Watsons has 31 pharmacy counters located within its key stores, and is still continuing in its expansion into pharmacy services. In recent years, the Watsons brand has reinvented itself in line with the proposition to help customers have fun “Look Good, Feel Great. Have Fun!”. Watsons has introduced a new, bright and contemporary feel to its stores, and is also providing unique programs of personalized advice and counseling in beauty and health care. The brand’s successful strategies have resulted in significant market penetration, and Watson’s Singapore now has 105 stores with the latest store additions at Causeway Point and Marina Bay Sands.
My most frequent purchase would be their cotton pads, they usually come in packs of 3 and are more value for money as compared to their house brand one which comes in a single roll. When there’s a buy 1 get 1 free sale, their feminine care products will always get wiped out so it would help if you knew when the sale’s going to start. Now this is the part where you make friends with the Watsons sales aunty….
Overall, watsons is a good place to find affordable makeup and personal care products!
As for the other products, the basic needs like tissue, swabs, plasters all retail at an affordable price. There is a wide variety when it comes to sanitary pads, which are on promotion from time to time. As member you will be entitled to exclusive sales and discounts. The point based system is good too.
When next I went to Watsons after activating it to use my membership card, they told me it was not activated. So I went home and check online at their website. Their site told me my card was activated. So I head back to another outlet, and they told me the same thing. My Watsons card was not activated.
This was already frustrating. I gave up after trying two more times and the staff could not explain why my card was not working. I tried finding the contacts for Watsons but no such luck. Seems they don't want to be contacted at all.
I threw away my card in disgust. I did not want to waste my money on buying another card and go through all that again.
Watsons presents the perfect avenue for such, and actually provides products of such decent and good quality that many professionals use these drugstore products too. Such include 'Maybelline', 'Revlon', 'Silky Girl', 'Essence', 'Model's Own', 'Clio', 'Canmake', 'Peri Pera', and the list goes on. Just pop into an outlet and you'd be amazed by the variety that greets you at half the price of Sephora.
Nail polish, facial cleanser, make-up remover, make-up, you name it. All your vanity concerns can probably be answered for at Watsons. Of course you can find other products (food, basic first-aid needs, bathing needs, etc), but I personally go to Watsons mostly for the make-up counters.
Revlon nail polishes are one of the best in the store, next to Sally Hansen. But Essence is really not lagging back by too much, especially with their 3bucks(approximately) per bottle that just blows you away. I adore Maybelline for their mascaras (the Falsies, or even just the Colossal range, they're just such good formulas) and their Hyper Liner is one of my holy grails. It's perfect for practising with liquid liners, and perfecting your winged liners. ;) Revlon's lip products are to die for too.
Honestly, I could go on for ages, but you should just head down to the store and try out all those make-up for yourself.
As for whether anot to get the discount card, I am not a person who like to be tied down by a single store so the Watson card is not for me. I love to try out different shops and brands. There this thing that I detest and hope that they can improve, the quality of the testers. Overtime, I can really see the evolution of the testers. Whether is it the lipstick melting or the color changing, it just ruined my appetite whenever I see it. Hope they can do some quality control on their makeup products.
I probably tried all the testers available at all the Watsons, and I'm a really poor student, so I would usually wait for them to have sales. When they do have sales though, it's super awesome because at 20%, a canmake blush priced at $17.90 you can actually grab it for $14.30. It's quite a good deal if you think about it.
Also, if you're a member, for every $5 spent, you get one point. For every 20 points accumulated, it's a $1 rebate/discount. Although it isn't much, Watsons is probably one of the only places in Singapore that offers this service.
However, for gyaru/gal or rather, japanese style make up products like Dolly Wink and Candy Doll, Watsons really do jack up the price a lot. At least by $5, which is saying something. They're the only place in Singapore to get them though, sadly.
Another thing. Watsons don't update their make up products much. An example, the lashionista mascara from Maybelline was launched around January in Japan I believe, and even when I went to Bangkok in June, it was available there. It took another two months to reach Singapore. And there's a lot more brands that Watsons could have brought in, or even updated their racks more. The Maybelline products like the blushes at the bottom of the counters, have been at least there for 3 years or something, they just don't release new products despite their original country having produced it. Also, for the same lipstick from Revlon, it's $17.90 in Singapore, $9 SING in Bangkok, why the difference? It's really unfair somehow, but still I love Watsons, because no where else in Singapore has so many affordable make up and testers for them. My love will probably die when a better and newer store pop up though.
Consumers (including me), usually shop for beauty products such as ‘’Maybelline’’ foundation or ‘’Dove’’ shampoo and body wash in Watsons because sometimes they have good discounts of up to 20% and more if you are a Watsons card member.
And best of all is that at Watsons, they have regular 20% sales for most of their cosmetic brands, and they also have exclusive members' sales with additional 5%-10% on top of the 20% sales for their items. At Watsons, you can apply their member card to enjoy the loyalty points everytime when you purchase something. With every $5 spent, you can accumulate 1point. When you have accumulated 20points, you can use it to exchange for an $1 off for your next purchase!
I love shopping at Watsons because it helps me to save a lot of money and they also introduce quite a number of house brand items which are much cheaper than well known brands too! And you can trust their quality of their items are of acceptable quality.
The main reason for why I always get my necessities here is because I can earn points as a member of Watsons. For every $5 spent = 1 point. I love it when they have promotions where your points multiply by 5, for example, for certain brands. And without fail, Watsons will always have different on-going promotions every month! I guess this is why it attracts members like me to purchase my daily needs from them!
I do not have good impression with Watson's staffs. Personally thinks their staffs need more trainings in order to provide better service.
Some products at Watsons are one of their kinds. For instance, I love their house brand’s strawberry yogurt hand soap. Not only does it look pink and pretty, but also smells heavenly and yummy. It’s only $2.90 for 500ml on sale, which I find to be a steal. Ever since I purchased this product, my family has been washing their hands with soap more often compared to previous times when they simply wet their hands with water only. Washing your hands with soap regularly can help prevent the spread of flu, thus the addition of the strawberry yogurt hand soap has really been useful in my household.
While Watsons sell an extensive range of goods like grooming products and food, there are cheaper alternatives out there when it comes to the more common items. These would be chocolates like Kit-Kats and Mars where you can get them cheaper at supermarkets. Supermarkets sell some of the grooming products at a lower price as well, such as Baby Johnsons and Sunsilk.
I did not apply to be their member though I was prompted to for a few times because I do not purchase the bulk of my essentials from Watsons. Membership cost $5 for lifetime and every purchase earns you points. If you do purchase regularly from Watsons, do become its member.