Just when you thought you’re done collecting limited edition beauty drops over the holiday season, the advent of Lunar New Year sees a slew of pretty, shiny things inducing another round of FOMO. Dressed up in auspicious colours of red and gold—with cameos from the occasional rat zodiac—you’ll want to pick up a few, or a lot, of these babies which include cult makeup products, skincare best-sellers and must-have beauty tools.
Above, our comprehensive guide to all the Chinese New Year limited edition beauty goodies to see you through the festivities and beyond.
Who doesn’t want good hair with a touch of luck? If you’re looking to upgrade your blow dry, consider investing in Dyson’s CNY edition of the Supersonic, rocking a red colourway with a matching storage case you’ll even get to monogram.
With a blend so beloved by every floral perfume aficionado that the brand has seen fit to dress up Good Girl in various skins (the high heel flacon has previously donned gold glitter and polka-dots), we now have one that comes with an exclusive CNY-decorated box.
Inspired by the sell-out frenzy that was the Confession lipstick in the colour ‘At Night’, Hourglass has translated the alluring brick-red shade into a lip treatment oil that nourishes and repairs even as it imparts a coat of colour. Exclusive only to Asia, this limited edition lippie even has a 24k gold-plated and palladium applicator.
Hitting up both Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day with this drop, Lancome has taken its universally beloved shade in 196—nicknamed ‘carrot red’ for its burnt orange-red hue— and slipped it in a velvet lipstick case for that luxe look and feel. Bonus: it comes paired with a lacquer version nestled in an adorable heart-shaped kit.
Smell as good as you look with Gucci’s signature Bloom fragrance, now given a new facet with a refined and intense depth. With the addition of Orris and Damascena Rose to enhance that oh-so-recognisable scent, you’ll have everyone asking what you’re wearing at every gathering and house visit.
If you haven’t tried the cult moisturiser that is beauty queen Charlotte Tilbury’s secret blend of hyaluronic acid, peptides and floral oils to give your skin instant glow and a lifted appearance, why not grab yourself a jar—particularly when it’s rocking packaging in lucky red to boot?
We’re making the same argument here, especially if you’re on the hunt for an intensely pigmented matte lipstick in a gorgeous deep red that glides on comfortably and delivers a velvety pout that lasts.
Nothing says you’re ready for CNY like a fresh-faced glow. Chock-full of lactic acid and brightening liquorice that helps to exfoliate and boost the complexion’s natural radiance, this multi-tasking concentrate is the perfect good skin-in-a-bottle treatment—and it even comes emblazoned with an adorable rat on the limited-edition red bottle.
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Featuring a unique Year of the Rat packaging but containing the good stuff loyal fans know and love, this here is the ultimate clarifying face mask that’ll give clearer, poreless-looking skin thanks to its Super Six Acid Blend complex that rids your skin of impurities and dullness in a snap.
If you’re taking advantage of the long CNY weekend to clock in some vacay time, here’s a slice of the festive feels to take away with you. Containing essentials such as a mini eyeshadow palette, eyeliner, mascara and blush, this here is everything you need to get your face on in the name of Chinese New Year, no matter where you’re at.
Speaking of getting your face on, why not give your get ready routine some huat with makeup brushes all decked out in auspicious red?
It’s everything you love about Becca’s cult highlighter formula—it’s that ultra-fine, multi-toned pearly glow that goes on like second skin—now embossed with an adorable rat design that’s totally for keeps.
Made with a proprietary wicking fabric called Aquitex to soak up the water from your hair without the need to rub or tug, you’ll cut down on tangles and breakage and get your tresses from dripping wet to lightly damp in a snap. And when it’s time for bed, swap to the silky Charmeuse side to keep next day bed-head at bay. Yes, you need this.
Featuring a trio of limited-edition scents curated for Chinese New Year that uses never-before-seen extraits de parfum, you’ve got a sweet citrus aptly named Mandarin & Orange, a rich floral called Osmanthus, and a light and energising blend known as Green Tea.
This cult serum finally gets the packaging it deserves: a beautiful gold that reflects the liquid gold contained within where 21 potent plant extracts are bio-engineered to visibly firm, smooth, and boost radiance. It’s your overall anti-ageing solution sorted!
For the ultimate beauty buffs, this box is like Christmas all over again. Within the luxurious case that comes in a decorative red sleeve embellished with the Maison’s adorable rat, you’ve got the option of either three or seven lipsticks, with picks that run the gamut from striking mattes to glossy balms. There’s even a special, handwritten note from the designer himself on the inside of the lid.
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Want a custom colour derived from the pH of your lips? Urban Decay’s got just the thing with shade 21 of its Vice Lip Chemistry, which is a classic cool-red that flatters universally.
We all know this one. Perfect for locking down your makeup for up to 16 hours in Singapore’s humid climes, this here is how to look fresh and flawless throughout the CNY season.
An Asia exclusive that sees 60 hand-crafted Chinese New Year limited editions of Penhaligon’s iconic Portraits collection, each flacon and box has been adorned with unique designs created in collaboration with renowed artist Kristjana S. Williams, and is even inked with her signature and numbered from 1 to 15.
It goes without saying that red lips are de riguer for Lunar New Year, so treat yourself to a luxe lippie or three with these Tom Ford babies inspired by its Lost Cherry fragrance. You’ve got Velvet Cherry, Night Mauve and Jasmin Rouge; luscious, come-hither shades for that perfect pout.
We’d get it just for the gilded bottle alone, but the skin-loving goodness that is Reishi and fermented Chaga mushrooms extracts chock-full of plant actives to calm redness and sensitivity makes this one a must-have.
If your current bottle is on its last legs, grab yourself another of this cult classic serum dressed up in vibrant red and illustrated with a stylised cloud design. It also comes with a golden keychain adorned with cloud charms to add a touch of huat to your skincare routine.
Who doesn’t want a pout rocking intense, creamy colour that lasts? You’ve got three ways to dress up your lips with this kit, which packs the shades 333 Persuasive, 131 Bois de Rose and 562 Decisive Poppy into a kit perfect for getting or gifting.
Is luck in the air? With your skin and lips sorted, spritz yourself with this auspicious edition of Beautiful Belle, a romantic fruity floral composed of accords such as lychee, rose petals, gardenia, and marzipan musk.
SK-II’s beloved FTE gets the thumbs up from the House of Mouse, with Mickey not only adorning the red bottle but displaying the signature application method, aka the “pat pat” move. Now that’s cuteness you want sitting on your dressing table.
With a concentration of skin-loving oils, ceramide water, and Laneige’s advanced Rebirth technology, this is what you’ll want if radiant, supple skin is on the CNY agenda.
To solicit comments from relatives along the lines of ‘your skin looks amazing!’, get that Korean glass skin look with this moisturising formula that delivers a long-lasting translucent and softly lustrous complexion.
With a beautiful prismatic packaging that makes your collector’s heart beat faster, M.A.C is bringing out its classic, well-loved colours and textures that lets you create classic looks like a pro. BTW, the Extra Dimension Skinfinish highlighter with its dragon-embossed design is covetable AF.
Not only do you get this iconic serum in jumbo size, it comes with a tassel and a beautiful scarlet packaging that sees French atelier Antoinette Poisson dressing up the box with a special illustration that features the rat zodiac and peonies to symbolise joy and good fortune.
With cult classics and best-sellers such as the Aqua Glow Foundation, Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder and Afterglow Lip Balm all decked out in gold-etched, glossy-red packaging that’s oh-so-chic, these bad boys are the products you’ll want to be seen pulling out of your purse for touching up with.