Great for gifts or for when you need to match your festive garb, these limited-edition beauty must-haves will have you looking your best when you go out and bai leen  during Chinese New Year.


Released just before the end of 2016, well in advance of the Year of the Rooster, M.A.C.’s Chinese New Year campaign is inspired by a retro, mysterious, smokey look (think Dream of the Red Chamber meets In the Mood for Love) complete with feminine, deep-red floral box packaging that collectors will love. The brand has come up with a selection of tried and true favourites, from ruby red lips (HK$160) such as its best-selling Russian Red matte lip shade, to soft pink blushes (HK$210) for a demure look on the cheeks. The standout product is the eyeshadow palette (HK$360), a set of nine reliable and wearable eyeshadows with, all in earthy, mauve, gold and brown tones. If you’re shopping for someone super practical, this is one to go for.

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Giving its best-selling colour-correcting pigment quad a Year of the Rooster makeover, Givenchy’s Prisme Libre gets a luxe leathery finish in bright red and gold (HK$505), perfect for the Chinese New Year gifting season — or maybe it’ll be something for yourself to perk up your makeup bag. You’ll brighten up your complexion too of course — as Givenchy fans may already know, the translucent, loose pigments in four pastel shades are made to complement your skin tone for an even and mattified finish that lasts all day.

Lane Crawford, 3 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, +852 2115 9959,

YSL Beauté

New for the Lunar New Year season, YSL is presenting a shiny, limited-edition collector’s blush palette (HK$450) decked out in gold, with a firecracker-red tassel, mimicking a seasonal fai chun banner, which displays the iconic Cassandre YSL logo front and center. Inside, the blush is a pretty, shimmery peach shade with light gold flecks — fitting and flattering for all complexions — and it also comes with a highlight in the corresponding gold shade. To accompanying this new release, you’ll want to complete the collection with YSL bestsellers such as the Vinyl Cream Lip Stain, the Touche Eclat highlighter, the Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils and a bright red Rouge Volupte Shine lippie.

YSL Beauté, Shop 2117, Level 2, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, West Kowloon, Hong Kong, +852 3192 4338,

Giorgio Armani

If you’re looking for a powder compact that will keep your complexion flawless during the day — and your spirits fully festive for the Year of the Rooster — the limited-edition Armani Glow illuminating compact powder (HK$560) is the way to go. Retaining its sleek curved shape, the new design for the highlight palette gets an intense red-lacquer lid, embossed with the Chinese character for luck. Inside, a minimalistic rooster design is stamped within a translucent, lightly shimmery pressed powder.

Giorgio Armani, Shop 109-A, Landmark Chater, 8 Connaught Road Central, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2532 7733,


Feeling like your skin needs to rise from the ashes after 2016’s holiday party season? You might want to look to SK-II’s popular and powerful Facial Treatment Essence, which also gets a makeover this January in time for Chinese New Year, with a limited-edition bottle design featuring the graceful and mighty phoenix. Launched exclusively in Asia, the colourful design was created with the flowing Japanese ink marbling technique of Suminigashi. Tried-and-true fans of the facial treatment essence can dive in and purchase the limited edition for HK$1,280 for 230ml, or those new to the product can try the SK-II Pitera Trial set (HK$690), a four-step introductory box set exclusive only to this season.

SK-II, Shop No. 1091A, Level 1, IFC Mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong, +852 2831 9836,


Sure you’ll be surrounded by ubiquitous flowers of various auspicious meanings for Chinese New Year, but how about indulging yourself from head to toe in the rejuvenating scent of roses? For those who love Jurlique’s signature rosewater balancing mist and rose hand cream, you’re in luck: The Aussie botanical brand has put together these two luxurious bestsellers for the spring season in an Iconic Rose Collection set ($490), which is equally great for gifting and pampering yourself at home.

Jurlique, Shop B229A, Times Square, 1 Matheson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, +852 2506 3028,

Evelyn Lok
Managing 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.