You may be a make-up junkie, with drawers filled with colourful palettes and lip colours, or a pared- down beauty user who sticks to the basic essentials.
Either way, no one can deny that cosmetic products can cost a bomb. It is also a recurring cost as beauty items are used almost daily and need replenishing before long.
With things getting more expensive in Singapore, staying within one’s spending budget is not always easy.
According to a Straits Times report in February, an annual government survey conducted ahead of Budget 2017 showed that the cost of living was a top concern for Singaporeans.
But there are ways to tighten those purse strings – by getting your beauty fix from the local pharmacy or personal care store.
Drugstore brands may not come with the frills and pretty packaging that prestige labels offer, but that does not mean that such products should be overlooked.
Local make-up artist Clarence Lee, 44, says he includes drugstore labels in his make-up kit.
“I’ve been using some of the drugstore brands, such as Majolica Majorca, Kate, Dejavu, Clio and ZA, for years. They are affordable and are great options for those who don’t want to spend too much,” says the freelancer who has been in the beauty business for more than two decades.”You can get quality beauty products from the pharmacy and just because they are cheaper does not mean the make-up is not good.”
Healthcare stores, such as Guardian, Watsons and Sasa, also regularly offer good discounts. It is not easy to trawl through the shelves of beauty offerings and try the multitude of brands available.
We narrow the search down for readers with this list of 10 value-for-money beauty products available at pharmacies and personal care stores here.