The year of rat is the first animal in the Chinese zodiac so it’s all about new beginnings and, of course, new makeup. With Chinese New Year right around the corner, beauty brands are releasing themed capsule collections in celebration of this holiday. For beauty lovers like us, we simply cannot resist the luscious red packaging and limited edition designs of beloved cult classics. Makeup collectors, especially, are set to have a field day with these gorgeous beauty items in their personal collections.
Here are all the best limited edition, CNY-themed makeup and skincare items that you should check out before the festive season is over:
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in ‘Double Gleam’, S$58
MAC is THE brand when it comes to limited edition, capsule beauty collections. Their ‘Lunar Illusions’ collection features brightly coloured, oriental motifs all over the packaging. The Extra Dimension Skin Finish in ‘Double Gleam’ is particularly stunning with it’s embossed dragon design and flattering peachy gold shade.
Estee Lauder Limited Edition Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, S$175
A cult skincare product that many women swear by, Estee Lauder is bringing out a special version of their Advanced Night Repair serum. Housed in a vibrant red bottle with intricate gold cloud designs on the side, you won’t be able to resist displaying it on your vanity. This edition also comes with a golden keychain with lucky charms that celebrate the year of the rat.
Jo Malone Limited Edition English Pear & Freesia Decorated Diffuser, S$160
With all the family gatherings and house visits during this festive season, nothing leaves a great impression like a beautifully scented home. Jo Malone’s much-loved English Pear & Freesia scent now comes in a gorgeous red and gold flacon. Not only will it look great in the living room amongst CNY decorations, it’s fruity-floral scent will linger in your home for days.
Charlotte’s Limited Edition Lunar New Year Magic Cream, S$210
Glow your way into the new year with Charlotte Tilbury’s Magic Cream. This celebrity-approved cream instantly nourishes parched skin while impacting a radiant glow, making it an ideal base under makeup. Fans of this best-selling moisturiser can nab this festive version in a brilliant red tub.
SK-II Limited Edition Facial Treatment Essence, S$289
Every year, SK-II comes out with special editions of their cult favourite PITERA essence. In celebration of the year of the rat, the Japanese beauty brand has collaborated with the world’s most famous mouse, Mickey Mouse. The brightening and balancing essence will be housed in a vibrant red bottle, featuring an adorable illustration of Mickey demonstrating SK-II’s signature “pat pat” application method.
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Matte, S$42
A bold, matte red lip is the perfect accessory to any festive Chinese New Year outfit and Shu Uemura’s iconic red lippies are now available in this chic, limited edition casing. Classic shade such as OR 570 also come in an all new glitter effect version that delivers eye-catching rich red pigments laced with a gorgeous sparkle.
Dr Andrew Weil for Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion (Limited Edition), S$63
Origins’ Soothing Treatment Lotion has shed it’s signature green appearance and now features a gilded gold bottle that makes skincare routines feel extra luxe. Packed with the goodness of Reishi and fermented Chaga mushrooms, this antioxidant-rich and nourishing toner calms agitated skin, revealing an overall healthier complexion.