Best beauty advent calendars 2021: premium advent calendars from designer brands

Countdown to Christmas looking fabulous with these beauty advent calendars that offer a beauty-full treat every day

Best beauty advent calendars 2020
(Image credit: Liberty London)

The festive season is fast-approaching, Michael Bublé is defrosting, Christmas lights are being untangled, and the countdown will soon be on. What better way to countdown to Christmas than with an advent calendar? And we’re not just talking about your bog-standard chocolate kind (although they are great too, of course!). 

In recent years advent calendars have evolved into something a little more luxurious, from chocolate and cheese to whisky wine, and even beauty. So if you’re a lover of all things glam, you’re sure to love our top picks of beauty advent calendars for 2020. Ranging under £50 to a little over £200, there are calendars to suit everyone and every budget this Christmas – and with dozens of luxury gifts instead, they're amazing value for money.

From designer brands to a mixture of hair, skin and nail products to keep you looking fresh throughout December, here are some of our favourites. Be sure to get them quick while stocks last!

Best beauty advent calendar 2020: Revolve 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

(Image credit: Revolve)

1. Revolve 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

Paper yourself with the 24 Days of Beauty calendar from Revolve

Reasons to buy
+24 products+Mix of full-size and minis+Over £325 retail value

Uncover a new luxe surprise each day this holiday season with Revolve Beauty's first-ever Advent Calendar. We love that it's packaged in a reusable custom suitcase-style box complete with a lock. Inside, the advent calendar is filled with 24 individually-boxed beauty products, ranging from mini size to full-size products.

 A few of the luxury beauty brands included in this must-have advent calendar are GLAMGLOW, Stila, Sunday Riley, By Terry, Supergoop! and Peter Thomas Roth. This is truly perfect for the countdown to Christmas.

Best beauty advent calendar: Mr Porter

(Image credit: Mr Porter)

2. Mr Porter The 12 Days Of Grooming Kit

The best beauty advent calendar for men

Reasons to buy
+For men+Luxury brands+Useful products

Christmas can often be harsh on your skin – cold weather, late nights, and plenty of alcohol can leave you looking tired, dry and chapped. The Mr Porter 'The 12 Days of Grooming' advent calendar has been created to combat this. Behind every numbered door you'll find one of Mr Porter's favourite lotions, scents and serums from the likes of Elemis, Malin + Goetz, and Grown Alchemist, all working to ensure you look your best for the party season. The watercolour-illustrated presentation box makes it ideal for gifting, too.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Amazon)

3. Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar

A variety of products at a more affordable price

Reasons to buy
+Expected to be great value for money+A mixture of hair, skin and beauty products

Amazon’s beauty advent calendar for 2020 includes 24 boxes of all shapes and sizes. The retailer claims its products include “proven classics from top brands”, but for now the box is shrouded in mystery.

Last year’ Amazon advent calendar contained items worth over £220, with a mixture of hair, skin and beauty products, yet was priced at just £40. We’re expecting similar levels of value this time around.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Harrods Of London Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Harrods)

4. Harrods of London Beauty Advent Calendar

25 luxury products from the world-famous department store

Reasons to buy
+Worth a claimed £700+Includes full-size items+Beautifully presented
Reasons to avoid

Freshly updated for 2020, the new Beauty Advent Calendar from Harrods of London includes 25 gifts claimed to be worth over £700 in total – making the £250 price tag actually seem like pretty good value.

This advent calendar brings together some of the most popular skincare, make-up and fragrance products from the famous Harrods Beauty Halls. Gifts hidden behind the festive green doors include face oil, cleansing balm, face masks, lifting serum, day cream, shampoo, conditioner and moisturiser. 

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Charlotte Tilbury's Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures

(Image credit: Charlotte Tilbury)

5. Charlotte Tilbury's Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures

Get party-ready this festive season

Reasons to buy
+Includes full-size products+Reusable makeup drawer+Wide range of items
Reasons to avoid
-Just 12 drawers to open

This stunning chest of treats from Charlotte Tilbury includes 12 drawers of products to open in the run-up to Christmas. What’s more, instead of merely being a collection of travel-sized samples, this box includes three full-size products.

These include the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight rose gold highlighter, Colour Chameleon in Copper Lights copper shade for enhancing the look of your eye colour, and Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk Original. The nine other travel-sized treats include an airbrush, skin clay mask, moisturiser, serum, primer, eyeliner, mascara, lip liner and hydrating body shimmer. All of this comes in a reusable makeup chest drawer.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Liberty London)

6. Liberty London Beauty Advent Calendar

Includes almost £800 worth of products for a quarter of the price

Reasons to buy
+Amazing value for money+25 items+19 full-size products
Reasons to avoid
-Expected to sell out quickly

This year’s Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar promises to be bigger and better than ever, and includes contents claimed to be worth a whopping £789, yet costs £215.

The bumper-sized advent calendar has 25 treats inside, and Liberty says a huge 19 of those are full-size products, so it really does represent excellent value for money. Among the products are an array of cult favourites from the likes of Diptyque, Hourglass and Le Labo, plus items from brands new to Liberty, like VENN, Decree and Augustinus Bader.

You’ll have to be quick to bag this one, as Liberty says last year’s beauty advent calendar was its most popular product in its 145-year history. It goes on sale on 7 October, and will be joined again this year by a Liberty beauty advent calendar for men, priced at £195 and including over £460 worth of products.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar

(Image credit: The White Company)

7. The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar

This super-popular beauty advent calendar is a winner

Reasons to buy
+Great brand+Beautiful box

The White Company’s 2020 advent calendar really is something to behold. Standing tall and opening wide like a grand wardrobe, the box contains 25 pull-out drawers, each revealing a treat.

Items hidden inside include no fewer than six festive scented candles, lip balm, oil, hand cream, shampoo, conditioner, body scrub, body lotion and Gua Sha. It’s certainly a classy calendar, and at £160 is one of the more expensive options for 2020.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Net-A-Porter

(Image credit: Net-A-Porter)

8. Net-A-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar

25 luxury gifts worth in excess of £1,100

Reasons to buy
+Huge value for money+25 gifts

If there was a competition for the most value packed into a 2020 beauty advent calendar, then Net-A-Porter would win. This 25-gift calendar has a claimed total value of £1,115, making its £240 retail price look like amazon value for money – even if that is still a bit steep compared to the usual chocolate-filled advent calendar.

Gifts are among Net-A-Porter's best-sellers, and include beauty and make-up products from brands like Omorovicza, Augustinus, Bader, Charlotte Tilbury and Philip Kingsley. Each gift sits inside its own pull-out drawer, with all 25 hidden behind a wardrobe-style box tied with a decorative bow.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Space NK Advent Calendar - The Beauty Anthology Part II

(Image credit: Space NK)

9. Space NK Advent Calendar - The Beauty Anthology Part II

Over £600 worth of hair and makeup products, and a Christmas candle too

Reasons to buy
+Varied selection of products+Contents worth over £600+Designed to get you through the festive season

Called the Beauty Anthology Part II, this year’s advent calendar by Space NK includes no fewer than five full-size products, plus 19 other travel-size items. The larger items include hand cream by Byredo, a retinol vitamin C moisturiser by Kate Somerville, an eye design palette by Kevyn Aucoin, No.7 Bondin Oil by Olaplex, and Bergamot hand and body wash by Malim+Goetz.

There’s also a 140g layered Christmas candle by Jo Loves, and a further 18 beauty, hair and makeup items to enjoy throughout December. Space NK says the contents add up to over £630, and is pricing the calendar at £195. It goes on sale on 5 October.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: The MAC Advent Calendar

(Image credit: MAC)

10. The MAC Advent Calendar

Celebrate advent with your favourite products from MAC

Reasons to buy
+Great selection of makeup+Affordable+MAC best sellers

MAC’s limited-edition 2020 advent calendar is packed with 24 pieces from the company’s beauty and makeup collection. Worth over £300 but retailing for £125, the calendar includes a wide range of lipsticks and eyeshadows, plus  a keychain accessory.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Birchbox Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Birchbox)

11. Birchbox Advent Calendar

A Christmas of sparkles and samples

Reasons to buy
+Worth over £400+Designer brands inside+Cheaper for subscribers
Reasons to avoid
-Number of full-size items not mentioned

Birchbox’s 2020 beauty advent calendar includes no fewer than 27 items spread across 25 drawers. It’s a mixture of hair, makeup and skincare products, including Birchbox favourites like Eyeko, Bumble and bumble, and bareMinerals.

There’s no word on if any of the treats are full-size items, but Birchbox says the contents of its 2020 advent calendar adds up to £480, so at £85 (or £70 for subscribers), it’s still great value for money.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Clinique Advent Calendar 2020

(Image credit: Clinique)

12. Clinique Advent Calendar 2020

Your skin will be glowing this Christmas

Reasons to buy
+For all skin types+Includes best of the brand’s products+24 gifts!

Back again for 2020, Clinique’s beauty advent calendar has taken on a festive red-and-green theme this year. Inside each of the 24 uniquely shaped compartments you’ll discover a range of skin care and makeup products.

Highlights include Moisture Surge Hydrator and Lash Power Mascara, and there’s also Deep Comfort Hand & Cuticle Cream, Pop Lip Colour + Primer, Blush Brush Deluxe, Clarifying Lotion, Quicliner, and Aromatics in Black.

All of these are travel-sized rather than full-sized items, but regardless Clinique says the set is worth £200, and is priced at £90.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: Rituals Advent Deluxe Calendar

(Image credit: Rituals)

13. Rituals Advent Deluxe Calendar

Beautiful, 3D advent calendar with lighting

Reasons to buy
+Gorgeous and creative design+Comes gift-wrapped+Wide range of products
Reasons to avoid
-Batteries not included

This year’s advent calendar by Rituals surely wins the award for most creative of 2020. Requiring a little assembly, this calendar turns into a cute model village, complete with snow-covered houses that are illuminated by a set of LED lights from underneath.

Each house contains a special Rituals gift, with 24 surprises in all. These range from shower gel and eau de parfum, four festival candles, body cream, soap, shower scrub, hair and body mist, hand balm, and body spray.

Rituals hasn’t said how much the contents of its 2020 advent calendar is worth, but has revealed the retail price of £89.90.

Best beauty advent calendars 2020: OPI Hello Kitty Limited Edition Advent Calendar

(Image credit: Amazon)

14. OPI Hello Kitty Mini Advent Calendar

A different nail colour for every day of December

Reasons to buy
+Variety of nail colours+Limited edition polishes+25 boxes to open!

This Hello Kitty themed advent calendar by OPI is one for the nail vanish fanatic in your life. Behind each of the 25 doors is a different mini nail lacquer, with a range of neutrals, brights and glitters on offer.

You’ll get a range of colours, sparkles, top coats and base coats and the polishes are chip-proof with a long-wear of 7 days or more. If you like to have nails to match every outfit, then this beauty advent calendar will keep you busy throughout December.

Best beauty advent calendar: The Fragrance Shop

(Image credit: The Fragrance Shop)

15. The Fragrance Shop Advent Calendar

Smell great for Christmas with these gorgeous fragrance and beauty products

Reasons to buy
+Great products+£260 worth+Everyone loves fragrance for Christmas

The Fragrance Shop has announced its first-ever Advent Calendar. The luxury offering includes £260 worth of gorgeous fragrance and beauty products for less than a 1/3 of the RRP price, at only £69.50. The selection is curated to feature a selection of the brands that beauty aficionados know and love, including Calvin Klein, Burberry, Missguided, Lord & Berry, E-Cooking, Pepe Jeans and Aromatherapy Associates.

Liked this?