I had a 1 day trip into Singapore over the weekend and I did mean to pop by Sephora in Singapore to see if it measured up to the hype a Sephora receives. You might recall I was a little disillusioned by Sephora in Hong Kong. So I left my illusions at the causeway this time.
To my surprise, I quite enjoyed trawling through Sephora at ION Orchard. I stopped off at Orchard MRT and when you take Exit B if I recall correctly, you come out right at ION Orchard and right next to the Sephora.
Its a large store and I got a picture of the storefront and some sneak pictures inside. I couldn’t get good shots because there weren’t many people around and the sales people were eagle-eyed. I think they thought I was a shoplifter :P
The big brands are well represented as usual – MAC, Lancome, Dior, SK-II, Laneige, Clarins, Clinique and of course Sephora’s own in house brands. A huge section is dedicated to Sephora makeup. For makeup, there is also Smashbox Cosmetics and Too Faced. I took a look at the infamous Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyelid primer but decided not to get it.
I saw lots of natural and organic brands too – John Masters Organic, Nvey Organic Makeup, Burts Bees to name a couple I remember off the top of my head. Burts Bees in particular had quite a few counters for various products. I was contemplating getting the Lip Shimmer Lip balm or the Natural Chemical-free Sunblock. However, I decided to think about it and drop by before I left Singapore, but it was too late in the night when I left so I had no choice but to save it for next time.
I did note that the Burts Bees Chemical Free sunscreen felt sticky on my hand. I tested it and might have used it for my body but don’t think I’d bring it anywhere near my face.
I also saw Bliss products and thought the Bliss Blood Orange bath and shower gel smelt quite nice but did not get it due to “thinking about it”. Tip: Don’t ever “think about it” or you’d end up like me and not get anything!
I liked that Sephora at ION Orchard had a large section for men! So, the men can wander off and browse their stuff and not harrass us women ;) There was also a small section for babies or children – brands with baby friendly products were placed there e.g. Burts Bees and Sephora Babies.
So as you might guess, I again walked into a Sephora store and walked out with nothing. Its starting to be a habit! :P If you enjoy browsing makeup and cosmetics or skincare, its a nice place to visit to see some brands we in Malaysia have only ever heard or read about. Its nicely positioned by the Orchard MRT station so you can just drop by on your way out of the station.
However, if you ask whether you MUST visit, my answer is no – it feels just like being in any department store beauty hall sans lovely smells of perfume I associate with Beauty Halls. But perhaps thats just me – I’m just jaded :P