Makeup Haul: Real Techniques, Monistat, NYC, Milani, Prestige, Essence of Beauty


Alright, just because they are not available in Singapore does not mean I HAVE TO buy them.

But so many blogs I follow are people from the US and they go on and on about how good these ‘drugstore’ products are. I put drugstore between inverted commas because by the time they reach my hands, after the exchange rate set by the spree-er + shipping + delivery + handling fee, the prices are not very drugstore at all.

But I still buy them because most of the time, if we have it in Singapore, it’s much cheaper and there are more options available if I buy online. Like the Revlon Colorstay Foundation.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush. A line of makeup brushes Samantha Chapman (from Pixiwoo) designed.

This is my second tube of Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel. Read my review!

New York Color (NYC) Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder in Sunny. I’ve been wanting this for a long time but didn’t know where to get it. Tao uses this almost daily.

Tiffany from Will Work for Makeup was the one who got me interested in the Milani Baked Blush in Luminoso.

Actually some stores in Singapore carry Milani, like Robinsons or John Little, but they’re wayyyyyy overpriced.

Prestige Total Intensity EyeLiner, Long Lasting Intense Color in Deepest Black. Said to be a dupe for Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in Zero. We’ll see!

Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo. These disappeared from for a while, for whatever reason. Then they came back and I quickly ordered! They have been given a packaging makeover.

Do you own any of these products? Do share your experience with us!

Which product are you most interested to get reviewed?

It’s been raining a lot recently and the days are reduced to a gloomy state of grey skies laced with strips of raindrops. Not cheery at all. An occasional downpour is good – to cool the heat of sunny Singapore, but too much affects my mood! How’s the weather over at your side?

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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

Throughout this blog you will see Bun Bun in different poses.

Instead of using numbers (3/5, 4/5) or alphabets (B+, A+) to rate products, I put Bun Bun in different positions and expressions to represent the rating given to the product after a review.

In Bun-O-Meter, the first on the list would mean a 5/5 rating and the last one a 1/5 rating.

You can always refer to the sidebar any time you don’t understand what Bun Bun’s pose means.

I hope you enjoy reading my makeup and beauty posts as much as I did writing them.

Talk to you soon! =)


Juli & Bun Bun

  • Katrina

    I would love to hear about the brush and the Prestige liner – I bought the 24/7 in Zero and what a waste of money it was!

    • Bun Bun

      Why was Zero a waste of money? Let me guess… Smudging problem? It smudges like mad on me too when I use it on the lid! But when I use it on the upper lashline and upper waterline (Tightlining), it doesn’t smudge half as bad.

      • Katrina

        I had the exact same problems too and it’s also not completely waterproof either. Throwing it out would be wasteful, so I only use this to tightline as well but it isn’t even halfway decent at that – it still smudges (although not as much as usual). I feel like I shouldn’t have to compromise like this considering its great reputation and the money I paid for it. :/

  • Angelina

    Really nice haul! (:

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Angelina! Have you tried any of these before?

  • Nicolette

    I LOVE the stippling brush! It’s soooo good! I’ve never tried sigma brushes before so I don’t know how it stacks up against the sigmax ones but lots of people think this stippling brush beats any other kind of stippling brush!

  • Diana

    I have never tried any of these unfortunately, even though I’m a huge drugstore makeup junkie. I’m really excited to hear what you think of the Real Techniques brush and all of these really. I have the Urban Decay 24/7 and yes there is quite a smudging problem but I love it all the same. However if the Prestige ones are better or maybe almost as good that would be a much more inexpensive option!

  • Sarah

    I’m always looking for that brush duo in-store but they have just about every other Essence of Beauty brush except for those. -.- I wasn’t a big bronzer person but I heard so many good things about that NYC bronzer that I bought it anyway, haha. I’m glad I did though! Can’t wait to hear how you like it and the eyeliner!

  • Cassie

    Nice haul! I might need to check out that stippling brush, I use them for everything.
    Thanks to you I finally bought the Monistat to try as primer about a month ago and I am loving it. <3 It still makes me giggle to think that I'm using a Monistat product on my face, (HAH!) but it does remarkably well on my oily skin.
    Ironically, I always find myself wanting 'drugstore' products that are NOT from the US; Sleek, Kate, Majolica Majorica, etc. LOL! I guess we always want things that are a little harder to get.

    • Bun Bun

      Same here! We have brands like MM, Canmake, The Face Shop, Kate here in Singapore but things that are harder to acquire always seem more desirable!

      I’m glad Monistat has worked well for you! I’ve never heard of Monistat and its apparent associated uses until I stepped into the makeup world. I had no preconceived notions of it, but I know why people find it funny to use on the face. Haha

      And yes, I am jealous of your Sleek makeup haul! Ugh! But why can’t the Acid Palette be sold in the US? It doesn’t concern me though, just curious.

      • Bun Bun

        Goodness international delivery costs $13.50, which will be about SGD 19.00! It’s gonna cost about SGD 40.00 in total! =O

        • Cassie

          That’s pricey! They had a ‘free international shipping’ sale not too long ago so I would keep my eye out for another one since we’re in the midst of the holiday season.

          The acid palette restriction has something to do with the fluoresents used in the shadows. Apparently in the US there are very few approved for the face and none are approved for use around the eyes. (Or so I have been told by my uber smart friend, lol!)

  • Ling

    Hi from a first timer at your blog! So glad I stumbled upon your blog…LOVE IT and the Asian eye posts…I am so going to try the horizontal gradient look…and loving your haulage 😀

    • Bun Bun

      Welcome, Ling! Glad to know you love the Asian eye posts!

      I wholeheartedly agree with you, practice is the key to popping those troublesome falsies quickly and mess-free-ly! Lol!

  • Mel

    I’ve been eyeing the Real Techniques stippling brush for a very long time! Let me know how it fares against the Sigma F80 k. Did you buy this off a US website? I thought only Ulta ships from USA…I was planning to buy from UK.

    Love your haul!!

    • Bun Bun

      I bought it from, via a spree. I don’t do direct purchases coz international charges are crrrrraaazzyyy! Well, unless they absorb the charges like Sugarpill does. But then I had to hit a certain amount before being eligible for the free international shipping.

      Yeah! Will definitely do a comparison with the Sigma F80. And the MAC 188 too! =D

  • Vonnie

    Honestly, I’ve never put much stock into New York Color products, simply because they don’t have much lasting power to me.

    I’ve tried some Milani. Their nail polish comes in lovely colors. Staying power is another fault I have with it, unfortunately.

    Staying power is my biggest issue with most drug store products here.

    Every now and again I’ve been able to find great brushes at the drug stores. Most you have to watch because they are scratchy as all and will mangle your face if you aren’t careful. CVS has some of the best drug store beauty buys in my opinion. The best part of CVS is their beauty deals. I’m not sure if they give these deals online, but they do a lot of buy one/get one 50% off sales at my CVS store. If those are paired with coupons you can walk out of their feeling like you’ve robbed the place, haha.

    • Bun Bun

      I’ve had my fair share of experience with scratchy brushes too! Terrible! It’s unsolicited exfoliation. GAH!

      Wish I could one day visit the US. I’ll go to all the big drugstores like Target, Walmart, CVS, Ulta, etc, and non-drugstores like Sephora and spend all my money there! Everything in Sephora Singapore costs at least SGD10 more than on the Sephora US website.

  • Sunny

    Ahh the gripe of not getting certain brands in a certain country *sniffs sniffs*

    I totally understand! I went a bit crazy during my recent trip to the US, and it has left me wanting more (not that I’d want to MOVE there for makeup, but close).

    I’m the most anxious to see you review the Milani blush and NYC bronzer :) And I’m waiting to see the rest of your Asian eye makeup series (I’m getting better at defining my outer v thanks to you)!

    • Bun Bun

      AHHH!! You must have had the time of your life makeup shopping there! Envy! Envy! What did you get? Where did you go?

      Yay! Really happy to know that you’re getting better at the Outer V technique! Woots! 😀

  • Sharlynn

    Omg…so damn jealous! I will kill for the milani blushes! And that brush looks great! Hope everything lives up to the hype! Do let us know! I’m travelling to the states next year so i need to learn better self control otherwise with their great drugstore deals and oh so much cheaper prices than singapore I’ll overspend for sure!!

    • Bun Bun

      Ahhhh…! Everyone is going to the States. I wanna go too!!! If I ever make a trip there, I’d make sure my travel companion is well occupied with something else otherwise he/she will be bored stiff with all my makeup shopping.

  • Sunny

    Haha, I DID have the time of my life in terms of shopping in the US! I went for a friend’s wedding in Knoxville, TN. But before that I visited Boston, New York (where I acquired the majority of my haul), and Pittsburgh. I posted this haul record on my blog so check it out:

    The majority is Bobbi Brown (which is coming to Belgium in about 2 weeks, but I’m sure the price tags are going to be gasp-inducing) stuff, some drugstore gems that I read about (and didn’t disappoint me), a couple of MAC items, and some stuff from Sephora. I don’t know when I’ll make it there again though, so this stuff had better last!

    But seriously: don’t you have maybe friends in the US? I have some, so if I HAVE to I can order stuff, have it shipped to their houses, and get them to fly it to Belgium. The thing is just that none of them cares anything about makeup (or just to the same degree), so I’d feel bad asking them to do this every time they come here (and I’m also a bit ashamed of letting people find out exactly how much I can spend on it haha).

    • Bun Bun

      I checked it out and hope to see reviews on your haul!

      Seriously, I have no friends in the US. HAHAHA. Really. I wish I had though and get them to buy stuff for me. When my friends went there for some internship program previously I got them to buy stuff from Sephora but they’ve since returned to Singapore. So no more savings for me. ='(

      I join sprees to save a little on the shipping costs, but that’s about all I get to save.

      • Sunny

        Have you tried swapping on MUA? Some US swappers look for CP swaps with Asian ones because they want to try Asian brands (like Etude, Skin Food). Also, in Taiwan, you can find people on auction sites (the most popular is Yahoo Auction) who can buy stuff from foreign countries and ship to you. I’ve never tried that so I don’t know if it’s good deals per se.

        The thing is just that with the 21% VAT in Belgium, everything becomes SUPER expensive (if it’s available at all). That’s also part of the reason why most women wear very little makeup. An average drugstore product costs around 13-14 euros. I stock up on Maybelline mascara every summer when I go back to Taiwan *sighs* Also, the Belgians are VERY down-to-earth. They have very clear objectives in life (like buying a house to stay close to their natal homes, families, and childhood friends. They spend a lot of time and energy on improving/decorating their home), so they are less likely to be distracted by frivolous stuff like makeup (that’s part my observation and part experience-sharing from a local beauty salon owner who used to work as the Benelux manager for a Dutch skincare/makeup brand). I should make a blog entry about the cultural differences. It’s been interesting but difficult for me personally, because if I use a bit of color in my eye makeup, everybody freaks (and forget about even the most basic smokey eye. They REALLY freak)!

        • Bun Bun

          WOW I feel so shallow beside the Belgians! They sound really down-to-earth and genuine (not that we are not genuine, but you know what I mean). I can imagine nobody buys Sugarpill cosmetics products in Belgium coz their colors are really bold and loud and freak-out inducing. But how about their cosmetics stores? Do the MUAs wear makeup? I imagine that the colors on their shelves are all in neutral, earthy tones. So every woman goes about without a single trace of makeup? They all have perfect skin? Hahaha, spamming you with questions coz this is quite interesting! =D

          • Sunny

            Well, I sometimes wish I were a down-to-earth and nature-loving intellectual who wears no makeup too (especially in the university environment. Besides maybe law students people go all hippie and they just don’t care), but I’m a proud city girl from Taipei and that ain’t gonna change!

            I’ve honestly almost never seen colorful makeup on women in Belgium. I’ve worn MAC Sumptuous Olive + Urban Decay Mildew once, but that really freaked my old roommate out! You get brands like Bourjois, Catrice, Gosh, Maybelline… in drugstores, but again the prices are HIGH (about 14 euros for a Maybelline mascara. Are you kidding me?). There’s also this chain perfume store that carries high-end makeup, but even people who work there don’t go crazy either. I’ve once seen a more dramatic cat liner, but that’s about it. Some people use a bit of foundation/powder, bronzer, blush, mascara, and eyeliner (tightlining is popular here). Maybe a tiny bit of eyeshadow but that would be about it. Even girls who are out having a good time on a Saturday night don’t have what I would call interesting makeup on (slightly darker lips perhaps). It’s all very… basic and minimal.

            I’m all for individual freedom, and I’d feel bad to see someone going into makeup because of peer/social pressure. But I see people walking around looking very tired and run-down all the time. Some don’t even fill in their brows even if they’re so blond that it looks like they have none. It takes 5 minutes to smack on some foundation and brow powder/pencil, and you’d look/feel so much better. I have to try very hard not to approach women on the street and ask:”have you heard of eyebrow pencils? Please get one and start using it!” I mean, I’m sure there are beauty addicts somewhere in this country. Maybe it’s just that I personally know none.

  • Mel

    I love shopping for makeup in the states. I lived there for a while and was just getting more into makeup at that time. I hauled lots of NARS eyeshadows/blushes and MAC brushes then. The drugstore stuff are fabulous. I should have bought sonia kashuk brushes too! Sigh…I wanna go back there again. =p

  • BooBooNinja

    What are your thoughts on the Essence of Beauty Crease Brush Duo? Are they scratchy?

    • Bun Bun

      Nope! They’re really soft against the skin and I highly recommend them. :)