January 22nd, 2024
Lunar New Year is a time of celebration, welcoming a new lunar year and the start of spring. The festival represents togetherness and prosperity, with Lunar New Year traditions including dining and spending time with family and friends, cleaning the home to make space for good fortune, and gifting essentials for the coming year. Lunar New Year 2024
2024 is the Year of the Dragon and this year it falls on 10th February. In the Lunar Calendar the Dragon represents power, ambition, passion and creativity. In Chinese culture, the Dragon isn’t just a monster; it’s a revered being, symbolising auspiciousness, good fortune and strong energy. Emperors used it as a symbol of authority and stories tell of heroes riding dragons on celestial journeys. Many of this year’s releases include dragon scales, as well as the mighty creature itself.
We round up our favourites – remember these are limited edition so probably won’t hang around for long.
Charlotte Tilbury Queen of Luck Luxury Palette (£45) To celebrate the dawn of a new year filled with prosperity and magic, this limited-edition palette is designed to make eye colour sparkle and pop this Lunar New Year. Infused with multi-reflecting pearlescent pigments, these emollient rich, highly-pigmented golden hues blend seamlessly and play with the light The iridescent duo-chrome golden-pink metallic Enhance shade gilds eyes with the soft ethereal glow of moonlight and makes them appear instantly bigger and brighter.
The Laura Mercier Radiant Fortune Collection showcases three icon products reimagined in festive packaging with intricate dragons. Lunar New Year Blush Colour Infusion (£28.50) is a longwearing, sheer powder blush that provides 10 hours of buildable, natural-looking cheek colour for all skin tones. Lunar New Year Translucent Loose Setting Powder & Velour Puff Set is Laura’s makeup must-have to set and maintain the colour of foundation, with 16hr wear and 24hr shine control. Lunar New Year Mini Roseglow Caviar Stick Duo (£26) a limited-edition duo of extremely versatile cream eyeshadow sticks deliver effortless application, intense, buildable colour and up to 12-hour wear.
YENSA 2024 Lunar New Year Tin (£58.94). Rooted in Chinese culture and inspired by the ancient Zuo Yue Zi practice, YENSA combines modern superfood science with asian rituals to nourish and improve skin over time. To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, symbolising confidence, strength, and health, YENSA has created a clean, luxurious collection. The tin contains Luxe Lip Oil in Clear Path and Rising Ruby and Vibrant Silk Lipstick in Infinity and Virtue. Available from 29th January.
Pat McGrath Labs have launched a number of limited-edition products to celebrate the coming of the dragon. We love the Luxe Quad: Bronze Borealis New Year Edition (£55) despite it being in the same red and gold packaging as last year. The four striking bronze and captivating copper hues deliver intensely saturated colour in a single swipe. Blendable and ultra-buildable, the tones transition seamlessly from day to night. Available with free express shipping to the UK.
NARS Cosmetics have also launched three products to celebrate the Lunar New Year Collection featuring bestselling NARS essentials in festive red packaging. Lunar New Year Quad Eyeshadow (£44) with matte apricot, beige, and taupe brown shades nods to this year’s Pantone colour of the year; Lunar New Year Powermatte Lipstick (£26.50) and Lunar New Year Light Reflecting Setting Powder Set (£37) which includes a mini brush.
Chantecaille Year of the Dragon Lipstick (£45). A smoothing, hydrating lipstick infused with hyaluronic acid for lips that look brilliantly glossy and plumped.
Colorkey have a range of palettes and lip colours to celebrate the New Year, from $8.99
The Bobbi Brown Glow With Luck limited edition Lunar New Year collection includes two Blush & Highlight Duos (£40 each), three Luxe Eyeshadows (£32 each) in metallic shades and Soothing Cleansing Oil (£42) in limited edition packaging.
Fresh have released three of their hero products in limited-edition packaging, with dragon accents. Choose from Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treament Essence (£110), Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum (£99) and Black Tea Anti-Ageing Ceremide Moisturiser (£86)
Beautylish have released this year’s adorable Year of the Dragon Lunar New Year Brush (£127.50). It features a festive design, illustrated by artist Steph Fung and rendered in maki-e lacquer by skilled Japanese artisans. Limited quanities of previous year designs are also available.
Shu Uemura’s Invincible Reds collection isn’t available in the UK but includes a whole range of limited edition new year packaged beauty essentials, including an eye pencil, kinu cream, face colour, lip stick and cleansing oil. The lipsticks have dragon scales on them.
Benefit Dandelion Gold (£30) is a gorgeous dragon scale embossed limited-edition Dandelion blush with a golden soft-shimmer finish.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Limited Edition: Chinese New Year Glow Seeker Highlighter (£39) has a fabulous dragon embossed on the pan.
Zeesea Cosmetics Palace Identity Chinese Dragon Lipstick (£32). Inspired by the Imperial Throne Room in the Jinluan Palace, the dragon decorated casing is designed to blend the ancient Oriental verve with modern fashion. In three shades that give intense colour payoff and a matte finish. Cruelty free.
Only available in the US, the Tower 28 Beauty Kung Fu Panda collaboration is one of our favourites. Comprising a lip and cheek set, a gift set with chop sticks and a steamer alongside beauty essentials, and SOS Rescue Spray the range is black, white and red all over!
Clé De Peau Beauté’s The Serum – Lunar New Year Limited Edition (£225) has had a gorgeous makeover.
As has Clinique’s limited edition Lunar New Year Dramatically Different Moisturiser (£53) alongside a couple of the other skincare products in the range. The brand have also released a Limited Edition Lunar New Year Cheek Pop Highlighter (£25).
Estee Lauder are also on the limited-edition packaging bandwagon with several of their best sellers available in gold and red, alongside a Limited Edition Pure Color Lipstick in shade 333 Persuasive (£34).
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