Beauty Buys for That Flawless Lunar New Year Look

These brands are ringing in the auspicious season with exclusive must-haves for your collection.
Published: January 31, 2024
Photo: Courtest of Shu Uemura

2024 is the Year of the Dragon; a symbol of good luck, strength, and health in Chinese culture. Harbouring dragon motifs and/or items in hues of red and gold is guaranteed to bolster one’s auspiciousness—or so the superstitious will say. 

And so the season calls for an array of Chinese New Year 2024 limited edition releases. If you’re looking into amplifying your auspicious look to manifest all good things coming your way this year. Here are ELLE Singapore’s curated selection of beauty and skincare buys.

1. The Sulwhasoo First Care Activating Serum

Sulwhasoo ushers in the Lunar New Year with their Limited-Edition First Care Activating Serum as a tribute to the auspicious Year of the Dragon. The exclusive release reinterprets the traditional dragon, a symbol of authority and power, from Sulwhasoo’s unique and artistic standpoint. 

Sulwhasoo Limited-Edition First Care Activating Serum 120ml, $210

The limited-edition Activating Serum resembles a piece of art—graceful and delicate lines fall into place to illustrate an amber-coloured dragon on the product’s packaging and design. With the brand’s logo in Chinese characters and a heart-shaped magic pearl, this dragon symbolises the bringing in of good luck for the New Year.

The Sulwhasoo Limited Edition First Care Activating Serum for the Year of the Dragon will be available for purchase at Sephora, online and in stores, starting 1 January 2024.

2. The Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel

Keep your skin looking smooth, radiant and healthy through all your long-hour visitations with Dr Dennis Gross’ Universal Daily Peel. Consider this a small but essential pre-makeup step in your routine, to look and feel good as you go about your day.

Lift away dead skin, excess oil and impurities with the two step daily treatment powered by 5 AHA/BHAs, without ever throwing your skin off balance. The Lunar New Year Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel (30+5 Treatments) is now available at Sephora while stocks last.

3. The Fresh Black Tea Age Renewal Cream (Lunar New Year Limited Edition)

Protect your skin from environmental stressors while increasing smoothness with the Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence from Fresh. This liquid treatment also minimises the look of pores and fine lines, hydrates, and preps for next steps. It's like liquid gold for your skin, and it's available in limited edition Year of the Dragon special packaging.

The Limited-Edition Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence is available in Sephora, online and physical stores.

4. The NARS Lunar New Year Quad Eyeshadow

NARS takes New Year’s glam to the next level with the Lunar New Year Quad Eyeshadow. The limited edition Quad Eyeshadow enhances your eyes with festive colour for a glamorous and blooming look.

The eyeshadow palette offers you a warm selection of colours and pigment—choose between a light champagne gold with silver sparkle, or add dramatic depth with layers of matte apricot, beige, and taupe brown shades.

The limited edition NARS palette is available in stores, supporting outlets and online at $70. 

5. The Shu Uemura Invincible Reds Collection: Unlimited Kinu Matte

Invincible Reds Rouge Unlimited Kinu Matte in BG 933 ($56)

Looking for the perfect lippie shade for the festive season? The invincible reds collection by shu uemura, unlimited kinu matte, is a limited edition lineup inspired by the Year of the Dragon. With captivating shades like BG933– a trendy soft beige, and RD 171 – the classic auspicious red, have your pick at the festive offerings and give your makeup look a pop of playful colour.

A calligraphic dragon design engraved in gold on auspicious red packaging adds luxe to your makeup collection. With 3D matte technology, it is the perfect addition for enduring your festive indulgences this Lunar New Year.

6. The Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powder (Lunar New Year Limited Edition)

If there’s one thing we love about the New Year’s, it’s hot pots and lots of festive food—but all that steam could easily ruin your perfect glam. The Givenchy Prisme Loose Powder combines four soft pastel shades, creating a flawless and natural glow. 

Of course, in the spirit of auspiciousness and prosperity, it is topped with a vibrant red dragon scale pattern on the cap and accents of red on its powder puff too. Keep your makeup intact through all the house visits, and consider this as your go-to makeup essential for the Lunar New Year.

The Givenchy Prisme Loose Powder (Lunar New Year Limited Edition) retails for $107 at Sephora.

7. The Oribe 2024 Lunar New Year Collection

Oribe Hair Care offers two new limited edition gift sets designed exclusively for the Lunar New Year, custom-crafted by Australian-Chinese artist Chris Chun.

Magnificent Volume Set ($166)

The collection’s packaging is designed with peony roses alongside la mariposa—a balance of auspicious jewel tones that beckon prosperity. Intertwined with wood dragons Chun’s vibrant designs inspire a new year filled with gratitude, joy and great prosperity.

Magnificent Volume Set ($166)

The conditioner delivers featherweight conditioning, while the shampoo’s body-building and plumping polymers cleanses for uplifting volume and thickness. For heat protection, use the Maximista Thickening Spray styles in largesse, to hold and amplify your hair’s volume. 

Curated with Oribe’s best sellers in mind, these limited edition gift sets are available from January 2024 on and at Oribe salon partners nationwide.

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