Year Of The Ox: The Best Chinese New Year Beauty Products For 2021
Celebrate the Year of the Ox in style with these limited-edition make-up and skincare products from Fenty Beauty, Charlotte Tilbury, Nars and more
The beginning of a new year brings the perfect opportunity to give your beauty routine a makeover. It’s time to toss out old (and expired) items to make room for new skincare solutions, eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks and more to start 2021 off right with glowing skin and beautiful make-up looks.
With the Chinese New Year fast approaching, which falls on Friday, February 12, lots of luxury beauty brands are celebrating the arrival of the Year of the Ox with a stunning array of limited-edition collections to help you achieve your best look this year. Featuring auspicious red packaging, these new beauty products will not only add a touch of glamour to your vanity table, but also make the perfect gift for the beauty guru in your life.
Cult beauty brand Charlotte Tilbury celebrates the Chinese New Year and revisits its iconic Magic Cream with a new design featuring a sharp red lid. Beloved by models and star backstage for its magical ability to revive dull and dry skin, the cream is packed with instant plumping ingredients, including vitamins C and E, hyaluronic acid and frangipani flower extract to keep your skin glowing this festive season.
The brand has also repackaged its Matte Revolution Magic Red Lipstick in a limited-edition red case, which is perfect for creating a flawless, sultry matte pout without drying out your lips.
Available at Charlotte Tilbury
Korean luxury skincare brand Sulwhasoo’s famous First Care Activating Serum gets a new looks this Lunar New Year. Housed in an eye-catching red gift box featuring a heart-shaped traditional Korean patchwork quilt pattern, this high-performance serum is designed to be the first step in your skincare routine, which uses its unique “Youth Master Technology” to boost radiance and enhance the absorption of subsequent products.
Available at Sulwhasoo
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To celebrate Chinese New Year, Givenchy has launched limited editions of its cult favourites—Prisme Libre N1 Loose Powder and Le Rouge Lipstick with new looks inspired by the art of calligraphy. Combining four harmonious pastel shades for a smooth and glowing finish, the loose powder is repackaged in a red leather case featuring the brand’s iconic 4G logo in gold. For the lipstick, Le Rouge No.888 is an elegant red shade blended with a golden hue for a marble pattern, which comes in a luxurious leather case adorned with gold details.
Available at Givenchy
Not only does Laura Mercier’s limited-edition line arrives in a beautiful red and gold packaging, but it also includes their bestsellers—Radiance-Perfecting Cushion, Loose Setting Powder and Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick to bring you luck, prosperity and great make-up looks in the new year.
Available at Laura Mercier’s boutiques
With every item wrapped in auspicious hues of red and gold, Nars’ Lunar New Year line-up is guaranteed to brighten up your mood and give you head-turning looks this festive season. The brand gives its best-selling Quad Eyeshadow a fresh look with a limited-edition design, which comes with four beautiful hues in shimmer and matte finishes to help you achieve different looks. We're also obsessed with the revamps of the popular Light Reflecting Setting Powder and lipsticks in CNY-exclusive shades—satin mulled wine and scarlet red.
Available at Nars
Achieve that enviable New Year glow with this limited-edition set from Fenty Beauty. It includes two of the brand’s bestsellers featuring set-exclusive shades: Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil highlighter in Royal Icing that delivers a glittering veil of champagne and gold sparkle all over the face and body; and Gloss Bob Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a beautiful lip gloss in a shimmering bright red orange hue to glam up your look.
Available at Harvey Nichols
Take your pampering routine a step further with Clarins’ hero product Double Serum this Chinese New Year. Adorned in a newly designed, deluxe champagne gold bottle, this new edition of the serum is 1.5 times the size of the original version, which consists of 21 power anti-ageing plant extracts and oil-soluble ingredients to reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines, giving you a healthier, more youthful appearance.
Available at Clarins
Exclusively for the Lunar New Year, Estée Lauder has unveiled limited editions of its iconic products—Advanced Night Repair Synchronised Multi-Repair Complex and Pure Colour envy Sculpting Lipstick (shade 540 Immortal), dressed in a fiery red packaging adorned with golden flower motifs. Looking exceptionally luxurious and stunning, these items will make any daily beauty ritual something to look forward to.
Available at Estée Lauder
This year, Kiehl’s is partnering with the emerging London-based illustrator Weitong Mai to launch a limited-edition collection that comes in an auspicious red packing decorated with lovely cartoons. To detox your skin for the new year, the Calendula Herbal-Extract Alcohol-Free Toner is the way to go, which is formulated with premium herbal extracts to reduce redness and irritation for normal to oil and blemished sky types. The brand has also given a makeover to its cult favourites Ultra Facial Cream and Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, offering you more options to style up your skincare regimen.
Available at Kiehl’s
Photo: Courtesy of Lancome
Photo: Courtesy of Lancome
The brand’s famous Advanced Génifique Concentrate Serum gets a new look this Chinese New Year. Besides delivering a selfie-ready glow, the serum also keeps your skin firm and looking more youthful. The other two products—Advanced Genifique Eye Light-Pearl and Eye Cream—from the same line get dressed for the occasion, too. Beauty lovers will be also delighted to see the limited-edition L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte lipsticks, which comes encased in an elegant lace case to bring some chic for both your vanity and pouch.
Available at Lancome
Lipstick lovers, this one’s for you. Guerlain is celebrating the Year of the Ox with a limited-edition design of their Rouge G lipstick case to accessorise your favourite shade. Adorned with gold bees and sparkles, this gem deserves a spot in your makeup pouch when you are making family visits during CNY.
Available at Guerlain
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Photo: Courtesy of Burberry
Burberry’s luxury lipsticks are totally worth the splurge if you’re looking for the perfect red shades to achieve a feminine, gorgeous look. Lipsticks in auspicious hues such as Oxblood (No.97) and Military Red (No.107) from their iconic collections Burberry Kisses are presented in a deluxe gold packaging to celebrate Chinese New Year, featuring a smudge-proof, long-lasting formula to give you fuller lips and a satin finish. For ladies who have a penchant for matte lipsticks, look no further than the two new limited-edition shades of red—Festive Red (No.40) and Russet (No.93) from the Liquid Lip Velvet Collection.
Available at Burberry boutiques
Shu Uemura welcomes the Year of the Ox with an exclusive lipstick collection, which features different shades of red for you to pull off a bold look and make a statement at your reunion dinners and house visits. Celebrating the power and resilience of women after the turbulent year, the new collection includes eight different Asian skin tone-flattering red shades with a metallic finish, ranging from orange-tined red hues to cool rusty browns.
Three of the brand’s iconic products—Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil, Petal 55 Foundation Brush and Hard Formula Eyebrow Pencil—are also wrapped in an auspicious red and gold packaging to celebrate the occasion.
Available at Shu Uemura boutiques