REVIEW: Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color Liquid Lipsticks – Angora, Cashmere, Raw Silk, Plush, Sateen & Suede

Hello everyone!

In case you haven’t been doing any offline shopping lately, a new makeup brand has just landed at local Guardian stores in the form of Palladio. And believe me, even though it’s been barely a month since its inception here, I guarantee the groundbreaking range of tones Palladio has got to offer for your face, eyes and lips are going to put you in awe and other drugstore brands displayed around it to shame.

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Renowned for its own line of colour cosmetics enriched with herbs and vitamins such as Ginseng, Green Tea, Gingko Biloba, Vitamin E and natural humectants and skin soothers such as Aloe Vera and Chamomile, the American beauty brand prides itself on delivering high quality and innovative products for all skin types at an affordable price point to give popular low-cost beauty brands like NYX a run for their money. Although unfamiliar to the Singapore market, Palladio has technically been in existence for over 25 years with virtual shop spaces on trusted US-based sites like Ulta and Beauty Bay so it is definitely an established brand you won’t go wrong with🙂

With over 150 Palladio products (yup) brought to our shores, don’t be surprised to find yourself overwhelmed by the vast choices available! To help ease you into this new brand, I have specially picked out six breathtaking Velvet Matte Lip Color shades to talk about because you know, lipstick is life. Coincidentally, these velvet mattes are also one of Palladio’s bestsellers (apart from the Dual Wet & Dry Foundation and Rice Paper, which be reviewed on a separate post) so this review should render a rather accurate representation of the overall quality.

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

As always, being a sucker for design meant that I would also pay considerable attention to the packaging, regardless of cost. The clear tube is made of sturdy plastic (kinda reminds me of the lipsticks from the MAC Charlotte Olympia collection) and the contents of the lipstick stored in a separate tube shaped like a lipstick bullet within. While some may find the design a little juvenile, it actually appeals visually to me because it’s very different from what I usually see at drugstores.

On top of that, the doe-foot applicator that comes with it is comparable to those of branded liquid lipsticks I have. It’s soft, fluffy, of the right size and is able to hold quite a bit of product. It’s pretty obvious that much thought had been given to the packaging of these lipsticks despite the affordable price. Awesome, Palladio is off to a good start!

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color

#1 Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Angora

I picked Angora, despite not being a fan of vibrant lip colours, because I figured that everyone needs a red lipstick in their life for at least an occasion. Angora – a vivid orange-red with yellow undertones – delivers intense pigmentation and colour with a slight sheen to give an impression of a healthy and more luscious lips.  The texture is so smooth and rich, it feels like you’re applying raw poster colour on the lips. It leaves a tacky finish and fades to a stain over time. Somehow, it makes me skin appear sickly yellowish:\ But it could just be poor lighting..

Having used numerous sweet-smelling liquid lipsticks from other brands prior to Palladio, I had expected this range of lipsticks to be scented as well. But my nose picked up virtually nothing when I wore these lipsticks. There’s perhaps a very slight plastic smell but it’s so negligible you probably wouldn’t even notice it.

Swatch comparison for Angora

Swatch comparison for Angora

#2 Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Cashmere

Break away from the conventional reds and pinks and opt for a blend of both instead, such as this gorgeous cool-toned coral right here. Infused with more reds to help adjust beginners to the colour, Cashmere is a perfect match for fair skin with some hints of orange in it. The application leaves a mostly opaque satin finish while still allowing my natural lip colour to peek through. As with other Velvet Matte Lip Colours, this lipstick does not dry down completely, hence causing it to be extremely transfer-prone. It will definitely fade over time and vanish after meals, so do expect to touch up very often. The slippery formula is not all negative, though, as the wet texture of the lipstick also meant that removal would be a walk in the park – no rubbing or scrubbing required and all you’d need is just a piece of wet wipe!

Swatch comparison after Sateen.

#3 Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Raw Silk

If you’re looking to hop on the brown lip bandwagon without spending a fortune and at the same time, don’t want a lipstick that would suck the moisture out of your lips, look no further. This warm mocha brown is a pretty neutral I reckon would go with many skin tones. Apart from that, the wear is nice and comfortable. Upon application, Raw Silk leaves a thick and buttery texture which remains moist (but not glossy) even after several minutes. The wet finish allows for the easy distribution of the colour across the lips which makes blending and creating ombré lips a lot more feasible.

Swatch comparison after Suede.

#4 Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Plush

For the more adventurous, Plush is a brightened purple with blue undertones and is the most long-lasting of all six lipsticks here. The formula applies creamy but has mediocre coverage as it appears a tad streaky on my lips. Probably because it is slightly more smear-resistant, it does not run into the creases around the lips. But even so, it still budges. The topmost moist layer of the lipstick gets rubbed off instantly when comes in contact with anything and, like Angora, fades to a muted violet (but still visible) tint. Not kiss-proof, definitely.

Swatch comparison for Plush

Swatch comparison for Plush

#5 Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Sateen

Sateen is another bright shade vastly similar to Cashmere but it leans more towards pink. This brightened salmon-pink with blue undertones leaves a moderately tacky and satin (no pun intended) finish which feels especially moisturising and gentle on parched lips. Prone to movement because of its runnier texture, it has the tendency to stain the teeth and will also need to be retouched every few hours.

Swatch comparison for Cashmere and Sateen

Swatch comparison for Cashmere and Sateen

#6 Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede (S$8.90)

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color in Suede

Of course, Palladio doesn’t just cater to fair-skinned maidens, definitely not in a racially diverse country like Singapore which is also blessed with a sun-kissed climate (so tanning is pretty much inevitable). Ladies endowed with darker complexion can go with vampy lipstick shades like Suede, which I consider to be the lightest among the three dark shades in the Palladio Velvet Matte collection. If you’re in the mood for something bolder, you can amp up your lipstick game with Tapestry (or Boucle, if you’re not yet ready to go all dark plum).

Suede is a warm darkened brick-red which gives incredible pigmentation and rich colour. It renders an even and thick consistency in just one sweep and hence, allows for more precision and flexibility in application. Although it doesn’t quite dry down to a matte or velvet finish, it does its job as a lipstick and fills the lip lines to make it appear plumper and fuller. I also noticed that my complexion appeared fairer while wearing this lovely shade🙂

Swatch comparison for Raw Silk and Suede

Swatch comparison for Raw Silk and Suede

With all things considered, I would think that Palladio makes decent lipsticks in an irresistible array of colours that no other local drugstore brands are ambitious enough to carry. Furthermore, you won’t feel much of a pinch from purchasing many different shades to experiment with since these lipsticks are unbelievably affordable.

My ombre lips using only Palladio Velvet Mattes - Suede (outer), Raw Silk, Sateen & Cashmere (inner)

My ombre lips using only Palladio Velvet Mattes – Suede (outer), Raw Silk, Sateen & Cashmere (inner)

In general, these Palladio Velvet Mattes provide a nourishing and hydrating wash of highly pigmented colour for the lips. But when it comes to beauty products (especially lipsticks), longevity ranks high on my list of priorities because my day job requires me to be constantly on the go. These lipsticks, however, don’t last beyond my first food and drink intake as they would have transferred onto cups, straws, utensils or basically everything that touches my lips in the midst of it (oh, the embarrassment!). You could try setting it with powder but I doubt it would make any difference. Personally, I feel that the adhesive quality is severely lacking in the lipsticks.

Moreover, despite being emphasised as “velvet mattes”, I thought the lipsticks were neither of both because the texture is simply too wet and sheeny to offer that suede appearance typical of a matte liquid lipstick. Rather, they were more of a glossy and slight-creamy finish. Granted, everyone has a certain perception of “matte” but as a considerably seasoned liquid lipstick user, I do not consider these mattes at all😦

Do you agree with my opinions? Respond to the poll or chime away below if you have other views to add!🙂

Psst.. want to lay your hands on a Palladio product (possibly a Velvet Matte liquid lipstick)? Here’s your chance!

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I will be sharing more on other mention-worthy Palladio products in the upcoming post, so stay tuned!

Once again, thanks so much for reading, lovelies!❤

Palladio Velvet Matte Cream Lip Color is now available at all local Guardian outlets for S$8.90 each. For updates on upcoming events, please visit Palladio Beauty Singapore on Facebook.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

REVIEW: Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks – Heir, King K & Reign

Hello everyone!

Good Lord.. we just can’t get enough of anything that King Kylie puts out into the world, can we, especially when it comes to beauty products! Since venturing into her own cosmetic business and dropping a couple of sold-out lip kits, 18-year-old Kylie Jenner has expanded her makeup line to include lip glosses and metallic liquid lipsticks (and just yesterday, eyeshadow palettes) which would once again threaten to wipe out our savings.

Moreover, being the young ever-enterprising entrepreneur she is, she added a bundle feature that allows buyers to cart all available gloss or metal shades out at once at full price. I mean, we can always take our own sweet time to ponder on which shade to pick up and buy them individually since there isn’t any incentive for getting the bundle. But, you know, it is so convenient and those stuff are likely going to sell out in no time.. so.. why the heck not, right?!😆  Thus, I managed to snag all three matte metal shades (even though I had only wanted two) before they were gone.

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The glosses (which I have absolutely no interest in – thank goodness) and metals are only available in singles so they do not come with lip liners. It’s definitely more affordable without them but I prefer that they do because these dazzling liners would also make great eye pencils for the waterline to brighten up the peepers.

NOTE: As a first-time user of metal liquid lipstick (because ColourPop only launched theirs after Kylie Cosmetics did and I wasn’t fast enough to get them), I do not have any products to compare these with at the moment. Sorry to disappoint if you’re expecting to see swatch comparisons😦

#1 Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Heir

This golden metallic peach, having been the first to run out of stock, is the most popular metal shade in the collection but I’m afraid it does not live up to its hype. It has a runny and slippery texture (hence has the tendency to spill from the bottle) and does not feel like a matte lipstick. Lightweight with an iridescent sheen, Heir provides poor coverage despite attempts to build it up with multiple layers, resulting in a streaky and slightly sheer finish. It probably wouldn’t be that bad if I had the patience to wait for it to dry down completely before applying the next layer but nah, ain’t nobody got time for that, you know..

#2 King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in King K

Unleash your inner diva with this Beyoncé-inspired (I kid) soft metallic gold. This gorgeously rich bronze-gold blend (but tends more towards bronze in my opinion) is a truly one-of-a-kind shade which works best on dark skin tones. Buildable, it is fully opaque and extremely pigmented with an intense frosty sheen that enhances the fullness of the lips and takes away the attention from the lip wrinkles. It applies smooth and dries down fairly quickly without leaving your lips feeling parched. What can I say? I absolutely love it!

#3 Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign (US$18)

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Kylie Cosmetics Metal Matte Liquid Lipstick in Reign

Another Metal worth forking out for is this deep metallic copper because of its immense pigmentation and dense texture. Every application lends the lips a generous coat of product to effortlessly create a luscious pout without exceeding one swipe. The shimmer game, though, isn’t very strong in this one but I am satisfied with this intensity of lustre because too strong a frosty finish may just ruin it for me.

On the whole, the Metals do not disappoint. I find that the formula for the matte metals is a lot less drying and more comfortable as compared to traditional liquid lipsticks. It applies creamy like a gloss but dries down to a matte finish. However, as it removes fairly easily, the lipstick does not have long staying power and will inevitably require touching up very often. The applicator is of the ideal size and is stiff and fluffy at the right areas to enable easy application of the product. It does a pretty decent job in lining the lips so technically there is no need for a lip liner.

What do you think about the metals? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!🙂

KYLIE METAL LIQUID LIPSTICKS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE ONLY AT KYLIECOSMETICS.COM. KYLIE COSMETICS SHIPS WORLDWIDE BUT SHIPPING FEE VARIES FROM COUNTRY TO COUNTRY.

REVIEW: Kylie Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks & Lip Liners – True Brown K, Candy K, Dolce K, 22 & Posie K

Hello everyone!

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would know that the Kylie Lip Kit has been what virtually every lipstickaholic is dying to slather on their lips since last November.

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The massively successful liquid lipstick and lip pencil duo, developed by Kylie Jenner of the controversial Kardashian family, met with such great demand in its early days that the spike in traffic for kyliecosmetics.com slowed down and crashed its server (no thanks to international shipping), robbing the tardier shoppers like myself the chance of being one of the first worldwide to own the coveted lip kit. No sooner had everything been snapped up than disgruntled supporters started crying foul on Kylie Cosmetics Facebook page about people carting out multiple sets just to resell them on eBay for more five times their retail price. The problem was so prevalent that it kinda prompted Kylie to restock more often and I eventually got my hands on not one, not two but EIGHT lip kits (and planning to buy the newer shades to complete my collection).

But I'm going to review *just* these five today..

But I’m going to review *just* these five today..

“You must be crazy!”

Admit it, you know you need to have one even though you were never a fan of Kylie Jenner. As a matter of fact, me neither! But as the internet goes berserk over her kits, the excitement starts building and it inadvertently catches you. You clinch one lip kit just for the hell of it, wear it and find yourself liking the shade and texture. Then, what do you do? YOU CAMP AT YOUR COMPUTER AT UNGODLY HOURS (IN GMT+8 TIME ZONE) FOR MORE! That’s what happened to me.. except that I was already a compulsive lipstick hoarder long before I knew about her business venture so yeah… my spending spiraled out of control  :oops:  On a brighter note, that also means more makeup reviews! Yay!

Kylie's "handwritten" letter of appreciation (as you can tell, this was a Valentine's Day haul)

Kylie’s “handwritten” letter of appreciation (as you can tell, this was a Valentine’s Day haul)

After more than two weeks of agonizing wait (to be exact, five days for my order to be shipped out, eight days for it to reach my U.S. address and another five days for my shipment to arrive at my doorstep – all in the name of saving money😥 ), the Lip Kit Box with the iconic black dripping paint design on the sides (which has now been changed due to cases of theft from doorsteps) was finally delivered to me. The sturdy box, meant to fit nine lip kits (3 x 3), looks really fancy and adorable. But for a flat domestic shipping fee of US$8.95 or S$12.30 (it’s US$14.95 or S$21 for direct shipping to Singapore, just in case anyone is wondering), I expected waaaaaay swifter delivery. 13 days is ridiculously long, don’t you agree? -_-

#1 True Brown K

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

A diagonal divider to separate the lipstick and lip liner

A diagonal divider to separate the lipstick and lip liner

I read that Kylie personally illustrated the signature full-lip motif with dripping fluid set in the same shade as the liquid lipstick encased in the packaging. Well.. I don’t know if anyone else shares the same sentiments but I’m not really fond of the packaging design. There’s just too much white space around the motif that it looks super plain. And don’t get me started on the lousy material used for the box. C’mon Kylie, with the millions of dollars you’ve earned from us, surely there’s more than enough money to engage a professional designer? I mean, it’s not like your stuff are that cheap okay..

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

My first purchase from Kylie Cosmetics is a deep chocolate brown with grey undertones because the other shades I had set my eyes upon were sold out in a flash. But being a devout dark lipstick wearer, I was contented with my one and only choice of lip kit available.

Like the other shades, True Brown K has a strong vanilla scent. It is matte and mostly opaque. Even without the use of the lip liner, the perfectly-sized lipstick applicator that is neither too fluffy nor thin is able to line my lips perfectly. Both glide on smoothly on the lips and are extremely easy to use. The lipstick, however, does leave a slightly chalky and drying finish which feels (but not quite visibly) flaky after three hours.

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics True Brown K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

For a cheaper alternative, I recommend Limbo by ColourPop (reviewed here) which costs only a fifth of the price. It’s almost a 1:1 dupe right there too!

#2 Candy K

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Due to my past experience with similar dusty pinks like Candy K, I presumed it was going to wash me out and make me look ghastly. Therefore, this warm pinky nude was not among my preferred choices of lip kits initially. I had only bought it to complete my collection.

In a strange turn of events, I received more compliments wearing Candy K than I would usually get with my other conventional nude shades. Even a stranger couldn’t resist asking me where I bought it from! I supposed it wouldn’t be advisable for her to wait by her phone at 7am (sometimes 4am.. these are times I’m glad I’m nocturnal) for the product to be restocked so I recommended her ColourPop’s Clueless (reviewed here) instead which is the purple version of Candy K with more blue undertones. Unfortunately I don’t have Clueless anymore, so no swatch comparison for that. My apologies!

No doubt, Candy K took me by surprise with its lovely shade of matte pink which complemented my tanner Chinese skin tone so darn well, but I can’t say the same for the runny quality of this particular lipstick shade which makes it prone to spillage if not handled properly. Its only advantage is that is dries down a lot faster. Having said that, Candy K, too, feels drying and I didn’t like that hairline cracks form instantly after I stretch my lips.

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Candy K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Bianca by ColourPop, a pale pink-mauve, is another dupe you can consider if Kylie Lip Kits are beyond your makeup budget. Scroll down to Dolce K and Posie K for more swatch comparisons against Candy K.

#3 Dolce K

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Here comes the brown cousin of Candy K! This highly sought-after shade is described as a deep beige nude but more accurately a dusty mocha brown. The lip pencil, though, seems to appear a shade lighter than the lipstick, which kinda blends into my natural lip colour. The lipstick has mostly opaque coverage with a velvety and lightweight texture which feels almost non-existent on the lips.

With a single application, the Dolce K lipstick fills the lips effortlessly but fails to conceal most of the lip lines while further emphasising those on the upper lip. It, however, dries down pretty quickly and leaves a smooth and evenly matte finish. Nonetheless. I really love this colour and have worn it out on several occasions already!🙂

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Dolce K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Dolce K gets my stamp of approval because I don’t have an exact dupe of it!

#4 22

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

The launch of 22 spells the end of using names suffixed with ‘K’ for the lip kits. It’s about time because I was starting to feel annoyed by the redundant K’s which served no useful purpose apart from adding an extra syllable to the product name.

The liquid lipstick component of 22, a vibrant burnt orange named after Kylie’s lucky number, appears very opaque but feels a tad drying on the upper lip. This flattering shade is a lot thicker in consistency as compared to the pioneer shades which led me to believe that there were improvements made to the quality of the liquid lipsticks. Upon application, it leaves a vivid and extremely pigmented pop of warmth that adds dimensions and fullness to the lips.

Basically, there’s not much to complain about this kit besides the fact that my pencil broke (but not really an issue as it can be sharpened). It’s a gorgeous colour that goes with most skin tones (especially fair skin), so I don’t know why it isn’t as popular.

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics 22 Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

22 is truly a unique shade for me. Even the closest dupe I have in my stash is nowhere as vibrant as this!

#5 Posie K

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit (US$29)

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Lip Liner + Liquid Lipstick

Kylie picked “Posie K” from a sea of suggestions from her fans left on one of her Instagram updates inviting everyone to name her then-upcoming lip kit. Even today, I still have no idea what “Posie” means. It is supposed to be a misspelling of Posy? Or Posey? Hmmm, maybe Posey because just like its definition, Posie K seems impressive in pictures but turns out to be the complete opposite. It’s a pity because the colour is really gorgeous.

This cool mid-tone berry feels weightless but tends to accentuate the lip lines. The poor consistency of the lipstick forced me to reapply on certain areas which did not receive its full coverage. It leaves a very drying finish, feels chalkier than the other liquid lipsticks and worsens when it comes in contact with liquid. Something must have gone wrong in the formula of Posie K because the quality is strikingly different from that of the other Kylie Mattes I bought.

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit - Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

Kylie Cosmetics Posie K Matte Lip Kit – Liquid Lipstick swatch comparison

All in all, for the price of US$29, I think it’s a bargain (although still quite pricey for poor students like me) for a reasonably good liquid lipstick and lip liner, especially since it’s from a celebrity-owned brand.

Finally, having used both Kylie Mattes and ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Liquid Lipsticks, I would also like to shed some light on the widely debated similarities between the two. While it is true that there are blatantly similar shades from both brands (and as with many other cosmetic brands), their finish are totally worlds apart. In contrast to Kylie Mattes, I personally find ColourPop Mattes absurdly drying, so much so that they tend to crumble minutes after application. On top of that, I feel more comfortable wearing Kylie Mattes as they don’t give my lips the awful contracted feeling that ColourPop does. I guess the old saying, “What you pay is what you get”, aptly describes the disparity in quality between the two here!

Do you agree with me? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay tuned for my reviews on the other Kylie Mattes I have as well as all the Metals! Thanks for reading!🙂

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HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 4)

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Hello everyone!

After a two-year hiatus from the series of posts on decommisioned schools, I am thrilled to announce my return with part IV featuring schools that were not mentioned in the first three instalments, as well as those impending closure (yes, it’s still happening). Thank you everyone for the overwhelming support once again, especially those who have contributed to this list.

Be sure to check out PART 1, PART 2 and PART 3 if you haven’t!

This post features more schools in Eastern Singapore, most of which are Chinese schools formed by villagers or Chinese clan associations which did not survive past 1981 due to population shift and growing preference towards English-stream schools. Some schools, though already closed, were “revived” when newly-erected schools adopt their Chinese names. Those that are still in existent pulled through because they were pragmatic enough to shift to a satellite town.

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West Hill School (Sembawang)

Closed in early 1985

The primary school was founded in 1957 at the now-defunct Bah Tan Road. As it was built in the 1950s, it did not have modern facilities of the newer schools, thus making it more susceptible to damage. On 4 January 1985, a freak storm which had initially caused tiles and classroom lamps to fall subsequently tore off the school roof during school hours, forcing their students to share classrooms with nearby Canberra School. Thankfully no one was hurt because of the quick thinking of the school’s senior assistant who evacuated everyone occupying the third-floor classrooms to the ground floor before it happened. When the building was rendered unsafe and beyond repair, the then-Education Ministry decided to close the school and transfer their students to neighbouring schools such as Canberra School and Jiemin School in Yishun.

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circa 1962

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1981

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After the school’s closure, Naval Base Secondary School occupied the land until the construction of Sembawang MRT Station came into the picture.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Nee Soon School (Sembawang)

Closed after 1986 (exact year unknown)

Established in 1954 along Nee Soon Lane in 1954 next to an army training camp (which I suppose would be in a high security and remote zone) and about 6 km away from Nee Soon Police Station, it wasn’t at the most convenient of locations.
It was completed the year before with 16 classrooms to accommodate 600 pupils.

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In 1958, the school changed the design of the female school uniform from a two-piece white blouse and grey skirt to a one-piece dark grey dress. This decision caused a bit of an uproar among parents who felt that the thick material used in the new uniform was impractical for the tropical climate in Singapore. However, I noticed the girls in a class photograph taken in the 1960s by George Pereira were dressed in both the old and new uniforms, so perhaps in a bid to appease the unhappy parents the principal eventually allowed both to be worn to school.

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Uniform – before (right) and after (1985)

Collecting information about this school is no mean feat as it was known as several names including Nee Soon Primary School and Nee Soon English Primary School. On top of that, it was as if the school had magically vanished because virtually nothing about it can be found on the internet. What presently occupies the land where Nee Soon School once stood is just a flattened field with no development at all. The school never had any chance of revival.

circa 1986

1986

There used to be a Facebook page for Nee Soon Primary School but it has since been taken down (probably archived) due to inactivity. The remaining alumni group has only two members with the last updated posted more than three years ago.  It would be great if ex-students could gather and revive the page again!

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Meng Teck School (Punggol)

Closed in 1985

Established in 1932, Meng Teck School is a Chinese Catholic school at No. 5 Jalan Seranggong Kechil, 9 miles, off Punggol Road. It was situated right beside St. Anne’s Church where students would go over to play after school.

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Every year, Meng Teck School would participate in a joint sports meet with three other Catholic schools in the Hougang district, namely Hai Sing Girls’ High School, Holy Innocents’ High School and a CHIJ school.

After Meng Teck School was closed, the remaining students were transferred to Holy Innocents’ Primary School and the building was converted to a church centre. The former site is now occupied by CHIJ St. Joseph’s Convent.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Ming Sin School (Hougang)

Closed in 1984

Ming Sin School (sometimes misspelled as Min Sin School) was a primary school under the management of Bethal Presbyterian Church after it was acquired in 1950. It was a kampong Chinese school made of attap originally constructed at Bukit Arang Road before the World War II (exact year unknown) where it also served as a shelter during the Japanese occupation.

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1967

After the war, the school moved to 53 Wolskel Road, off Upper Serangoon Road, upon recommendation of the school’s board of directors formed by the locals. Completed in 1959, the 4-storey building had 24 classrooms and a tuck shop. The school was also home to worship services from 1953 as well as Li Sun High School (now known as Presbyterian High School) from 1953 and 1965 respectively. A fairly popular school at first, enrolment began to fall as it failed to keep up with education policy changes.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Kim Keat Primary School (Balestier/Toa Payoh)

Closed in 1984

Founded in the early 1960s at Kim Keat Road, Kim Keat Primary School started as Kim Keat Integrated School and was converted into an Adult Education Board Centre which conducted day and night classes in the 1970s.

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Former students fondly remember popping by nearby Kim Keat Vocational Institute for free haircuts by trainees in their hairdressing course. There was also a big bamboo tree in the school compound and students would try to catch spiders crawling around the fence next to it.

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P3C (1980)

After it closed because of falling enrolment, most of the students were transferred to Moulmein Primary School which subsequently merged with Swiss Cottage Primary School in 2002. The school building stood idle for some time until it became the first SCDF Division Headquarters. Today, it houses Curtin University.

Source: [1] [2]


McNair Road School (Boon Keng)

Merged into Rangoon Road Primary School in 1968

Opened in 1925 as McNair Road English School, it was an all-boys primary school located at a temporary structure of Rangoon Road Government English School (before it was torn down) until it moved to requisitioned buildings.

circa 1950

1950

In 1948, McNair School reopened and a large number of primary school students moved over from the old Rangoon Road School. However, it was reported that McNair School was later converted into a Centralised Workshop and staff and students joined the newly merged Rangoon Road Primary School (closed in the early 1980s) at Starlight Road.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Siglap Indah Primary School (Siglap)

Closed in 1983

Located at Kee Sun Avenue, the former Siglap Malay School started off as a kampong school built on wooden foundations in 1903. In 1966, the school was upgraded to a concrete building and eleven years later, converted to an English medium school and renamed to Siglap Indah, or Beautiful Siglap, because of its earlier kampong surroundings and nearby sea.

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P1A (circa 1983)

P1A (1983)

Non-graduating students of Siglap Indah were posted to the five schools in the area namely Damai, Jaya (closed 1998), East Coast, Ngee Ann and Min Xin (closed 2003) primary schools. The school had to shut after Mendaki Foundation was given permission by the government to use the premises as its headquarters because of its proximity to Marine Parade, Bedok and Geylang, which had large concentrations of Malays. The handover was finalised after renovations works were completed in mid 1985.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Siglap Primary School (Siglap)

Closed in 1990

About 2 km away from Siglap Indah Primary was Siglap Primary, founded 1956 at 10 La Salle Street. The school operated in double sessions (i.e. sessions I and II) and had uniformed groups that students could join as ECAs such as Scouts and Brownies. It is not known why the school was closed but after it was vacated, the building was used by the Associations for Persons with Special Needs (Katong Special School) until it was launched for public tender in 2009. Most of the students were transferred to Opera Estate Primary School.

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Now

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Ex-Mediacorp actress Ivy Lee is an alumna of the school.

P6A (circa 1985): Ivy lee is fourth girl from left in the front row

P6A (1985): Ivy lee is fourth girl from left in the front row

Source: [1] [2]


Opera Estate Boys’ School
Opera Estate Girls’ School (Siglap)

Merged in 1985 to form Opera Estate Primary School

The exact year of inception of Opera Estate Girls is not known but since single-sex schools that were catered to residents within an estate were typically built around the same time during that era, it is safe to assume that it was in 1959 when Opera Estate Boys was founded. Both schools were located side-by-side along Fidelio Street – now home to Opera Estate Primary School and surrounded by private housing.

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Opera Estate Boys’ School

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Opera Estate Boys’ School

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Opera Estate Boys’ School

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The only image of Opera Estate Girls’ students I can find…

I can’t find much about these schools except for the interesting fact that the school song of Opera Estate Boys was written by their first principal, Mr BR Sethi. In 1977, Opera Estate Girls found themselves in the spotlight when four of their primary six pupils beat Raffles Girls’ Primary School in the Primary Science Quiz organised by the then-Science Teachers Association. Both also held fun fares separately to raise funds for their own projects in 1969 and 1979. This could also suggest some form of financial struggle faced by the schools and thus leading to their merger. After the amalgamation, the girls were required to swap their green pinafore with white stripes for an entirely blue one. A new school logo created with colours representing the former schools was also adopted as a result.

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Opera Estate Primary School

I think it’s amazing how the Opera Estate Primary has been retaining its original name after all these years when the word “estate” (also undoubtedly not the most modern-sounding one) had been dropped from the names of other schools that used to have the word incorporated in them (e.g. Sennett Estate School and later Sennett Primary School). What do you think?

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]


Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Opera Estate) (Siglap)

Merged with Katong Convent in 1990 to form Katong Convent Primary School / CHIJ (Katong) Primary

CHIJ (Opera Estate), or more commonly known as Opera Estate Convent, was set up as a government-aided primary school at Jalan Khairuddin in 1959 to cope with the growing demand for places in Katong Convent which had housed both primary and secondary students before the latter relocated to Marine Parade Road. It was subsequently closed at the end of 1989 because, according to a former student, the hill it was built on was eroding. Thereafter, it was absorbed into the newly-furnished CHIJ (Katong) at Martia Road.

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Toilet on the left

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P6A, class of 1978

The premises of Opera Estate Convent, pretty much still in its original state surprisingly, are known as the Red Cross Training Campsite today.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Whampoa Secondary School (Bendemeer)

Closed in 1994

The Chinese secondary school was established in 1961 at St. Wilfred Road but was later converted to an integrated school due to falling enrolment (and declining popularity of Chinese schools) to accommodate students from the English Language stream.

 

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In 1971, it became the first government school to complete a building extension without government financial aid. Most of the funds came from public donations and proceeds from the school’s funfair held in 1969. The new wing boasted a library, history and geography rooms, a sound-proof music room, extra-curriculum activities hall, art display room, bookshop and physical exercise instructors’ room. Hardly anyone would find these amenities impressive today but these were definitely a big deal then, as well as a major pull factor.

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After it became integrated

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But then came 1980 when the school principal drew public ire for snipping several girls’ hair publicly in front of the whole school to enforce a rule against long hair. It was also reported that some girls had to have their hair cut two to three times before the principle was satisfied. What angered students and parents further was that the act of embarrassment was done a day before the examinations. Upset by the unwarranted treatment (as many had thought that the principal’s prior warnings were meant for the boys), some girls had even contemplated suicide.

As years went by, the school began to suffer from a dip in enrolment once again. It stopped accepting new applicants altogether for the academic year 1994 when the total student population in the school plunged to 280 (including those in graduating classes) – a far cry from the 1500 pupils in its heyday during the seventies. This reason, coupled by poor academic performance, eventually led to the closure of the school. Bendemeer Secondary, which I believe largely took in Whampoa Secondary students when they closed doors for good, has been occupying their former site since 1998.

The school also has a private Facebook group with over 1000 members.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


Bartley Primary School (MacPherson)

Closed in 1986

Set up in 1951 at Jalan Bunga Rampai, Bartley Primary School was housed in a 2-storey building in a serene and conducive environment not too far away from Mount Vernon cemetery. The school’s distinctive feature was their vast number of Nepalese children (more specifically children of Gurkha policemen from the Singapore Police Force at Mount Vernon) who, by 1985, accounted for more than one-third of the school population. Former students also remember having an Indian principal (Mr Valipuram, or just Mr Vali) patrolling around the school compound with a cane in his hands. Oh, don’t we all miss those days when educators were given the rights to discipline their students? We were fearful but at least we grew up respectful of our elders.

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As the school field was always flooded especially during the monsoon season, annual sports meets were mostly held at the field belonging to neighbouring Bartley Secondary School. Those who were present would fondly remember being given a coupon to redeem a piece of cake from Season Bakery and a cup of Milo or Ovaltine.

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Most of the students were transferred to nearby Elling (closed 1996) and Cedar primary schools after the school was closed down. The school building has also since been demolished.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Paya Lebar School (MacPherson)

Closed in 1984

The primary school was a one-storey building opened in 1952 at Lorong Bengkok, off Paya Lebar Road, with only seven classrooms. It is not to be confused with Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School which started with the same name. Established without a school field, tuck shop, electricity or modern sanitation, the school gradually expanded with better facilities when population steadily grew to 1200 by 1971.

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Former students were then dispersed to MacPherson and Bartley primary schools after their school closed. The site is now taken over by adjoining MacPherson Secondary School, which is slated to merge with Broadrick Secondary in 2017 (more details below).

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Upper Aljunied Technical School (MacPherson)

Closed in 1996 (verification needed)

Located along a quiet Upper Aljunied Road, Upper Aljunied Technical School faced the Mount Vernon Camp and shared a field with Sang Nila Utama Secondary School. As a result of the close proximity to the shooting range of the camp and the Singapore Gun Club, students could often hear explosive sound of firing guns in the afternoon while they were having their ECAs. Although the founding year of the school is not known, it can be assumed that it was in the mid to late 1960s when there was a surge of demand for technical education.

School badge on bottom left (circa 1971)

School badge on bottom left (1971)

The four-storey building had male toilets at the end of every odd-numbered level and female on even. The ground floor was occupied by two Technical Drawing rooms, two Electrical Workshops, one PE stall and a bookshop while the staff room and library took the second floor. Classrooms were mainly on the third and fourth floors.

Upper Aljunied Technical School was the first in the Aljunied district to offer computer classes all the way from Secondary 1 to 5 with the opening of a micro-computer laboratory. They were also among the 18 government schools in Singapore in 1988 to have a computer lab.

The school was closed presumably due to falling enrolment and was merged into Upper Serangoon Technical School which was then renamed to Upper Serangoon Secondary School (verification needed). The building is now used as a student hostel with the tuck shop converted to a seafood restaurant.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Kembangan Primary School (Kembangan)

Closed in 1987

Originally known as Kembangan Integrated Primary School, it was the 36th school opened by the PAP government built in the heart of the kampong in 1963. The four-storey building had 24 classrooms, three special rooms, a large teachers’ common room, bookshop and a big tuck shop-cum-assembly hall and could accommodate more than 2500 pupils in both morning and afternoon sessions.

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1987

Students who went to Kembangan Primary were relatively poorer than those who attended nearby Siglap Primary and St. Stephen’s Primary schools. The school was also mentioned at the parliament meeting in 1981 to be one of the five schools with the best academic progress.

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1987

In 1986, about a year before Kembangan Primary rolled down their shutters for good at 2 Lengkok Satu, a school bus carrying 13 of their pupils had its emergency exit doors flung open when it collided with a lorry. A nine-year-old girl who was hurled out of the bus died on the spot while other eight children in the vehicle sustained slight cuts and bruises. This incident, as well as the court hearing between the drivers involved, was reported extensively on the news.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Beatty Primary School (Kallang)

Closed in 1995

Opened in 1962 as Beatty Integrated Primary School, the school was a new-type four-storeyed building with 36 classrooms meant for 3000 pupils in both morning and afternoon sessions.

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Opening ceremony (1963)

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Opening ceremony (1963)

Ex-students fondly remember the infamously fierce lady manning the tidbit stall at the tuck shop who would hurry students to make purchase and chase away those who spent too long deciding on what to buy. Even those who merely enquired about the prices were not spared from her curt attitude. Therefore, to avoid getting yelled at by her, fearful students would scan through the snacks from afar and be readied with all the prices in mind before approaching her stall. Every transaction would end with the lady snatching the money from the student’s hand. Well, let’s just say that she probably wouldn’t have gotten away so easily dealing with the Gen Z’ers and their overprotective parents if she does that today😆

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1977

Beatty Primary had a promising start with 2500 pupils but the number gradually slipped to 200 in the last few years before it closed as more families in the neighbourhood moved to newer housing estates. The remaining pupils started the new school year in Cambridge Primary School and not long after the property was vacanted, it was taken over by Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA). The building still stands in its entirety.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Nan Chiow Public School (Geylang)

Closed in 1981

Another public Chinese school that bit the dust in 1981 was Nan Chiow (南公学) at 59, Lorong 23, Geylang. Established in 1946, it is not to be confused with Nan Chiau (or Nan Chiaw as it was formerly spelled) Primary School at Woodlands Road. Nan Chiow was known for their accomplishments in ping pong as they were always emerged as champions in competitions especially those organised for the Chinese schools in the Geylang district.

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School song

School song

After the school was shut down, the managing committee received over S$600,000 from the sale of the school site but most of the money eventually went to charity with $50,000 of the proceeds donated to the Basketball Association of Singapore.

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1969

In commemoration of 35th anniversary of the school in 1981, a grand (and final) reunion filled with performances and other activities was held. The event saw the attendance of more than 250 retired principals, teachers and old boys and girls.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Hwa Nong Public School (Geylang/Paya Lebar)

Closed in 1979

Located at 87 (727-3) Jalan Alsagoff near Geylang Serai Village, Hwa Nong Chinese School (华农公学) was previously a private school once used as a warehouse by the Japanese troops during the war. Following the surrender of the Japanese, the school became public to provide children from neighbouring villages a means of education.

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The school had a humble beginning with a little more than 10 students. As their popularity grew,  the number of classrooms increased from 3 to 8 to accommodate 700 student at their peak. An office, music room and storeroom were also added as a result. But due to space constraints, the school was unable to build their own field. Hence, P.E. lessons were all conducted at a borrowed space in front of a temple opposite the school. A simple basketball court was constructed there as well.

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1979

Hwa Nong was one of the eight participating schools in Geylang for the annual joint sports meet, with the other schools being Maha Bodhi, Nanyang Tun Cheow, Thong Kheng, Lik Teck, Happy, Seng Chi and Nan Chiow schools (more information about these seven schools can be found below). The venue for the sports meet was at a vacant land at the junction of Paya Lebar and MacPherson roads (presently the back of Shell petrol station).

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Report books

The school had to close for a short period in 1964 due to the racial riot which had occurred in the same area. When it reopened, the Primary School Leaving Examination was just around the corner so to make up for lost time, hardworking teachers would conduct supplementary classes every night to get students back on track, even to the extent of dragging unmotivated students out of their homes to attend. Their efforts were not for naught – the school garnered a 78% passing rate that year.

As more villagers move out due to the redevelopment of Geylang Serai, the number of students at Hwa Nong School dwindled, leading to its permanent closure in 1979.

(Wholly translated from here, p94)

Source: [1] [2]


Nanyang Tun Cheow School (Geylang)

Closed between 1975 and 1979

Founded in 1922 by Leong Khay Huay Kuan (龙溪会馆), Nanyang Tun Cheow School (南洋丹詔学校/Nanyang Dan Zhao School) was one of the oldest schools in Geylang. With only 30 students when the Chinese primary school first began, the enrolment steadily grew to 600 by the late 1960s. The school then shifted to a new S$92,000 building at No. 43, Lorong 17 Geylang in 1968.

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The last known record of the school in print was in 1975, which could suggest that it was still in existence in mid-1970s. The school was, however, closed after facing a sharp decline in student numbers. In 1979, Metropolitan Young Men’s Christian Association (MYMCA) rented the school building which was later known as Sims Centre to serve as the base for the association’s community outreach projects to the youth, elderly and children from lower income families.

The building is presently known as the Nanyang Buddhist Culture Service or the Singapore Buddhist Lodge.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Thong Kheng School (Geylang)

Closed in 1981

Established in 1946 at Kallang Road, Thong Kheng School (同敬学校) was a Chinese school set up for children who were too poor to afford elementary education and the older children who could not get into their standards. Two years after its inception, the school moved to Geylang Lorong 25-A for six years but due to the overwhelming response, Thong Kheng School had to move to the present address at Geylang Lorong 29 in 1954 in order to house 14 classes of a record number of more than 600 students in the morning and afternoon. The school would not be able to sustain the enormous cost of operating the school if not for the philanthropists who were members of the board, patrons and Thong Kheng Temple who donated generously.

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Thong Kheng School eventually came to a honourable closure due to depleting students count as a result of redevelopment of the Geylang area, as well as losing out to newer schools with better facilities in the vicinity.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Lik Teck School (Geylang)

Closed after 1972 (exact date unknown)

Lik Teck School (立德学校) was a single-storey Chinese school located at 230E Lorong 29 Geylang Road in the early 1930s. It was attended by Low Thia Khiang who is currently the Secretary General of the Workers’ Party.

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Little information about this school is available online. I understand from a Lianhe Wanbao news article in 1986 that a new primary school of the same name (立德小学) was erected in Woodlands Street 81. A quick search on Google, however, came up with Riverside Secondary School (立德中学, founded 1987 at Woodlands Street 81) and Riverside Primary School (立德小学, founded 2013 at Woodlands Crescent), therefore suggesting that the report is inaccurate and could be referring to the secondary school instead.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Happy School (Geylang)

Closed in 1979

Happy School (快乐学校) derived its name from Happy World (or Gay World) which was one of the three amusement parks built in Singapore before World War II. It was set up by the Happy Opera Company to provide free education to children in Geylang who missed out on school as a result of the war and poverty. Lessons officially began in 1946 at the second storey of 24 Lorong 14, Geylang. The free Chinese school started off with 10 over students but gradually swelled to 120 after a new principal came on board.

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The board of committee had to continuously pour in a lot of money (through holding more opera shows) and source for donors to ensure the school’s survival while making education free and readily available to needy students.  Due to the lack of classrooms, an afternoon session was added to cater to growing demand. The pioneer batches of Primary 6 students had to take their Primary School Leaving Examination at a community centre opposite the school due to space constraints. But as more students joined the school (no formal registration was required for new students until they had completed a semester), the board had no choice but to find another suitable location. In 1947, Happy School shifted to two old houses at 67 and 69 Lorong 14, Geylang.

The new sites were, however, in dilapidated condition. Hence, the board had to raise more money to refurbish the place. With more students enrolled in the school, Happy School could no longer cope with the rising overhead costs and so in 1949, they started to charge parents a minimal sum ranging between $2.50 and $3.50 – an amount which most families could afford. From then on, Happy Free School was renamed Happy School. Impoverished students also were given financial aid.

Students of Happy School performed well academically and non-academically such as in calligraphy, arts and sports and had brought glory to the school by bagging home multiple awards at inter-school competitions.

The school remained hugely popular until Geylang began to undergo redevelopment. The population shift from Geylang after 1965 greatly affected the enrolment rate of Happy School. Despite the fall in student population, the school managed to persevere until 1979.

(Wholly translated from here, p142-143)

Source: [1]


Seng Chi Public School (Geylang)

Closed after 1978 (exact date unknown)

Seng Chi Chinese School (成志学校 ) started in 1931 at 47, Lorong 27A, Geylang at an attap house with three classrooms and one small office. Two sessions were held every day with about 100 students divided into three classes. Each class had a mix of students of different standards (e.g. Primary 5 and 6 students attending the same class) because there weren’t enough students to form a class if the school had segregated them accordingly. Therefore, teachers then had to prepare double the amount of work and teach two groups of students separately.

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All in all, there were 7 staff including the school principal. The school staff had to take turns to ring the school bell after each period whenever the janitor wasn’t around and the principal had to teach subjects that nobody wanted to teach (e.g. music). Due to shortage of specialised teachers, every class attended music, P.E. and art lessons together.

In 1957, the school was asked to move out by the landlord but the management refused unless they were given alternative accommodation. Although there aren’t any reports on what happened after that, I’m quite certain the school was granted to remain eventually.

The school closed in the late 70’s/early 80’s as a result of falling enrolment. The former site was then also earmarked for public housing development.

Source: [1] [2]


Pasir Panjang English School (Pasir Panjang)

Closed in 1986

Constructed in the 1930s as a primary school at Yew Siang Road, Pasir Panjang English School was, in fact, a co-education experiment proposed by the British government for both boys and girls to study in the same elementary school.

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In anticipation of the Japanese occupation in 1942, the principal of Outram Secondary School sent all of the school’s records to Pasir Panjang English School for safe keeping a year before under the orders of the Education Department. Subsequently, this school suffered a direct hit during the World War II and wiped out Outram’s records from 1906 to 1942. The school then underwent renovation works and reopened some time after 1948.

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1976

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1983

It had produced a couple of notable alumni such as our former Prime Minister Mr Goh Chok Tong, former Senior Minister of State for National Development Dr Tan Eng Liang, and the founding President of Nanyang Technological Institute Dr Cham Tao Soon.

Pasir Panjang English School is now occupied by Breakthrough Mission, a drug rehabilitation centre. This halfway house was featured in an SG50 music video by StarHub. Skip to 0:26, 1:23 and 1:52 for shots of the classroom corridor in the video below:

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Hua Kiau School (Pasir Panjang)

Closed in 1981

Founded in 1931 on the first floor of a shophouse at 8km Pasir Panjang Road with only 17 pupils, the Chinese school later functioned in an attap building near the now-defunct Bakau Lane (still within Pasir Panjang) in 1940 and subsequently in a more solidly-built double-storey structure half a mile away. Completed in 1960 on two-and-a-half acres of land on Pasir Panjang Hill (5½ milestone Pasir Panjang Road) near Haw Par Villa, the final relocated address had a commanding view of the sea and the southern islands. It had 26 classrooms to accommodate 1400 pupils, an office, library, common room, stage and assembly hall to boot. It was also the first building in the area to introduce modern sanitation. All these were made possible by the generous contributions of the residents in the vicinity and through the sale of cinema show tickets.

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Despite the new state-of-the-art facilities coupled with the school’s rich history and robust activities, the enrolment rate failed to live up to expectations. From over 800 students when it first moved, the number dropped to less than 200 in seven classes in 1977 with  only a handful of students registered for Primary One that year. This was in spite of the fact that the school had already been allowed by the Education Ministry to enroll students in English-medium classes.

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1986

After the school’s closure, the building was renovated and occupied by the Colombo Plan Staff College (a training college for senior personnel in technician education from Colombo Plan countries) in 1983. However, the college was eventually asked to move out of Singapore within the next three years “in fairness to other countries“. Based on the today’s map, the former site is now occupied by private estates.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Sepoy Lines School I / Pearl Bank School
Sepoy Lines School II / Park Road School
(Chinatown)

Merged in 1985 to form Pearl Park Primary School (verification needed)
Merged into Pearl’s Hill School in 1995
Closed in 2001

Among the hundreds of expunged schools I had researched on to feed my curiosity about disappearing schools in Singapore, reading up about those in Chinatown area always left me utterly bewildered especially since many of them share rather similar names. I am one who is easily confused so in a way I’m glad the MOE has long ceased to name schools after the locality where they will be established.

 

From what I had gathered online (after sifting through tens and hundreds of web pages because everyone seems to be saying different things), there used to be two Sepoy Lines Malay schools. Sepoy Lines School I was renamed Pearl Bank School when it moved to Pearl’s Hill on 15 June 1954 while Sepoy Lines School II was later known as Park Road School.

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Pearl Bank Primary School

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Pearl Bank Primary School (P6A, class of 1981)

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Park Road School

As I was trying to unearth more information about the first merger, I stumbled upon even more ambiguous and confusing news articles about the Sepoy Lines school. It was reported in 1971 that the Sepoy Lines Malay School building was demolished as part of the urban renewal programme to build offices in the Park Road vicinity. Noticed that “Sepoy Lines Malay School” was used instead of Park Road School? *scratches head*

Can somebody enlighten me, please? Were there more than two Sepoy Lines schools in that area or what? O_O  Why do I see ex-students of Park Road School addressing Sepoy Line Malay School on Facebook like it’s another school? How mysterious.

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Pearl Park Primary School

Anyway, Sepoy Lines Malay School was then shifted to the first two floors of a multi-storey building at Chin Swee Road (the record-breaking 12-storey tall building, I suppose) that was shared with Pearl’s Hill Primary School. Somehow along the way, Sepoy Lines Malay School merged with Pearl Bank School and eventually with Pearl’s Hill? Apart from the nuggets of history on NLB, there were no other news reports to confirm any of these mergers. It’s so weird…

To read more about Pearl Hill’s School, click here for part I of the Closed and Merged Schools series.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Kong Chow School (Chinatown)

Closed in 1968

Cantonese clan association Kong Chow Wui Koon founded Kong Chow Wui Koon Free School (冈州会馆义学) in 1929 on the third storey of their then-newly-built clan premises at New Bridge Road. The school provided free education to their initial 80 students across Primary 1 to 4 levels, occupying only two classroom. All lessons were conducted in Chinese.

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1952

During the Japanese Occupation (February 1942 to August 1945), the site was used as the Red Cross Association Headquarters to provide medical treatment, medicine, and even porridge. Classes at the school resumed after the Japanese surrendered but due to post-war recession, the school found themselves struggling to keep afloat without any steady revenue. Thus, they started charging fees between $1 and $5. From then on, the school was also known as Kong Chow School (冈州学校).

In order to cope with the influx of overaged students after Japanese Occupation, the clan association decided to expand the school grounds to the second storey of the premises to accommodate as many students as possible. Classes were divided to two sessions – morning and afternoon – as the number of students exceeded 200.

Primary 5 and 6 classes were subsequently added in 1949. By then, the school’s population was more than 400 students. Facilities such as a field were also added for students to play sports and exercise.

Between 1947 and 1959, there were 9 classes in the afternoon session with over 500 students. The school faced classroom shortage as the number of students continued to increase rapidly. Hence, the clan association had no choice but to turn the balcony on the second storey into a classroom to occupy the smallest class.

During the school’s heyday, the clan association also conducted night classes for young people in the workforce. Over 100 of them enrolled into the Chinese and English classes. At the same time, the clan association also attempted to raise funds to build a school, but it wasn’t reported if this plan was materialised.

In addition to regular classes, the school also inculcated strong values and character in their students through specially dedicated weeks that run throughout the semester such as Courtesy Week, Safety Week, Honesty Week and Labour Week. Activities that tied in with the theme of the week were also arranged. During the Courtesy Week, for instance, a most courteous representative would be elected from every class and the whole school would then vote for the most courteous student among them. Weeks which were designated for hands-on activities such as calligraphy and sports helped students develop their skills and ability to work as a team.

In the 1960s, the student population in Kong Chow School began to diminish with more parents opting to send their children to English school. After further decline, the Principal, who had also planned to retire, decided to close the school for good in 1968.

(Most parts translated from here)

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Jurong Special Secondary School (Bukit Timah)

Renamed to Toh Tuck Secondary School in 1965 (verification needed)
Closed in 1991 (verification needed)

Formerly Bukit Timah Government Chinese Middle School at 7¾ milestones Jurong Road, off Bukit Timah Road (now known as Toh Tuck Road), it was a school set up mainly for overaged students from Government, aided and private schools to continue their English secondary education. Classes officially began in 1960 with curriculum for Forms (Secondary) III, IV and V consisted of English language, English literature, History, Geography, Elementary Mathematics, Art, Needlework for girls, Biology or Health Science, language and National language. The school fees were same as other secondary school pupils (i.e. $3 a month for girls and $4 a month for boys). No much information about this school is available online. I can’t find any pictures depicting the school as well.

Several pupils of the school took offense over the use of the word “special” in describing the institution. The reason for that wasn’t stated but they probably felt singled out. I would understand the furore if the “special” word is incorporated in a regular school today as it could be mistaken for a special needs school.

It was mentioned by a former student on Toh Tuck Secondary’s Facebook Page that Jurong Special Secondary School was eventually renamed to Toh Tuck Secondary School (as opposed to Jurong Secondary School, as this name was already taken by another school in Jurong West) in 1965, coincidentally the year Jurong Special Secondary was last reported in the news (which is strange for a school that opened to so much fanfare). Although no records on this renaming exercise can be found, I have a hunch that it was true based on the similarity between the address of Toh Tuck Secondary (off 7th mile Bukit Timah Road) and Jurong Special Secondary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Min Chu School (Farrer Road)

Closed in 1979

Established as a Chinese village school in 1946/1947 using kind donations from locals residing in Farrer and Holland villages, Min Chu Public School was one of the best in the area in the 1960s with 400 students. During its prime, the school was bustling with activities such as basketball, badminton and ping pong. It even had its own playing field. The toilets underwent a $4000 renovation but even so, the school still failed to attract new registrations.

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1963

As a result of falling enrolment due to competition from modern schools that were equipped with special rooms, sport equipment and the latest teaching aids, the school had to shut permanently after its remaining 19 students completed their primary education.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Wei Sin Public School (Jurong West/Lim Chu Kang)

Closed in 1979

Formerly known as Wu Neng School (武能学校), Wei Sin was a small village school established in 1926 at 14.1 km Jurong Road. It was forced to closed in 1942 but resumed operations in 1945 when the Japanese surrendered at the end of World War II. It was also at this point in time that it took on the name Wei Sin.

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School song

The school uniform was white top and khaki pants for the boys and khahi skirts for the girls. The school had their own tuck shop, makeshift badminton court, basketball court, ping pong tables and a wooden hut called The Library.

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At its peak, Wei Sin had over 600 students. But due to population shifts and the fact that Jurong was selected as the site for the development of an industrial estate, the strength of Wei Sin Public School dwindled tremendously. Upon time of closure, it had only 55 students remaining (27 in Primary 5 and 28 in Primary six). The Primary 5 students were then transferred to neighbouring modern schools the following year.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Pei Tek Public School (Jurong West)

Closed in 1981

A Chinese-medium school established in 1946 Pei Tek School (also spelled “Pei Teck”) had moved from a smaller location to 10¾ mile, Jurong Road when student population grew between 1958 and 1969. It was so popular that it had to keep adding more classrooms to cater for demand.

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School song

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1963

But like other Chinese schools that could not keep up with the shifting demographics and growing preference for English-medium schools, signs of decline of Pei Tek started appearing in mid-1970s. Although there were 281 students  enrolled in 1976, there wasn’t enough incoming primary 1 students to form a class.

Source: [1]


Lee Choon Public School (Buona Vista)

Closed in 1979

Lee Choon Public School was a Chinese primary school established in the 1920s at North Buona Vista Road (off Holland Road). Like the other rural schools on this list, Lee Choon had to close due to falling enrolment triggered by a widespread preference for modern schools that were equipped with better facilities. There were only 27 students at Lee Choon at time of closure.

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Unfortunately, not much information about this school is available.

Source: [1] [2]


Chao Yang School (Dhoby Ghaut)

Closed in 1981

Located at 341 Clemenceau Avenue, Chao Yang was a four-storey Chinese Government-aided (primary) school established in 1953 and managed by a Teochew clan association Teo Yeonh Huay Kuan (潮阳会馆) which, at that time, was just beside it. It is not to be confused with the special needs school at Ang Mo Kio which adopted the same name in gratitude of the original Chao Yang School management committee for allowing them to use the school premises for a 5-year period before it moved to Ang Mo Kio to make way for the Central Expressway.

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In the last 1970s, Chao Yang School started admitting students of other nationalities to ensure their survival. This, however, proved to be futile as enrolment continued to dwindle due to urban renewal and modernisation. By the end of 1981, the school had just one class of 14 Primary Six pupils and 2 teachers.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]


Min Chong Public School (Changi)

Closed in 1981

Two schools (Bo Wen and Pei Nan schools) were originally constructed at Mata Ikan, a village at Changi, to offer education to the villagers’ children. But not long after that, the second world war broke out so both schools had no choice but to cease operations. After the war ended, the committee of Pei Nan School decided to reopen the school for the benefit of those children whose education was disrupted because of the war. The committee rented a three-storey bungalow that was able to accommodate 150 students, and also employed 10 teachers. At the same time, the school was also renamed Min Chong School (民众学校).

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1986

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Basketball court (1986)

In order to cater to the needs of Malay villagers who were not able to integrate into the Chinese education system at Min Chong School, the committee introduced English-medium classes, and therefore making them the first Chinese school in post-war Singapore to offer English classes. Subsequently, new English-medium schools such as Bedok Boys’ and Girls’ sprang up one after another around the area and Malay villagers began to send their children to these schools instead, resulting in the declining demand for English-medium classes at Min Chong. The school eventually stopped the programme completely and reverted to its original concept of being a fully Chinese school.

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1986

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Sports Day

In 1948, the owner of the bungalow which housed the school wanted the property back. As a result, Min Chong School committee relocated to 823 Somapah Road. By 1972, the number of students at Min Chong had also noticeably diminished. There were speculations as to the possible causes of the dip in enrolment. Firstly, as there were only 59 registrations for Primary One in the beginning of 1971, the school, being cost-effective, decided to open only one class for 44 students. The remaining 15 students were then dispersed to neighbouring Red Swastika School and this led to numerous complaints as well as the unhappiness of many parents towards the school, making them reluctant to register their children at Min Chong in the subsequent years.

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1966

Secondly, the construction of Changi Airport could have caused affected residents to relocate. Hence, with lesser people residing in the vicinity, the number of incoming also students decreased drastically. By 1977, there was absolutely no new student intake at all and there were only 17 students remaining in the school in this final year of operation. With a heavy heart, the school committee announced the closure of the school with effect from the following year and offered the building to the Singapore Red Cross. With the help of Min Chong School committee, the premises were converted to an emergency evening clinic serving people living in the rural area of Somapah.

(Almost wholly translated from here)

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Nong Min Public School (Simei)

Closed in 1977

Set up by predominantly Hokkien and Hainanese merchants and farmers in 1946 using their own money and resources, Nong Min Public School (农民公学) was in a poorly-maintained military police warehouse left behind by the Japanese troops at Jalan Tiga Ratus (Upper Changi Road), set amidst the rubber and coconut plantations in a tranquil and peaceful village environment. The aim of the Chinese school was to provide education to 300 poor village children who had no school to attend.

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Due to the lack of classrooms, it was not unusual to combine classes. Multi-age classrooms were a commonplace (especially during the first few years of establishment) to accommodate students whose studies were interrupted by the war as well as young children from the post-war baby boom. For example, a Primary One class could have a mixture of students between the age of 7 and 18. Some lessons had to be conducted in the rubber plantations as well to relieve overcrowding in the classrooms.

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The school was renovated in the 1960s and not long later in 1977, the land which the school sat on was acquired by the government for redevelopment. As a result, all the villages were resettled and Nong Min School was forced to close.

The school was located in the present East Point Mall in Simei.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting School (Bishan/Upper Thomson)

Closed in 1981

Originally named Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting Free School (, the Chinese school was formed by Cantonese clan association Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting (or Kwong Wai Siew Peck San Theng) with public donations of about $300 in 1936 to provide free education to children who did not have access to school. The school’s first principal worked pro bono and only one teacher was employed to teach a class of 40 students. Lessons officially started in September in the same year. As the student population grew to 60, another classroom was later added to the school, which was housed on the foundation’s temple premises.

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Thereafter more monetary support started pouring in for the school and hence giving more students the opportunity to study. The school also received a thousand over copies of textbooks and more than 130 school uniforms from the educated members of the public. On top of that, a garden was also set up in the school compound for learning purposes.

Singapore fell to the Japanese in 1942, forcing the school to close abruptly. But it was quick to resume operations after the war ended in 1945. By then, the school was already in bad condition and was lacking the necessary teaching equipment. Even so, that did not stop parents from registering their children with the school, therefore boosting the student headcount to 170.

With student enrolment growing steadily in the next 9 years, the committee decided to build a bigger school to admit more students. A new school building was completed within a year in 1956 at Kampung San Teng (a Cantonese village that began as a small community of settlers engaged in the funeral trade) at Upper Thomson Road. Equipped with six classrooms, a principal office, staff room, school hall, canteen, book shop and storeroom, the school was considered the most modern and ideal school in the village at that point in time. It was also subsequently renamed Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting School (广惠肇碧山亭学校).

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The school underwent a drastic makeover under the direction of the school committee. Besides having basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, new teaching aids were also bought. Financial support was sought from the education ministry to purchase new tables for the students while old tables were donated to needy students who could otherwise not be able to afford one for their home and thus had to do their homework on the floor.

Sadly, despite the favourable reception at the beginning, the school, as with most Chinese schools, were overshadowed by the growing popularity of English schools (such as the newly constructed Westlake Primary nearby, closed in 2002) and faced the prospect of closure due to flagging student enrolment. Even though the school had sought permission from the education ministry to hold English-stream classes, it failed to receive an approval.

Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting School, once abuzz with 450 students filling the campus grounds every day in the morning and afternoon sessions, was down to 59 students – 19 Primary 4, 16 Primary 5 and 24 Primary 6 – in the morning session before it shut down. Following its closure, remaining students were transferred to newer schools in Ang Mo Kio.

The former site of Kwong Wai Shiu Peck Shan Ting School, originally earmarked for either an old folks’ home or columbarium cum funeral parlour, is present-day Bishan public housing estate.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]

 

 


Kota Raja Malay School (Bugis/Lavender)

Closed in 1982

Formerly occupied by Victoria Bridge School, Sekolah Melayu Kota Raja or Kota Raja Malay School took over the two-storey building in 1933. The school was sited opposite the present Malabar Mosque in Jalan Sultan (Lavender Street) and was an all-boys school while most Malay girls attended Kampong Gelam Malay Girls’ School located where Madrasah Aljunied is today. The school later applied to become integrated (coed) in 1979 because in the previous year, only one registered for Primary One where there were 42 vacancies.

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In the past, there was no Malay library as reading habit was not cultivated yet. The Malay library at Kota Raja Malay School was the first and on Saturdays, pupils from other Malay schools would go there to read and borrow books.

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School field

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With only 32 remaining pupils in Primary Three, Five and Six and 7 staff including the principal, the school was no longer viable and had to close in 1982. The school was originally leased to the Council for the Education of Muslim Children (Mendaki) as headquarters for organising educational activities, but was later found unsuitable because the site would be affected by government redevelopment plans within the next five years. The building has since been demolished.

Abbas Abu Amin (Member of Parliament from 1980 to 1991) is an alumnus of the school.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]


Boo Teck School (Farrer Park)

Closed in 1981

Established in 1955 by Nanyang Sim Clan Association (南洋沈氏公会), Boo Teck School (武德学校) was named after an ancestor. After receiving a sizeable amount of donations, it moved from the old, run-down building to one that was newer and bigger at 63, Beatty Road in 1959 as the former location was not able to accommodate the growing student population (10 classes in that year).

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Unfortunately, with more parents opting to send their children to English-stream schools during the early 70’s, Boo Teck gradually lost its shine and the number of students was reduced to a mere 16 in its last operating year.

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In 1988, the school building made way for Wu De Building (武德大厦), a residential complex.

Source: [1] [2]


Finally, continuing this list of school casualties are these 11 secondary schools (as opposed to the 22 reported on the news as I believe half of them will retain their names, so they will technically still be in existence) which will be a thing of the past due to falling cohort sizes. The names of the merged schools have not been decided upon yet but I will update this post once I’ve gotten hold of the news. Now, brace yourselves for the massive addition..

Balestier Hill Secondary School (Novena)

To merge into Beatty Secondary School in 2017

Established as the first technical school in 1964, the former Balestier Hill Integrated Secondary Technical School was a coed school for Chinese and English languages with 26 classrooms. It was named after Joseph Balestier, the first United States Consul of Singapore. In 1982, it became a standard English medium school when the last batch of Chinese medium students graduated. In 1991, the name of the school was changed to Balestier Hill Secondary.

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1964

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School logo – then and now

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Sec Tech 4 (class of 1968)

Balestier Hill Technical had an excellent track record in the area of sports, especially canoeing (as the school shared honours in the National Schools Canoeing Championships with National Junior College in 1983) and swimming.

Rangoon and Monk’s Hill Secondary schools merged into Balestier Hill Secondary in 2001 and 2007 respectively and the amalgamated school continued to operate from the current site of Balestier Hill Secondary at 11 Novena Rise.

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circa 2015

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2016

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2016

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Balestier Hill Secondary will merge with Beatty Secondary in 2017. The merged school will be operating from the site of Beatty Secondary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


Henderson Secondary School (Bukit Merah)

To merge into Bukit Merah Secondary School in 2017

When Henderson Secondary School opened in 1974 at the now-defunct Friendly Hill at Preston Road (Telok Blangah), there were only 600 Secondary One students and 24 teachers.

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Old building

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Old building

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Old building

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Old building

In 1976, it moved to its current address at 100 Henderson Road (the junction of Henderson Road and Jalan Bukit Merah) as the school population grew to 1600 with 60 teaching staff. The four-storey school is the 115th school built by the then-government at a cost of over two million dollars. It had 24 classrooms and four special rooms, a two-storey Science-cum-Home Economics block and a canteen with the school hall above it. There was also a three-storey technical workshop block that was built separately from the main building. The school subsequently underwent upgrading works between 1994 and 1997.

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Now

Henderson Secondary was one of the few schools to have air rifle shooting ranges installed by the Ministry of Education. This was done to encourage marksmanship among students (more specifically, the National Cadet Corps members).

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A part of the school

The girls originally wore loose white blouse adorned with a simple, connoted tie, held in place with a pin-on badge. It was paired with a navy blue, box-pleated skirt. The boys, on the other hand, wore white shirts and navy blue tie with an embroidered school crest. Eight years after adopting this attire, the girls’ blouses were modified to look similar to that worn by the boys, which remained unchanged across all levels until 1990 where the boys in the upper-secondary levels would wear navy blue long pants and a white shirt with ‘Henderson’ embroidered in white on top of the pocket. The school tie was also changed to the current design and only worn during assembly and other formal occasions. Further modifications were made to the uniform in 1998 as the embroidered ‘Henderson’ was changed to blue, hence the current school uniform.

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Former uniform

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Current uniform

The first school badge was diamond-shaped with the letters “EFL” in the middle which stood for the school motto ” Education for Life”. In 1981, the badge was redesigned into a shape of a shield by an art teacher of the school. Within the shield, there is a book signifying knowledge and a flame which Hendersonians strive to keep ablaze and an upright figure which represents ‘youth’ and ‘life’. The school song, penned by a music teacher in 1974, remains unchanged even until today.

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School logo – then and now

Henderson Secondary will merge with Bukit Merah Secondary School in 2017. The merged school will be operating from the site of Bukit Merah Secondary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


MacPherson Secondary School (MacPherson)

To merge into Broadrick Secondary School in 2017

MacPherson Secondary School was started in 1967 as an integrated government school where three-quarters of the student population was studying in the Chinese stream and the rest in English stream. Named after Colonel MacPherson (1st Colonel of the Straits Settlement which Singapore was a part of from 1826 to 1946). The first intake was made up of Secondary One students from the MacPherson estate (one of the earliest housing estates) and Secondary Two  and Three students from Upper Serangoon Technical, Upper Aljunied Technical and Sang Nila Utama schools.

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1960s

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In 1981, the Technical Department formerly functioning independently under the name of Paya Lebar School was integrated into the school. Three years later, the school became a full English Language medium school with the graduation of the last cohort of Secondary 4  candidates from the Chinese stream.

The idea of having a new uniform was conceived in 1999. In 2001, students donned the new uniform to usher in the new millennium. In the same year, work at the new school site at 121 Circuit Road (beside the old campus) also started. It was to be ready for occupancy by 2003.

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Current campus

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MacPherson Secondary was joined by pupils from Woodsville Secondary School, which ceased operations in 2003, at their new school building. The newly merged school adopted the new vision “Dare to Dream, Innovate and Lead”. The different blocks of the school were named after philosophers (e.g. Aristotle), writers (e.g. Shakespeare), inventors (e.g. Newton) and pioneers of Singapore (e.g. Govindasamy) in the hope that MacPhersonians will be as successful as them in various fields.

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2013

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2015

Notabi alumni of the school include local actor Desmond Shen Jin Xing and actress Xiang Yun.

MacPherson Secondary will merge with Broadrick Secondary School in 2017. The merged school will be operating from the site of Broadrick Secondary.

Source: [1] [2]


North View Secondary School (Yishun)

To merge into Northland Secondary School in 2017

With all the news surrounding the death of Benjamin Lim recently, I believe the name North View Secondary School is already etched in everyone’s mind. Instead of basking in negativity, let’s all remember this soon-to-be-gone school for their achievements, shall we?

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North View Secondary School was formed in 1988 at Yishun Avenue 11 (school address now considered as 530 Yishun Ring Road) with an enrolment of 483 pupils, 35 teaching staff and 12 non-teaching staff. The S$7.2 million school building, however, was not ready for occupancy until June that year. Hence, classes had to be held at two locations – the Secondary One pupils were housed in Yishun Secondary School while the Secondary Two to Five pupils were in the former Upper Thomson Secondary School building.

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Among the facilities in the school were special rooms for music, arts and crafts and audio-visual aids, an indoor rifle range and outdoor courts for basketball, sepak takraw and volleyball. From early 1998 to June 1999, two new extension blocks were constructed – an admin and a classroom block. The admin-block houses the office, staff room, library, conference room, computer laboratories and three media resource rooms.

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North View Secondary will merge with Northland Secondary School in 2017 after operating for only 28 years. The merged school will be taking over the site of Northland Secondary.

Source: [1] [2] [3]


Pioneer Secondary School (Jurong West)

To merge into Boon Lay Secondary School in 2017

Pioneer Secondary School was set up in January 1994 with 12 Secondary One classes. While waiting for the school building to be ready at 21 Jurong West Street 81, it was temporarily housed at Hong Kah Secondary School under the management of a single principal.

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It had to open an extra Secondary Two class when it moved into its new building because of overwhelming response from residents nearby. This additional class brought to a total of 14 Secondary Two classes and 10 Secondary One classes in 1995. The school was spread over three hectares of land and surrounded by Housing Board flats. Its facilities included 36 classrooms, two computer laboratories and one theatrette. The S$17,000 195-cm-tall aluminium sculpture at the entrance of the school was donated by Kwan Yong Construction Pte Ltd (the builder of the school). Named Unity, it shows two profiles united as one, depicting the idea of co-operation between the school and the community.

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2016

The school was one of the five in Singapore in 2006 to adopt a cashless payment scheme that allowed students to buy canteen food with a Nets card. Designated Nets terminals around the school enabled students to transfer their weekly or monthly allowance from their parents’ bank accounts into what is being called “My Card” to reduce their frequency of cash transactions. To prevent misuse, a system that allowed to control the amount of money the students received was installed.

Pioneer Secondary will merge with Boon Lay Secondary School in 2017 after a mere 23 years in operation. The merged school will be located on the site of Boon Lay Secondary.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]


Siglap Secondary School (Pasir Ris)

To merge into Coral Secondary School in 2017

Opened in 1955, Siglap Secondary School was located at a two-storey building with 20 classrooms at Cheviot Hill, Siglap, now occupied by the Global Indian International School. The school was also widely recognised for their achievements in sports (more specifically for their outstanding performance in athletics, swimming, football, cricket and badminton), so much so that it had always been the venue for sports activities in the past. In 1973, they managed to raise funds for the building of their own bitumen track through a mammoth walkathon.

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Former building

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Science lab at the former building

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Former building

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Former uniform

In 1998, Siglap Secondary shifted to its current campus at 10 Pasir Ris Drive 10. The relocation saw the steady growth in the school enrolment in the new estate from a mere 870 when it was still at Cheviot Hill. The number at its peak was so big that there were insufficient space in the school and some smaller classes had to be conducted in the canteen.

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Current building

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Current building

Upholding its reputation as an art powerhouse in the 1970s and 80s, the new Siglap Secondary was also the art centre for the east zone where students from almost 50 secondary schools including top schools like Dunman High and Anglican High could go to learn pottery, computer animation, sculpture and other art forms. It had also set up a multi-media lab, complete with 23 Macintosh computers that allowed students to experiment with three-dimensional designs.

Unfortunately, its enrolment in recent years shrank from a peak of 1,400 in 2003 to about 830 in 2013, leading to the closure of some of its uniformed groups such as Scouts and Red Cross (as they require a critical mass to carry on). Since 2013, the school has only been taking in about 200 Secondary One students each year, half the intake of more than a decade ago.

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Current uniform

Notable alumni of the school include Singapore Idol champion Hady Mirza and Chee Swee Lee, Singapore’s first Asian Games gold medallist in the 400m race in 1974.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]


Si Ling Secondary School (Marsiling)

To merge into Marsiling Secondary School in 2017

Established in 1980, Si Ling Secondary was the first secondary school in Woodlands to offer both English and Chinese as media of instruction. At one stage, it was renowned for its performance in Hockey. Beige blouse and brown bottom used to be the school attire. Now, students don light blue-and-teal uniform.

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Former uniform

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Current uniform

Once notorious for students who carried flick-knives, it was reported in 2006 that Si Ling Secondary was the only school in Singapore without a Secondary 1 Express stream class since 1999. Clearly, the school’s notoriety for gangsterism had put off some of its potential students, causing it to be the least preferred secondary school in the country. Even most of its own students, in fact, had not listed Si Ling as one of their six choices but were posted there due to poor PSLE results. Based on reports I read, its dark reputation seemed to date back to the early 1990s when students rejected by other schools, including those with discipline problems, were all taken in by the then-principal who, being a compassionate educator he was, firmly believed in giving delinquents a second chance. On top of that, students with the lowest PSLE scores, as low as double digits were accepted into the school.

As much as I would like to applaud the nobility of the principal, a school is, after all, an institution heavily dependent on good image and a reasonable student population to function. With such a lousy reputation for being a school for hooligans (and not forgetting how most of us are so face-conscious), who would want to study there? I know I won’t..

Determined to turn the school around, the principal who took over the helm of the school between 2000 and 2009 offered $500 scholarships to the top 10 students who made the cut for the Express stream, sent teachers to neighbouring primary schools to promote the school, held cheerleading  performances and got students to give speeches to primary school students. These new initiatives, however, failed to evoke the desired response and the school remained largely comprised of Normal-stream students even today. There are Express classes for each level from Secondary Two onward mostly filled by students originally in the Normal (Academic) stream and had performed well.

 

In 2014, Si Ling Secondary was awarded the Lee Hsien Loong Award for Innovations in the Normal Course in recognition of the school’s effort in “providing a holistic education for their students in a caring and nurturing way”. Although the public does seem to have a better impression of the school now (even the website looks so atas), I guess it is still not enough to attract students to the school (I passed by the school just last year and man, it really needs a facelift).

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Si Ling Secondary will merge with Marsiling Secondary School in 2017 and will operate out of the latter’s site. The merged school will be officially named Marsiling Secondary School while adopting Si Ling’s Chinese name. It will take in around 320 Si Ling students in Secondary Three, Four and Five.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Bedok North Secondary School (Aljunied)

To merge into Damai Secondary School in 2018

Started in 1981, Bedok North Secondary was housed in the premises of Temasek Secondary School as its own campus at Bedok North Avenue 3 would only be ready in the following year. The school, built at the cost of $6.2 million, had facilities including a library, an audio visual aid room, a two-storey workshop and technical workshops. It was also the only secondary school in the then-Eunos constituency.

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Officially opening in 1983

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circa 1981-1986

Responding to the school’s obesity rate of 18% (4% more than national average) in 1994, about $5000 was spent on renovations and equipment such as cycling machines, treadmills and step-up machines to turn a room in the school into a mini-gymnasium in hope to attract more obese students to exercise.

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circa 1981-1986

With only 29 classrooms and limited vacant rooms for extra activities at the old building, classes had to be conducted in two sessions and everyone still had to rush for space. As a result, the school moved to more spacious premises at its current site at Jalan Damai in 2000, also to meet growing demands for a secondary school in the Bedok Reservoir area. The new building allowed for the school to go single-session and hold more after-school activities. An underground rifle range that doubled as a bunker, a music and dance studio, and four high-tech computer labs were amongst the many facilities that students could enjoy at the new building.

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In the mid-1980s, Bedok North Secondary emerged as zone champions and national runner-ups in foottball championships numerous times. It is also recognised for their outstanding performance in Sepak Takra for which they had also clinched the championship title in 2006 and 2015.

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Bedok North Secondary will merge with Damai Secondary School in 2018 and will operate out of the latter’s site as it offers a better teaching and learning environment. Once upgrading work is completed at Damai Secondary by 2018, it would also be equipped with new facilities such as an Indoor Sports Hall and synthetic field.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]


Bishan Park Secondary School (Bishan)

To merge into Peirce Secondary School in 2018

Built at a cost of $17.3 million, Bishan Park Secondary was founded in 1993 at 2 Sin Min Walk. It had a career resource centre equipped with 12 computers, two huge television sets and a library of CD-ROMs on polytechnic education, job-interviewing skills and assessment tests that match personalities to jobs. This centre was shared with 40 other secondary school nearby.

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Students from Peirce Secondary School attended lessons at Bishan Park Secondary School for a year (1994-1995) while waiting for their new school to be completed near Sin Min Walk.

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In a bid to help autistic children from Pathlight School integrate into society, the special education school partnered with Bishan Park and Chong Boon Secondary schools by letting their autistic secondary school students join their mainstream peers for selected subjects taught by mainstream teachers while a Pathlight teacher tags along to these classes to give extra help.

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Bishan Park Secondary will merge with Peirce Secondary School in 2018 and will operate out of the latter’s site.

Source: [1] [2] [3] [4]


Chong Boon Secondary School (Ang Mo Kio)

To merge into Yio Chu Kang Secondary School in 2018

Chong Boon Secondary School started functioning in 1994 at the former site of Anderson Secondary School at Ang Mo Kio Street 41. It was a morning session school with 13 classes of 483 Secondary One students and 23 staff members. The following year, its enrolment increased to 772 students and the staff strength increased to 35.

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The school became a double session school with 29 classes and 1022 students in 1996. To cope with the growing school population, new facilities such as computer laboratories were added to the premise. The old Chong Boon Secondary School was subsequently tore down in 2001 and the school moved to its new premise at 2 Ang Mo Kio Street 44 in 2002.

The school is home to a number of niche CCAs including A Capella Club and Cheerobics which clinched a gold medal in 2005. Chong Boon Secondary was the first school to be awarded the Niche Award in Environmental Education in 2009 for their exemplary green efforts. In 2010, the school also took in the Youth Olympic Games Torch Relay.

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In June 2002, Chong Boon Secondary used fingerprint identification to monitor habitually late students. The 60 students who were identified as always coming in late, which in the case of the school, is after 7.15am, had to record their time of arrival when they came to school in the morning.

Chong Boon Secondary will merge with Yio Chu Kang Secondary School in 2018 and the merged school will be located at the latter’s site.

Source: [1] [2]


Greenview Secondary School (Pasir Ris)

To merge into Loyang Secondary School in 2018

Completed at the cost of about $14 million at 15 Pasir Ris Street 21, Greenview Secondary started in 1994 with 17 Secondary One classes and 681 students. It had 36 classrooms, more laboratories, and computer, commerce, language, CCA rooms than other schools and had a career guidance and a counselling room. The building also featured an amphitheater in the atrium to provide a place for student-staff interaction.

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In a bid to equip students with the knowledge of connecting computers to the web of networks across the globe during the internet boom, Greenview Secondary set up a “networking academy” using course material from the American-based network manufacturer Cisco Systems in 1999. It was the the second educational institution in Singapore to teach networking after Temasek Polytechnic. 26 Secondary Two students with a minimum grade of B3 in Mathematics as well as eight other students from four nearby schools – East View, St Hilda’s, Springfield and Dunman Secondary schools – were selected for this two-year course. The students spent two hours every Saturday afternoon in Greenview Secondary’s capacious Rainforest Computer Lab where 43 computers arranged in clusters were surrounded by murals of trees and animals of rainforests.

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Greenview Secondary will merge with Loyang Secondary School in 2018 and the merged school will be located at the latter’s site.

Source: [1] [2] [3]

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*phew* It’s really not easy compiling information on tens of schools in a small space like this, but I’m glad I’ve managed to do it! You might have noticed some beautifully-taken pictures from “My School Uniform“. If you don’t already know, My School Uniform is the first-ever photography project that documents all the secondary school uniforms in Singapore. If you’d like to find out more about the book (which is already out in major bookstores), you can read my review here.

Once again, thanks for the read and hope you enjoyed this instalment of my Closed and Merged Schools series!

Have a story to share about your decommissioned school? Let me know in the comments below so that I can include them in my next write-up! To report errors, please leave a comment below as well. If you have pictures that are not featured in this post (preferably of the school building, uniform, or anything that best represents the school), please share them with me via e-mail at askme@fionaseah.com.
Much appreciated!

Main source:
National Archives of Singapore
NewspaperSG (National Library Board)
Factiva (for news articles after 1990)
Chinese Schools Exhibition
My School Uniform
Facebook Pages of Schools

(In case some of these links become inaccessible, you may retrieve them through Archives.org)

Read also:
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 1)
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 2)
HISTORY: Closed and Merged Schools in Singapore (PART 3)

REVIEW: Bellápierre Cosmetics Get Started Kit – Mineral Foundation in Ivory, Mineral Blush in Desert Rose, Mineral Bronzer in Starshine, Lipstick in P.I.N.K & Shimmer Powder in Harmony

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Powder foundation may be my first foray into makeup but truth be told, I haven’t been using one in donkey’s years since taking a liking to liquid foundation. However, thanks to a slew of mineral makeup launching in the market, my makeup routine could be changing altogether. Mineral makeup is known to be a lot kinder to the skin because of its non-comedogenic nature. Knowing that many of you are also suffering from troubled skin like me, I thought it’d be great to shine the spotlight on a mineral makeup brand I was recently introduced to.. and that’s Bellápierre Cosmetics!

Bellápierre Cosmetics is an American brand specialising in producing luxury mineral makeup, makeup accessories and skincare products that are suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones. Not only are their products cruelty-free (as is evident from the Leaping Bunny certification on their packaging), they are also non-clogging (as with any other mineral makeup) which I find to be extremely crucial for the hot and humid weather we have in Singapore. Although not as mainstream as say, bareMinerals, their products have been lauded by online critics (here and here) for their great coverage and lightweight texture. But being the sceptic I am, these reviews don’t carry much weight. I have to see to believe!

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

One of their bestsellers is the Get Started Kit, put together with beginners in mind. Customisable to different skin tones (in fair, medium, dark or deep). it contains two shades of 5-in-1 foundation, one blush and bronzer and three key brushes for flawless application of the products. This kit basically has all the essential products needed to get you started with the Bellápierre range.

Contrary to the description written on their official website, there isn’t any step-by-step instructional DVD in my kit but I was fortunate to have Aviram, Bellápierre Singapore resident makeup artiste, to guide me on how to use the products through his video demonstrations. The videos aren’t specifically addressed to me nor do they contain any highly confidential matter, so I believe he won’t mind sharing them if requested!

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit (US$170 / S$230)

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit

Bellápierre Get Started Kit - powder makeup

Bellápierre Get Started Kit – powder makeup

Opening the sturdy paper box revealed the products neatly arranged and tightly secured in a plastic cast to prevent damage in transit. Product labels at the bottom of the pots are also cleverly displayed face up so that you don’t have to remove them one by one to find out what they are. However, I personally find the paper box outmoded (I can’t quite put my finger on it.. maybe it’s the black colour and tacky font) and underwhelming to the extent that I’d actually transfer the products to a more presentable-looking box if I were to gift this kit to someone else. For the price of US$170, surely the packaging could be designed to look more luxurious or contemporary?

Perhaps.. just perhaps, throwing in a cosmetic pouch for easy storage would help to make up for the lack of visual appeal (since the box does take up quite a bit of space).

Bellápierre Get Started Kit - brushes

Bellápierre Get Started Kit – brushes (Angled Blush Brush – S$40, Powder Brush – S$40, Concealer Brush – S$25)

Nevertheless, these shortcomings are negligible in comparison with the impressive spread of makeup tools and products this starter kit offers. In fact, I was quite amazed to find three quality face brushes (and bristles – with the exception of that of the concealer brush – well-protected with plastic brush guard, no less) for different purposes in there.

Let’s now take a closer look at every product in the kit, followed by two additional items which Bellápierre had included for my consideration. A short tutorial will also be incorporated in the review for the benefit of those without the instructional DVD.

Prices reflected in the captions are individual prices of the products. 

1. Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory (US$65 / S$95, also available in small size at S$60)

Mineral makeup, as you might already know, tend to be much more expensive than traditional ones. Unfortunately, Bellápierre is no exception and seems to be priced on the higher end of the scale than other popular brands around. But judging from the unwavering support Bellápierre has received from customers around the world, there must be something really unique about their products. My bet is on their Mineral Foundation which, apart from being a foundation, also functions as a concealer, SPF, finishing powder and setting powder. Don’t we all love versatility?!

On top of that, this 5-in-1 crowd favourite contains just four ingredients which Bellápierre (and, to be fair, many other mineral makeup brands as well) claimed to be natural. They are Mica for creating a healthy and effervescent glow, Zinc Oxides for their anti-inflammatory qualities, Iron Oxides for their rich pigment and resistance to moisture (hence allowing the foundation to be long-lasting), and Titanium Dioxide to protect the skin from UVA and UVB radiation.

I’m no Chemistry expert, so I did some research on the properties of these so-called skin-loving minerals to learn more about what I was going to apply on my acne-prone skin. While mineral makeup is frequently touted as a ‘natural alternative‘ to conventional cosmetics by marketers, some studies have raised concerns about these nano particles having unlimited access to our tissues and organs and may harm our cells in the long run. But then again, these are just speculations and there are no reports of such incidents thus far.

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation in Ivory

Another major reason why I’ve always preferred pressed powder to loose powder is the potential mess the latter can leave behind (and it doesn’t help that I’m allergic to dust too), hence I had always tried to avoid mineral makeup. True enough, the moment I peeled the protection seal off the sifter jar, I could instantly spot tiny powder particles scattering in the air under the sun rays that were shining through my windows. That was when I realised I had to dab my brush into all the face makeup in a plastic bag or risk turning my room into a horror movie setting.

I have to reiterate that this is a common problem with all loose powder makeup and not an isolated case by any means, so I don’t blame Bellápierre at all. If you have better ways of applying mineral makeup without creating much of a mess, please share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation - using Powder Brush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation – using Powder Brush no. 23

The Mineral Foundation comes in 10 shades with Ultra being the lightest and Double Cocoa the darkest. Like what Aviram usually does for his customers who are unsure of the shade which best matches them, he personally picked out Ivory, the second lightest shade, for my typical fair Asian skin tone.

In order to get some of the mineral powder on the sifter jar, I put the lid back on the pot, turned it upside down and tapped on it a few times. The tiny amount of powder that managed to pass through the sifter should be enough to correct minor flaws on the face. Sad to say, it barely concealed hyperpigmentation as I had to apply a thin layer of concealer beneath the foundation to hide most of them. Other than that, it does a fairly decent job in providing a beautifully even and natural finish on other areas that are not plagued by dark spots. *sobs* Why am I not blessed with good skin?😦

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre Mineral Foundation – using Concealer Brush no. 16

Switching to the concealer brush, I applied a layer of the foundation on my undereye to conceal my dark circles and it managed to lighten the inner corners and creases to some extent. Although the dark circles were still visible, I looked less like a zombie and more like a person who merely lost three hours of sleep that night.

2. Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (S$60)

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose (US$45)

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose

Complementing the look is a peachy soft pink blush in Desert Rose retained in the pot by a twist-and-lock sifter. It is one of the four shades available in the mineral blush range. Bellápierre mineral blushes are said to be talc-free, paraben-free and suitable for all skin types and conditions.

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose - blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Bellápierre Mineral Blush in Desert Rose – blending it out with Powder Blush no. 23

Three words for the application of this blush: Less is More.

As it was my first time experimenting with blush in loose powder form, I didn’t know how much of it my brush had to pick up to achieve my ideal intensity so I guess I had dabbed more than necessary. Clearly unprepared for what came next, I was slightly taken aback by intense pigmentation it lent my cheeks at first but I then realised the striking pink patch could be blended out easily with the powder blush. The final result is amazing! I love the pop of colour on my cheeks and how it seems to blend seamlessly into my foundation.

3. Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine (US$40 / S$60)

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Protection seal

Protection seal

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Angled Blush Brush no. 36

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – using Concealer Brush no. 16

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine - finishing it off

Bellápierre Mineral Bronzer in Starshine – finishing it off

No doubt, the Bellápierre Get Started Kit has quite a number of promising products but if I have to name a favourite, it’s got to be this lovely bronzer. Seriously, doesn’t it remind you of Tinkerbell’s glitter?!This brown bronzer gives life and adds dimensions to my pale face with its gorgeous golden finish. Contrary to my usual practice, I didn’t have to add any highlights to my cheekbones because the bronzer alone was already enough to contour my face to near-perfection with its shimmery qualities.

Like the blush, the mineral bronzers come with four shades to cater to different skin tones or moods!🙂

4. Mineral Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K (US$20 / S$40)

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K - after applying eye and brow makeup (not from the Bellápierre brand)

Bellápierre Lipstick in P.I.N.K – after applying eye and brow makeup (not from the Bellápierre brand)

Let’s be honest here – who else had thought that the concept of mineral makeup is only limited to loose powder? Formulated with natural waxes and mineral pigments, iron oxides and antioxidants such as Vitamin C and Vitamin E, Bellápierre lipsticks are the answer to natural sun protection for your kissers while imparting a ravishing wash of colour to spice them up.

P.I.N.K coats the lips with a rich, opaque layer of retro hot pink and a touch of shine. It glides on weightlessly and leaves a creamy and moistened texture to ensure that the lips stay hydrated under the blistering heat. Furthermore, it is long-lasting and goes well with all skin tones – definitely a shade that would become a staple in anyone’s makeup rotation!

Your favourite MAC lipstick shades - now with mineral ingredients!

Your favourite MAC lipstick shades – now with mineral ingredients!

5. Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony (US$15 / S$30)

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

The shimmer powders are the most versatile and cost-effective product in the Bellápierre collection. It can be used as an eye shadow using the tip of your finger, eyeliner using a wet thin brush, or lip gloss when accompanied with Bellápierre’s clear lipstick base. With over 50 vibrant shades to choose from, it is easy to find one that matches your preference!

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony

Bellápierre Shimmer Powder in Harmony (right lid)

Before (left lid) and after (right lid, raw)

Harmony is a rusty brown – a colour which I reckon most people would be comfortable using as an eye shadow. True to the description provided on the website, it is highly pigmented and does not budge an inch on sweaty eyelids.

A single pot can probably last at least a year since only a tiny amount of shimmer powder is needed for each application if used correctly. It is certainly a useful and value-for-money product with the only downside I can think of being slightly time-consuming (especially if time management isn’t your forte) as water has to be added to adjust the consistency and intensity to my liking. I guess to save time, you can try storing a pinch of the shimmer powder in a separate pot and add your desired amount of water so that you won’t have to repeat the same process everyday😀

Bellápierre Cosmetics

Bellápierre Cosmetics

Final look

Final look

I have never used any mineral makeup prior to Bellápierre so I can’t do a comparison with other brands. From my personal experience with Bellápierre, however, I must say that whatever I had heard about mineral makeup being able to deliver a breathable and natural feel is all true. But until there is mineral makeup in compact form, I would probably be using less of it (maybe not the bronzer.. too pretty to resist) because I shudder at the thought of having to vacuum my room more often than usual.

If the mess doesn’t bother you at all, do give Bellápierre a shot (psst.. get the Get Started Kit as it’s well worth the money)! I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with the results. What’s more, Lazada is offering Bellápierre products at a discount of up to 27%. If you happen to pass by their outlets, do check with the sales representative for special promotions for the day as well.

Are you a regular user of Bellápierre products? Do share with me your favourites in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!🙂

Bellápierre Cosmetics is available on Bellapierre.com, LAZADA.SG and at Century Square (#01-09), Jurong Point (#01-K7), One-KM (#01-K4) and Suntec City (#01-313) shopping centres. More information about their Singapore outlets can be found on their Facebook page.
DISCLAIMER: ALL PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE PRESS SAMPLES BUT OPINIONS, AS ALWAYS, ARE MY OWN.

REVIEW: Lancôme Juicy Shaker in #381 Mangoes Wild & #301 Meli Melon

Hello everyone!

Liquid and ombre lipsticks, BB and CC creams and blending sponges. These are just some examples of the breakthroughs in the beauty realm we have seen in the last few decades and are now part and parcel of our daily beauty routine. For centuries, new and innovative beauty products keep being developed and this doesn’t seem to be slowing down (oh, our poor wallets). Remember the frenzy surrounding Lancôme’s Juicy Tubes which sparked the lip gloss phenomenon in the early 2000s? Just when you thought the lip gloss craze is dying, we are presented with yet another trendsetter which will certainly reignite your love for gloss because something similar but EVEN BETTER  is hitting shores!

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This time, the creator of the lovely Juicy Tubes has revolutionised the cosmetics world once again with Juicy Shaker, a bi-phase lip oil that combines comfort with the colour impact of perfectly dosed pigments in a multitude of vibrant shades with an adjustable finish.

Paying homage to its predecessors – the Shaker and Juicy Tube, the Juicy Shaker marries an impressive range of flattering and wearable colours with zesty and fruity fragrances. The impeccable pairing of pigments and lipcare oils promises an incredibly soft and lightweight finish and a healthy shine on the lips – qualities of your regular gloss improved by a multitude of notches.

Shake it up!

Shake it up!

Most of the time when I review beauty products, I struggle finding their unique (and noteworthy) selling points to balance out their negative aspects (when I bash, I bash with grace) because whether we like it or not, everything is about the same. But I can go on and on about Juicy Shaker because everything about it is so distinctive. Besides the interesting packaging that’s molded after a cocktail shaker (complete with metal balls to mimic the effect of ice cubes hitting both ends of the mixer when you shake up the contents, no less), this product has also attained a couple of firsts. It comes with a sensorial, conical-shape cushion applicator to absorb just the right dose of formula for ultra-simple and intuitive application while to ensure the quintessence of gentleness. I swear my lips had never felt so pampered before.

Juicy Shaker cushion applicator

Juicy Shaker cushion applicator

The Juicy Shaker is also endowed with four precious oils with complementary properties which instantly offer lips with a smooth and plumped-up look. Peach kernel oil, for instance, provides the softening and nourishing effect while sweet almond oil leaves the lips supple and re-structured. Cranberry oil is an anti-oxidant which protects and promotes the restoration of the skin’s protective barrier with its richness in Omega 3 and 6. Musk rose oil, on the other hand, soothes the lips while helping to regenerate the skin and speed up any healing process (Hear ye, hear ye! People with lip picking habits!).

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “HOLY, THAT’S A LOT OF OIL! Isn’t it going to be super tacky?” Truth be told, that was my initial concern as well. In fact, tackiness is one of my biggest reasons for avoiding gloss because grrrrrr don’t you just hate it when strands of your hair get shrouded in sticky goo whenever you get hit by a sudden gust of wind? Gross. But my worries proved to be completely unfounded because not only does it lend a dazzling shine, there is absolutely no sticky sensation at all. OH JOY! You can try rubbing your lips together and they will literally glide off each other.

Swatches

Swatches

The texture of Juicy Shaker has definitely shone on my quality indicators for lip products but what about their application? I will be sharing my views based on the two shades I was given as press samples.

#381 in Mangoes Wild

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in #381 Mangoes Wild

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in #381 Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Juicy Shaker #381 in Mangoes Wild

Mangoes Wild, a favourite of Lily Collin and also mine, is described as an orange-pink with a sweet and intense scent of mango… and watermelon. I would say it leans more to the pink side with very negligible amount of orange undertones. It is sheer, emollient and it hugs to the lips. Perhaps due to its darker pigmentation, it feels thicker than Meli Melon upon application.

With oil as the main ingredient, however, comes an unsurprising downside: the lip oil would not be able to withstand eating, drinking and even more so, a little lip-locking (but I can guarantee that your partner would be tempted for more because those lips smell alluring and orgasmic *wink*). But the Juicy Shakers are packaged in such a way that they won’t occupy a lot space in your handbag so that you can bring yours along wherever you go and touch up whenever necessary.

#301 in Meli Melon

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in #301 Meli Melon

Lancôme Juicy Shaker in #301 Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Juicy Shaker #301 in Meli Melon

Meli Melon is described as a smooth and juicy pink with a perfectly-ripe melon scent. The lustrous texture (more so than Mangoes Wild) creates a natural pout effect to make the lips look fuller. It is sheer but conceals fine lines very well. But because it’s so sheer, I had to apply several times to achieve the light pink above or it would be almost unnoticeable on my lips. Fair skin would probably bring out the soft tone better.

Due to the thinner texture of the Juicy Shaker coupled with the thickness of the applicator, the product tends to bleed slightly especially at the corners of the mouth. Still, despite the minor drawback, these nourishing lip oils contain a truck load of pigment that intensifies with each application.

You can even do an ombre with two or more Juicy Shaker shades! Check out my subtle ombre - Mangoes Wild on the inner lips and Meli Melon on the outer!

You can even do an ombre with two or more Juicy Shaker shades! Check out my subtle ombre – Mangoes Wild on the inner lips and Meli Melon on the outer!

Lancôme proves themselves yet again to be ahead of the game by releasing 20 irresistible shades for the conventional and bold, all further characterised by their own scent so pronounced that you can get a whiff of the tropical fragrance the moment you uncap the bottle. God probably designed the nose above the lips for moments like this, where you to be enjoy the pleasure of smelling the delectable scent of food for as long as thirty minutes before it wanes.

All 20 shades with their complementing fragrance
(S$36 each)

Mango Wild (381) – mango-scented orange-pink*
Berry in Love (283) – blackberry-scented pinkish-purple*
Cherry Symphony (151) – cherry-scented bright red*
Apri-cute (102) – apricot-scented orange*
Lemon Explosion (300) – energy drink-scented rose (limited edition)*
Mint to Be (400) – mint-scented blue
Walk the Lime (166) – lime-scented orange 
It’s My Jam (172) – strawberry jam-scented intense red
Piece of Cake (201) – almond-scented tea brown
Good Kara-Mel (271) – caramel-scented praline brown
Berry Tale (372) – blackcurrant-scented berry pink
Great-Fruit (154) – grapefruit-scented orange
Wonder Melon (352) – watermelon-scented fuchsia
Show Me the Honey (112) – honey-scented syrupy golden
Vanilla Pop (252) – vanilla-scented rosewood red
Bohemian Raspberry (341) – raspberry-scented bluish-pink
Boom-Meringue (313) – lemon meringue-scented orange-pink
Spice It Up (240) – gingerbread-scented cinnamon brown
Meli-Melon (301) – melon-scented pink
Freedom of Peach (142) – peach-scented orange

*star shades

[COMPLIMENTARY MAKEOVER]

Want to have a look and feel of Juicy Shaker before committing to a purchase? Sign up for a complimentary Juicy Shakeover (makeover) here!

Don’t you just love the pun-intended names of the shades?

[CONTEST]
Pucker up for a showdown

Ready to #bantheboring? Take part in a beauty pageant just for lips with Lancôme!
Create your Shake Tape wearing a Juicy Shaker shade and hash tagging #juicyshakersg #lancomesg #bantheboring. You could be one of the six winners to walk away with three shades of the Juicy Shaker! The contest will end on 29 June.

For a chance to win THREE shades of Juicy Shaker, follow these steps:

1. Do the Shake Tape at dv.sg/shaketape-fiona
2. Upload to Facebook and Instagram (optional)
3. Use the 4th pose of your Shake Tape as the thumbnail
4. Hashtag your video with #juicyshakersg #lancomesg #bantheboring

The Shake Tape with the most likes each week, wins!

Thanks for reading!

The Juicy Shaker IS available at all Singapore Lancôme counters for S$36 each.
Disclaimer: ALL Products featured are press samples but opinions, as always, are my own.

[FOOD NEWS] Kay Lee Roast Meat opens 7th outlet at Bukit Batok

Hello everyone!

There is now another reason to journey to the west of Singapore for popular roast meat joint Kay Lee Roast Meat has announced the opening of its first outlet in the west at 21 Bukit Batok Crescent. The chain’s seventh outlet, which will open its doors on 15th June at WCEGA Tower, will offer a part of the local iconic roast of more than 40 years. Being a Bukit Batok resident for the first 23 years of my life, I’m both thrilled and delighted that more established F&B brands are seeing potential in this mature town not widely known for its food offerings.

credit: Aztech Group

credit: Aztech Group

Legendary Dark Char Siew

Using only high quality marbled pork glazed in Kay Lee’s special home-made sweet and savoury sauce, the Char Siew are freshly and painstakingly grilled to perfection by their experienced chefs.

Signature Roast Duck

Marinated with 11 different herbs and spices for 24 hours, Kay Lee preserves its tradition by roasting the ducks over charcoal stoves to perfection. Each duck is meticulously seasoned and roasted by their experienced chefs for 6 hours. The duck skin is crispy to the gentlest bite while its meat retains its full flavour and texture.

Crackling Roast Pork

Kay Lee’s signature Crackling Roasted Pork has puffed crisp skin that crackles with every bite.

Kay Lee started out at Upper Paya Lebar Road (a few minutes away from Tai Seng MRT station) and was originally run by an elderly couple who had since sold their eatery to Aztech Group in 2014 for S$4 million as their children were not interested to carry on with the family business. With its original outlet still standing strong, the new owners have gone on to expand its reach to consumers in the central and eastern regions of Singapore.

Are you excited about this new addition to Bukit Batok? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!

Kay Lee Roast Meat (Bukit Batok)
WCEGA Tower
Ground Floor, 21 Bt Batok Crescent
Singapore 658065
Operating hours: Mondays to Saturdays, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Bus services: 41, 183 (from Jurong East MRT) or 77, 106 (from Bukit Batok MRT)
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