Limited Edition Packaging

Usually beauty brands would collaborate with artists to create limited edition packing of their usual products, and often I am fascinated with such packaging and love to compare it to the original design. I would be more interested if the limited edition one was designed by an artist or designer.



Laneige Water Sleeping Pack_EX, original packaging

This is the product laneige is famous for, the sleeping mask. This is the 3rd version of this product. The first version was around for quite long, and then there was the 2ndshort lived version that was replaced with this alcohol free one after a short period. I just bought one for myself to try.

Summer 2011

Winter 2011

They have this right now. It started from mid November this year. It’s in collaboration with illustrator Sanna Annukkafor Christmas, along with several other best sellers.


Shu Uemura

Shu Uemura often has collaborations for their famous cleansing oils. Sometimes it’s for the whole series, sometimes it’s only for a certain product.

Shu Uemura High Performance Cleansing Oil, original packagings

Collaboration with artist Ai Yamaguchi:


Hana Kotaba, 2005


Collaboration with artist John Tremblay.

Tokyo Kamon Girls, 2009

This was in collaboration with renowned manga artist and beauty expert Moyoco Anno. I have the brightening one and finish using it! I’m keeping the bottle for refills in future.


They collaborated with Lisa Kohno, winner of Shu Uemura Art Award 2009, for a few items and one of them was the cleansing oil in premium A/O advanced formula.


Collaboration with Wong Kar Wai, for the brightening version of the cleansing oil.



Their limited edition designs are mainly on their best selling Mild Cleansing Oil and Washing Powder.

FANCL Mild Cleansing Oil, original packaging

FANCL Washing Powder, original packaging

I used to be a user of the mild cleansing oil but after I tried Shu Uemura’s I was a convert. Sad to say, I never got to try out any of the Fancl Limited Editions, because they only started having pretty limited edition bottles after I switched to Shu Uemura, in mid 2009!

Fairytale series by German illustrator Irma:

Princess, Aug 2009

The Little Mermaid, October 2009

Cinderella, January 2010

Snow White, March 2010

After the Fairytale series, they launched the Dance Series by Lianco:

Hula Dance, July 2010

Samba Dance, October 2010

Ballet Dance, October 2010

Flamenco Dance, January 2011

Japanese Dance, March 2011



MAC has plenty of collaborations but one of my favourites was a very limited one with Indian fashion designer Manish Arora in 2008. I managed to get 2 blushes from this collection. One of them is a regular colour but I love it! I’ve hit the pan and stopped using it because I do not want it to finish. Other collaborations include Liberty of London, Fafi, A Mei, Heatherette, Dame Edna, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Wonder Woman, Venomous Villains,though they are not artists per se.

Barbie × M.A.C, February 2007

A Mei × M.A.C, January 2008

Fafi × M.A.C, February 2008

Heatherette × M.A.C, March 2008

This has got to be the prettiest collection ever with the bright sparkly packaging and the loud colours.

M.A.C Pink Swoon Blush, original packaging

Manish Arora × M.A.C, October 2008

Dame Edna × M.A.C, December 2008

Hello Kitty × M.A.C, February 2009

The makeup world went crazy when the word was out, that the Hello Kitty collection was confirmed. I was no exception.

Liberty of London × M.A.C, April 2010

Venomous Villains × M.A.C, September 2010

Wonder Woman × M.A.C, February 2011


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