If the new year seems like a prime time to turn your luck around, it is because it is. Changes in planetary movements aside, there is something about the beginning of a fresh period in time that signifies we should be casting out the old and embracing the new. For some, this may present itself as a thorough bout of spring cleaning to make space for up and coming players within the beauty realm. And then there are others who prefer a more spiritual take, opting to cleanse their space and energy through the strategic burning of sage. No matter the approach, the intent is clear: it’s time to let go of any lingering negativity, and embrace a new normal. Admittedly, it helps that the season of abundance is also fast approaching; a reassurance that good luck, fortune, and blessings are just around the corner. That is, Chinese New Year 2024.
For those unaware, 2024 is the Year of the Dragon; a symbol of stellar fortune, enhanced strength, and superb health in Chinese culture. Superstitious individuals are quick to point out that the harbouring of dragon motifs and/or items in hues of red and gold are guaranteed to bolster one’s auspiciousness—so, naturally, the beauty industry had to answer the call with an array of Chinese New Year 2024 limited edition releases. Should you be considering jumping upon the bandwagon, we recommend you cast your gaze on Vogue Singapore’s curation of the best picks to add to your arsenal first before taking the plunge. Happy shopping, all.
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Penhaligon's The Lucky Portraits Scent Library
New year, new fragrance. Kick off the year of the dragon with a new scent in your arsenal—the process of which will surely be aided along by the Penhaligon’s Lucky Portraits Scent Library. Dressed in a limited-edition sleeve that depicts a mighty serpentine monster surveying the land below, each set comprises Lord George; Lady Blanche; Duchess Rose; The Duke; The World According to Arthur; Changing Constance; The Blazing Mr Sam; Heartless Helen; Terrible Teddy; and The Inimitable William Penhaligon.
Penhaligon’s The Lucky Portraits Scent Library, $61, available at all Penhaligon’s boutiques.
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Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence Lunar New Year Limited Edition
If upping your skincare game is a key resolution for 2024, look to the Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence; a highly-versatile solution that works to protect and repair the visage from environmental stressors. Fine lines, dryness, and dullness are eradicated with sustained use—aided along by its fast absorbing abilities that makes it the perfect fit for anyone looking to make their night-time regime more efficacious.
Fresh Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence Lunar New Year Limited Edition, $195, available at Sephora.
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Givenchy Beauty Prisme Libre Loose Powder Pastel Celebration No.13
The cult-favourite Prisme Libre Loose Powder is available in an all-new variant this Chinese New Year. Enter: the Loose Powder Pastel Celebration No.13; a quartet comprising a pale pink, warm lilac, bright blue-violet as well as a pinkish white that is designed to enhance the skin’s natural radiance while also blurring imperfections. All of this is housed within a specially-designed case in a bright, auspicious red adorned with with silver-tipped scales in a bid to reflect this year’s zodiac: the dragon.
Givenchy Beauty Prisme Libre Loose Powder Pastel Celebration No.13, $107, available at Sephora.
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Nars Lunar New Year Quad Eyeshadow in St Paul De Vence
Adorn your lids in a vivid wash of colour utilising these high-impact pigments from Nars. Boasting four highly-versatile shades of apricot, taupe, beige, and champagne gold, it comprises a velvety-soft texture which makes it a dream to blend out, smoothing out with just a few strokes of an eyeshadow brush to grant a balanced, even finish. Use this with an eyeshadow primer for long-lasting results that stay on despite Singapore’s relentless humidity.
Nars Lunar New Year Quad Eyeshadow in St Paul De Vence, $70, available at Nars
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Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Special Edition
The iconic hair dryer is now available in a Prussian blue and topaz colourway to celebrate the advent of the Year of the Dragon. “The team is inspired to develop bold new colours never seen before in this space,” elucidates Emma Sheldon, VP of Colours, Materials, and Finishes at Dyson. “The combination of Prussian blue, topaz and peacock turquoise for the special-edition range creates a striking contrast, with each element having meaning and purpose.”
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Special Edition, $699, available at Dyson
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Clé de Peau Beauté Le Serum
The luxury label pays tribute to its one-of-a-kind Skin Intelligence technology this season by embellishing the cult-favourite Le Serum with a dragon-shaped “xī”—a design that signifies perception and smarts. Said serum brims with anti-ageing ingredients that helps activate a complexion’s source of vitality and health, which is represented by the opulent tableau that gleams in the light and is meant to signify an individual’s ceaseless pursuit of radiance. Created by Beijing craft artist, Xi Wen, the print is also embossed on red packets that will be given with each purchase of this exclusive serum.
Clé de Peau Beauté Le Serum, $300, available at Clé de Peau Beauté as well as selected Tangs, Metro, Isetan, Takashimaya, and BHG counters from 12 January
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Oribe Magnificent Volume Set
A full, bouncy mane is within reach thanks to this limited edition set by Oribe. This Lunar New Year, treat yourself to the Magnificent Volume Set which comprises a Oribe Shampoo for Magnificent Volume, Conditioner for Magnificent Volume, and Maximista Thickening Spray—all of which guarantees plumped-up, amplified locks after sustained use. All three products are housed within a stunning gift box designed by Australian-Chinese artist, Chris Chun, who has adorned it with lush flowers ranging from white peony roses to la mariposa balance—the national flower of Cuba—in homage to co-founder Oribe Canales’ place of birth.
Oribe Magnificient Volume Set, $166, available at Oribe
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Sulwhasoo Limited Edition First-Care Activating Serum
The K-Beauty brand’s top-selling First-Care Activating Serum has undergone an auspicious new makeover this January. The limited edition flacon is designed to resemble a piece of art, with an amber-coloured dragon emblazoned upon its cap. The fantastical beast’s soar through the sky is accompanied by a pearl that is reimagined as an inventive heart shape, with the Sulwhasoo label written in traditional Chinese characters. Add it to your arsenal of potent skincare favourites in 2024, stat.
Sulwhasoo Limited Edition First-Care Activating Serum, $210, available at Sulwhasoo
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Charlotte Tilbury Limited Edition Queen of Luck Luxury Palette
The renowned make-up artist and entrepreneur is dispensing the gift of luck, confidence, light, and magic energy onto beauty buffs this year with a limited edition eyeshadow palette comprising emollient-rich shadows that glide on like a dream.
“Working with my world-leading labs, I have innovated the dreamiest, iridescent duo-chrome golden-pink metallic ‘Enhance’ shade, that gilds your eyes with the soft ethereal glow of moonlight and makes them appear instantly bigger and brighter,” Tilbury elucidates. “It’s like real gold, bottled!
Charlotte Tilbury Limited Edition Queen of Luck Luxury Palette, $95, available at Sephora