Bastions of Beauty

The department stores and other big beauty stops that we think have the best stuff.



310 Orchard Road

Singapore 238864

T: (+65) 6737 5500

Regarded as a shopping institution (the flagship on Orchard occupies Singapore’s oldest and most iconic store), Tangs is comparable to Selfridges in London or Bloomingdales in New York.  Boasting one of the biggest beauty halls in Singapore, it offers brands including MAC, Kiehl’s, Jurlique, Dr Hauschka and Benefit – as well as all the usuals.  MAC, Kiehl’s and Dr H all have their own individual stores, but why bother with them when you can just come here?

Opening Times: 10.30am-9.30pm Mon-Thu & Sat; 10.30am-11pm Fri; 11am-8.30pm Sun



391A Orchard Road

Singapore 238872

T: +65 6738 9905

The anchor of Ngee Ann City, Taka groans with beauty buys, with less usual suspects including Sisley, Anna Sui, Biotherm, Bobbi Brown, Paul & Jo and Laneíge Sim (Korea’s answer to Japan’s Shiseido).  There is also a huge Chanel make up concession.

Opening Times: 10-9.30 daily



6 Lorong Mambong

Holland Village


T: (+65) 6469 1629

With just under 20 stores in S’pore, these guys are everywhere and come recommended by a Canadian international make-up artist, now living in Singapore, who hails them as part of her beauty shopping repertoire.  BTW: Try their Magical Eye Bright.

Opening Times: 11am-10pm daily



Ion (#01-05/06)

2 Orchard Turn


T: (+65) 6509 8255

Straight from the States and wonderfully stocked with helpful staff, this place was needed here.  Come here for their good own brand make up which is fairly affordable and has the best non-flakey mascara we’ve come across.

It’s a bit of a candy store of mid to high end brands of cosmetics and beauty products – not dissimilar to the UK’s SPAce NK in that respect, but with more choice.

Opening Times: 10.30am-10.30pm daily



Ngee Ann City (#B1-33)

391 Orchard Road


T: (+65) 6732 9695

Also in Tang’s beauty hall which would be our one-stop-shop, but for a larger selection of Kiehl’s classics, come here (but be warned, there are certain products that they don’t carry in Asia that they do in the US).  Also in Ion, Plaza Sing, Vivo, Tampines and Raffles Quay – they are pretty hard to miss.

Opening Times: 10am-9.30pm daily


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