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The Drugstore Beauty Finds That You Need – Singapore Edition

They're cheap, easy to get and they work. What more could you ask for in a beauty product, really?

This may come across as a little weird, but we have a thing for drugstores. It’s a fugue state thing, almost. We enter the store – it’s usually Watsons or Guardian here in Singapore – and emerge an hour later with a plastic bag full of stuff we didn’t think we needed until the moment we saw them and we think, “What the hell just happened?” There’s just so much to buy at a drugstore, isn’t there? It’s like a linoleum wonderland.

When it comes to excellent beauty products, it is usually true that the middle-range and high-end ones have an edge over those from a drugstore. I mean, there’s a reason why they cost so much. But that’s not to say that there are no exceptions to the rule. If you’re a beauty junkie on a budget, these 9 tried-and-tested drugstore finds – which we personally use on a daily basis, by the way – are exactly what you’re looking for.


Heroine Make’s Long and Curl Mascara
Are you sick of hearing us rave about it already? It is honestly one of the best mascaras we’ve ever come across, hands down. The fact that it is cheap is icing on the cake, really. Not only does this give you that falsie look, it’s also super waterproof, which is perfect for the tropical weather we have in Singapore. Because this isn’t exactly a volumizing mascara, you may want to pair it with one that does the job, like the Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara.


Heroine Make’s Mascara Remover
Another product that we really love from this very kawaii-des (sorry, we just had to…) drugstore brand is this little thing called the Mascara Remover. We all know that mascaras are a pain to remove, even when you’re using a proper oil-based eye makeup remover. With this, you just have to apply it on your lashes the same way you do with mascara, wait for a minute or two, and then just remove it with a cotton pad – you can have a bit of cleanser on that if you like – or water. No more mascara-induced dark circles, promise.


CLIO’s Kill Black Liquid Pen Eyeliner
The liquid eyeliners from Stila and Marc Jacobs are considered to be among the most melt-proof on the market, but at over SGD$35 each, they’re a little bit on the pricey end. We find CLIO’s Kill Black to be a close and cheap substitute at SGD$25.90 – and it even comes with a free Salon de Cara Mascara. Who doesn’t love free makeup? We also love Heroine Make’s Kiss Me Smooth Liquid Eyeliner, which we talked about here. (We swear we’re not being paid by Heroine Make, it’s just a damn good brand.)


CLIO’s Kill Cover Pro-Artist Liquid Concealer
If you’re looking for a wallet-friendly alternative to high-end concealers, we think CLIO’s Kill Cover is it. It is pretty melt-proof and blends quite well. The downsides? The formula is a little thick, so go easy on it. Plus, the only three shades that CLIO has are all on the fair side, so the range is very limited. Get cracking and produce more shades, CLIO!


Maybelline’s Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer
This skinny tube almost always finds its way to “Best of Drugstore” lists and we recently discovered why. Not only does this smell quite pleasant for a concealer (it’s got goji berries in it, apparently), it is surprisingly light on the skin and blends quickly and easily – all at SGD$19.90 a pop. The cute rounded brush on the top helps with the application, but just remember to go easy on the pressure when dabbing it under your eyes. A little bit goes a long way with this one.


Biore’s Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets
We’ve tried many makeup remover sheets and none of them come close to this one from Biore. Each sheet is loaded thick with cleansing oil, and it removes everything from your foundation to your mascara. Besides being travel-friendly, these sheets also don’t have that cleaning alcohol smell that many big-name cleansing facial sheets have.


NYX’s Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo
There are many great contouring products on the market and among them, this one by NYX may be the cheapest at SGD$20. Available in four shades, we find the Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo to be long-lasting and very easy to use – just apply it under your cheekbones, along your jawline and blend, blend, blend. As far as we know, NYX isn’t available at all drugstores in Singapore, but it is easily available at Sephora.


Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Makeup Remover
Unlike most cleansing oils which do not necessarily remove everything yet leave behind an annoying, oily residue, this bottled wonder from Hada Labo is almost like a face wash. Apply it over your makeup with dry hands, lather it over your face (the product has water in it, so there’s no need for you to add any at this point) and then wash it all off with water. Team Kulala’s Candice, who has sensitive skin, has been using this for years. It doesn’t really work as well for eye makeup, so do use a remover that does first, then use this for the rest of your face.


Nivea’s Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray
Everyone’s talking about UV and pollution protection these days and for good reason. Not only should you include sunblock in your daily makeup routine – we like Suqqu, Shiseido, Missha and Kenzo for this – you should also always block-up the rest of your body if you’re going to be out in the sun. The sun’s damaging, y’all. The spray-on sunblock from Nivea is among our favourites because not only is it affordable, it is light on the skin and perfect on days when we cannot be assed to slather cream-based sunblocks on.


Main Image: Heroine Make Mascara Remover, Nivea Sun Invisible Protection Transparent Spray, NYX Sculpt & Highlight Face Duo, Heroine Make Volume and Curl Mascara, Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Concealer, CLIO Kill Black Liquid Pen Eyeliner, Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets, Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Makeup Remover (Psst, we just got Facebook. Like us over here, maybe?)

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