Whether you admit it or not, part of the excitement of Chinese New Year really is the excuse for a no-holds-barred shopping trip.
New purchases have become such a big part of celebrating the festival, all in the name of doing away with the old and welcoming the new. By this theory then, why stop at clothes, shoes, and accessories, when you can also have brand new makeup and skincare products to welcome in the year’s new zodiac.
Each packaged in auspicious colours of red and gold, these limited edition beauty picks are more than just a pretty face for your vanity table; they’re also the cream of the crop when it comes to putting your best face forward during parties and the inevitable Zoom calls with friends and loved ones. After all, there are few things that can brighten up a face quite like a sprightly red lipstick or well-formulated moisturiser can.
Here are the best Chinese New Year beauty specials to shop for this year.
Inspired by hugs, kisses, and happy reunions (basically things we could all use right now), this special edition Facial Treatment Essence comes packaged in a vibrant red bottle with bold gold brush strokes to put you into the festive mood instantly. Inside, the brand’s most sought-after product remains unchanged, with more than 90 percent Pitera to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while moderating the skin’s surface renewal cycle to reveal brighter skin. Perfect for prepping your skin with ahead of the celebrations, or as a thoughtful gifts for loved ones you can’t wait to see.
Available at Sephora and all SK-II counters nationwide.
Haven’t managed to snag a manicure appointment before the festivities? Singapore’s homegrown nail wrap brand, Emery & Co. has launched its inaugural Chinese New Year collection so you can still get pretty nails with hardly any effort at all. Each laden with Chinese motifs like the lion dance, koi, and spring florals, the handy stickers can be easily applied in only two steps; simply wrap the design around your nail, and file them down to fit. Besides, they’re an easy way to match your wardrobe, sans the hassle of attempting to decorate your own nails.
Trust Dr. Dennis Gross to remind us about the virtues of exfoliating ahead of the Lunar New Year. The cult classic takes the shelves with a suitably different guise this year with limited edition packaging — adorned in auspicious hues of red and gold — makes for a great vanity table addition, and as a little treat comes with five extra bonus treatments. Inside, the daily peels contain AHAs and BHAs, as well as antioxidants and vitamins, to remove dry skin and excess oil and impurities, leaving your pores smaller and your skin more balanced.
If you could only choose one lip colour to herald in the new zodiac with, let it be a good red. Gucci’s latest trio of limited edition lipsticks were perfectly curated for the festivities, especially since their Art Deco-inspired etched gold tubes are now rendered an eye-catching red. Two iconic shades — 25 Goldie Red and 505 Janet Rust — and a brand new one called 513 Emmy Red all imbue luck, joy and happiness, and will be just the vibrant, confidence-boosting accessory you’ll need for the holidays and beyond.
513 Emmy Red is exclusive to the Gucci Beauty Counter at BHG Bugis, while 25 Goldie Red and 505 Janet Rust are available at Gucci Beauty counters at Takashimaya, BHG Bugis Junction, TANGS at Tang Plaza, Sephora ION and online at Sephora.sg, Tangs.com, and BHG and Takashimaya e-shop.
Even Kiehl’s frills-free packaging has taken a backseat this Lunar New Year. In place of its typical product description is now an ethereal work of art by Chinese-born Canadian illustrator Weitong Ma, who’s known for using delicate lines and rich colours to create beautifully whimsical pieces. Inside, the brand’s best-selling moisturiser is now formulated with Glacial Glycoprotein and olive-derived Squalane to leave skin immediately hydrated and with a smooth, healthy-looking finish, without even a hint of greasiness.
As the eighth edition and most potent formula since its first launch in 1985, The iconic Double Serum has been a luxurious and well-loved addition to skincare routines for its innovative formulation. For the festivities, the potent 21-plant extract formula comes packaged in a new and luxurious 75ml bottle, a bigger version that’s cost- and time-saving in the long run. The anti-ageing formula address five vital skin functions — hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, protection, and revitalisation — via two separate vials within to keep the golden serum stable, ensuring its maximum anti-ageing efficacy.
Whether you like to pat on like a stain or glide on for a fuller pout, Charlotte Tilbury’s three new red shades will have you sorted for the Lunar New Year. Encased in limited edition red packaging, these limited edition lipsticks have been created to flatter every complexion, whether its the Matte Revolution in Rose Wish (a muted brick red), the Matte Revolution in Lucky Cherry (a bright cherry red), or K.I.S.S.I.N.G in Sweet Blossom (a luminous rusty rose). Each shade has been formulated to be long-lasting and incredibly hydrating, with antioxidants to help soften and condition throughout the day.
Charlotte Tilbury’s limited edition lipsticks will launch on 21 January 2021 at Sephora stores and online.
Givenchy’s best-selling shade, Mousseline Pastel No.1 has gotten a red leather and gold makeover this year as part of the celebrations. As the only loose powder that combines four different colours, it corrects and brightens the skin simultaneously, with a light-as-air texture that offers up to six hours of radiance. As an exquisite touch, even the powder’s sieve comes in the shape of the recognisable 4G logo, making touch-ups a more enjoyable affair.
Created to celebrate the beauty of resilience and a reminder of the power within us, Iron Reds is a collection of 11 rich and powerful shades of red — ranging from orange-tinted scarlet hues to rusty browns — that have been formulated with Asian skin in mind. The limited edition series of highly pigmented rouge now comes dressed in red and a splash of gold to signify prosperity and confidence.
Rich with notes of ripe pears and bouquets of white freesias, amber, and patchouli, Jo Malone’s signature fragrance transcends trends and seasons, even though it was actually made to evoke the essence of autumn. For the festivities, the quintessentially English scent is bottled in a limited edition bottle with elegant gold and white florals, inspired, of course, by its ingredients. An exclusive hongbao set accompanies each purchase of the fragrance.