Chinese New Year 2020: Limited-edition beauty essentials for your best face forward
Got your Chinese New Year-ready nails and festive hairdo down pat for next week's festivities? Don't leave the house without these makeup and skincare essentials that will ensure you look flawless in time for the countless meetups and gatherings this CNY.
From limited-edition red lipsticks by Shiseido, Chanel, Shu Uemura and Clé de Peau Beauté to evergreen classics (Laneige, Sulwhasoo and Bobbi Brown) revamped with a festive spin, these are all the exclusive beauty buys that will get you ready and raring to go this Chinese New Year:
Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet
Upgrade your lipstick stash with Chanel's new looker in the form of Rouge Allure Velvet in shade 58 Rouge Vie. This limited-edition, sophisticated red-orange hue is the perfect finishing touch to your makeup look. Plus, you can now score a set of three lippies (RM433) from the brand (in various shades of red) to match your #ootds for the entire CNY week—#score.
Available at Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutiques and counters at all leading departmental stores
Shiseido x Alina Zagitova SS20
Shiseido's collaboration with World Champion figure skater Alina Zagitova is worth a cop if you're looking for products that will give you a festive-ready visage in no time. Deck your eyes with the Essentialist Eye Shadow Palette in Fire Street Shadow (RM170) that comes in four subtle hues from shimmery pink champagne to smoky indigo; and turn heads with a statement lip courtesy of the ModernMatte Powder Lipstick in Alina Red (RM115)—a crimson red that's ultra-flattering on any skin tone.
Available at all Shiseido boutiques and departmental store counters
Shu Uemura Rouge Unlimited Flaming Reds
Speaking of red lip, Shu Uemura is upping the game this CNY with a limited-edition range that will ensure all eyes are on you the moment you enter the room. The iconic Rouge Unlimited lipstick shades RD163 (vermilion red) and OR570 (flamboyant orange) get an update by way of holographic and shimmering gold finishes—perfect to elevate your makeup look from so-so to smouldering.
The Rouge Unlimited Flaming Reds collection comprises 13 traffic-stopping lipstick shades in three textures (matte, satin and lacquer shine) with iridescent effects alongside two lip liners to keep your lip colour in check.
Priced at RM102; available at all Shu Uemura stores and counters
Clé de Peau Beauté Legend Colour Collection
Fans of Clé de Peau Beauté's lipstick shade Legend Red #103, you'll be glad to know that the Japanese beauty brand has launched a complete range inspired by this same red—in multiple finishes and textures for all occasions.
The Legend Colour Collection boasts four lip products: Lipstick Cashmere for matte lovers who want something comfortable on their lips, Radiant Liquid Rouge Shine for a dewy shine sans colour bleeding, Refined Lip Luminiser that melts at body temperature to give your lips a smooth sensation, and Radiant Lip Gloss for a sheer, vibrant finish.
Available at Clé de Peau Beauté Pavilion and departmental store counters nationwide
Laneige Bright New Year BB Cushion (Whitening)
The heat and humidity ain't got nothing on your complexion if you're wearing something that packs a punch, such as Laneige's BB Cushion - Whitening (RM165). This limited-edition cushion compact is clad in a red-and-gold packaging design this season—chic enough for both your vanity and purse, and is great for a quick touch up while you're on-the-go this CNY. Keep your skin grease-free and luminous (read: not oily) through the day with this whitening formula.
Available at all Laneige stores and counters nationwide
Nars Chinese New Year 2020 Collection
Put your best face forward with Nars' complete Chinese New Year collection. The impressive lineup sees its bestsellers all dressed up in Insta-worthy abstract red-and-gold packaging—chic, sleek and festive to boot. Score the Light Reflecting Pressed Setting Powder, Afterglow Lip Balm and Singapore Quad Eyeshadow in this limited-edition packaging, and don't miss out on two new collectible compact cases for the Aqua Glow Cushion and Natural Radiant Longwear cushion foundations.
Price ranges from RM50 (compact case) to RM185; now available at NARS Cosmetics stores and counters nationwide
Bobbi Brown Lunar New Year Collection 2020
Let your skin's radiant glow come through this CNY with Bobbi Brown's Intensive Skin Serum Foundation SPF 40 PA++++ (RM230) and Sheer Finished Pressed Powder (RM162). The bi-phase serum and oil-absorbing sheer powder now sport an artwork of festive gold blossoms exclusively designed by New York-based artist Dan Funderburgh. Also, the Luxe Liquid Lip Riche gets reimagined in metal and lustre finishes—a go-to for a high-impact statement lip.
Hourglass No.28 Lip Treatment Oil
Vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand Hourglass is also ushering in the Year of the Rat with aplomb. If you're already a fan of the Nº28 Lip Treatment Oil (RM233), get your hands on the latest reformulated addition to the existing range (comprising five shades): At Night, a super-flattering brick-red that's a bestseller from the Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick lineup.
Spot the Nº28 Lip Treatment Oil's fancy 24k gold-plated and palladium applicator which dispenses a controlled amount of formula and is anti-bacterial to keep your lips safe from nasties.
Available at Sephora Malaysia
Sulwhasoo x Antoinette Poisson First Care Activating Serum EX Limited Edition
Sulwhasoo's collaboration with French atelier A Paris Chez Antoinette Poisson sees its bestselling First Care Activating Serum EX (RM495) getting a festive facelift. The chic red box that houses the serum is illustrated with motifs of rats and golden peonies—a symbolic gesture of wealth and good fortune for the rest of the year.
Available at all Sulwhasoo stores nationwide