If we ask us, we cannot wait to shed off everything associated with 2020, and one of the last things that remained is the Year of the Rat. Traditionally associated with hard work, positivity and honesty, the Year of the Ox gives us an optimistic outlook that things will take a turn for the better.
Manifest hope and prosperity for the new year with these limited edition beauty offerings. Cloaked in red and gold, these products are sure to dress up your vanity in time for the new year.
Some of Clinique’s iconic best-sellers are all decked out in red and gold this new year. The Clinique iD, $77, features a gold ox cap while the Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter, $115, and Moisture Surge Hydrating Lotion, $59, feature gilded blossom prints. Our favourite would have to be the Cheek Pop Highlighter Lunar New Year Edition, $40, featuring Little Mo that’s almost too cute to use.
New year, new skin? Shed the dullness of 2020 with this potent at-home peel. Made as a two-step exfoliation ritual, the Dr. Dennis Gross Chinese New Year Limited Edition Daily Peels,$135, sloughs away dull surface skin with a combination of five AHA and BHAs, along with antioxidants and vitamins to protect skin against free radical damage.
You don’t always have to turn to gold for CNY. Shine bright like a diamond instead with the festive limited edition set from Fenty Beauty. It includes the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing, a champagne gold highlighter and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a shimmery in a bright orange-red.
Gucci Beauty introduces a limited edition trio of the Rouge à Lèvres Satin lipsticks in three iconic shades — 25 Goldie Red, 505 Janet Rust and 513 Emmy Red, which is created specially for Chinese New Year. The limited-edition lipsticks feature a red packaging etched with Art Deco motifs.
The NARS limited edition Chinese New Year collection consists of the Light Reflecting Setting Powder, $62; four lipsticks, $40; and a quad eyeshadow, $80. Embellished in red and gold, flower motifs signify blossoming beauty and good fortune.
Kiehl’s Lunar New Year Collection features artwork from Chinese artist Weitong Mai. The motifs are inspired by Chinese paper cutting art, and a character interpretation of the Ox from the Chinese zodiac. The prints can be seen on the Kiehl’s signature products like the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution and Ultra Facial Cream.
This limited edition Facial Treatment Essence is a collaboration with artist Andre Saraiva and features a bold “XOXO” motif across the bottle. If you can’t have actual hugs and kisses due to the pandemic, this is a close second.
Bigger is definitely better, and the limited edition Advanced Genifique Serum definitely shows it. Besides being decked out in red, it’s also upsized from the regular 50ml to 100ml.
When you snooze, you don’t necessarily lose. Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Recovery Complex taps on your skin’s natural circadian rhythm to aid in skin repair from damage sustained during the day. This limited edition is dressed in metallic red and features floral motifs to welcome Spring and signify the renewal of seasons.
Bask in an abundance of prosperity with the MAC Lunar New Year collection. The limited edition pop art packaging inspired by the greeting “年年有余” promises plentiful wealth for the coming year.
New year, new hope. The First Care Activating Serum 2021 Limited Edition features a bold and striking red colour with a geometric heart inspired by traditional Korean patchwork quilt. After a challenging 2020, this design sets the stage to welcome good health, happiness and prosperity.
Supergoop!’s best-selling Unseen Sunscreen gets an upsize. Make it your New Year’s resolution to put on sunscreen daily with this sunscreen that has a non-comedogenic formula that leaves an invisible velvety finish.
The iconic Tattoo Liner from KVD Vegan Beauty is all dressed up for CNY as well. Get your perfect cat-eye look with a long-lasting formula that will last you throughout CNY visits. It’s also easy to manoeuvre with its ultra-precise brush tip, even for beginners.
Sparkle this CNY with Urban Decay’s Chinese New Year Collection. The Stoned Eyeshadow Palette, $83, gives your eyes the ultimate shine while the Vice Lipstick in Bad Blood, $31, dresses your pout in the most stunning red (and no bad blood this CNY despite the name). Lastly, spritz on the All Nighter Setting Spray, $48, to help your makeup last all day.