Hear Me Roar: 8 Fierce Products To Celebrate Lunar New Year

Ring in the Year of the Tiger on February 1 with these paw-fect limited-edition beauty launches

Take a walk on the wild side with our red-hot picks for Lunar New Year 2022. Photo / Mecca

It’s time to harness the fierce feline within this Chinese New Year (or Lunar New Year as it’s better known), with 15 days of consecutive celebrations kicking off on February 1.

This date signifies the start of the Year of the Tiger, who, according to legends of the Chinese zodiac, came third to the Rat and Ox in a Great Race set by the Jade Emperor to win his favour.

It’s unsurprising, then, that people born in the Year of the Tiger are known to be extremely competitive, courageous and ambitious. This drive is matched only by a desire to seek justice for others.

If you were born in 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 or 2010 your birthday will fall during the Year of the Tiger, with notable Tigers including Queen Elizbeth II, Stevie Wonder, Bon Jovi, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lady Gaga and Shawn Mendes.

Astrologers predict 2022 will bring with it plenty of risk-taking and adventure — a time to fiercely pursue passions and experience enthusiasm anew.

To mark the occasion, a number of beauty brands have flexed their creative side with the unveiling of bright and bold limited-edition offerings that reflect the strength and determination of the Tiger. 

Dermalogica Multi-Vitamin Power Recovery Masque Lunar New Year 2022 Limited Edition, $112
Skin feeling a little lacklustre following a summer of sun, salt and sea? Enter Dermalogica’s vitamin-loaded masque, said to restore the condition of dull, dry, dehydrated or damaged skin with its blend of vitamins A, C, E and linoleic acid. Plus it’s stand-out packaging will make remembering to apply it weekly an easy task. Dermalogica.co.nz

Glasshouse Fragrances Year Of The Tiger Limited Edition 380g Soy Candle, $59
Glasshouse Fragrances’ signature scent, Kyoto In Bloom, gets a makeover this Lunar New Year. It’s the fragrance we know and love, but reskinned in shimmering gold packaging to signify the confidence, strength and charm of the Tiger. The scent opens with notes of fresh lime, bergamot and zesty citrus, before unfolding to reveal notes of camellia and lotus flower. Warming amber, sandalwood, musk and vanilla come to the fore in the dry down. Nz.glasshousefragrances.com

Sulwhasoo Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum, $309
In Chinese culture, knots symbolise good luck and prosperity, helping to ward off evil spirits. Discover the Lucky Knot adorning Sulwhasoo’s limited-edition release of its Concentrated Ginseng Renewing Serum, which helps to revitalise skin and promote a healthy, more youthful-looking complexion. As the name suggests, it harnesses the rejuvenating properties of ginseng stems, leaves and roots, to restore elasticity to skin and target fine lines and wrinkles. Available from Sephora or online at Sephora.nz

Clinique Limited Edition Year Of The Tiger Lunar New Year Collection, priced from $52
Clinique never misses a beat when it comes to fun and fanciful packaging, and its limited-edition Year of the Tiger release is no different. Take your pick from four paw-fect products — including the Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ or Oil Control Gel Jumbo which are topped with a gilt tiger head cap, $100 each; red and gold Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector + Interruptor Jumbo, $298; or our personal favourite, the Cheek Pop Highlighter in the shade Gold Celebration Pop, $52 (pictured), which is stamped with a tiger motif. Available from Clinique counters inside selected department stores, or online at Clinique.co.nz

Kiehl’s Lunar New Year Limited Edition Collection, priced from $55
For the fourth consecutive year, Kiehl’s has revealed its latest artist collaboration, this time with illustrator and comic artist, Mojo Wang. Mojo’s designs decorate a handful of the brand’s best-sellers, including the Ultra Facial Cream, $107; Calendula Toner, $62 (pictured); Clearly Corrective Dark Spot Solution, $211; and Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask, $55. Each product tells the story of Mojo the Tiger, who celebrates the Lunar New Year in amongst New York City icons like taxis and skyscrapers. Available from Kiehl’s counters inside selected department stores, or online at Themarket.com. Please note: Rare Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask is available in-store only

Clarins Limited-Edition Chinese New Year Double Serum 75ml, $240
It’s been more than three decades since Clarins first released its now-iconic Double Serum, with one product sold every five seconds globally. This year, the unique formulation comes housed in limited-edition Lunar New Year packaging in 30ml, 50ml and 75ml formats. Upping the feel-good factor, Clarins has also announced its partnership with WWF China in a bid to protect the endangered North-Eastern tigers in China. The partnership will aim to raise both awareness and funds for this preservation of the species, as led by WWF, with a view to secure a future for this majestic creature in the wild. Available from selected department stores or online at Clarinsnewzealand.co.nz

Nars Special Deco Eye Shadow Quad, $79
Go luxe this Lunar New Year with Nars’ limited-edition eyeshadow offering, which includes cult classic shade Taj Mahal. The warming neutral is flanked by two shimmering mattes and a glistening metallic gold to create a host of party-worthy eye looks. Available from Mecca or online at Meccabeauty.co.nz

Kérastase Elixir Ultime L'Huile Original Hair Oil Tiger Rouge Limited-Edition, $66 
Lust-worthy locks are within reach with Kérastase's signature hair oil, newly presented in a swirling gold and red, tiger-inspired design. The hair beautifying oil works wonders on every hair type to help restore strength, offer nourishment and lend shine (but without adding weight). More than this, it also offers protection against humidity, heat and frizz. A true all-rounder, indeed. 
Available from selected salons and online retailers, or see Themarket.com 

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