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 Ox. Since Valentine’s Day falls on the same weekend as Chinese New Year, why not splash your cash on our top CNY makeup, skincare and bath picks?
Best limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products
This CNY, Charlotte Tilbury’s highly-raved Magic Cream ($150) takes on a new avatar in the form of gold-studded red packaging. That’s not all. Attain the perfect pout with three limited edition Matte Revolution lipstick shades ($52 each), also encased in a lucky red packaging with gold details. There’s Rose Wish (a muted matte brick red), Lucky Cherry (bright as day) and Sweet Blossom (a creamy rusty rose).
Charlotte Tilbury, available at Sephora
Get down and bubbly with Lush’s iteration of the ancient dragon dance. FYI, the traditional dance is performed to chase away evil spirits. Well, it’s not quite the same for the Dragon Legend bubble stick ($15). You’ll enjoy fragrant jasmine and ylang-ylang bubbles with a bright orange tint in the tub. The Godiva Lucky Coin Shampoo Bar ($28) literally washes away all the nasties with shine-enhancing and soothing camellia oil. Why not invite the symbol of luck in the shower too?
Lush, available online and at multiple locations including VivoCity, Orchard Gateway and Suntec City
L’occitane’s Immortelle Reset Serum ($135) gets a sweet red and yellow CNY tint. Get your hands on the 50ml jumbo size! Or snap up the Almond Milk Concentrate ($89), Almond Shower Oil ($39) or Lunar New Year Hand Cream Trio ($43) – all of which come in a limited edition Year of the Ox design. Finally, the Divine Cream Grand Cruz ($190) also goes jumbo this year in a 65ml luxurious gold jar. We’re swooning.
L’occitane, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard and Paragon
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 nine designs 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., $14.90; enjoy an early bird price of $12.90 from Jan 21-24, available online and at multiple locations including Sift & Pick and Design Orchard
Fair warning to ardent fans of the Advanced Night Repair ($175), Pure Colour Envy Lipstick ($52), Soft Glow Matte Cushion Compact ($75) and Colour Envy EyeShadow Palette ($75). You’ll be gushing over the red and gold peony motifs (we are, for sure!). The flowering of peonies signify an optimistic look towards the future – exactly what we need.
Estee Lauder, available online and at multiple locations including Isetan, Tangs and Sephora
Witness your Fenty Beauty faves in a new light as the brand launches an oh-so-chic Lip + Luminizer Set ($85). Glide on the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing to sparkle from head to toe at all your CNY visits. Finish off with the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky for a touch of shimmery bright red and orange tint.
Fenty Beauty, available at Sephora
Tom Ford’s making the most of the Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day weekend with a collection suited for both occasions. Decked in soft pink hues, the limited edition Rose Prick collection comes in Cushion Compact (from $58), Lip Colour Satin Matte ($76), Eye Colour Quad in Body Heat ($127) and Private Blend Rose Prick Eau de Perfume ($478 for 50ml).
Tom Ford, available at multiple locations including Tangs and Takashimaya
The best-selling Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion ($63) sees red this Chinese New Year. Get your hands on the red and gold glass bottle to usher in good luck and great skin. Oh, and you can also recycle the sustainably packed bottle or repurpose it as a cool decorative piece for the home.
Origins, available online and at multiple locations including Ion Orchard, Metro, BHG and Sephora
Clinique welcomes a special guest this year – Little Mo. Just like how the hard-working ox is reliable, honest and earnest, the collection will also help you see through bumps. Sparkle like it’s hot with the adorable ox-embossed Cheek Pop Highlighter ($40). Treat your skin after days of CNY snacks and late nights with the Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector+Interrupter ($150), Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ ($60) and Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion ($85).
Clinique, available at multiple locations including Tangs, Metro and Takashimaya
Now that you’re equipped with the best Chinese New Year beauty products, what are your reunion dinner plans?