Chinese New Year heralds the new, and a deluge of its associated traditions come with celebrating a fresh beginning.
There’s spring cleaning, where the old gets thrown out to make room for more, and then the necessity of shopping for a festive wardrobe during visitation. Why stop there, though? This Year of the Rat, really laud the turn of time by giving your vanity section a much-needed upgrade with any of these limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products.
You’re hitting two birds with one stone — filling the gaps in your vanity post-spring clean, and these products also help you put your best face forward. Clothes alone don’t do the trick.
Sulwhasoo’s bestselling product gets an all-red makeover for Chinese New Year. This exclusive First Care Activating Serum EX comes redesigned by Antoinette Poisson, a French craftsman who has worked with brands like Gucci and Diptyque, with its award-winning formula housed in a red lacquer bottle and a striking box decorated in gold peonies.
S$195. Available at Sulwhasoo counters islandwide.
Zoeva’s brushes are so well-loved because the quality goes above and beyond its wallet-friendly price point. If you haven’t yet hopped on the bandwagon, or if you’re eyeing a new brush kit after throwing out your mouldy old unwashed set, then get yourself this Lucky Luxe Brush kit, replete with all the essentials you need and more.
S$142. Available at Sephora.
Everyone’s favourite Estée Lauder product returns with a Lunar New Year facelift, this time inspired by Chinese mythology. With delicate charms to recall auspicious motifs for the festive occasion, alongside golden clouds on the bottle itself, this is bound to bring you and your skin health luck.
S$175. Available at Sephora.
Keep your makeup on lock through an entire day of festive feasting and visiting with Laura Mercier’s cult setting powder, redesigned with a scarlet screw-top and cloud-like emblems for Chinese New Year.
S$70. Available at Sephora.
Lancôme celebrates the new year by swapping out its cult serum’s signature dusky grey bottle for a bright red vial that demands attention. Revamped packaging aside, the product is still the one you know and love, fortified with prebiotics and probiotics to fortify your skin’s microbiome and calm sensitivity.
S$130. Available at Lancôme counters islandwide.
Becca pushes out a limited-edition redesign of its famous highlighter in the shade “Moonstone” for Chinese New Year, shirking gunmetal grey for a muted gold-and-silver combination on the packaging. Open the compact and you’ll find that the highlighter itself is pressed with an adorable rat motif — a nice little surprise every time you use the product.
S$60. Available at Sephora.
Not all of us enjoy being clad in red from head-to-toe, but that is little reason to exclude the hue from your Chinese New Year outfit. Keep on theme by choosing to wear a striking red lipstick, like Charlotte Tilbury’s option. This matte formula also has the bonus of being very long-wearing, so it’ll survive the onslaught of pineapple tarts and bak kwa slices throughout the day.
S$50. Available at Sephora.
Spending your whole day out and about in Singapore’s humid weather does your immaculately put-together makeup look. This is where Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray comes in. Formulated to gridlock your makeup and safeguard it against all the weather can throw at you, this spray is essential to anyone’s vanity, and now you can have it in a festive red, black and gold rendition.
S$118. Available at Sephora.
Nars’ Singapore-exclusive eyeshadow quad already comes with colours befitting of the Lunar New Year, enhanced by the fact that the brand has given the packaging an overhaul with graphic red and gold art, as intensely striking as the eyeshadows themselves.
S$80. Available at Sephora.