Best limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products in 2021: Gucci Beauty, SK-II, and more

Best limited edition Chinese New Year beauty products in 2021: Gucci Beauty, SK-II, and more

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Text: Emily Heng

We've reached the time of the year where Christmas music and decorations have slowly tapered off, replaced by a flurry of red, gold, and all things CNY-related. Our favourite food establishments have begun rolling out their Lunar New Year menus; fashion houses are dropping scarlet-tinged collections; while cinemas have teased local picks (see: part II of Jack Neo's The Diam Diam Era) to get folks fired up for the upcoming festivities. As for the beauty industry, there's the release of propitious picks from both the skincare and beauty sector. We're talking ox-printed highlighters, cherry-garnished serum bottles, and more. We've gathered the cream of the crop for your viewing — and buying! — pleasure, below. Watch this space for more updates.


Facial salons are likely to be closed this CNY, but we'd hardly think that your moneymaker will be deprived of an ethereal glow. At least, not with Glamglow's Youth Mud Glow Stimulating Treatment Mask around. Boasting results comparable to a professional facial, the brand's star product utilises groundbreaking tech to absorb your skin's impurities without leaving your mien feeling dry and parched. Its blinding new red and gold vessel is apt, really; a sneak peek of the complexion radiance to come after adding this bad boy to your arsenal. Sign us up.

KVD Vegan Beauty

Elevate your liner game with a repackaged Tattoo Liner. 2021's rendition coming in a striking red that is sure to bring in good fortune with regard to your makeup skill set — here's to a steadier hand, sleek wings, and zero-smudging even after hours and hours of wear.

Gucci Beauty

It's not just lipstick, it's a work of art. The fashion house takes its cue from vintage makeup tubes this festive season, crafting up a red and gold vessel that is carved with interweaving Gucci motifs. A new shade has also been added to the Rouge à Lèvres Satin Collection: 513 Emmy Red, a warm red meant to signify luck, joy, and happiness. Requesting that in abundance in 2021, please.



Some of us might have to press pause on the hugs, kisses, and long-awaited reunions this CNY due to COVID-19 restrictions. In lieu of that, might we suggest some skincare that conveys all such warm sentiments? SK-II's CNY Pitera Essence ticks all the boxes. This version comprises a collaboration with artist, André Saraiva, who has designed graffiti stick figures voraciously expressing their love for the cult-product.

Clé de Peau Beauté

Your skin isn't going to be the only thing glistening this CNY. The brand's fan-favourite serum is now available in a metallic red bottle that emits a high-sheen; a spicy hue that promises just as bold results. Think a firmer, smoother complexion and a dewy glow reminiscent of the popularised dolphin skin trend first spotted in 2020.

M.A.C. Cosmetics

Dubbed the Moon Masterpiece collection, it sees fan-favourite M.A.C. formulas being housed in spankin' new vessels. Said packaging comes embossed with a limited edition print harbouring technicoloured fish; a symbol of abundance in Chinese culture. The full range comprises the Powder Kiss Lipstick and VersiColour Varnish Cream Lipstain in various hues alongside a Powder Blush Duo, Extra Dimension SkinFinish, and a 9-pan Eyeshadow Palette titled Sea of Plenty.



The latest Rouge Dior lipsticks exploded onto the scene with much fanfare. Its buzz is most certainly attributed to a revamped formula and redesigned tube, complemented by its availability in a variety of new finishes. This CNY, they're taking it one step further by offering these bad boys in a specially-crafted coffret; an elegant red leather case containing five lippies. They are: 999 Velvet (velvet finish), 772 Classic (matte finish), 760 Favourite (velvet finish), 840 Rayonette (velvet finish), and 869 Sophisticated (satin finish). Auspicious tidings, indeed.



We had no doubt that we'd be seeing bovine motifs aplenty considering that 2021 is the Year of the Ox. Kiehl's proves us right by partnering with freelance illustrator, Weitong Mai, who has conceptualised and reinterpreted the zodiac by creating new mascot Moxy. The lovable oxen can be spotted on the brand's Lunar New Year edition products which includes the Ultra Facial Cream, Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, and the Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution.


Meet the brand's latest mascot: Little Mo. This 2021, Clinique is all for channeling the ox's hardworking, reliable spirit with regard to your skincare routine; a reminder to be consistent with caring for your complexion even after an exhausting night out of mahjong and partying. The bull makes an appearance on the Clinique iD and limited edition Cheek Pop Highlighter, while the Hydrating Lotion and Radical Dark Spot Corrector is adorned in a new red and gold vessel.

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Estée Lauder

For some extra huat in your life, consider scooping up the fan-favourite Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Repair Complex in a lucky flower-adorned flacon. Failing that, there's makeup options abound too in the form of the Pure Colour Envy Sculpting Lipstick (Shade 540 Immortal); the Double Wear Soft Glow Matte Cushion Compact; and the Pure Colour Envy EyeShadow Palette.

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Charlotte Tilbury

Luck, light, and magic is guaranteed with the brand's Lunar New Year offerings. This comes in the form of three new lipstick hues: Rose Wish (muted brick red), Lucky Cherry (bright red), and Sweet Blossom (rusty rose). Not forgetting, of course, the iconic Magic Cream that is now available in a limited edition, gold-studded jar. A stunning addition to your vanity, indeed. 

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Tom Ford

As you all know, flower motifs are heavily featured in CNY thanks to its underlying meaning of spring and vitality. It's only fitting, then, that Tom Ford's Lunar New Year collection revolves around their full Rose Prick line-up. Scoop up the Rose Prick Cushion Compact, Eye Colour Quad (in Body Heat), Lip Colour Satin Matte (Shade 26 To Die For), and Eau de Parfum in a handy set this season.

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Fenty Beauty

The brand's Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing is paired with the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky for their limited edition CNY set. In short: all the glow-worthy essentials you need to blind 'em haters during the multitude of house visits you'll be making. Thanks for saving us from all that awkward small talk, RiRi.

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Take your pampering routine a step further with these prosperous picks from everyone's favourite body care brand. Up first: the Godiva Lucky Coin Shampoo Bar, a solid gold blend of jasmine and ylang ylang that promises to grant a mane worth celebrating. There's also the Dragon Legend Bubble Stick to consider, a harbinger of strength and wisdom that will turn your bath water into an enticing fragrant floral blend.