Another Nature Republic Haul

May 17, 2010
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Nary a week after I visited the store, I returned to Nature Republic. It was inevitable – the low prices, together with the beautiful colours, were irresistible!

It also helped that S$100 spent in a month entitles one to a Nature Republic membership in which a 10% discount is given for all future purchases. Although it chafed a little that the qualifying amount used to be S$50, it was a good excuse for me to buy more. ;) So I set out to top up the amount I’d already spent on my last purchase. I was a little concerned though, when the beauty advisor pronounced that the store was losing money – this doesn’t bode well, surely? Don’t close down before I’ve used my discount to buy lots! :P

I purchased:

  • Prism Star Dot Shadow in 01 White (S$8.40)
  • Color Deco Nail in GR605 (S$1.90) (a gift for a friend)
  • Color Deco Nail in BK002 (S$1.90)
  • Color Deco Nail in PP408 (S$1.90)

This shadow reminded me of the ones íPSA came out with a long time ago. This technology is by no means new now but I fondly remember íPSA being one of the first brands to introduce coloured dots in makeup pans. Pointillism in makeup art – albeit often without an intended image – is so pretty. ♥

Contrary to what one might expect, the medley of colours in this shadow combine to form a beautiful silvery grey shade that makes a subdued highlighter. Blended with cool accent colours, this eyeshadow imparts a somewhat ethereal appearance.

BK002 is a pretty pewter, a shade that I really love. Like Prism Star Eye Shadow in BK904 Golden Gray (the shadow I’d bought earlier), it reminded me at once of Benefit Skinny Jeans and Stars Makeup Haven Metro but its stronger grey tones with hints of gold would actually be a perfect complement to BK904.

Interestingly, this semi-metallic polish dries almost-matte. It seems like a good alternative to MAC Studded from the Riveting collection, only more complex – BK002 not only has gold tones, it also has fine multi-coloured shimmer dispersed throughout the polish. It’ll be great for the current grey polish trend. ;)

Purple lovers will enjoy this violet varnish. You can’t really tell from the photo but PK408 is laced with silver shimmer.  The silvery swirls, together with hints of other colours in the microshimmer, add interest to the polish. Unlike the sheerer GR605, this nail lacquer is more opaque and needs only two coats to show up well.

I also purchased some skin-pampering goodies:

  • Peace of Foot & Heel Cooling Massage Foot Mask (S$5.70) – The image of reflexology points makes this mask look promising. I’m also partial to minty sensations.
  • Tailor Made Formula Neck Lift Mask Patch (S$3.80) – I’ve deep neck lines that need more care. :(
  • Tailor Made Formula Ice Cooling Eye-Patch (S$3.80) – These are welcome aid for my eyebags.
  • 3 Maison de Oriental Esthe sheet masks (S$3.80 each) – One of them heats up upon application; can’t wait to try it!
  • Aqua Collagen Solution Marine Hydrogel Eye Patch (S$4.60) – Very cool plastic packaging and cheaper than it looks.
  • Tailor Made Formula Spot Line Relief Patch (S$3.80) – My nasal-labial fold lines need all the help they can get!
  • Fresh Vegetable Essence Mask in Aloe & Cucumber (S$2.80) – The promised soothing and cooling properties made me grab this in an instant.

Overall, this was a very satisfying haul indeed! :D

Image source: Nature Republic Singapore


Posted in: eyeshadows | face | korean brands | masks | nails | nature republic | skincare

18 Responses to Another Nature Republic Haul

  1. May 17, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    I stopped by Natural Republic today, after reading your article on it! Was very tempted to get the Prism Star Sparkling Eye Shadow in Sparkle Mystic Blue but I’m on a makeup ban! ): Please do a swatch and a review on the eyeshadow if you can and very pretty nail polishes! (:

    • makeupmag
      May 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

      Hi Charlene,

      I’ll try! :)

  2. May 17, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I was at 313 today; meant to visit but can’t remember which level it was and my feet hurt after walking all time. Wasted. Will drop by tomorrow, hopefully lol

    • makeupmag
      May 18, 2010 at 1:10 am

      Hi AtelierGal,

      You could always go there after the Shiseido sale! ;)

  3. lumos
    May 17, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    after reading your earlier entry, i popped down to the store today. i must say their stuff are quite affordable, but i think they are not very well known in singapore. the salesgirl was quite friendly too, she left me alone when i told her i’ll take my time but she was very good

    and u know what, i got the same nail polishes as u!! haha just not the purple one. i wanted the eyeshadow u posted but i forgot the code and i’m not sure if the one i swatched was what u bought as the color didnt look good on me.

    • makeupmag
      May 18, 2010 at 1:11 am

      Hi Lumos,

      I agree re: the customer service. Both times I was there, the BAs were friendly and helpful! :) Enjoy your new goodies!

  4. TheUndercoverGypsy
    May 18, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I’m on a bit of a shopping ban now, as I’m waiting for the MAC to the Beach collection before buying anything else and I thought I had resisted your previous post on the Nature Republic products, but now – oh my weak soul! and poor wallet ;)

    • makeupmag
      May 19, 2010 at 2:19 am

      Hi Gypsy,

      A happy heart, nonetheless? ;) At least the products are value for money! What did you buy/do you intend to buy?

  5. Mona
    May 20, 2010 at 4:45 pm

    The products do look like value for money. I realise NR nail polish is cheaper than daiso’s – the packaging is nicer and the bottles are bigger.

    I didn’t get anything when I dropped by as I had already given a lot of money to the Shiseido company at their private sale LOL but if I make another rare trip down to Orchard I think I will try to stop by there again.

    • makeupmag
      May 25, 2010 at 2:20 am

      Hi Mona,

      That’s is true about Nature Republic vs Daiso. The NR products perform very well. I’ve been wearing the shadows for the past week and like them very much! I know what you mean about the Shiseido sale; so many good deals there! :)

  6. TheUndercoverGypsy
    May 20, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Very true….they really look like they’re value for money – I finally got the dotted eyeshadow, a couple of the e/s duos, a lot of masks (can’t resist them at all!!!) and the gradation blusher in apricot……and oh yeah, you can absolutely say a happy heart :D

    • makeupmag
      May 25, 2010 at 2:29 am

      Hi TUG,

      Great haul! The shadows wear well. ;) Enjoy all your goodies!

  7. Amanda Sun
    June 3, 2010 at 2:21 am

    Hi Mag!

    I’ve been looking for good eye masks – have you tried any of the Nature Republic ones and if so, how do you find them? Thanks!

    • makeupmag
      June 3, 2010 at 2:35 am

      Hi Amanda!

      To be honest, I haven’t tried many. The SKII one is okay but it’s not very moisturising. I’ve only tried one of the Nature Republic ones (the plasticky looking one) and it was all right too but not exceptional. I do hear great things about Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage eye cream though! ;) I haven’t tried it but am aching for a sample!

  8. June 6, 2010 at 2:34 am

    Hi,I am Korea university student. I read your post in blog. I’m acitive in Nature Republic. I’m doing a marketing research. So I hope listen to user note about Nature Republic. please, contact e-mail.bye

    • makeupmag
      June 11, 2010 at 2:12 am

      Hi Eun Yeong,

      I’m not sure what you mean…perhaps you could contact me via email (you can find my email address in the ‘About’ section)?

  9. Carol
    December 24, 2010 at 11:46 am

    wow! i can’t wait to be at the outlet immediately after reading ur posts & browsing their website. thanks for sharing =)

    • makeupmag
      December 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm

      Hi Carol,

      The shadows are of very good quality – they are my favourite products from the brand. Have fun! :)

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