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Sun, Jan 18, 2009
Urban, The Straits Times
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Niche products
by Hong Xinyi

Here are other gems from some of Singapore's indie beauty retailers that stock hard-to-find cult products or up-and-coming beauty labels:

B1-21 Raffles City Shopping Centre, tel: 6336-3638

Open since: 2006

Number of exclusive brands: 25

Star product: Lip Lights Ultra Shine Gloss (Photo 7) from Australian brand ModelCo, $51.40

Why it's hot: Comes with a built-in LED light that turns on automatically when you twist the cap, as well as a mirrored surface on one side of the product - for those times in the club when you just have to touch up your lip gloss in the dark

05-25A Takashimaya Shopping Centre, tel: 6738- 4909; 03-19A The Centrepoint, tel: 6737-8482

Open since: 2006

Number of exclusive brands: Six

Star product: Crease Release (Photo 8) from American brand Dr Brandt, $265

Why it's hot: This product from the line founded by renowned doctor Fredric Brandt contains gamma amino butyric acid and mimics the effect of Botox by relaxing muscles to help reduce the appearance of lines


B1-13A Ngee Ann City, tel: 6735-3637

Open since: 1994

Number of exclusive brands: Six

Star product: Undercover Pot (Photo 9) from American brand Laura Mercier, $68

Why it's hot: Italy-born Mercier was trained as a make-up artist and her eponymous line is focused on classic rather than seasonal colours. This handy concealer kit has two shades that cover blemishes and undereye circles, and loose powder to help set the concealer

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