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Whether you like it or not, that festive season is fast approaching. As a kid, your advent calendar — often branded with your favourite TV show character and filled with cheap, less-than-flavourful chocolate — was that sure indicator that the fat guy in the red and white suit was going to be making a pit stop in a few weeks time. But times have changed. Gone are the days where cheap chocolate is enough to suffice the millennial palette. Now, beauty advent calendars are on everyone’s pre-Christmas wishlist. Whilst it’s a great concept, it’s a far cry from the £1 purchase from Woolworths (RIP, Woolies). Regardless, we all want one, so we decided to list some of the best from the chic but cheap options up to the super-luxe.
£25 And Under
If you know a Disney fan, this will make one sweet early Christmas gift. Celebrating Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, Mad Beauty have made this 12 day advent calendar that’s sure to put a smile on someone’s face. There’s hand cream, body lotion, bath fizzers and more, all with the subtle scent of vanilla. Plus, it’s kind on the purse strings.
Available at Superdrug, £7 (was £14)
24 windows will kit you out with not only basic cosmetics such as highlighter, bronzer, and nail polish, but it’s keeping you covered on the tool front. With brushes, tweezers, nail files and more, it’s a cheap and cheerful gift to count down the days until Christmas.
Available at Boots, £12.50
If you’re wanting some big names for a small price, this 12 day calendar is a best buy. Behind the 12 windows are a mixture of make up, haircare and skincare, giving you a bit of everything. Its £25 price point promises brands your friends would be envious of, with Yes To, Sand & Sky, and Pureology serving up festive treats.
Available at ASOS, £25
£50 And Under
This isn’t just a beauty advent calendar. This is an M&S Beauty Advent Calendar. This year, the British high street hero is offering some major brands in its fairly-priced calendar, which comes to no surprise given the calibre of their beauty hall. Look forward to finding Pixi, Balance Me, This Works, and more, all in cute little boxes. And if that’s not enough to tempt you, there’s over £250’s worth of products in there. Yup, we’ll meet you at the checkout. Plus, if you miss it (because it’s sure to be a sell-out product), take a look M&S’s beauty hall for other festive gems.
Available at M&S, £35
Amazon is quickly becoming a go-to for those wanting after great deals with even greater brands. This 24-day calendar offers a combination of products and deluxe samples from a selection of their bestselling brands. Worth over £195, you’ll find a great mix of skin, hair, and nail care as well as make up. Brands include Rituals, Max Factor, and Balmain.
Available at Amazon, £40 (was £50)
NYX has always been a firm favourite for those looking for good quality product with affordable price tags, and this advent is no different. The limited-edition collection offers 14 lip colours and 10 bendable powders including eyeshadows, highlighters and blush. The lip products boast shades in Soft Matte Lip Cream and Butter Gloss, promising a stunning array of colours that you’ll be gagging to swatch.
Available at NYX, £50
Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar, £30 (was £50); Revolution Lip Beauty Advent Calendar, £40; Sleek MakeUP Can’t Wait Another Day Advent Calendar, £35; Soap & Glory It’s In The Calendar! Gift Set, £40; No7 Beauty Calendar, £42
£75 And Under
Big sister of the aforementioned Beauty Extras 12 Day Countdown Calendar, this 24-day calendar packs a punch with big brands and deluxe products from the likes of Benefit, Alpha-H, and GLAMGLOW. Much like its cheaper counterpart, it’s a great buy if you want to nab more for less, and is a perfect option if you want to spoil yourself leading up to Christmas.
Available at ASOS, £55
Worth over £255, this calendar from Latest in Beauty is almost too hard to resist. Its luxurious contents from the likes of Murad, Sally Hansen and The White Company is more than enough to make you fall head over heels. Time for a ‘To Me, From Me’ present?
Available at Latest In Beauty, £60
FeelUnique is a go-to destination for all things beauty, so it’s no surprise that their calendar knocks it out the park for the absolute cutest design, not to mention its insides… Packed full of brands such as Sigma, Lime Crime and Crabtree & Evelyn (and worth a cool £250) the intricately laser cut doors on this bad boy will not disappoint.
Available at FeelUnique, £75
£100 And Under
This one’s so pretty, you’ll be lucky if you make it to December before taking a sneak peek. lookfantastic’s calendar surprises you with 25 premium beauty goodies (including some exclusives) and is the perfect countdown to Christmas. Worth over £300, this stunning set up features products from HD Brows, Illamasqua, and more. Look forward to opening up something different every single day.
Available from lookfantastic, £79
Liz Earle has become a household name in the world of skincare, with Hot Cleanse & Polish becoming a cult product. As part of their Wonders of Winter Collection, The 12 Days of Liz Earle is a luxurious collection of the expected skincare must-haves, as well as a selection of the brand’s body care and hair products.
Available at Liz Earle, £80
If top brands wrapped up in a gorgeous rose gold calendar sounds like your kind of thing, Glossybox have you covered. 25 windows make up the calendar, with some of the industry’s most popular products. The calendar features the likes of Real Techniques, HUDA Beauty, and NARS Cosmetics, so it’s a dead cert that this calendar is the real deal.
Available at Glossybox, £99
£150 And Under
MAC have always been a leader in the beauty industry, and it’s just announced its first advent calendar. With only 1,000 created, they’re going to go quickly, so you won’t want to miss out. The calendar includes all the skincare must-haves for winter, as well as hair products and exclusive offers. Its worth totals at £197, meaning that any MAC fan will find themselves with a decent amount of new kit!
Available at MAC, £125
With a different treat behind each door, you best get excited for this holiday calendar coming from Charlotte Tilbury. Offering 12 treats to accomplish glowing skin and a full-face look, Charlotte’s Beauty Universe is filled with the brand’s most iconic products, including the Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk and a travel sized Wonderglow primer. With plenty more to explore, this is far from your average advent calendar.
Available at Charlotte Tilbury, £150
Net-A-Porter has long been on the map for all things luxury, whether it be the latest Gucci loafers or a diamond encrusted Cartier Tank. As the high-end beauty industry expanded, Net-A-Porter boomed, offering the most in-demand brands, so you can only imagine how divine this calendar will be. Expect 25 boxes of heaven from the likes of Sunday Riley, Marc Jacobs Beauty, Hourglass, and then some.
Available at Net-A-Porter, £150
John Lewis & Partners just know how to do Christmas, right? With the advert that gets us crying every year to the amazing in-store experience leading up to December 25th, it’s no surprise that this advent calendar is killin’ it. Anticipate some of your favourite luxe brands — Hermès, Bobbi Brown and Laura Mercier just to name a few — in the most gorgeous packaging ever.
Available at John Lewis, £165
Liberty do absolutely nothing by halves. Coming soon, their calendar is a supreme edit of the department store’s top beauty products, and is worth an astonishing £600. Don’t expect all deluxe samples either — The Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar also features 18 full-sized products, as well as two hidden golden tickets that promise exciting additional offers for the New Year.
Available at Liberty London from October 24, £195
We all love wandering around Space NK, seeing what brands or products are going to catch our eye this time. Unsurprisingly, their first advent calendar is coined to be a big seller, with 25 beauty favourites from the likes of Cover Fx, Kevyn Aucoin, Ouai, and yes — you guessed it — Drunk Elephant. The calendar’s contents are worth £600, which makes the hefty price tag (slightly) less heart-stopping.
Available at Space NK, £250
With options for every part of the budget spectrum, treat yourself to one of these beauty advent calendars if you want something a bit more glamorous than chocolate this year.