Saturday, 22 November 2008

Gransenbon launches in Singapore

Hot on the heels of its recent successful launch of Majolica Majorca, Watsons in Ngee Ann City has also launched Gransenbon blushes. The rest of the product line is not available but this is not that big a loss since Gransenbon's best product is probably their blushes. Instead, there is only one cardboard display stand.

There are 8 shades available: #1 Lady Rose, #2 Candy Pink, #4 Orange Brown, #7 Blossom Pink, #9 Apricot Ginger, #11 Sugar Marmalade, #12 Peach Rose and #13 Cherry Fromage. #13 was launched just this past fall in Tokyo, along with #14 Maple Nuts but unfortunately #14 has not be brought into Singapore.

What is interesting is that #7 Blossom Pink, which was earlier discontinued in Tokyo, made it to Singapore! Guess Gransenbon had some extra stocks lying around. Too bad they didn't bring in #6 or #8, which have similarly been discontinued.

When I was at the store this afternoon, #12 Peach Rose appeared to be the most popular shade as there was only one piece remaining on the display and even that was snapped up while I was there. #13 also seemed to be quite popular with only a couple of pieces left.

The good news is that the blushes are priced at S$29.90, which compares very well with the 1890yen (about S$29.60) retail price in Japan due to the strength of the yen. Here's hoping that Watsons will keep the price at $29.90, as if it rises, I think many ladies would prefer to get blushes from MAC instead.

Watsons is currently also having a promotion whereby you can receive a $5 voucher with purchase of $50 paid by NETS, so now is a good time to buy a couple of these lovely babies.

Here's my whole "family" of Gransenbon blushes! I'm missing #3, #6 and #8.

Gransenbon blushes tend to have more shimmer rather than color. This is especially true for their more recent releases like #11, #12 and #13. It takes quite a bit of layering to get the pink tone to show up.

If you want a nice baby pink flush, I would recommend #7 which is one of the most pigmented and gives a pretty baby pink flush. #1, #2 and #4 are the least pigmented of the lot and probably would not show up well except on very fair skin tones.

Ingredients list: Ethylhexyl stearate, dimethicone, ethylhexyl palmitate, methyparaben, sorbitan isostearate, tocopherol, jojoba seed oil, matricaria flower extract, butylene glycol, water, rosemary leaf extract, mica, aluminum distearate, carnauba wax, silica, talc, methicone, nylon-12, CI73360, iron oxides, ultramarines, titanium dioxide.


plue said...

Lucky you Haru!

Got Gransenbon in SG :(

I wonder if they will be coming into Msia?

Anonymous said...

Yes, I echo plue's sentiment :(
When will Gransenbon be brought into Malaysia? If ever??
**Fingers crossed**

Anonymous said...

other then #7 is there any alternative to achieving a nice pink flush since you said it has been discontinued so if it is OOS it'll be difficult to buy it le..

makeupmag said...

Your Gransenbon babies are so, so lovely! :D I can never get enough of your Gransenbon stash pics...sigh~

Thanks for the heads up re: the $5 voucher. I bought a few yesterday! ;)

Anonymous said...

WOW! This is fabulous! I wish the Gransenbon cardboard stand at the Jap grocery stores here can be spruced up abit! It is kinda messy and stock not replendished. No hope of any of the new blushes making their way here yet!

makemeup said...

wow i love the blushes colors! very pretty, are they pigmented though?

Haru said...


the level of pigment varies according to the shade. I would say #7, #9 and #13 are the most pigmented while #1, 2 and 4 are not very pigmented.

Anonymous said...

I bought the #2 blush and it's a lovely light pink on me :)

thanks for all your updates on watsons! better than the watsons website which is not user-friendly at all :(

Anonymous said...

ahhhh... i went to taka watsons to check the blushers out. but i have absolutely no idea which to choose! any recommendations or ideas on how to choose~

Haru said...


If you like a soft baby pink blush that's easy to use and not too pigmented, you can try #1 or #2. If you like something more pigmented and still in the pink range, then try #7 or #13. If you prefer more peachy natural look, then try #4. I would try the testers and just see which shade is most flattering on your skintone.