I couldn’t visit Paris without visiting Sephora at Champ Ulysses, the biggest Sephora in all the world, and not give a report. (Did you know that the one we have in ION Singapore is the 2nd largest in the world?)
It’ll be a quick one: There are many, many exclusive brands here. I spotted BlackUp, a French cosmetics line made for women of color (and eyed their contouring duo, which looks really good). Lauderee, the macaroon store has a makeup line here (it looked a little cheap up close, although I thought the idea behind it was lovely), there was Sisley makeup, which looked incredible and I was ready to buy from… but it was SO expensive. Like, $40 for a small lip crayon? Non, merci.
Fragrance wise, there were many more brands, and I especially looked for “classic” French brands like Cacharel, where I finally took a whiff of the iconic Anais Anais after years (I had forgotten how it was).
One thing that really impressed me though was the Sephora Collection line. I’ve always loved their products and feel they get “lost” with all the other great brands at Sephora. Well, not here – the Sephora Collection takes center stage (literally, it’s in the center of the store) and houses pretty much every single makeup item you can imagine.
While I really enjoyed looking around, I didn’t necessarily feel there were “must haves” for me (at least not on first glance). I picked up stuff from Sephora Collection though: a mini eye brush set, some tools and a red lippie from the Karl Lagerfeld collaboration which has the best staying power I’ve ever tried on a lipstick – the lipstick lasts 16 hours, no joke.
I’ll report more of my beauty going-ons soon!