We Added Up The Total Cost Of Our Entire Beauty Regimes Again

Two years ago, we did a piece inspired by Allure’s article.

This time, we did the same thing — categorised our beauty products into three groups: Skincare, Makeup and Fragrance/Haircare/Body Care, and calculated the total cost of each of our beauty regimes.

You’ve already seen how high the numbers could go so this might be no shocker to you — receiving endless amounts of beauty products from brands is part of the job and possibly a cause of our expensive beauty regimes, but it’s also a privilege the editorial team is endlessly appreciative for. In any case, outside of the job, you bet we’d still be as dedicated to them, R.I.P our wallets though.

What items would we absolutely — unbiasedly — recommend, and what lessons can we glean from our extensive beauty regimes? Will you be inspired to do the math for your own beauty stash as well? Read on to find out.


Amelia Tan, Deputy Editor

Total cost: $4,291.60

“Am I surprised it’s a ridiculous amount? Not anymore. How about the fact that my beauty regime has nearly quadrupled in just two years? Shocking — and I don’t mean it sarcastically. I blame Dyson’s pricey hair dryer that I now can’t do without, but then again, the average price of everything I use has gone up too.

Two years on, I’m more inclined towards luxury skincare, which I’ve truly been spoiled with, though I’d argue that a drugstore sunscreen could be just as impressive. I’m also more generous with the number of skincare items I use throughout my regime – and that’s a good thing. Rather than relying on, say, one moisturiser that does all the work, I alternate between Laneige and Sisley in the day, and go for Fresh’s night cream in the evening, sometimes layered with a facial oil. I’m also an avid fan of masking. Depending on my skin condition, I’ll reach for masks that hydrate, plump, soothe, or detox. The Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask is one that I’ve been raving about since it launched, and I love it as a spot treatment for zits. All this to say, my skincare regime’s definitely more informed, and also more targeted to what my skin needs.

“For makeup, my everyday look’s something I can achieve under ten minutes — a sheer and dewy base, minimal eyes that’s usually just eyeliner, rosy blush up my cheekbones, and the most defining thing, a good lip. Problem is, there’s just so much more I can vouch for now. And yes, lipsticks in red, coral, nude, even orange, are my staples; it’s the easiest way to switch up a vibe. Other than that, I’m now way more partial to scents, especially from niche fragrance brands. Still loyal to Margiela, though I’ve since added a breezy mediterranean Aerin scent, and more recently, purchased my first bottle of Le Labo’s Thé Noir 29, a fresh woody scent that lifts my spirits in a single whiff. So see, you can buy happiness after all.”

  1. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Solution, $41.90 
  2. Chanel La Mousse, $64
  3. shu uemura Blanc:Chroma Lightening & Polishing Cleansing Oil, $125
  4. Foreo LUNA mini 2, $225
  5. Pixi Beauty Peel & Polish, $36
  6. Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, $108
  7. Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence, $143
  8. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Essence, $60
  9. RE:ERTH Multi-Targeted Elixir, $108 
  10. Pixi Beauty Rose Oil Blend, $36
  11. SisleYouth Anti-Pollution Energizing Super Hydrating Youth Protector, $240
  12. Laneige Water Bank Hydro Cream EX, $52
  13. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Face Cream, $89
  14. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Light Pearl, $120
  15. Laneige Lip Glowy Balm, $14
  16. Fresh Umbrian Clay Purifying Mask, $88 
  17. Mamonde Petal Purifying Bubble Mask (Rose), $28 
  18. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, $105 
  19. Kiehl’s Calendula & Aloe Soothing Hydration Masque, $69 
  20. Mamonde Flower Lab Essence Mask, $3 
  21. Saturday Skin Spotlight Brightening Mask, $9 
  22. Saturday Skin Daily Dew Hydrating Essence Mist, $48
  23. Anessa Perfect UV Sunscreen Skincare Milk, $39.90

  1. Dior Forever Skin Glow Fluid Foundation in 1N, $85 
  2. Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Cushion Compact in 140 Porcelain, $75
  3. Benefit Cosmetics Boi-ing Hydrating Concealer in 01 Light, $39
  4. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $70
  5. shu uemura Hard Formula H9 in Seal Brown 02, $33 
  6. NARS Climax Mascara, $42
  7. Urban Decay Naked Reloaded Palette, $71 
  8. NARS Mini Wanted Eyeshadow Palette, $45 
  9. Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour in Intense Moonlight, $49
  10. Kat Von D Beauty Tattoo Eyeliner in Trooper, $32 
  11. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Diffused Heat, $67 
  12. Shiseido Minimalist WhippedPowder Blush in 01 Sonoya, $48
  13. YSL Beauté Touche Éclat Shimmer Stick in 1 Light Gold, $70 
  14. Fenty Beauty Match Stix Matte Skinstick in Amber, $37
  15. Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Honey, $36 
  16. Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Mint, $36 
  17. shu uemura Rouge Unlimited Matte in OR585, $42
  18. Shiseido ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in 506 Disrobed, $46
  19. Fenty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick in Freckle Fiesta, $28 
  20. Giorgio Armani Beauty Lip Maestro : Lip Freeze in 204 Cold Nuda, $55 
  21. YSL Beauté Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain in 01 Rouge Tatouage, $55 
  22. Chanel Rouge Allure Liquid Powder in 962 Electric Blossom, $50
  23. Hourglass Unreal™ High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss in Strike, $50
  24. 13rushes Classic Blush, $19

Fragrance/Haircare/Body care
  1. AMOS PROFESSIONAL 02 The Green Tea Enhancing Shampoo [Normal/Dry Scalp Type], $29.90 
  2. AMOS PROFESSIONAL 02 The Green Tea Intensive Moisture Pack, $25.90
  3. Mise-en-scène Perfect Repair Serum, USD8.65 (SGD12) 
  4. Yves Rocher Eco Concentrated Vanilla Bourbon Shower Gel, $10
  5. Percy & Reed Radiance Revealing Invisible Dry Shampoo, $26 
  6. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $599
  7. Aerin Mediterranean Honeysuckle Eau De Parfum, $192
  8. Maison Margiela REPLICA Flower Market Eau de Toilette, $170 
  9. Le Labo Thé Noir 29, EUR €129.17


Shazrina Shamsudin, Writer

Total cost: $3,309

“My initial reaction was “oh”. As in, “Oh, is that what I’ve been pampering myself with so much?” I personally didn’t know my beauty regime would’ve costed me this much — but at least I do now. As I started to add the cost of our beauty products, it never really came across to me that it’d add up to this much (well, except for my Dyson hair kit which I had already foreseen raking up the cost of everything). Ever since I started working in the beauty industry, I’ve been so accustomed to trying out new things, especially the ones that come to my desk. Not that I’m complaining but it definitely made me feel really spoiled — in fact, its actually appalling given that I literally spend less than 15 minutes on my face everyday (and also because I don’t stray away from my usual day-to-day look).”

  1. Laneige Time Freeze Face-fit Roller, $80
  2. Pixi Glow Tonic, $44
  3. RE:ERTH Clarifying Cleanser, $70
  4. FOREO Luna 2 For Normal Skin, $259
  5. IDS DermaShield Serum 30ml, $99
  6. IDS Lyco-White Oral Supplement, $168
  7. IDS Dermashield Mask Box, $105
  8. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $108
  9. Estetica Optimalift A+ Multi-Repair Eye Essence, $119
  10. Eucerin Refreshing Cleansing Gel, $23.90
  11. JART+ Dermaclear Micro Water + Refill, $45
  12. Origins Original SkinTM Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay, $39
  13. Marc Jacobs Beauty Youthquake Hydra-Full Retexturizing Gel Crème Moisturiser, $78
  14. Clinique iDTM: Dramatically DifferentTM Hydrating Jelly + Active Cartridge Concentrate, $75
  15. Shiseido White Lucent Day Emulsion, $90

  1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer Radiance, $70 
  2. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion — Eden, $35
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade, $35
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brush #15, $30
  5. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection, $76
  6. Benefit Cosmetics Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain, $31
  7. Beautyblender Original, $32
  8. Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Concealer (SPF 25PA+++), $105  
  9. Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Powder, $44  
  10. Dior Forever Foundation, $85
  11. Urban Decay All Nighter Anti-Pollution Setting Spray, $50  
  12. Real Techniques Flawless Base Set, $40
  13. NARS Orgasm Blush, $52
  14. Illamasqua Beyond Powder — OMG, $61
  15. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Bronze Coconut Perfect Tan, $69
  16. Maybelline Eyestudio Hypersharp Laser Liner Intense Black, $19.90
  17. Lilac Matte Liquid Lip — Zahara, USD$ 17 (SGD $24)

Fragrance/Haircare/Body care
  1. Groot Hair Loss Control Shampoo for Damaged Hair 400ml, $25.90
  2. Groot Hair Loss Control Total Care Conditioner 400ml, $25.90  
  3. Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil, $48
  4. Dyson Airwrap Hair Styler Complete, $699
  5. Gallinee Soothing Hair Cleansing Cream, $43
  6. Tsubaki Premium Hair Mask 180G, $19.90
  7. Maison Margiela REPLICA Lazy Sunday Morning Eau de Toilette, $170  
  8. Bio-Oil Skincare Oil 60ml, $15.50


Sinead Lee, Writer

Total cost: $2,687.75

“As many award recipients usually say, “I would like to thank my mother.” The same sentiment follows for me. Good skin genetics aside, taking care of my body and face was something that my mom endorsed as much as studying hard.

Having been a loyal subscriber to skincare and body care products since I was 11, my beauty routine has followed suit and grown to be the stars of this winning formula (see: my face). Drench my skin in intense hydration? Give it to me. Grant a radiant glow within minutes? Talk dirty to me. Fight off the signs of ageing? Where have you been all my life, Lancome?

I’m kissing the ground in appreciation for all the beauty items I’ve been blessed to try… even those that made me dip into my future BTO fund just so my complexion can flourish. I might be kidding.”

  1. The Body Shop Drops of Youth™ Youth Gentle Foam Wash, $27
  2. Sigiskin Kaleanser Face Wash, $38.85
  3. Lancôme Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate, $220
  4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence, $289
  5. SK-II Mid-Night Miracle Essence, $93
  6. La Roche-Posay Serozinc, $12.90
  7. L’Oreal Revitalift Micronized Centella Essence Water, $35.90
  8. Shu Uemura Sakura:Hydrability Rose Petal Mask, $20.90
  9. Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramide Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Serum, $75
  10. Estée Lauder Revitalizing Supreme + Global Anti-Aging Power Soft Crème, $182
  11. Ci: Labo Aqua Collagen Gel Enrich Lift EX, $120
  12. SK-II R.N.A. Power Radical New Age Eye Cream, $149
  13. SK-II Cellumination Day Surge UV, $139
  14. Utena Premium Puresa Golden Jelly Mask Hyaluronic Acid, $16.90
  15. Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask, $43
  16. Hera Blue Clay Cooling Mask, $38
  17. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask Seaweed Radiance Facial, $105
  18. April Skin Real Calendula Peel Off Pack, $23

  1. Nivea Face Care Rose Micellar Water with Oil, $19.90
  2. L’Absolu Rouge Hydrating Shaping Lipstick (shade: 191 jezebel), $49
  3. Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Refillable Lipstick (shade: when i’m with you), $60
  4. Candylab Eyebrownie, $19
  5. HERA Black Foundation SPF15 PA+ (shade: 13N1), $75
  6. Laura Mercier Nights Out Eye Shadow Palette (Limited Edition), $90
  7. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette, USD$80
  8. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!mega Shadow Gel Powder Eyeshadow (shade: o!yeah), $42
  9. NARS Orgasm Liquid Highlighter, $52
  10. Chantecaille Just Skin Tinted Moisturizer, $112
  11. Estée Lauder Pure Color Desire Rouge Excess Lipstick (shade: 103 risk it), $62

Fragrance/Haircare/Body Care
  1. Kora Organics Enriched Body Lotion, $77
  2. John Frieda Miracle Drops Blonde Brightening Hair Mask, $4.90
  3. IGK Expensive Amla Oil Hi-Shine Topcoat, $43
  4. Chloe Love Story Eau De Parfum, $178
  5. Elizabeth Arden White Tea Vanilla Orchid Eau de Toilette, $64.50


Natalie Tan, Writer

Total cost: $741.80

“I was surprised to see how much everything cost in total, since the majority of the things I use are drugstore products, but I guess everything adds up. Without any of my brand-name purchases, my number would’ve been waaaay lower, but they’ve become staples in my routine. The saddest part of all this is that these are just the basic items that I use on a daily basis (if I even decide to use makeup that day) — I have way too many products in my makeup collection that I rarely use, and I’m afraid to tally THAT number up. Another thing I wasn’t expecting are the amount of products I’ve been using since I was living abroad — they seemed a lot cheaper before I converted their prices to SGD.”

  1. Boscia Luminizing Pink Mask, $50 SGD
  2. COSRX Oil-Free Ultra-Moisturising Lotion (With Birch Sap), 19,000 KRW ~$22 SGD
  3. COSRX Centella Blemish Cream, 18,000 KRW ~$21 SGD
  4. COSRX AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, 12,600 KRW ~$14.45 SGD
  5. COSRX Clear Fit Master Patch, 3,500 KRW ~$4 SGD
  6. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, 8,500 KRW ~$9.75 SGD 
  7. Saborino Morning Facial Mask Minty Fresh, $21.90
  8. Etude House Lip & Eye Remover $7.90

  1. Touch in SOL No Poreblem Primer, $18 USD ~$24.95 SGD 
  2. Glossier Stretch Concealer in G11, $18 USD ~$24.95 SGD
  3. Shu Uemura Unlimited Breathable Lasting Liquid Foundation in 574 Light Sand, $72
  4. Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection, $76
  5. Colourpop Yes, Please! Shadow Palette, $16 USD ~$22.18 SGD
  6. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer Travel Size, $22 
  7. The Saem Saemmul Single Blusher in RD02 Dry Rose, Currently $3.77 on Shopee
  8. Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit, $40 USD ~$55.44 SGD
  9. Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $70
  10. Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, $48
  11. Tarte Cosmetics The Shaper Sponge, $30
  12. BS-Mall Makeup Brushes, $9.99 USD ~$13.85 SGD
  13. Topshop Fine Angled Brush, £6 ~$10 SGD
  14. BH Cosmetics Blending Eye Trio 3 Piece Brush Set, $10 USD ~$13.86 SGD

Fragrance/Haircare/Body care
  1. Glossier You Eau De Parfum, $60 USD ~$83.17 SGD
  2. Schwarzkopf Color Freeze Silver Shampoo, $8.46 USD ~$11.73 SGD
  3. Pantene Pro-V Total Damage Care Conditioner, $8.90


Germaine Leow, Writer

Total cost: $812.52

“Splurging on expensive products used to be unthinkable when I was a student (not too long ago) hence, I’ve always been a fan of affordable yet effective products. Drug store brands, particularly Korean make-up, make up majority of my beauty regime and the pricier products I own are either gifts or copped from Sephora’s annual sale. My beauty regime used to make up of nothing above $50 and while that has been changing lately, I was still sure my total cost wouldn’t be alarmingly high.

Naturally, I’ve been exposed to a lot more products that are more effective and expensive after I started working at NYLON — got to try a cleanser that costs $115 and added several luxury brand lipsticks to my collection, all of which I wouldn’t have purchased with my own money. So, do I think my total sum will increase in a few years’ time? Yes.”

  1. Banila Co Clean It Zero 180ml, $27
  2. COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser 150ml, $14.90
  3. Etude House SOONJUNG pH 5.5 Relief Toner, $25.90 
  4. COSRX One Step Pimple Pad 70s, $22.90
  5. Pixi Glow Tonic 250ml, $48
  6. HADA LABO Hydrating Lotion 170ml, $22.90
  7. Etude House SoonJung Hydro Barrier Cream, $29
  8. ANESSA Perfect UV Suncreen Skincare Gel 90g, $32.90 
  9. COSRX Ace Pimple Master Pad 24s, $5.90

  1. SOFINA Primavista Ange Long keep Base UV SPF25 PA++, $25.90 
  2. Etude House Double Lasting Foundation in N05 Sand, $33.90 
  3. SKINFOOD Peach Cotton Multi Finish Powder 15g, $14.65
  4. Etude House Tint My 4-Tip Brow, $15.90
  5. TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Collection, $76
  6. Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Eye Shadow Palette, $75
  7. Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick in No.8 Ivory Babystar, $8.90
  8. CLIO Sharp So Simple Waterproof Pen Liner in 02 Brown, $24.90 
  9. Too Cool For School Art Class by Rodin Contour Powder, $18.20
  10. Aritaum Sugarball Cheek Color in #3 Peach Fresh, $8.97
  11. TOO FACED Sweet Peach Glow Kit, $62
  12. Peripera Ink Airy Velvet in Heart Grapefruit, $15.90

Fragrance/Haircare/Body care
  1. Sunsilk Light Frequent Wash Shampoo, $10.60
  2. Atomy Herbal Hair Conditioner, $21.30 
  3. QV Gentle Wash 500g, $21
  4. Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream 100ml, $150

Written by Germaine Leow.