10 Chinese New Year beauty collections in Hong Kong: 2021 edition
By: Rachel Read
February 8, 2021
Forget Lunar New Year lai see; we’ll take our happiness, health and prosperity in the form of some special Chinese New Year beauty collections instead, please!
With so many limited-edition CNY beauty ranges launching in Hong Kong, we’ve rounded up the most covetable festive makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrances available to celebrate the Year Of The Ox – receiving those all-important auspicious blessings never looked so good.
Beauty guru to the stars Charlotte Tilbury is sprinkling some of her trademark makeup magic over Chinese New Year with a limited-edition collection of special red-and-gold adorned items.
Her much-loved ultra-hydrating Magic Cream moisturiser has received a festive makeover with a sparkling red-and-gold lid, while there’s also three new super-flattering lipsticks in lucky shades of scarlet to help you celebrate the Year of the Ox in style.
Available from Charlotte Tilbury
Get set for a blooming lovely Lunar New Year with Fresh’s fabulously floral holiday collection.
The limited-edition three-piece set features some of the brand’s bestsellers from their radiance-boosting Black Tea Collection, all decorated with beautifully blossoming designs. Take your pick from the Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, Black Tea Firming Corset Cream or Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – or splash out on all three for a real new year skincare treat.
Available from Fresh
If you’ve already overdosed on red and gold this CNY, MAC’s quirky Moon Masterpiece Collection is the range for you.
Featuring colour-popping neon-hued packaging inspired by Pop Art, they’ve got everything you need for a Lunar New Year glow-up – including five different shades of lipstick, two long-lasting lip stains, two gorgeously-flushed powder-blush duos, a versatile nine-shade eyeshadow palette and the star of the collection, a fish-embossed shimmering Skinfinish highlighter powder.
Available from MAC Cosmetics
Green beauty pioneers Lush can always be relied upon to deliver something extra-adorable for the holidays – and they’ve done it again with two unique, zero-waste goodies for Chinese New Year.
Their Godiva Lucky Coin Shampoo Bar delivers total TLC for your hair by conditioning and cleansing with a divine combination of camellia oil and jasmine absolute, while their Dragon Legend Bubble Stick promises to make bathtimes a whole lot luckier with an uplifting blend of dragon fruit powder and ylang ylang oil.
Available from Lush
They say a girl can never have too many red lipsticks – and that’s a philosophy Shu Uemura is bringing to the fore with their vibrant Rouge Unlimited Iron Reds Collection.
Red lipstick lovers will be spoilt for choice with this attention-grabbing line-up of eight adventurous shades of red lipstick and nine head-turning hues of liquid lipstick, in a range of matte, satin, lacquer shine and brazen metallic finishes – all dressed in Shu’s stand-out CNY packaging of scarlet dripped with molten gold. Love the packaging but suffering from lipstick overload? Snap up the similarly-attired festive versions of their signature Ultime8 cleansing oil, Hard Formula brow pencil or Petal 55 foundation brush instead.
Available from Shu Uemura
You won’t find a more perfect scent to celebrate the Year Of The Ox than Penhaligon’s moo-tastic The Blazing Mr Sam fragrance, which features a whimsical golden bull’s head atop its bottle.
Part of the heritage perfume house’s permanent Portraits Collection, this ox-traordinary scent showcases a headstrong blend of black pepper, cardamom, cumin, cedarwood and patchouli – making for an unusual spice-soaked fragrance you’ll never forget, whatever the Chinese zodiac year.
Available from Penhaligon’s
Chinese New Year tradition meets contemporary French chic with NARS’ beautifully bold festive collection, which sees each makeup item delicately clad in limited-edition red-and-gold floral designs.
Beauty connoisseurs are sure to be smitten with four shades of luxurious lipstick and an elegant eyeshadow quad in petal-soft neutral hues – all finished off with the brand’s cult classic Light Reflecting Setting Powder, to lock that Lunar New Year look into place in truly luminous fashion.
Available from NARS
Make sure your Year Of The Ox is filled with good hair days galore thanks to haircare experts Oribe’s super-sized CNY gift box.
This sumptuous set features two special bumper litre-sized bottles of their Signature Shampoo and Conditioner duo, which come loaded with nourishing ingredients like macadamia nut seed oil and ginger extract, all packaged in a celebratory red-and-gold box for good measure.
Available from JOYCE Beauty
Get lippy this Lunar New Year with a pair of highly covetable, limited-edition versions of Guerlain’s iconic Rouge G lipsticks – with both refillable cases featuring eye-catching depictions of the beauty house’s trademark bee motif.
Their Lucky Bee silver case boasts a bejewelled bee design scattered with red and gold rhinestones and includes Guerlain’s best-selling red lipstick shade, the auspiciously-numbered 214. Meanwhile, the Blooming Bee Double Mirror Cap case features a unique red-and-gold bee patterned design, which you can then fill with whatever lipstick colour you desire.
Available from Guerlain
Give your makeup drawer a generous scattering of good fortune this Year Of The Ox with Laura Mercier’s auspiciously-attired Lunar New Year collection.
This trio of the brand’s beauty best-sellers – their Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick, Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Cushion, and Translucent Loose Setting Powder – has been revamped to feature classy limited-edition red-and-gold packaging, delivering everything you need to guarantee total complexion perfection all year long
Available from Laura Mercier