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Celebrate the Year of the Rat with lots of glitter and even more colour with this new selection of make-up and skincare

1. Sulwhasoo

Sulwhasoo's signature serum, the First Care Activating Serum EX formulated with the JAUM balancing complex of peony, sacred lotus, solomon's seal, white lily and rehmanna, is getting a facelift from Antoinette Poisson. The French atelier has designed a red box illustrated with golden peonies to ensure that you start the Lunar New Year on a beautiful note.

Available at Sulwhasoo boutiques and counters.

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2. Chanel

Celebrate Chinese New Year with the limited edition Rouge Allure Velvet collection of lipsticks in auspicious shades of bold orange, deep rosebud and luminous coral.

Available at Chanel fragrance and beauty boutiques.

3. Lancôme

Fans of the award-winning Advanced Genefique Serum can look forward to a little festive cheer in the form of a limited edition bottle in red inside a luxurious red satin case.

Available at all Lancôme counters.

4. Christian Louboutin

Joining in with the festivities, Christian Louboutin Beauty has introduced a Chinese New Year gift box of its striking Matte, LoubiSequin and Loubilaque lipsticks, available in sizes of three or seven. Presented in a lacquered box, it is covered by a whimsical red sleeve, embellished with the house’s icons and an adorable rat. The gift box comes with an angpao inspired envelope for that extra touch.

Available at Christian Louboutin Beauty in Tangs at Tang Plaza.

5. SK-II

SK-II's iconic "miracle water" gets a fun new look for the Year of the Rat, featuring the world's most famous mouse. In SK-II's first-ever collaboration with Disney, Mickey Mouse makes an appearance on the limited edition bottle of the Facial Treatment Essence, known for its trademark Pitera essence that offers clarity and rejuvenation to fatigued skin.

Available at all SK-II counters.

6. Estée Lauder

Estée Lauder looks to the skies for its limited edition Chinese New Year collection, inspired by Chinese legends of gods and deities descending upon Earth on clouds. The auspicious motif features on the house’s bestselling Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II—which also comes with a golden lucky charm keychain—the Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Carnal, and the Pure Color Envy Red Lipstick Trio in Persuasive, Bois de Rose, and Decisive Poppy. For the festive season, the Beautiful Belle Eau de Parfum also comes exclusively bottled in auspicious red and gold.

Available at all Estée Lauder boutiques and counters.

7. The History of Whoo

A brand that embodies Korean tradition and royal history, The History of Whoo pays tribute to the Joseon dynasty in its limited edition trio set for the Lunar New Year. Inspired by King Jeongjo’s appreciation for “scholar’s accoutrements” paintings, which depicted objects closely associated in a scholar’s life, the brand’s signature Bichup Self Generating Anti-Aging Essence comes beautifully repackaged in a deluxe-sized trio in silver, red, and gold emblazoned with motifs of these scholarly items. Only 150 pieces are available in Singapore.

Available at The History of Whoo counters in Tangs at Tang Plaza, Tangs at Vivocity, and Takashimaya.

8. Penhaligon's

Exclusively for Asia, Penhaligon’s has released 60 limited edition Portraits bottles, designed in collaboration with renowned artist Kristjana S. Williams. Each bottle and box of The Tragedy of Lord George; The Revenge of Lady Blanche; The Coveted Duchess Rose; and Much Ado About the Duke will be adorned with unique designs, and also signed and numbered from one to 15 by the artist.

Available at Penhaligon's Ion Orchard and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

9. Tom Ford Beauty

Exclusively for the Lunar New Year, Tom Ford Beauty has unveiled a limited edition Lip Colours collection, dressed in a fiery matte red packaging. The collection features three of Tom Ford Beauty’s best selling shades: Lip Colour Matte Velvet Cherry, Lip Colour Night Mauve, and Lip Colour Jasmin Rouge.

Available at the Tom Ford boutique and beauty counters

10. MAC Cosmetics

Reflecting the colours of the ancient Forbidden City, the MAC Lunar Illusions collection ushers in good fortune into your make-up bag. There are new colours for more fun pairings, from the dazzling Extra Dimension Skinfinish embossed with the image of a dragon to the eyeshadow palette in shimmering gold, pink and peach. 

Available at MAC Cosmetics boutiques and counters.

11. Clarins

French beauty brand Clarins' best-selling Double Serum gets outfitted in a limited edition gold bottle for the Chinese New Year. Formulated with 21 precious plant extracts, including power ingredient turmeric, the anti-ageing multitasker is the perfect booster to your skincare routine. The serum uses a hydrolipidic and biomimetic double formula to help stimulate five vital functions—hydration, nutrition, oxygenation, regeneration and protection.

Available at Clarins boutiques and counters.

12. Bobbi Brown

Dressed in an illustrated gold case designed by New York-based illustrator Dan Funderbugh, this foundation promises a smooth, flawless finish besides being 100 per cent oil-free. A boost of vitamin E ensures maximum comfort.

Available at Bobbi Brown boutiques and counters.

13. L'Occitane

The mantra "New Year, New You" starts with this L'Occitane bestseller, the Immortelle Reset Oil-in-serum infused with marjoram that resets moisture from the inside out, and acmella oleacera that relaxes facial muscles for a well-rested look. The new red and gold bottle also looks fittingly auspicious.

Available at L'Occitane boutiques.

14. Nars

A grungy take on the auspicious hues of red and gold, Nars’ Lunar New Year collection sees cult classics like the Singapore Quad Eyeshadow, Light Reflecting Setting Powder Presto N, and two new shades of the Afterglow Lip Balm in Orgasm and Nuits de Chine, dressed up in red and splattered in gold. The Aqua Glow Cushion and Natural Radiant Longwear Cushion Foundation also come with sleek and minimalist limited edition compact cases in red.

Available at Nars boutiques and counters.

15. Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury adds some magic to the Lunar New Year with a limited edition collection to celebrate the occasion. Cult favourite Magic Cream comes in a brilliant red box and jar embellished with gold, while the Matte Revolution lipstick in Magic Red gets dressed up in a metallic red bullet that deserves a place in your makeup pouch when you are making your new year visits.

Available at Sephora and online.

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