When it comes to beauty products, we're suckers for limited-edition packaging. In honour of every Lunar New Year, brands release products emblazed with special colours (red for luck and happiness and gold for good fortune) and symbols. Case in point: our top Lunar New Year beauty picks below. —Vicki Duong
kérastase elixir ultime hair oil. With a blend of four oils, Kérastase Elixir Ultime ($62) is suitable for all hair types to add shine and prevent breakage. We love how it nourishes tresses pre-blowdry for heat styling and post-blowdry to add softness and shine. It can also be used as a pre-cleanse to remove impurities!
clarins double serum. Clarins’ iconic Double Serum ($129) got a makeover for Lunar New Year. Customers can expect anti-aging properties, such as visibly firming and minimizing lines, in limited-edition gold packaging. Proven to leave users with more radiant skin, the serum is enriched with 21 plant extracts to be the multi-tasking serum that can do it all.
estée lauder micro essence sakura. Made with double-flowered cherry blossoms and sake lees the new Estée Lauder Micro Essence ($124) is the perfect combination of nature and science in skin care. The treatment helps plump, smooth and clarify skin while also strengthening its barrier with intense deep moisture.
nudestix red love lip kit. Not just trending for Lunar New Year, a red lip is a classic year-round and Nudestix’s newest kit ($55) will have you selfie ready in no time. The kit comes with two iconic intense matte lip + cheek pencils and a plumping lip gloss in crimson hues, in a limited edition red tin.
elizabeth arden advanced ceramide capsules. Go for gold with Elizabeth Arden’s Advanced Ceramide Capsules ($98) in limited-edition red packaging. Designed to help repair your skin’s natural barrier these perfectly portion capsules is the dose of luminosity your skin needs.
avène hydrance aqua gel. Inspired by J-Beauty (skin-care from Japan) Hydrance Aqua-Gel ($59) is Avène’s all-in-one skin product. Perfect for sensitive types the formula is hypoalllergenic and paraben-free and can be used for daily moisturizer or layered thicker as an overnight mask.
pat mcgrath labs golden opulence. When it comes to eyeshadow palettes, Pat McGrath produces the most coveted collection—and the new Golden Opulence ($86) is no exception. With a combination of shimmers and mattes the palette features golds, nudes and roses perfect to create the perfect look, day or night.
biotherm life plankton essence. A serum unlike any other, Biotherm Life Plankton Essence ($99) is ultra lightweight to transform and renew skin. Described as a cosmetic water this serum sinks in quickly and works on moisture on a deep level to repair and perfect your canvas. Our fave thing about this serum: how well it layers under makeup.