Chinese New Year symbolises new beginnings, and brings with it customs like buying new clothes and accessories. Of course, we can’t think of a better excuse to shop, and the choices are aplenty. In keeping with festivities, the beauty world is abuzz with exclusive launches — Chanel, Clarins, SK-II etc — many of them special makeovers for iconic products.
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The gold standard of serums sees a shiny upgrade this Chinese New Year. The Clarins Double Serum honours the festive occasion with a new, gold packaging befitting the elixir within. Two serums make up one potent potion. The Hydric + Limpic double formula brings together anti-ageing plant extracts that are soluble in water or in oil, and targets the skin’s five vital functions of regeneration, oxygenation, nutrition, hydration, and protection.
To mark the festivity, revered British fragrance house Penhaligon’s has released 60 limited-edition bottles of the iconic Portraits series in collaboration with Icelandic artist Kristjana S Williams. The new designs, created exclusively for Asia, are signed and numbered from one to 15 by the artist, and feature members of the Chapter 1 series: The Tragedy of Lord George, The Revenge of Lady Blanche, The Coveted Duchess Rose, and Much Ado About the Duke.
Charlotte Tilbury has joined in on the Chinese New Year action as well, with a limited-edition repackaging of her bestselling Magic Cream and Matte Revolution lipstick in Magic Red. Like the most soothing and luxurious blanket for your face, Magic Cream pampers your face with complexion-boosting ingredients, such as Bionymph peptide, rosehip oil, and hyaluronic acid. The Matte Revolution lipstick, on the other hand, delivers a classic, sultry shade of red in a softening and conditioning formula infused with 3D glowing pigments.
The latest iteration of the bestselling Gucci Bloom is an intensified version of the original scent. While the three rare floral notes of the first edition — jasmine bud extract, tuberose and Rangoon Creeper — remains, there are two new notes, namely Orris and Damascena Rose, in its latest version includes, which elevate the deeply feminine fragrance. Orris is said to be more precious than gold, and is sourced from the resin of the flower which blooms in Tuscany in May, while Damascene Rose is an intense flower commonly associated with a bygone era of Arab opulence. Instead of a perfume’s standard construction of top, heart and base notes, the scent immediately opens and blooms with all five floral notes. For Chinese New Year, the perfume has been repackaged in a red bottle with the perfume’s signature label in a classic soft pink.
This year’s Chinese New Year sees SK-II joining hands with Disney to honour the Year of the Rat. Packaged in red, the bottle features Mickey Mouse with his hands in a patting motion, the signature move of application for the iconic skincare product. Loved by millions of women, the product’s trademark Pitera ingredient works like a treat for tired, and dull skin.
In celebration of Chinese New Year, Christian Louboutin Beauty has released a festive gift box. It takes inspiration from Christian Louboutin’s LoubiExpress story that honours the spirit of travel. The red sleeve is covered in golden motifs of the iconic red sole, the brand’s logo, and the rat, the zodiac animal of this lunar cycle. With the gift box, you can choose to personalise it by picking from the maison’s lipsticks and Loubiglitterglosses, in numbers of three or seven.
Sulwhasoo ushers in the Year of the Rat with a jumbo-sized version of its bestselling First Care Activating Serum dressed up in red. It also comes with a matching tassel to symbolise the season’s joy and fortune. The limited-edition bottle was created in partnership with French atelier Antoinette Poisson, who designed the rat and peony, an emblem of happiness. As for the serum, it is formulated with the brand’s trademark Jaum Balancing Complex, and is best recommended for the first step of any skincare routine to target skin resilience, vitality, nourishment, clarity and elasticity, loss of balance, and health.
Carolina Herrera’s Good Girl’s makeover for Chinese New Year features a red box embossed with golden lanterns and silhouettes of the label’s iconic Good Girl Shoe. Just for the season, any purchase of the scent also comes with a limited-edition gift box containing a 10ml rollerball of the perfume and eight red packets. Good Girl is a scent that is celebrated among many women because the fragrance has a delightful combination of jasmine and tuberose notes with the dark and gourmand accord of the Haba Tonka and Cacao.
A mythology of powerful gods visiting earth on auspicious clouds guides Estee Lauder’s Chinese New Year launch. The iconic Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Recovery Complex II has been coloured in red, and comes with a golden keychain decorated with lucky charms. Other launches for the brand include the Limited Edition Pure Colour Envy Lipstick in Carnal, as well as the Beautiful Belle Eau De Parfum.
Red — the colour of prosperity and good fortune — is celebrated by Chanel Beauty with its Rouge Allure lipsticks. The collection includes the deep red and matte Velvet 58 Rouge Vie in a limited-edition red lacquered case, and the Rouge Allure Camellia that honours the maison’s iconic flower in four bold Rouge Allure shades and four matte Rouge Allure Velvet lipsticks.