The sampan is a traditional Asian boat that recalls the fishing village that Singapore once was. The Merlion, with its lion’s head and fish body/tail (hideous* to some!) has been a symbol of Singapore for a long time – the former representingthe sighting of a lion by an ancient Malay prince who gave the island its Malay name, Singapura (‘Lion City’); the latter representing Singapore’s ties with the sea.
The palette contained Tutu (a remarkable pink peach blush that is absolutely flattering on Asian skin), Charm (a cool-toned medium purple with silver shimmer), Bouquet (a classic matte base shade) and Poise (a shimmery berry brown, reminiscent of MAC Sketch).
Looking at it brings back fond memories of the launch. I remember local makeup lovers rejoicing at finally having our very own Stila counter and the sheer pleasure of swatching the pans of colours. Notebooks, totes, postcards and cans (yes, those infamous illustrated Stila cans!) were snapped up as gifts with purchase, simply because they were mostly limited edition items.
Stila expanded its counters in Singapore thereafter and in its halcyon days, had more than three locally.
Those heady days are gone and Stila has since been reduced to only one– smaller – counter at Tangs. That said, I hope that the new changes that the brand is undergoing bring back that era of whimsical illustrations and feminine flair.
* …but oh-so-cute in the drawing, with its snub nose! :D
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