YSL Grand Indonesia
First of all, I’d like to apologize for the lack of post since last week. Work has been busy, and to add to that so many things going on lately (positive :D)! Just to keep you all up-to-date first with a few things: 1) There will be some changes going on soon, the transferring to the new site has been quite bumpy and I still have a few technical difficulties that I need to sort out, 2) I’m back on Twitter baby! Please follow me @KireiMakeup! Gimme a shout-out, I promise I won’t bite :).
Now, after the Shu Uemura invite to the dinner, I received another invite the following day by YSL to attend their new counter opening at Seibu in Grand Indonesia. To be honest, I’ve never seen an YSL counter in Jakarta yet since I just recently moved back. Curiosity got the best out of me and I asked Wiwin to come with me to Grand Indonesia to see the new counter, as well as to shop around 😛
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We got there quite early since we wanted to avoid traffic and we were quite amazed at how big the counter is! Their display of lipsticks were brilliant! Those lipsticks were the first thing that caught my attention (or anyone for that matter). Beautiful display, bright and brilliant! The lipsticks and lipglosses themselves are long-lasting, creamy and has SPF 15 to protect your lips from the harmful UV rays. The lip products range between Rp. 310,000 (about $31) to Rp. 350,000 (about $35). They are very long lasting, I mean, I tried to remove the lipstick swatches on my hands with makeup remover and they left stained on my hand.
The girls who attended to us were nicely dressed and very friendly. One of the sales rep who was helping us, Sylvie, was so kind and helpful. She kept offering us to try on their products on our faces. However, since I already have makeup on, I decided to let Wiwin had all the fun. Sylvie applied a plum mascara on Wiwin, as well as a gold eyeliner (which she ended up buying!). So, with YSL, if you want to buy their products, they will do a consultation for you for free before you buy them to ensure that you will enjoy and use the products to its potential. Thus, there is no refund/exchanges allowed (unlike Canadians’ makeup counters where you can do a refund/exchange if you’re unhappy with your purchase). However, I really like the idea of free consultation before you buy the products, that way you can ask and get all the information you want/need to know before you buy it.
So YSL counters in Jakarta offered a private makeup class, where you pay Rp. 1,000,000 (about $100) to get your makeup done, and explained in details how to do your makeup (from skincare to makeup application). The money you’ve paid is redeemable towards products. I do have to say that the products themselves are quite expensive, so with that Rp. 1,000,000, you can probably get a quad eyeshadow (Rp. 600,000) and perhaps a mascara or lipstick (at Rp. 350,000).
Now, I do have to say that I’m very surprised that YSL Indonesia actually carries a larger range of shades of their foundations and, their most popular prized products, the Touche Eclat. I, myself, have already bought one before I left Canada. As you all have known, the Touche Eclat now comes in several shades, that it was very nice to see that YSL Indonesia carries all those shades!
Gemala, the YSL PR rep, informed me that since YSL in Indonesia carries a smaller range of skincare lines compared to other brands, they strive to bring in more range of makeup products into Indonesia. It’s really nice to finally see a well-known brand that finally carries a larger range of shades to cater the different skintones in Indonesia.
Anyhow, the event ended with a breaking fast together, however, since Wiwin and I had to go, we didn’t attend the dinner, but I’m sure it was fun! I mean, Wiwin and I spent about 1hr just browsing around the counter itself, talking to the people, getting to know the products and ended up buying them..hahaha..who can resist?
I do have to say that the prices are a little bit higher than what I usually pay for in Canada, may be there’s about $5-$10 difference. It is YSL and they do tend to be more expensive in North America, and they are even more expensive in Indonesia. I, myself, bought a summer quad and a coral lipstick (which I’ll share with you guys on the next post), and Wiwin bought a gold eyeliner. I received a Rp. 100,000 ($10) voucher from YSL, THANK YOU :D.
I also received a goodie bag which contained a few samples of their products – YSL touche eclat no. 1 and 2, and 3 shades of their lipsticks. Thank you once again YSL for inviting me to the opening of the counter! It was such a pleasant experience and I had fun getting to know more of the beauty industry in Indonesia. 🙂