quite insistent for me to try some spray she was holding, but when I told her no, she subsided.

Fragrances are available throughout the store and notably at the wall closest to the cashier. For now, only the downstairs is open. There is another floor above, which I was previously told might house a Bliss Spa. However, there is a poster claiming an SKII standalone counter so it might be that, in which case I’m quite disappointed. I’d have preferred to have a Bliss Spa. I did not notice Bliss products but  I might have overlooked them.

Overall perception of Sephora Malaysia

On an overall basis, I will say that Sephora Malaysia, despite the small floor space, does offer enough to satiate our beauty senses. It is a place where we can get all our beauty needs satisfied at one go, without having to go to this store and that. Saves a lot of time.

For the mainstream department store brands however, I might have more loyalty to the department stores like Isetan, where I hold their member card and can therefore pick up points or GWP. I would be less likely to buy mainstream brands in Sephora.

So I would likely hit up Sephora for the Sephora-exclusive brands, or new brands, or for brands that are hard to find elsewhere – Givenchy, Dr. Hauschka, Soap & Glory, Make Up For Ever etc. Its helpful to find them all under one roof.

In terms of prices, I think that barring the Clarisonic, the pricing is fair for the new brands like Urban Decay and Too Faced. Sephora Makeup too is priced very reasonably as well as Soap & Glory which is quite close to UK prices. I think prices are generally reasonable so if products I want are available locally in RM without too much of a mark up in prices, I’m happy to buy products locally.

Some people have asked me how prices at Sephora here compare to the Sephora in Singapore. I cannot remember prices of similar products in Sephora Singapore but just very roughly, I’d say that prices of products in Sephora here (comparing Urban Decay and Sephora Mono Eyeshadow) are equal to or a little cheaper than in Singapore due to the exchange rate. The UDPP is S$32 (RM78) in Singapore and RM75 here. Single UD shadows are S$30 (RM73) in Singapore and RM69 here. Single Sephora Makeup eyeshadowsare S$19 (RM46) in Singapore and RM45 here. Any disparity isn’t too great so I’d shop here so you don’t have to incur exchange rate losses icon smile Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

I know there’s a lot of noise about why we aren’t getting in NARS Cosmetics. Much as I too would like to see Nars come in (which I personally believe is just a matter of time) I think we shouldn’t be too greedy. Let’s take things one step at a time. When we didn’t have Urban Decay, everyone wanted Urban Decay in. Now that we do, let’s enjoy it and not whine about what we don’t have icon razz Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

So, Sephora Malaysia: Hit or Hype?

I’d say its a little of both. There’s nothing in Sephora Malaysia that wowed me (I left with nothing as I have done with so many other Sephora stores elsewhere) but I like it that we have a Sephora store in our backyard. Just in case I want to… y’know… pick something up.

I hope this has been of some help to someone (or you might just be so sick of reading about it already). If you have been to Sephora Malaysia already, do share your thoughts. Did you think it a hit or a hype? icon smile Sephora Malaysia at Bukit Bintang, Kuala Lumpur : Hit or hype?

Paris B

Sephora is at Jalan Bukit Bintang, outside of Starhill Gallery (Louis Vuitton) and opposite Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. To get there, tell the taxi to take you to Starhill Gallery. If taking public transport, take the monorail to Bukit Bintang stop, exit through Lot 10 and walk towards Starhill Gallery.

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LeGeeque May 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

What a detailed review! I must say I love Soap & Glory’s hand cream. Love it so much I was going to buy a tube and distribute it like the Good News :P :P :P

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

I remembered you going on about the Soap & Glory handcream when I was there! LOL!! I’m not into handcreams but hey, if its good, and you say so, then I might give it a go if I want a bit of pick me up. After all, we can get it here now! *jig*

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Jenn May 18, 2011 at 8:43 am

Thank you for the virtual walkthrough – it’s really helpful for us who don’t have it locally! Now excuse while i go sulk in a corner! XD

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Jenn May 18, 2011 at 8:44 am

*excuse me

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

So glad you enjoyed it Jenn! And don’t sulk – make your wishlist so you can go crazy when you get here ;)

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Ee Von May 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

this is an amazing write up, thank you! just reading your post is enough to make me feel like i’m IN the store :) now i feel sooooo excited and prepared, i might just write a wishlist right now! everything sounds perfect except for clarisonic’s price. and it would’ve been even more perfect if they’ve brought back YSL :(

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

Glad its been of use Ee Von! :D I did think prices in general were good except for the Clarisonic. As for YSL I’m told its coming back in but gradually. So we will be seeing it in the coming months :D

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Hanny May 18, 2011 at 8:45 am

It was a HIT!

Maybe because I’m not that well-read in the world of beauty products but when I went there for the first time in Singapore I went bug-eyed, literally, after seeing the brands that we didn’t have here before ours came.

But, when it was time to calculate the prices, I went… MEH in Singapore. Now that ours is here, I’d doubt that I’ll be in any Singaporean Sephora next time I’m across the border because the stuff there is as you said, either equal or more expensive than the ones we have here. ^.^

And yes, I agree with you that the prices are rather reasonable!!

(PB I think I’ll need to get me hands chopped off before I make another purchase… :P Those pictures are sooo enticing!!)

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

Glad you enjoyed your visit! And it makes a heck lot more sense to blow our money here and encourage our economy eh? LOL!!

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Hanny May 18, 2011 at 11:47 am

Bwahahaha! It makes sense indeed! ^.^

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Juan May 18, 2011 at 8:46 am

I’ve tried the lip gloss from Sephora before. It was a gift from a friend who went to the UK. I thought the gloss was good, ie. Moisturising and doesn’t make my lips itch the way many lip lacquers do.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:31 am

Ooh thanks for the info! I think someone gave me a Sephora lipgloss too a long time ago… but I can’t remember if I ever tried it -_-

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Mrs Top Monkey May 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

For years, I’d read about Sephora in Allure magazine and dreamt of visiting one. Ytdy I was in Pavilion area and guess what? I didn’t! I completely forgot! I only remembered when I saw this post today and Hubby said that I’m “…not with it, are you babe?” (whadjameanbydat…grumble, grumble…)

Anyway, great timing Sephora! You arrive with all your goodies 3 weeks before we’re scheduled to leave! Looks an awesome store though, hope I can pop by before I go. At least I can tell people I’ve been to one.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

HAHA at Mr. TM!! Now don’t go all boinkers when you get to Sephora eh? You will have a luggage limit won’t ya? Or perhaps you could pack it all into your container :P

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Mrs Top Monkey May 20, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Craps! I forgot about that bit. Either I buy all sample-sized or pack it into storage and hope they all don’t wilt by the time it’s unpacked. Might be a few months before we move into our own place.
Oh well. Boots it is then. Or Superdrug.

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ParisB May 20, 2011 at 7:57 pm

I’d trade you a Sephora for a proper Boots or Superdrug any day! It’s ok there’s online shopping and I can always carry stuff over when I visit ;)

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japanibabe May 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

mrs top monkey! how are you ? are you ok? i have not seen an update on yr blog so i was a bit worried about you and your family. hope all is well. do keep updating when you have a chance. I always look fwd to reading yr posts!

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PINKPheng May 18, 2011 at 8:55 am

Thanks for the thorough review on Sephora Malaysia. I find it very informative and i am looking forward to visit the store soon (:

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:32 am

Glad its been of assistance! :D

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Nikki May 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

I can’t believe you guys have Sephora there, I can’t imagine how much the products are going to be if we’ll have Sephora down here! thanks for the tour PB!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

Now that Sephora’s come into Singapore and here, who knows! Maybe PH is next! :D Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour Nikki!

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xin May 18, 2011 at 9:40 am

ah am i the last person in msia that haven’t been there? :P
u know, i like the idea of seeing so many things at one go, but i usually end up with purchase with nothing at all simply because there are too many choices and there is nothing i really ‘want’.

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plue May 18, 2011 at 10:00 am

ah xin! you’re not the last to go, i haven’t gone there either!

i’m just so happy that UD and TFSI is here, and with a good price tag too! Meh, I wonder when will they bring in the new packaging UD primer, as I really don’t like that doe foot applicator, too much product wastage >_< And as for TFSI, don't think it works as great as UD for me :(

but I think i'll just wait a bit more before going, KL area isn't exactly the place i go often!

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Jenn May 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

I will definitely be the last one there!! *wails*

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

I think TFSI and UDPP have their own fans and ne’er the twain shall meet! Those who like UDPP won’t like TFSI and vice versa. I’m just glad I don’t need either but I didn’t like the UDPP when I tried it. So maybe I’d prefer the Too Faced one HAHA!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:33 am

No. Maybe just the last in KL *snigger* ;) I’m like you. Too much choice and I shut down and end up buying nothing. Bah.

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Honey May 18, 2011 at 10:15 am

What a great write up PB! I was in Sephora Shanghai and that blew my mind. There were so, so many things to check out. Now that it is in our backyard, I’ll just wait and see, since I don’t go that way too often! But I love your little tour as it satisfy my curiousity somewhat. Thanks!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

Thank you Honey :) Its nice to have it in our backyard – we know its there when we need it and we don’t have to drool enviously at those in cities with Sephora now! :D

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giddy tigress May 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

hmm…do you think we’d be able to order online at Sephora and have them deliver it to Malaysia soon? :)

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:36 am

Haha I don’t think that’ll ever happen actually. Or if it does, the shipping will be killer!

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shuaddict May 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

I’d like to nominate this for blog post of the year, please? :D That was an awesome virtual tour! Thank you very much for taking the time to take the pictures, prices and all other details.

I haven’t made it there yet mostly because I have a paranoia about walking by or crossing roads (snatch thefts, crazy acid splashers etc). June is not too far off so I’m waiting until the KLCC one opens. Can you actually walk to the building through Starhill and Fahrenheit88 – or do you have to cross a road?

The Sephora brand is pretty decent. I’ve only tried the eyeshadows but swatched the blushes/bronzers and they looked good too. Especially like the pricing on those here! :)

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

haha… awww… thank you Shuaddict! If you park inside Starhill Gallery, there are no roads to cross. The distance between the entrance to the main building and the entrance to Sephora is less than 10 steps so its pretty safe overall :) From Fahrenheit 88 you will have to cross a small road from Uniqlo. My suggestion is to park in Starhill :)

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Amanda May 18, 2011 at 10:41 am

I want to get the Clarisonic badly…
But my wallet doesn’t allow me to pick it up when I visit Sephora, and hell yeah, kinda overpriced compare to US, and drugstore.com have 20% last week, but still very expensive :(

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:38 am

Yup! Its an expensive gadget to start with but the price really boggled my mind! (and the fact that people must have been buying!)

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Amex May 18, 2011 at 11:13 am

Great overview. I have to agree about the size of the Sephora here. Was a bit meh when I went in. I thought I read it was meant to be 2 storeys? Couldn’t see where the second floor was.

The Clarisonic is way overpriced. Even if you bought it from the US and have it shipped over, it would still be cheaper. I have the Mia and am loving it.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

The stairs to the 2nd floor is by the entrance from Starhill Gallery (near the foundation end of the Sephora Color Wall) Its closed for now but there is a poster mentioning a SKII Standalone store. Very disappointing if that’s all there is there! Am going to get the Mia. Someday :)

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synical May 18, 2011 at 11:19 am

Been there twice myself. Like I do at Sephora stores, I didn’t get anything. But I broke down and bought a Sephora branded nail polish on my second trip there.

Tempted by the Sephora foundation and powder – the prices there are still cheaper than the usual department store brands. Fortunately, I’m not on the market for that right now.

I wouldn’t buy the mainstream brands there too, but I don’t buy enough to worry about that :P

Not only there’s no NARS (never knew, never used), there’s also no Stila (a Sephora staple in the States), which I’m fine with as there’s many other brands around.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

How did you like the Sephora nail polish? I think reviews are that its not too bad. I’m not into polishes myself so I can’t judge LOL As for Stila, I think its a brand decision to withdraw and consolidate, before expanding again. They have started heading out to the UK again, so who knows. We might see them return to our part of the world in time to come :) But as you said, there are so many other brands and products around, we can enjoy those!

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synical May 18, 2011 at 2:50 pm

The nail polish is not too bad (I don’t mind it) – RM21 for 5ml bottle. The rounded applicator is also a plus – can get right to the cuticle without too much smudging (?)

I buy nail polish in small bottles because I don’t colour my nails enough to justify buying bigger ones. And I’ve been looking for a dark grey shade which I haven’t found for cheaper elsewhere in small volume. BTW, the shade I got is called “Money Maker”, LOL – a solid dark grey (no shimmer) colour. No, I don’t care that it’s not a summery colour, either :P

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Eh little sizes for nail polish is good! How many people actually finish up nail polish anyway? So better to buy small sizes :D And the description of your colour is pretty! I like dark shades on nails when I do paint them. I’m not into following “trends” either else it’d be so boring right? :)

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synical May 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

I just looked it up on Sephora.com – “wet cement grey” is also pretty apt :P

I’m surprised that it dries really fast, which is great for impatient people like myself.

http://www.sephora.com/browse/product.jhtml?id=P266305

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Rahainah May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

i held my breath when reading ur review on clarisonic and when i see the price, i scream! that’s the 1 and only thing i’m get now……i hope haha
but it’s too pricey, i’ll wait for sephora klcc to open and save up in the mean time. maybe they’ll be stocking the mia too, by then? :D
oh, great review, i really enjoy reading this

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:41 am

Let’s hope they bring the Clarisonic Mia in… and at a reasonable price. That said, its about US$149 so I don’t know how much “cheaper” it can be :P Glad you enjoyed this virtual tour :)

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mrsdjones May 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

yeaay! Thanks for sharing Paris! I wanted to visit Sephora last weekend but my schedule is too packed. Will try and visit the next time I visit my parents in KL. I really hope Penang will have one too. :p Jealous of you ladies in KL now.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:42 am

Well I don’t think Sephora is going anywhere any time soon so take your time to visit :) Maybe when you do, there’ll be more stuff to get and see! :D

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Cas May 18, 2011 at 11:30 am

I’ve not personally stepped into Sephora, instead my hubby was kind enough to pick up Soap & Glory’s shower gel for me the other day. It’s a pretty awesome smelling shower cream. I think you mentioned the perfume, will definitely wanna go sniff it out soon :)

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 11:44 am

How sweet of your hubby :) I haven’t tried their shower gel (I tried their Flake Away and another shower gel and wasn’t impressed) There is a perfume now, but I can’t remember how it smells LOL!

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lynne May 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

I live in Singapore (most of the time anyway) so I wont be visiting the KL Sephora anytime soon – but the Singapore Sephora offers some kind of promotion where you spend S$240 and you receive a (I think) $40 voucher that you can use for selected brands (ie their house brands and a few other Sephora exclusives). This is DANGEROUS for people who are easily taken in and easily tempted (ie yours truly) because the entire place is just filled with wants, you need A LOT of self restraint just to convince yourself not to spend that money for the voucher!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Haha! They’re still new so there aren’t any promos here yet but I’m anticipating something similar soon and then I’ll be in trouble :P

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Sarah May 18, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I would say it’s a hit, I like the idea of so many brands under one roof as well as the concept of getting to play around with items (without a salesperson hovering in the background) before you decide to purchase them.

And A++++ for another MUFE!

Though, I was disappointed that they didn’t have any Soap and Glory skin care stuff, I’ve been wanting to try their Hot Cloth Cleanser for a while now.

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm

I did see S&G skincare but only some of it and I agree yay for another MUFE! :D

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S May 18, 2011 at 1:04 pm

Thank you for sharing all these lovely photos, Paris! Why is it that good things come to KL when I’m not around? Boo hoo! =( By the way, do they only stock Mario Badescu’s acne range?

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm

I only noticed the acne range but wasn’t paying too much attention. Guess you could visit when you come back :)

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Dorami May 18, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Hello Paris. Thanks for the post, been dying to go to Sephora but alas I am stuck in the North. Just wondering if you know does Sephora Malaysia carry the Beauty Insider card as well? Its their very own reward system. I have the Beauty Insider card from Sephora US (VIB in fact :p, that’s how much I shopped from just 2 trips to the States). Just wondering if they have the same thing here or better still, the US VIB card works here as well?

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm

As far as I know they haven’t launched their rewards/loyalty programme but they will probably do so (gets more interest & business ;) ) but I don’t think they’re accepting the VIB card. Probably logistics reasons :) If I know of anything I’ll update.

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lyn May 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm

I was feeling a little overwhelmed and underwhelmed at the same time, if that makes sense. But I do like the store and love that we have more choices for “fun” makeup with brands like UD, TF and MUFE.

You would know by now I am a huge fan of TFSI and plan to get their other finishes too. I’ve been using it everyday since purchasing it… love!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 4:00 pm

I know exactly how you feel! On the one hand, I was thinking “Ooh! Look at all those new brands!” and on the other hand I was thinking “Is that it?” Still, happy to have it right? :D Glad the TFSI is working for you – your post said it all LOL!

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Monstro May 18, 2011 at 2:56 pm

Thanks for the fantastic and thorough review–I can’t wait to go check it out!
My husband bought me a Sephora body scrub few months ago from Sg and I quite like it. The granules are of the bigger kind, but it’s good for my back that requires more scrubbing :-)

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm

I don’t remember seeing a lot of the bath and body stuff but then maybe I just wasn’t paying too much attention – my eyes were trying to be in 20 places at the same time! LOL! :D Hope you enjoy your visit when you do! :D

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Pearly May 18, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I spoke to the SA at Sephora KL 2 weeks ago.. She said, Nars will be coming soon.. Not sure the exact date.. Their Marketing is in the mist of planning the Sephora Beauty Insider.. I hope this will happen soon!!

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ParisB May 18, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Thanks for the update. It’ll be good to have some sort of loyalty programme. We seem to love them lol!

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