Microdermabrasion facial at True Shape – a review

True Shape facial Singapore

I used another daily deal for my first facial in the new year. As I quite liked the dermabrasion facial which I experienced at Mary Chia, I decided to go for another facial that includes this treatment.  This time I chose True Shape in the Adelphi in Coleman Street.

Entrance and welcome

True Shape doesn’t have the splendor entrance of some of the beauty spas. Instead it’s a welcoming and functioning space where I was welcomed with a smile. After filling in a short form I was led to the treatment room, which was basic, but clean and functional. There was a space to put my belongings and a warm enough towel / blanket provided to lie under to protect me from the cold.


True Shape treatment roomIt was nice that the therapist could speak english and explain the treatment to me. The treatment started with the dermabrasion which is basically an exfoliation of the outermost layer of skin via the mechanical abrasion of a diamond-tipped head. To me it feels like a little vacuum cleaning the skin.

After that my face was cleaned and steam was applied and some mild extraction took place afterwards. This was followed by a mask during which I also got a shoulder massage.

What I liked about this treatment

This was a no fuss basic facial that had the extra benefit of the microdermabrasion. I thought it was very professionally done, by a friendly therapist and effort was made to make the facial very comfortable. I’m quite of fan of microdermabrasion as well as the traditional steam and my face felt very fresh, clean and soft afterwards.

What could be improved

Quite a few requirements of my  ‘how to get a facial right in 8 steps‘ list were met. However, it would have been nice to receive a massage for the full length of the mask. I would also have liked to have some coverings on my eyes during the mask. Although the treatment rooms were functional, they did not have closed walls. This meant that you could hear everything happening outside. Although voices were kept quiet, for me it still is too much noise to get a full relaxation.


This is a very effective facial to achieve soft, clear and lighter skin. Set in a no fuss enviroment with professional therapists in a friendly atmosphere. If you do not require complete quietness during your facial, then this is a good place to go.

True Shape
No. 1 Coleman Street
#03-03 The Adelphi
Singapore 179803
Phone: 63366596
Website: www.trueshape.com.sg

5 comments… add one
  • Tanya January 21, 2011, 6:10 pm

    I also tried this facial through the Deal website and my experience was very similar to yours. I enjoyed the facial and my skin feels smooth, but it wasn’t quite the peaceful setting that I hope for when I get a facial. They did put coverings over my eyes during the mask — just moistened cotton pads, though. The staff were very professional, friendly, and did not do the hard-sell thing that so many spas do which (for me) can totally ruin the experience. They offered a package of 10 facials, but I said I needed some time to see results and think about it. They accepted this and gave me a business card.

    Have you ever tried Porcelain the Face Spa? They offer a promotion rate for first timers. They did an *amazing* job on my skin, especially on extractions, but service wasn’t great.

  • Sylvia January 21, 2011, 7:36 pm

    Hi Tanya,

    Thanks for your feedback. Yes they were very friendly and to me that’s very important. I have not been to Porcelain yet. Still on my list of places I want to visit!

  • Skin Affairs July 15, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Hi Sylvia,

    We are a beauty salon in MY – though i am in Singapore. I thoroughly enjoyed your posting and a good reminder on how a salon should be run.

    Cheers and happy facialing…:-)

  • Xeraphina October 2, 2011, 11:06 am

    Hi, may I know how much the microdermabrasion facial cost for 1 session?

  • Sylvia October 2, 2011, 7:14 pm

    Hi Xeraphina, Not sure about the cost, but i checked their website at http://www.trueshape.com.sg and currently they are promoting the dermabrasion facial at $28 which seems like an amazing deal.

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