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Lucky makeup and skin care for the Year of the Rabbit

Charlotte Tilbury’s New Year collection includes a limited-edition matte lipstick called Blossom Red.
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IT is not really difficult to believe that I used to be one of those people who bought makeup that was created for the Pantone Color of the Year, or the Lunar New Year.

That’s no longer the person that I am. I try to avoid the physical stores and just respectfully browse online. So why have I not been buying any of these limited-edition releases? Because I only have one face and the pandemic has taught me that you only should buy what you can use. I am by no means a minimalist. I am just more careful with spending these days.

So here’s what’s going on right now in the beauty scene. Charlotte Tillbury has released some of the brand’s most popular products—the Magic Cream, Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, and Airbrush Flawless Finish pressed powder in limited-edition Year of the Rabbit packaging with a plum blossom design printed in a vibrant shade of red.

I expected Charlotte Tilbury to repackage the brand’s iconic Pillow Talk lipstick for this collection but, no, she released a limited-edition Matte Revolution Lipstick in Blossom Red, a warm, tawny, orange-red lip color. Charlotte’s limited-edition lipsticks are always unique and beautiful. What comes to mind is The Queen, a vibrant deep pink which was released in honor of Queen Elizabeth II. So, yes, Blossom  Red is a must-have.

“Rabbits are a symbol of beauty, elegance and luck—they are known for being the luckiest sign in the zodiac. To celebrate this New Year, I have adorned my world-famous beauty secrets in lucky, limited-edition plum blossom print packaging. Plum blossoms are the first to bloom in the New Year and they traditionally represent perseverance and hope. Darlings, I am wishing you all a LUCKY NEW YEAR!” said Charlotte Tilbury in the brand’s web site.

Estée Lauder is launching Radiance in Bloom for the 2023 Lunar New Year and the collection features the brand’s popular skin care and makeup products in a limited-edition red floral design. There’s an eyeshadow palette, Estée Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair Serum, Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Gel-Creme, and a limited-edition natural red lipstick called Radiance in Bloom.

M.A.C. Cosmetics’ Lunar New Year collection is imprinted with the Chinese loop, which pays homage to the signs of immortality and stability. There are two limited-edition matte lipstick shades, Taupe of the List and Lookin’ Like Wealth. Of course, my eyes are on Taupe of the List, which is more pink than brown based on pictures I have seen.

Certainly one of the most eye-catching Lunar New Year releases is the SK-II PITERA Facial Treatment Essence, which has been given a new, time-limited look featuring the iconic White Rabbit candy. Tapping into the childhood nostalgia of those born in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, the facial essence has an all-white exterior, replicating the coat of a white rabbit, and is patterned with the candy brand’s recognizable red and blue shades. In Hong Kong, the brand has prepared matching red lai see packets covered in White Rabbit graphics for every purchase of the essence.

Meanwhile, Fenty Beauty has unveiled a new limited-edition set of Rihanna’s must-haves like the Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil and the Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer.

No one does shine and glitter like Fenty Beauty and the diamond-dusted highlighter in Royal Icing delivers a champagne gold-toned sparkle that complements all skin tones. The Gloss Bomb is in Cheeky, a bright red-orange shade. On a side note, if they weren’t so expensive, I would collect Fenty Beauty Gloss Bombs. They all look and feel so good on the lips, and there is something quite comforting about swiping the applicator.

Back to the topic at hand. Shiseido has reimagined its popular Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate range with colorful Lunar New Year-inspired limited-edition packaging. The design was inspired by the softness, flexibility and power of the rabbit. The limited-edition Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate is available as a single and double set. I love Ultimune and I’ve said this over and over that it’s something that’s always in my skin-care regimen and this limited-edition packaging is everything.

Sephora Favorites has released a Year of the Water Rabbit Makeup Luxe Gift Set that includes Armani Beauty Lip Power in 405, Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray, Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Obsidian, Lancôme Lash Idôle Mascara, Laura Mercier Caviar Stick in Rose Gold, NARS Mini Orgasm Blush, Velour Lashes Effortless Lash-Mini Me, and Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Shine in 45. The set retails for $60.

Image credits: www.charlottetilbury.com



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