The best Chinese New Year 2021 beauty launches that are now available: Sulwhasoo, Estée Lauder, Shiseido and more
While we're still reeling over the fact that Lunar New Year 2021 is practically a month away, that's not stopping us from bookmarking some of these skin saviours that could potentially work as the perfect gifts for loved ones—and perhaps a little treat for ourselves (you deserve to indulge every once in a while). From bestselling serums to skin-blurring powders, our CNY 2021 beauty edit begins here:
Make Up For Ever Chinese New Year 2021 Collection
Be it for Zoom calls or virtual hangouts this CNY, Make Up For Ever's got your visage covered with newly-designed essentials. The Ultra HD Loose Powder will ensure your skin looks radiant from all angles—don't forget to use the limited-edition Powder Kabuki #124 to apply the powder for a seamless finish. But that's not all: Make Up For Ever's customisable magnetic palettes are also available in a chic, limited-edition design this festive season to personalise your go-to eyeshadows and complexion colours.
From RM165, available at Make Up For Ever Pavilion and Sephora
Jo Malone London Limited Edition English Pear and Freesia Cologne
It's always a good time to elevate your fragrance wardrobe and Jo Malone London has something that you may like this Lunar New Year. The brand's bestselling English Pear and Freesia Cologne now comes in a limited-edition design inspired by the ingredients—the quaint and gold floral motifs provide a lovely contrast with the gold bottle cap.
Available in 30ml (RM300) and 100ml (RM575) at Jo Malone London stores
Laura Mercier Unwrap Your Fortune Lunar New Year 2021 Collection
If you are a fan of Laura Mercier's iconic makeup products (such as the Translucent Loose Setting Powder), get your wallets ready for the new, limited-edition red-and-gold design—just in time for Lunar New Year. That, along with the Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Cushion and Rouge Essentiel Silky Creme Lipstick, are repackaged exclusively for the upcoming festive season.
Available from 15 January onwards at all Laura Mercier stores, selected Sephora stores and online at Zalora
Supergoop! Limited Edition Unseen Sunscreen Jumbo SPF40
You can never use/have enough sunscreen (even if you're staying in most of the time); Supergoop! has read our minds this Lunar New Year with a jumbo-sized version of the Unseen Sunscreen. It also doubles up as a makeup primer that leaves a velvety finish and protects skin from blue light. The best part? It works on all skin types so you don't have to worry about it leaving your skin greasy!
RM205, available here
Fenty Beauty Lip + Luminizer Set: Lunar New Year Edition
Fenty Beauty's got you covered when it comes to acing that effortless glow this Lunar New Year with a limited-edition set, comprising the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in an exclusive, champagne gold shade, and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a shimmering bright red orange. Psst: this shade is universally-flattering so you don't have to worry about not being able to pull off orange-toned makeup.
RM252, available here
L'Occitane Immortelle Reset Oil-In-Serum CNY 2021
Got stressed out skin that could really use a break? Try L'Occitane Immortelle Reset Oil-in-Serum to let your skin heal overnight—there's a reason why one of this bottle of skin saviour is sold per minute worldwide. The 50ml Prosperous Red edition is exclusive only for this Lunar New Year, so get your hands on it before it flies off the shelves.
RM385, available here
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex
Another bestselling serum you can't miss out on is Estée Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, now available in a stunning red bottle (coupled with a golden keychain with a peony charm!). What better way to welcome the Year of the Ox with glowing skin and good fortune than with this bottle of hydrating serum?
RM450, available here
Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum CNY Limited Edition
Sulwhasoo's CNY exclusive is none other than its iconic First Care Activating Serum, an anti-ageing booster serum that is now packed with the 5th-generation JAUM Activator™️ to bring out your skin's youthful glow. The Lunar New Year design—a sleek, glossy red bottle—is an absolute must-have for your vanity. Score a bottle of the First Care Activating Serum now (until 31 January) and you'll receive an additional 3-piece gift, including essentials from the Concentrated Ginseng line.
RM565, available here
Fresh Chinese New Year 2021 Collection
Fresh has got a special trio for our skin to look flawless and contoured this Lunar New Year and it comes in the most picture-worthy designs. The Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence (RM490), Black Tea Firming Corset Cream and Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask now come in vivid red packaging with gold details—not to mention, beautifully wrapped just in case you're looking to have these gifted to someone special.
Available at Fresh, Mid Valley
Shiseido New Year 2021
Shiseido's Chinese New Year 2021 line-up is our favourite this year for its beautifully intricate designs—the brand's signature red teemed with gold strokes to represent a new start to the year, and red florals as a symbol of actualising goals. You can find the designs emblazoned on the Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, the VisionAiry Gel Lipstick in #222 Ginza Red, the Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream, and Synchro Skin Cushion Compact Case.
Available in Shiseido stores
Gucci Beauty Limited-Edition Rouge Á Lévres Satin Chinese New Year Collection
COVID-19 not stopping your love for lipsticks? Rock a bold red lip this Lunar New Year with Gucci Beauty's new limited-edition lipsticks—a trio in traffic-stopping packaging to reflect the festivities this February. Inspired by vintage makeup tubes, the Rouge Á Lévres Satin Chinese New Year Collection's packaging sports a decorative, art deco-esque motif designed by Gucci's creative director Alessandro Michele.
Take your pick from three reds—two existing Rouge à Lèvres Satin red shades (25* Goldie Red and 505 Janet Rust) and a new shade, 513 Emmy Red, a warm red that's specially created for Chinese New Year.
RM145 each, available at KLCC Gucci Beauty store and the Gucci Beauty counter in Sogo Southkey Mall
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