From the best hawker foods to the rights to host a Taylor Swift concert, the friendly banters between Malaysia and Singapore never end.

If you have been in some of these bickers with your friends across the causeway, this is perhaps an article you’ll need to send to your Singaporean counterparts. On the beauty front, Malaysia has several victories that make us an exciting beauty-shopping destination vis-a-vis Singapore.

Read on to see what exclusive beauty shopping experiences we have in Malaysia that you can’t find in Singapore – or in some cases, anywhere else in the world!

International Beauty Stores Found Only in Malaysia

Drunk Elephant

The biocompatibility beauty brand, Drunk Elephant, opened its first physical store in the world at The Exchange TRX in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This flagship store offers a unique experience for fans, such as creating your own ‘smoothie skincare.’

Just as you choose ingredients for your favourite smoothie based on your taste and nutritional needs, Drunk Elephant encourages you to select skincare products based on your individual skin concerns.

Product to Try: Protini™ Powerpeptide Resurf Serum

Formulated with a high concentration of peptides, this serum tackles concerns like uneven texture and loss of firmness. The peptides work by stimulating collagen synthesis, ultimately leading to smoother, tighter-looking skin.

3CE

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3CE, known for its innovative formulas, trendy shades, and playful packaging, has opened its first-ever Malaysian concept store at The Exchange TRX KL. Surrounded by playful pink hues and interactive displays, you can explore the entire 3CE product range at your own pace.

Product to Try: Drop Glow Gel

Drop Glow Lip is a lightweight lip gloss that delivers a high-shine finish, reflecting light and creating the illusion of fuller lips. It comes in 10 different shades of sheer that add a subtle hint of colour to your natural lip tone.

International Beauty Brands Not Available in Singapore

Kylie Cosmetics

Founded by reality TV star and influencer Kylie Jenner, Kylie Cosmetics is renowned for its lip kits containing lip matte and lip liner. The brand is also known for its frequent limited-edition releases. Kylie Cosmetics is carried by Sephora in Malaysia.

Product to Try: Velvet Liquid Lipstick & Lip Liner Kit

Here is a different lip kit that gives a velvety, demi-matte finish. The lightweight formula is creamy and comfortable on the lips, ensuring non-drying wear. Plus, the high colour payoff and soft doe-foot applicator make application easy.

Jo Loves

Jo Loves is a British niche perfume brand founded in 2011 by perfumer Jo Malone – yes, that Jo Malone. This brand focuses more on her personal stories and emotions, which is different from Jo Malone London, which she has sold to Estee Lauder Group. Jo Loves offers a range of Eau de Parfums that are described as sophisticated and unconventional, distinct from mainstream perfumes. Jo Loves is available at Sephora Malaysia.

Product to Try: Jo By Jo Loves A Fragrance Parfum

Jo By Jo Loves, a citrus aromatic fragrance, offers a unisex appeal. Its blend of citrus, woody, and spicy notes create a versatile scent appreciated by all genders. The zesty citrus top notes bring a burst of freshness, while the woody base and subtle peppery spice add depth and warmth.

Billie Eilish Fragrance

Grammy award winner and popular singer-songwriter Billie Eilish has her own fragrance line called Billie Eilish Fragrances, available at Sephora Malaysia! She describes her perfume as feeling like “a warm embrace, like a body. Like what it feels like to be human and have a body and feel your blood rushing through you.”

Product to Try: Eilish Eau De Parfum

With its delicate sugared petals, vanilla, soft spices, and cocoa notes, this fragrance is a warm and sensual scent that is meant to be enjoyed by everyone. Its gender-neutral nature makes it a versatile choice for anyone who appreciates a fragrance that is both inviting and alluring.

Huxley

Discover the wonders of Huxley, a South Korean skincare brand that prioritises the use of natural ingredients to formulate effective and trustworthy products. Their signature ingredient, Sahara Prickly Pear Seed Oil, is said to be a well-kept beauty secret of the Moroccan Royal family and Berber women.

Product to Try: Glow Awakening Cream

With a lightweight texture, this cream incorporates brightening components such as niacinamide, vitamin C derivatives, and prickly pear seed oil. Its goal is to promote skin tone balance, enhance luminosity, and safeguard against environmental harm. It’s compatible with all skin types, catering to individuals concerned about dullness or hyperpigmentation.

Local Beauty Stores from Malaysia Worth Checking Out

Alha Alfa Cosmetics

Founded by Dato’ Al Halim Mohd Al Fadzil, this Malaysian cosmetics brand is making waves in the beauty industry. Their commitment to using natural and halal ingredients sets them apart, offering customers effective and affordable products. With their growing popularity in Malaysia, they are now expanding their presence worldwide.

Their physical stores are located in IOI City Mall Putrajaya, Jakel Mall in Kuala Lumpur, Bangi Sentral in Bandar Baru Bangi, and Pavilion in Bukit Jalil.

Product to Try: Royal Propolis Foundation

Full coverage, natural goodness, and SPF 45 – this halal foundation has it all! Plus, its lightweight formula and diverse shade range make it a perfect fit for many skin types. It’s a clear winner for an all-around foundation.

Clef Skincare

Located in Publika, Clef Skincare focuses on clean and effective ingredients. Their name, CLEF, cleverly combines ‘Clean’ and ‘Effective,’ perfectly capturing their core principles. They place a strong emphasis on natural extracts and steer clear of harsh chemicals, ensuring their products are ideal for individuals seeking a kinder and more natural approach to skincare.

Product to Try: Perfecting Tinted Physical Sunscreen

With SPF 50 sun protection and a sheer, buildable tint, this multi-tasking sunscreen is perfect for those seeking a simplified skincare routine and a radiant complexion. It’s a top pick among individuals who desire a natural, flawless look without any hassle.

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