Treat yourself and your loved ones to these stunning limited edition must-haves for your beauty drawer this Chinese New Year.

Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Magic Cream

The award-winning Charlotte’s Magic Cream gets dressed for the holidays in a sharp, auspicious red lid. The cream has been beloved the world over for its miracle-making properties, featuring a ‘magic eight’ matrix of skin-saving ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, bionymph peptide, vitamins c and e, rosehip oil, camellia oil and more to moisturise and heal the skin’s protective barrier. Style up your nighttime skincare routine with this gorgeous limited edition pot.

Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Gift Set

Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet in #58 is the quintessential luminous matte red lip that can take you from boardroom to date night, Christmas to Chinese New Year and beyond. It’s wrapped up in style for CNY, with a limited edition red case as a symbol of luck, paired with #43 La Favorite, a luminous coral, and #57 Rouge Feu in black lacquered tubes for an exclusive Lunar New Year trio. Any box set of Chanel’s makes for an elegant gifting option, but we’re especially keen to treat ourselves to this gorgeous limited edition.

Shiseido Beauty Blossoms Limited Edition Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact

Collaborating with Japanese artist Hideki Inaba, Shiseido’s ode to Lunar New Year comes in a profusion of flowers in red and gold. For a fresh complexion to face the new year, the Synchro Skin Glow Cushion Compact is the way to go, with the popular imperfection-blurring, SPF23 foundation available with a collectible case — they’re sold separately to the original refills, so loyal fans can snap on their existing compacts with no fuss. The Beauty Blossoms collection also includes a fabulous lipstick quintet with box packaging featuring the art of Hideki Inaba, and the bestselling Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, decorated with a dazzling floral design in gold.

MAC Lunar Illusions Collection

With the gorgeous pastel hues of popular Chinese period show Story of Yanxi Palace still fresh on our minds, MAC Cosmetics’ 12-piece limited edition collection for the Lunar New Year is an eclectic spin on traditional Chinese motifs. The makeup looks are all about fresh new beginnings, with clean, minimal colour on the lids and an eye catching shade on the lips. Everything, from the decorative box packaging to the wearable bold and demure shades, make each item equally covetable. We’re particularly obsessed with the Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighter, embossing a cool-toned shimmer in a stunning Imperial dragon.

Lancôme Advanced Genifique Lunar New Year Limited Edition Collection

Lancôme’s iconic ‘little black bottle’ of Advanced Genifique normally flies off the shelves, beloved by those seeking to banish pesky wrinkles, heal a ravaged skin barrier and regain their youthful complexion. Celebrating the new year with auspicious hues, the little black bottle is now in a bold, bombastic red, celebrating 2020 with fireworks on the flacon. The whole line gets dressed for the occasion, too, with the Advanced Genifique Eye Light-Pearl and Eye Cream also available in a Lunar New Year Limited Edition.

A 100ml bottle of Advanced Genifique is already priced at HK$1,555, but wise beauty lovers will want to opt for the Lunar New Year Limited Gift Set, which for the same price, packs the Advanced Genifique with nine other products (including two travel sizes of the Advanced Genifique serum itself) altogether in a classy red makeup box.

Benefit Brows & New Beginnings!

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Brows & New Beginnings! Limited Edition Set (HK$300)

When it comes to the season of family gatherings, sometimes going for a traditionally demure makeup look would take you further than going for shocking bright hues — especially when your lai see income is on the line and you’ve got elders to impress. Going from house to house to greet relatives on Chinese New Year Day? This gorgeous new travel set makes it easy for you to freshen up your look on the go, packing mini-sizes of the lightly luminescent Porefessional Pearl Primer, Precisely, My Brow Pencil, Dandelion Brightening Finishing Powder and the fiery Lovetint for adding a lively rouge to your lips and cheeks.

Atelier Cologne Santal Carmin

Atelier Cologne’s first-ever Lunar New Year limited edition pairs a sophisticated new red bottle with an elegant, warm and smokey fragrance, Santal Carmin, from its Haute Couture collection. Santal Carmin is described as a perfume of strength and resilience, counterbalancing the fresh notes of Italian bergamot with the rich, powerful notes of Australian sandalwood and guaiac wood from Central America — both traditionally used as incense and spiritual smudging. Embossed with a golden lotus flower as a symbol of prosperity, purity and grit for the new year, the new gift set is not just dazzling to the eye, but also makes for a meaningful present to your loved ones.

SK-II Pitera Essence Limited Edition

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Pitera Essence (HK$1,574/230ml)

SK-II’s Pitera Facial Treatment Essence needs little introduction, having retained its award-winning formula for 39 years. For the ‘Year of the Mouse,’ it’s teamed up with a kindred spirit with an even longer heritage — Mickey Mouse. Celebrating its 90th anniversary last year, the original Disney Mickey Mouse has been making its rounds across some of our favourite brands recently. Disney and fashion fans alike will definitely want to get their hands on this iconic new release to add to their collection of special edition SK-II Pitera Essence bottles.

Nars Chinese New Year Limited Edition Collection

This Chinese New Year limited edition collection plucks out some of Nars’ best selling cult classics and adorns them in a new collectible case clad in red and gold. Amongst new cushion compact cases, an upgraded sheer setting powder, and hydrating Afterglow lip balms that get the CNY treatment, we’re also obsessed with the revamp of the popular Singapore Quad Eyeshadow. Featuring four shades of flattering russet and bronze shimmers, the new case design of gold brushstrokes on metallic red are a match made in heaven.

 

Evelyn Lok
Deputy Editor
When not trying out the latest beauty and wellness trends, Evelyn is likely enjoying a perfectly balanced negroni or exploring some of Hong Kong's best new places to eat and drink. At Lifestyle Asia she covers everything from the biggest events in town to interviews with Hong Kong specialists, with topics spanning art, food and drink, health, tech, and travel.