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Chinese New Year-Themed Beauty Treats

By Renée Batchelor

 
Clarins Double Serum 75ml, $229.

The Clarins Double Serum is a skincare staple for many, so it’s always welcome when the brand chooses to release a jumbo versions of this vitamin for the skin. This 75ml version — there’s no red though only liquid gold — will now be available permanently reducing the need to return to the store for top-ups, while reducing plastic wastage.

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Rouge Dior Limited Edition Coffret, $280.

Dior has released an elegant red case that houses five lipsticks in iconic shades of the house including Sophisticated, Favorite and 999 Velvet — a velvety finish of the house’s revered red #999. The case can be reused a mini purse during the festive season, while the different hues offers the ultimate lipstick wardrobe for any new year gatherings.

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Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum 2021 Limited Edition, $198.

Sulwhasoo’s First Care Activating Serum is one of the brand’s best-selling items. A pre-serum that is designed to be used after your cleanser, it helps rebalance the skin and restores moisture. This limited edition version comes in a striking red bottle and an outer box that bears a unique, geometric heart design that was inspired by a traditional Korean patchwork quilt to signify good luck, happiness and good health.

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Estée Lauder Limited Edition Red Double Wear Soft Glow Matte Cushion Compact, $75.

Chinese New Year packaging that goes beyond the outer box is always a bonus. This cushion compact foundation from Estée Lauder contains its long-lasting double wear formula that keeps the complexion looking fresh yet matte through long days. The case, draped in red and adorned with gold peonies is also a great keepsake that is refillable, so you can use it for the rest of the year.

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Dr. Dennis Gross Limited-Edition Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peels, $135.

It’s out with the old (skin) and in with the new when it comes to daily skin peels like Dr Dennis Gross’s Extra Strength Daily Peels that uses a careful blend of gentle acids to remove the epidermal layer of skin gradually to reveal a “fresh” new complexion. Decked out in festive colours of gold and red, this special edition also comes with five bonus treatments, to take you through the new year.

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Fenty Beauty New Year Glow, $85.

The Fenty Face is for all occasions and in the name of inclusivity, Rihanna’s top-selling makeup brand has created a special kit for Chinese New Year with two favourites, the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing for a champagne and gold sparkle all over the face and body, and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a shimmering bright orange that will liven up any makeup look.

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Kiehl’s Lunar New Year Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $180; Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, $59; Ultra Facial Cream, $125.

In celebration of the year of the Ox, Kiehl’s has comissioned art featuring this year’s animal with illustrator Weitong Mai. Mai created Moxie, an ox that is celebrating the new year in New York with its family. Special editions of Kiehl’s favourites like the Ultra Facial Cream and the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner are adorned with this cute, cartoon ox, giving them a fun, decorative element.

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Nars Singapore Quad Eyeshadow, $80.

The best-selling Singapore Quad Eyeshadow has now been dressed up in a limited edition compact decorated for the New Year. The four eyeshadow shades are subtle enough for everyday use, but have rich, high-impact pigments.

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In Chinese culture, red has always been an auspicious colour. Some believe this started with the Han dynasty where the founder and first emperor was called the son of the red emperor. Since then, the colour red has symbolised authority, privilege as well as luck. It’s no wonder that it features prominently in Chinese culture, from the red packets given out to children during Chinese New Year for luck, to the red eggs that parents gift to commemorate the first month of a newborn baby, to the red qipao that brides don. Red is also seen as a lucky colour to wear during the new year, and can also be worn on the lips and nails as a decorative element.

It’s no surprise then that beauty brands have started creating red-themed packaging for Chinese New Year. Beyond creating exclusive designs and illustrations on the outer boxes, the brands have moved into limited-edition collectibles, curated collections and jumbo sizes of some of their best-loved products. Here are T Singapore’s picks