Keep your makeup on fleek with limited edition products that can be used beyond the Lunar New Year.
We’re seeing red this Lunar New Year – and it’s not limited to the ang baos, cheongsams, bak kwa and CNY decor. Makeup brands are reeling in the season with limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products. Look out for regal packaging and brand new shades and motifs that celebrate the Year of the Tiger. Since Valentine’s Day falls on the same month as Chinese New Year, why not splash your cash on our top CNY makeup, skincare, fragrance and bath picks?
Best limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products
1. Gucci Beauty
Emitting old Shanghai glam vibes, Gucci Beauty’s Lunar New Year 2022 collection recalls an era when beauty packaging was envisioned as objects of art and decoration. We’re particularly keen to get our hands on the new Rouge à Lèvres Voile ($59). The lipstick’s porcelain effect ivory lacquered tube comes in a vintage-inspired design with blue roses and a gold ribbed metal bottom. Aside from shades of red like 25* Goldie Red and 203 Mildred Rosewood, the new collection debuts 520 Marina Scarlet, a new festive red with rich orange undertones. The sheer lipstick offers a pop of colour and can be applied to your cheeks too.
Gucci Beauty, available online and at Gucci Beauty counters at Takashimaya, Tangs, BHG and Metro
Lancome’s Advanced Genifique Serum ($135) comes in a jumbo 100ml bottle inspired by the Beijing opera. The packaging reinterprets the femininity, modernity and impact of the traditional performing art. What a refreshing sight from all the tiger fatigue – not that we’re complaining!
Lancome, available online and via Lazada
3. Dr. Dennis Gross
The Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels ($135) will be decked out in auspicious red and gold this year. Chase dull skin, excess oil and impurities away, and attain radiance with this fast-acting, two-step daily treatment. Just the kind of ‘red packet’ we love!
Dr. Dennis Gross, available from 27 January, online and at Sephora
4. Charlotte Tilbury
This CNY, Charlotte Tilbury’s popular Matte Revolution lipstick ($52) takes on a new avatar in the form of red tiger stripes. That’s not all. Attain the perfect pout with three limited-edition lipstick shades. There’s Only Muse (the perfect nude), Walk of a Star (if you like your nude a little bolder) and K-Romance (a deep plum colour).
Charlotte Tilbury, available at Sephora
L’occitane presents three exclusive launches, all dressed up for the festive season. Select from the Immortelle Reset Serum ($135), Almond Shower Oil ($39) and Almond Milk Concentrate ($89). Get ready for glowy skin!
L’occitane, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard and Paragon
6. Emery & Co.
No need to top up extra dough for special nail art. Just pick one of the many nail sticker designs at Emery & Co. The homegrown nail wrap brand ushers in the New Year with over 10 designs (from $14.90) that reflect spring’s festivities. And it’s not your standard red-on-red-on-red hoopla. Select from yellow and brown, gold and grey, purple and white, or blue and nude palettes decked in cultural motifs.
Emery & Co., available online and at multiple locations including Sift & Pick and Design Orchard
7. Huda Beauty
Keep your eyeshadow game fierce and fine with Huda Beauty’s Tiger Wild Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette Lunar New Year palette ($43). The nine shades come in a mix of yellow, orange, pink and brown matte, metallic and shimmer to build the perfect smokey eye. Oh, and the palette is encased in a stunning tiger motif cover.
Huda Beauty, available online and at Sephora stores
8. Estee Lauder
Fair warning to ardent fans of the Advanced Night Repair ($177), Blush and Highlighter Palette ($66) and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex ($111). You’ll be gushing over the ‘lucky red’ colours clad in luxurious tiger motifs (we are, for sure!).
Estee Lauder, available online and at multiple locations including Isetan, Tangs and Sephora
9. Mac Cosmetics
Red not your thing? Mac Cosmetics turns to cool blue, pink and purple hues with tiger CNY inspired designs for the Lunar New Year edition of its Powder Kiss lipstick ($36). Add life to your pout with Pure Luck (a matte dirty red shade), Enveloped in Luck (neutral pink), If Wishes Were Roses (vibrant pink red) and Push Your Luck (neutral orange).
Mac Cosmetics, available online and at multiple locations islandwide including Sephora
Want to add an extra special gift to your loved one, along with their ang bao? Laneige’s Water Sleeping Mask comes in a cool festive gift set (($45) complete with tiger illustrations so there’s no need for wrapping. It also has mini versions including the sweet-smelling berry flavour.
Laneige, available online and at Sephora stores
Now that you’re equipped with the best Chinese New Year beauty products, what are your reunion dinner plans?