Let’s do a comparison of Singapore’s biggest healthcare players, Watsons and Guardian Pharmacy and check out what’s good about each drugstore!
Let’s get this grudge match going! For starters, here’s a side by side stats comparison for these two health behemoths.
Number of outlets in Singapore:
Watsons: 105 stores island-wide
Guardian: 154 stores island-wide
157K++ likes on Facebook
3K+ followers on Twitter (@WatsonsSG) and 7K+ followers on Instagram (@WatsonsSG)
45K+ likes on Facebook
No Twitter/Instagram account
Membership card/ benefits:
Watsons: Watsons Member Card at $5
Guardian: PAssion card; Golden Seniors Card
Exclusive Products at Watsons:
Now let’s take a look at the unique labels you can expect to find in each camp.
Renowned for fun, fashionable and affordable makeup, Collection creates a cache for colour and lives up to its sassy strapline ‘Work the Colour’ by presenting individuals with a wide array of the brightest and most wearable colours in vibrant and innovative packaging at unbeatable prices.
Signature products include:
Glam Crystals Dazzling Gel Liners ($16.90); Cream Puff Lip Cream ($12.50), Extreme 24 hours felt Lip Liner ($16.90); Colour Pout Lip Stain ($12.90).
Brigitte Cosmetics originated from Japan, a brand created by Rola, Vivi and ex-popteen model. Aiming to help ordinary girls transform into ‘Kawaii’ goddesses in just a few simple steps, Brigitte is ideal for confident, sassy women who are constantly on-the-go, featuring a wide array of natural and unique makeup products that are classy, romantic yet stylish.
SunKiller carries a wide range of sunscreen products that can meet pretty much any customers’ needs – from sporty and active individuals who desire high sun protection to individuals with dry skin, and even offering sun-protecting items for babies. SunKiller products are water-resistant, light-weight and non-sticky in texture with a lightly citrus-scented formula.
A consumer favourite and award-winning brand of facial, eye and body care products, Bio-essence has always been at the forefront of innovation developing effective new products helping you to achieve and maintain gorgeous, healthy skin.
Dr Vincent: A cosmetic surgeon since 1992, Dr Vincent Auchane has done in-depth research to improve scientific knowledge and understanding of skin, studying the skin profiles of different individuals and its capacity for regeneration. Borne out of the latest technologies, his skincare line has undoubted efficacy. His signature products are the serums infused with Grapevine Blossom Cells.
Moisturizing: Active Spring Moisturizing Serum
Correcting: Regenerating Serum
Unifying: Renovating Serum
A dermatological cosmetics brand, founded on an Innovation x Science approach, incorporates NANO skincare science into its products for improved penetration efficiency and immediately visible results.
the range of Dream Cream products include: Dream Cream ($79); Dream Cream Radiance Exfo Jelly ($39); Dream Cream Collagen Cleanse ($29); Dream Cream BB/CC Cream ($39); Dream Cream Perfecting BB+ Powder ($29) and Dream Cream UV-White Nano Powder ($29).
An established hair expert, Laboratories Kéranove launched the first transversal range of shampoos, hair care and colouring products containing processed natural extracts to treat both scalp and hair.
A revolutionary nutri-beauty system personalized to the needs of different skin types. SkinBiotics’ range of products are recognized for their effectiveness and excellence not only by consumers but also by scientists, aestheticians and dermatologists for their anti-aging and beauty benefits.
Hwang Sun Enterprises has been manufacturing ISO-certified and FDA-approved beauty equipment for over 20 years across six continents and is now an internationally recognised electrical beauty manufacturer especially in the application of ultrasound technology. The Sonispa Ultrasonic Deep Facial Spatula ($299) and Sonispa Ultrasonic Body Slim Massager – Red Light ($299) are the latest products in store.
Exclusive Products at Guardian Health & Beauty:
Boots, Britain’s No. 1 health & beauty brand, has partnered with Guardian Health & Beauty to sell Boots products exclusively in Singapore. By the end of December 2013 they will be available in nine selected Guardian stores. Boots will carry over 500 products including the hugely popular No7 skincare range; plant-rich skin and hair care range from Botanics; Boots Dermocare and Boots Extracts; professional salon hair products from Mark Hill and luxurious spa treats from Champneys.
Boot’s ten favourite products include the:
1. No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Serum
2. No7 Fanomenal Lash Serum
3. Boots Botanics Ionic Clay Mask Shine Away
4. Champneys Spa Indulgence – Distant shores Body Scrub
5. Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Spot Wand
6. Boots Dermocare 24HR Moisturising Gel
7. Boots Extracts Bergamot Body Wash
8. Mark Hill MiracOILicious Argan Oil
9. Soltan Once 8 Hour Sun Protection Moisturising Suncare Lotion SPF50
10. No7 High Shine Lip Gloss
UK cult skincare brand Rodial first hit Singapore’s shores in July 2013. The skincare range prides itself on being a credible alternative to cosmetic surgery using natural ingredients which target specific skin areas. Their Dragon’s Blood (skin-plumping) and Glamoxy Snake (anti-aging) range in particular are highly popular, and celebrity fans include Dita Von Teese and supermodel Elle Macpherson.
Swiss-based skincare brand Skincode was first launched in Singapore by Guardian Health & Beauty in June 2013. These dermatologically-tested products contain CM-Glucan, a patented medical-grade ingredient which reduces premature aging and accelerates skin recovery. Packed with a blend of natural extracts and biotech ingredients, Skincode is 100% free of fragrance, preservatives, colors and animal derivatives – making them suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Their 24 hour Cell Energizer Cream and Cellular Extreme Moisture Mask have been widely reviewed to deliver youthful looking skin.
Dr. Jart+ has grown to become one of Asia’s leading skincare brands. Dedicated to his lifelong goal of satisfying patients, the doctor’s principled approach is based on using scientifically certified ingredients and expert knowledge to deliver noticeable results. Each skincare formula is tried and tested to ensure safety for all skin types—even hypersenstitive skin—so everyone can experience the art of skincare with Dr. Jart+. All products also have biologically active ingredients with medical benefits. The Ceramidin™ collection from Dr Jart will be exclusively available at Guardian Health & Beauty.
Bioderma, a French derma skincare brand, is recommended by dermatologists worldwide. Formulated for sensitive skin and based on the idea that a product should not take over the skin’s job but should help the skin to do its job better, Bioderma has developed patented formulas that use the skin’s natural biology. Bioderma’s hero product, Créaline H₂O – a non-rinse cleanser and make-up removing water – has become a staple model over the years among make-up artists and celebrities and is regularly granted awards worldwide by professionals. Today one bottle is sold every 6 seconds in the world!
Nature-inspired hair care brand Timotei is 100% paraben-free and uses fully recyclable packaging. The Swede brand was recently re-launched in Singapore after a 10-year hiatus. Their newest range of shampoo products are infused with Jericho Rose, a desert flower that thrives even in the most extreme conditions and delivers intense hydration and anti-aging properties to keep hair shiny, supple and strong.
From their origins in salons, TRESemmé has always been driven by a simple truth; that every woman deserves to look fabulous without spending a fortune. TRESemmé is dedicated to creating salon-inspired, stylist-tested products to help you create your own style and experience that salon feeling every day. Their exclusive range of hair products available at Guardian Plus includes the TRESemmé Split Remedy™ collection which gently cleanses and moisturizes so hair is healthy-looking and manageable, while reducing split ends up to 80% after just three uses.
Vitagreen was established in 1993 in Hong Kong with the mission of bringing health, youth and joy to the general public. They manufactured traditional Chinese medicine to the highest Western pharmaceutical standards with the help of sophisticated modern technology. Their star product, Lingzhi, has been No 1 seller in Hong Kong for past few years.
Founded in 2005, the mission of Backjoy is to change the way the world sits, stands and sleeps. Leveraging what experts across the globe have known for years – that better posture prevents back pain – Backjoy has created innovative solutions that enhance posture to relieve and prevent back pain in ways that produce positive, life-
SleepEzy™ was the latest innovation from EsMo Technologies, a Singapore-based green technology company that specializes in research development and application of Magnetic Interference Cloud™ technology for healthcare and conservation of wastages in food and energy. SleepEzy™ emits a cloud of Magnetic Interference that is different from normal magnets. It is designed specifically to increase the tension of liquid molecules and tones body tissues, pulling them closer together. This may help improve blood circulation during sleep, reduce tendency to snore.
The Belles’ verdict:
The Polymath: Watsons without question!
“Guardian is like a drug store to me. It does not carry a large cosmetics collection like Watsons so I frequent them only for my medical supplies. On the other hand, Watsons is like an affordable (version of) Sephora. I love my makeup so that makes me a bigger fan of Watsons than Guardian. :)”
The Artist: Guardian~
“I prefer Guardian, I like their new interactive system especially the explorative Play, Trial & Test area where shoppers can try out the latest beauty products and bestsellers. Innovative and informative hair and skin analysis services are also available at various sections of Guardian Plus stores and Guardian also has great new exclusive brands like Boots too!”
The Purist: Watsons~
“I’m a “members” person, and having the Watsons Member card encouraged me to visit Watsons whenever I need to replenish my necessities. Moreover, I get to purchase Bubble Tea at 15% discount with the Watsons card too. Choosing Watsons is due more to personal reason (like how boy band Fahrenheit used to be the ambassador for Watsons Taiwan in the past), so no offense to Guardian!
Fun Fact: Do you know there’s a Watson’s Guardian Pharmacy in Canada? No direct relations between the two companies but it is just amusing to see these competitors’ names being put together as brand names for another pharmacy. LOL
So there you have it, our Watsons versus Guardian showdown. Now that you know a little bit more about your local beauty and health stores, which side are you gonna choose? Let us know which is your favourite in the comments below 🙂
Disclaimer: Please note that this is not a sponsored post. The Purist decided to write a comparison chart after attending a Watsons and a Guardian event. Also note that all sources, information, content, links are valid to change at any time.
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