10 Chinese New Year beauty collections in Hong Kong: 2021 edition

Forget Lunar New Year lai see; we’ll take our happiness, health and prosperity in the form of some special Chinese New Year beauty collections instead, please!

With so many limited-edition CNY beauty ranges launching in Hong Kong, we’ve rounded up the most covetable festive makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrances available to celebrate the Year Of The Ox – receiving those all-important auspicious blessings never looked so good.

Charlotte Tilbury

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Beauty guru to the stars Charlotte Tilbury is sprinkling some of her trademark makeup magic over Chinese New Year with a limited-edition collection of special red-and-gold adorned items.

Her much-loved ultra-hydrating Magic Cream moisturiser has received a festive makeover with a sparkling red-and-gold lid, while there’s also three new super-flattering lipsticks in lucky shades of scarlet to help you celebrate the Year of the Ox in style.

Available from Charlotte Tilbury


Photo: Fresh

Get set for a blooming lovely Lunar New Year with Fresh’s fabulously floral holiday collection.

The limited-edition three-piece set features some of the brand’s bestsellers from their radiance-boosting Black Tea Collection, all decorated with beautifully blossoming designs. Take your pick from the Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence, Black Tea Firming Corset Cream or Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask – or splash out on all three for a real new year skincare treat. 

Available from Fresh

MAC Cosmetics

Photo: MAC

If you’ve already overdosed on red and gold this CNY, MAC’s quirky Moon Masterpiece Collection is the range for you.

Featuring colour-popping neon-hued packaging inspired by Pop Art, they’ve got everything you need for a Lunar New Year glow-up – including five different shades of lipstick, two long-lasting lip stains, two gorgeously-flushed powder-blush duos, a versatile nine-shade eyeshadow palette and the star of the collection, a fish-embossed shimmering Skinfinish highlighter powder. 

Available from MAC Cosmetics


Photo: Lush

Green beauty pioneers Lush can always be relied upon to deliver something extra-adorable for the holidays – and they’ve done it again with two unique, zero-waste goodies for Chinese New Year.

Their Godiva Lucky Coin Shampoo Bar delivers total TLC for your hair by conditioning and cleansing with a divine combination of camellia oil and jasmine absolute, while their Dragon Legend Bubble Stick promises to make bathtimes a whole lot luckier with an uplifting blend of dragon fruit powder and ylang ylang oil.

Available from Lush

Shu Uemura

Photo: Shu Uemura

They say a girl can never have too many red lipsticks – and that’s a philosophy Shu Uemura is bringing to the fore with their vibrant Rouge Unlimited Iron Reds Collection. 

Red lipstick lovers will be spoilt for choice with this attention-grabbing line-up of eight adventurous shades of red lipstick and nine head-turning hues of liquid lipstick, in a range of matte, satin, lacquer shine and brazen metallic finishes – all dressed in Shu’s stand-out CNY packaging of scarlet dripped with molten gold. Love the packaging but suffering from lipstick overload? Snap up the similarly-attired festive versions of their signature Ultime8 cleansing oil, Hard Formula brow pencil or Petal 55 foundation brush instead.

Available from Shu Uemura


Photo: Penhaligon’s

You won’t find a more perfect scent to celebrate the Year Of The Ox than Penhaligon’s moo-tastic The Blazing Mr Sam fragrance, which features a whimsical golden bull’s head atop its bottle.

Part of the heritage perfume house’s permanent Portraits Collection, this ox-traordinary scent showcases a headstrong blend of black pepper, cardamom, cumin, cedarwood and patchouli – making for an unusual spice-soaked fragrance you’ll never forget, whatever the Chinese zodiac year. 

Available from Penhaligon’s


Photo: NARS

Chinese New Year tradition meets contemporary French chic with NARS’ beautifully bold festive collection, which sees each makeup item delicately clad in limited-edition red-and-gold floral designs.

Beauty connoisseurs are sure to be smitten with four shades of luxurious lipstick and an elegant eyeshadow quad in petal-soft neutral hues – all finished off with the brand’s cult classic Light Reflecting Setting Powder, to lock that Lunar New Year look into place in truly luminous fashion.

Available from NARS


Photo: Oribe

Make sure your Year Of The Ox is filled with good hair days galore thanks to haircare experts Oribe’s super-sized CNY gift box.

This sumptuous set features two special bumper litre-sized bottles of their Signature Shampoo and Conditioner duo, which come loaded with nourishing ingredients like macadamia nut seed oil and ginger extract, all packaged in a celebratory red-and-gold box for good measure.

Available from JOYCE Beauty


Photo: Guerlain

Get lippy this Lunar New Year with a pair of highly covetable, limited-edition versions of Guerlain’s iconic Rouge G lipsticks – with both refillable cases featuring eye-catching depictions of the beauty house’s trademark bee motif.

Their Lucky Bee silver case boasts a bejewelled bee design scattered with red and gold rhinestones and includes Guerlain’s best-selling red lipstick shade, the auspiciously-numbered 214. Meanwhile, the Blooming Bee Double Mirror Cap case features a unique red-and-gold bee patterned design, which you can then fill with whatever lipstick colour you desire.

Available from Guerlain

Laura Mercier

Photo: Laura Mercier

Give your makeup drawer a generous scattering of good fortune this Year Of The Ox with Laura Mercier’s auspiciously-attired Lunar New Year collection.

This trio of the brand’s beauty best-sellers – their Rouge Essentiel Silky Crème Lipstick, Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Cushion, and Translucent Loose Setting Powder – has been revamped to feature classy limited-edition red-and-gold packaging, delivering everything you need to guarantee total complexion perfection all year long

Available from Laura Mercier

See also: 8 lucky Chinese New Year puddings to get in Hong Kong

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