One of the things we look forward to for CNY (on top of pineapple tarts, obvs) is the limited-edition skincare and makeup drops from our favourite beauty brands. This year, there are some really cute products for the Year of the Rat (some even have our fave mouse, Mickey Mouse!) and of course, lots of our favourite products dressed in huat colours of red and gold. Here are our favourites.
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Text: Arissa Ha / The Singapore Women’s Weekly / January 2020
Additional text: Smita DeSouza
The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector™ Pressed Highlighter is already the perfect highlighter for CNY but emboss it with a rat motif and you’re basically gold for the whole of 2020.
If late-night mahjong or ban luck have been causing your skin to look dull and fatigued, the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream can help your skin. It contains ingredients like vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, camellia and rosehip oil to deeply hydrate and replenish lost moisture for that inner glow that lasts through an entire day of CNY visits.
No time to get your nails done before CNY? Nodspark has you covered, literally. These nail wraps features a simple minimalist design with a touch of gold and red for extra huat. No worries if it doesn’t go with your outfit on the second day of CNY, you can always remove and swap them out easily with a different design.
Of all the CNY collections, M.A.C’s is the only one that isn’t completely red. Inspired by the Forbidden City, the packaging features oriental motifs and patterns in vivid colourways. Our favourite would have to be the highlighter with an embossed dragon on the pan. Ah ma would definitely approve.
This limited edition iteration of the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II comes in a lovely foil red bottle, along with a cute charm with various CNY motifs.
The Laura Mercier Lunar New Year 2020 Stroke of Fortune Collection features two of their signature products—the Translucent Loose Setting Powder, $70, and the Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick, $40. The lipstick comes in a new shade called Red Wish, which we reckon signifies a bold stroke of luck for the new year.
If matte red lipsticks have been drying your lips out, turn to this limited edition Lunar New Year shade of the Hourglass No. 28™ Lip Treatment Oil. It contains 14 botanical oils, 10 lipid-rich plant oils along with vitamins A, B5, C and E to nourish and soothe chapped lips and look amazing at the same time.
If you’re big on scents, why not include the Jo Malone Chinese New Year English Pear & Freesia collection? This limited edition collection comes dressed in red and gold, and keeps you smelling divine for CNY.
Formulated to enhance skin’s natural glow, the limited edition Activating Water Essence will keep your skin looking hydrated and glowy throughout CNY. The limited edition bottle features botanical illustrations by Australian-born, New York-based artist Adriana Picker. It celebrates the brand’s Australian roots with native flowers like gum blossom and wattle, which are then blended with traditional Chinese flowers like peach blossoms and peonies.
Calm and soothe skin during this hectic period with the Kiehl’s Calendula Herbal Extract Alcohol-Free Toner. It helps to hydrate and calm redness with soothing calendula, and doesn’t contain any alcohol which could dry out skin.
This amazing anti-ageing serum comes dressed in red for CNY as well. The Lancome Advanced Genifique Youth Activating Serum also comes in a limited edition 100 ml size at $275.
The Clarins Double Serum is made up of two formulas—hydrolipidic and biomimetic fluids, which stay separate for maximum efficacy until you are ready to dispense them to use. It contains 21 active plant extracts including turmeric, to help hydrate, nourish and brighten skin.
The LANEIGE 2020 Bright New Year Collection features the LANEIGE Perfect Renew Regenerator to help you get brighter and more radiant skin for the new year. Top it up with the BB Cushion Whitening for a natural, radiant-looking complexion. Plus, it also protects skin against UV damage while you’re out and about.
Louboutin Beauty joins in the CNY festivities with limited edition gift boxes which come with purchase of any three or seven lipsticks. The lacquer box comes embellished with golden motifs, including the iconic red Louboutin shoe. The box even features a special handwritten note from the creator, Christian Louboutin.
The upsized 120ml version of the Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum EX means you’ll have a bountiful supply of this pre-serum for the new year. It too, comes dressed in red, to signify prosperity and good luck for 2020.
This signature lactic acid treatment serum from Sunday Riley gently exfoliates and boosts skin radiance while reducing the signs of ageing. The limited edition red bottle symbolises good fortune for the new year and also features a motif of a rat.
This four-piece set from Tarte is the perfect size to bring around for touch-ups during your CNY visitings. It contains the Tartelette™ Party Palette, Kitten Gel Eyeliner, Lights, Camera, Lashes™ 4-in-1 mascara and the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush.
The best-selling shades from Tom Ford Beauty dressed in red inspired by their fragrance—Lost Cherry. The shades Velvet Cherry, Night Mauve and Jasmin Rouge may not be a classic CNY reds that many turn to, but they’re festive nonetheless.
What better way to symbolise the Year of the Rat than with the world’s most famous mouse? The SK-II Facial Treatment Essence comes in a stunning red bottle with a classic image of Mickey Mouse.
It’s said that fortune favors the bold, and you can’t get bolder than the NARS Chinese New Year collection. Packaged in glossy red and gold, this collection includes the Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Afterglow Lip Balm, Singapore Quad Eyeshadow palette, and two new collectible compact cases for Aqua Glow Cushion and Natural Radiant Longwear cushion foundations.
Why stop at just Mickey Mouse when you can include the whole fam? The innisfree HELLO 2020 Disney Collection stars Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto in an extensive range of skincare, body care and makeup products. We absolutely love the Real Color Nail in 211 Pink Mickey Mouse, $4, which is a glitter topcoat featuring Mickey Mouse-shaped glitter. Perfect for use over your favourite nail polish colour.
This nine-piece brush set from Zoeva comes in a luxurious red and gold packaging, including a matching bag. It’s honestly all you need to create luxurious and stunning looks this CNY.
It’s not unusual to breakout during CNY thanks to all the pineapple tarts and bak kwa. The Glamglow Supermud Clearing Treatment is exactly what you need. It contains a blend of six exfoliating acids, activated charcoal and kaolin clay to decongest and clear clogged pores and tackle build-up of dead skin. It’s available in a huat gold jar with rat motif for a limited-time only.