Christmas may be a while away yet but advent calendars are already making their way into stores and online. This time, it's not chocolate we're interested in, though. It's beauty products, of course.
Every year, the biggest makeup, skincare and fragrance brands compete to bring us the best beauty advent calendar of the year, hiding everything from perfume and candles to luxury moisturisers and cult mascaras behind those little paper doors.
This year it seems that beauty advent calendars are bigger and better than ever. From
LOOKFANTASTIC to LUSH and all your favourite brands in between, here are the most exciting beauty advent calendars to look forward to opening in December 2020. Refinery29's selection is purely editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items we love! As part of our business model we do work with affiliates; if you directly purchase something from a link on this article, we may earn a small amount of commission. Transparency is important to us at Refinery29, if you have any questions please reach out to us. 1 of 40
Calling all lipstick lovers! NARS' advent calendar is Instagram gold (literally) and features 12 highly sought after lip products, including the Powermatte Lip Pigment, Lipstick and Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in shades from nude to vampy red.
Advent Calendar, $175.00
Buy 2 of 40
The Zara x Jo Malone for Jo Loves collection has arrived in advent calendar form. Inside the drawers, discover a mix of 25 fragrances, from
Amalfi Sunray to Ebony Wood
to transform your WFH setup.
Beauty Wardrobe Zara Emotions, $99.99
Buy 3 of 40
Clarins' 12 Days of Christmas Calendar is filled to the brim with skincare staples and treats, like the Gentle Foaming Cleanser, Natural Lip Perfector (full-size, FYI) and the iconic Beauty Flash Balm.
12 Days of Christmas Calendar, $60.00
Buy 4 of 40
Fragrance fiends will love The Fragrance Shop's advent calendar, worth £260 but priced at just £69.50. Calvin Klein, Burberry and Aromatherapy Associates are just a handful of luxury brands included.
The Fragrance Shop
Advent Calendar 2020, $69.50
Buy 5 of 40
One we look forward to every year (and always the first to sell out), Lookfantastic's 2020 advent calendar brags 25 luxury products from Anastasia Beverly Hills, Eve Lom and Omorovicza across skincare, makeup, hair and body care. It's available on 12th October but you can pre-order it now to avoid missing out.
Advent Calendar 2020, $85.00
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MAC's packed advent calendar is available from the end of October at
, MAC freestanding stores and
. Inside, you'll find 5 mini lipsticks in Instagram-famous shades, such as Russian Red and Twig, as well as eyeshadow and mascara among other best-sellers.
The 2020 Advent Calendar, $125.00
Buy 7 of 40
Revolve's 2020 advent calendar features 24 individually boxed beauty mini and full-size products from the Summer Fridays Overtime Mask and Sol De Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, to Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow, all favourites among beauty editors.
2020 Advent Calendar, $115.00
Buy 8 of 40
For anyone who adores luxe beauty, By Terry's box of surprises features 24 skincare and makeup must-haves, including their best-selling Baume De Rose Lip Care and Crayon Khol Terrybly in a mixture of full and miniature sizes.
Twinkle Glow Advent Calendar, $150.00
Buy 9 of 40
The Giorgio Armani beauty advent calendar features 6 exciting full-size products (including the cult Eccentrico Mascara and Lip Maestro), and 17 miniatures, such as Si Classic and My Way eau de parfum. It's currently available online at
Advent Calendar 2020, $249.00
Buy 10 of 40
Out now, Elemis' 25 Days of Spectacular Skin advent calendar does exactly what it says on the tin. Inside you'll discover transformative products like the Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm (melts makeup in an instant and smells divine) and the Peptide4 Adaptive Day Cream, which makes skin plump and dewy over time. It's actually worth £403.50. Get it before it's gone.
25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar, $175.00
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This year, Feelunique's beauty advent calendar is mega. We're talking Charlotte Tilbury, Elemis, Origins and Huda Beauty, to name a few big-name beauty brands waiting to be uncovered every day. It's available for pre-order right now.
Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, $89.00
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The Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2020 is a sight to behold. Inside the 12 bejewelled drawers, you'll discover full size and travel size makeup and skincare, including Charlotte's Magic Cream, Matte Revolution Lipstick In Pillow Talk and the brand new
Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara
. It launches on 1st October, so be ready.
Advent Calendar 2020, $150.00
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Now, this is the ultimate treat. Inside the Kiehl's advent calendar, launching on 16th October, you can find the legendary Crème de Corps, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and Ultra Facial Cream, all dressed in limited edition designs created in collaboration with Lyon-based illustrator, Maite Franchi.
Limited Edition Advent Calendar, $89.00
Buy 14 of 40
This is perhaps the most sophisticated beauty advent calendar of 2020. Eight fragrance miniatures (from the iconic J'adore to Miss Dior), eight mini makeup products (including mascara and nail polish) and seven skincare miniatures (such as the Prestige Crème and Capture Youth Serum Glow) are packed inside. It lands at
on 4th November.
Beauty Advent Calendar, $340.00
Buy 15 of 40
MAC, The Ordinary and Sunday Riley are just a handful of cult beauty brands hidden inside the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar, out now. You can expect everything from makeup and skincare (including a very chic rose quartz facial roller) to hair and body care.
ASOS Face + Body
Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar, $75.00
Buy 16 of 40
If you're indecisive when it comes to nail polish, you'll love Ciaté London's Mini Mani Month advent calendar, in stock now. It features 22 mini nail polishes including one full-size silver glitter shade, which is pretty perfect for the festive season.
Mini Mani Month 2020, $59.00
Buy 17 of 40
The Liberty beauty advent calendar (available on 7th October) is arguably the most talked about thanks to a family of luxe brands, such as Diptyque, Hourglass and Le Labo, residing behind its pretty printed doors. It comes in at £215 but is actually worth an enormous £789. Technically, you're saving money...
The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, $215.00
Buy 18 of 40
Launching on 21st September, Net-A-Porter's 25 Days of Beauty advent calendar boasts products that skin experts, influencers and beauty editors can't live without, including a mix of full- and travel-size buys. We're talking 111Skin, Charlotte Tilbury and Hourglass, to name a few seriously covetable brands.
25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, $240.00
Buy 19 of 40
Whether you're buying Dove's 12-day advent calendar for yourself or someone else, it's the ultimate pamper set. The R29-approved Nutri-Keratin Shampoo and Rich Nourishing Body Cream are just a couple of hair and skin treats among tweezers, a magnifying mirror, nail file and hair bobbles. Very handy and a bargain at £20.
Nourishing Beauty Advent Calendar, $20.00
Buy 20 of 40
Now is the time to join the waiting list for No7's hotly anticipated advent calendar, which launches on Thursday 15th October. Bulging with 25 hair and skincare favourites, it's worth £172.50 but you can bag it for just £45.
25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, $45.00
Buy 21 of 40
Launching on 19th September, L'Occitane's Classic Advent Calendar serves up 24 miniature skin, hair and body treats including products from their much-loved Amande and Shea Butter ranges.
Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, $53.00
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Bubble Bath, Malaga Wine and Alpine Snow are just a handful of cult-favourite shades in OPI's incredible 25-piece advent calendar of mini nail polishes, landing on 1st October. Both the shine and staying power are pretty much unrivalled.
Nail Lacquer 25-piece Advent Calendar, $65.90
Buy 23 of 40
Arguably the most Instagram-worthy of the bunch, the Jo Loves advent wreath (available on 8th October) is chock-full of the brand's best mini products, from the divine Seville Orange & Neroli Candle to the zingy Mango Thai Lime Bath & Shower Gel. And there's a full-size surprise on day 25.
Advent Calendar 2020, $300.00
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brand UpCircle and
(the natural alternative to The Ordinary) feature in Holland & Barrett's 25 Days of Natural Beauty advent calendar, alongside Weleda, Ethique and more. Even better, most products have zero-waste, palm oil-free, recyclable and refillable credentials.
Holland & Barrett
25 Days Of Beauty Advent Calendar, $40.00
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The Body Shop's Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent Calendar is one to watch this year. Cult favourites inside include the Vitamin E Moisture Cream, Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask and Drops of Youth Concentrate among other surprises in full sizes.
The Body Shop
Make It Real Together Ultimate Advent Calendar, $130.00
Buy 26 of 40
Cult Beauty's 2020 advent calendar is one to get excited about, especially because it features Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, a Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette and Summer Fridays face mask. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Hourglass, Dr. Dennis Gross and Augustinus Bader all make an appearance, too. Join the waiting list to get priority access.
Advent Calendar 2020, $199.00
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Beauty advent calendars don't get much better than LUSH and this year, it's all vegan. Festive bath bombs, Christmas-themed soap and bestselling shower gels make up the 24 products inside. Act fast, we predict a sellout.
Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, $185.00
Buy 28 of 40
The award for the cutest beauty advent calendar goes to benefit. Hoola Bronzer, BADgal BANG! Mascara and Roller Liner Liquid Liner are among 12 mini products adored by makeup artists, influencers and beauty editors alike.
Shake Your Beauty, $58.50
Buy 29 of 40
The countdown is on to Harrods' beauty advent calendar, launching on 1st October. You'll find fragrance by Acqua di Parma, moisturiser by Augustinus Bader and makeup from Laura Mercier inside each gilt drawer.
Beauty Advent Calendar 2020, $250.00
Buy 30 of 40
Glossybox is the unsung hero of the beauty advent calendar world. This year's offerings comprise Fenty Beauty, ICONIC London and Lime Crime across skin, hair, makeup and body. Worth over £390, it retails at £80 for Glossybox subscribers and £99 for non-subscribers. Check the website for news on its official launch.
Advent Calendar 2020, $99.00
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Atelier Cologne's advent calendar is perfect for those who struggle to find a signature scent. It is stuffed with 30ml minis, sample scents candles and luxe hand cream. Buy it online at Selfridges or at the Covent Garden boutique if you're in London from 12th October.
Advent Calendar 2020, $299.00
Buy 32 of 40
Rituals are experts in the art of calm and their exclusive 2D calendar houses 24 relaxing gifts in the form of shower gel, hair masks, pillow mist and body cream.
Exclusive 2D Calendar, $59.90
Buy 33 of 40
Space NK's Beauty Anthology is back for a second year and it's bigger and better than ever thanks to NARS, Tan Luxe, Byredo and Drunk Elephant. This one is going to be incredibly popular so set a reminder to pre-order on 23rd September.
The Beauty Anthology II Advent Calendar 2020, $195.00
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Birchbox's beauty advent calendar is seriously luxe this year, with Nuxe, Color WOW and Sunday Riley nestled inside each drawer. It's actually worth a whopping £480 but subscribers pay just £70.
Advent Calendar 2020, $85.00
Buy 35 of 40
Molton Brown's beauty advent calendars are always lavish but this one beats recent years with Christmas bauble bathing products, perfume and shower gel in an opulent 1920s-inspired box.
Advent Calendar, $175.00
Buy 36 of 40
One we look forward to every year, Lumene's Nordic Nature Advent Calendar takes inspiration from frostbitten nature and Nordic winters. Open each door and you'll be greeted with the Fresh Moisture 24h Water Gel (an R29 favourite), Nordic-C [Valo] Glow Boost Essence and Pure Arctic Miracle 3-In-1 Micellar Cleansing Water, to pinpoint a few great products.
24 Nordic Beauty Surprises Advent Calendar, $89.90
Buy 37 of 40
Nivea's festive ski chalet is filled to bursting with 24 pampering products from day cream to body care and everything in between, including deluxe sizes. Priced at £40, it will be available on Amazon from 7th September.
Ski-Lodge Advent Calendar, $40.00
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NARS, Hermès, Sunday Riley... Those are just three brilliant beauty brands burrowed inside the 25 drawers of John Lewis' 2020 beauty advent calendar, which has countless deluxe and full-size products alongside minis.
Beauty Advent Calendar, $150.00
Buy 39 of 40
Perhaps the most deluxe beauty advent calendar (available in mid-October), Diptyque's box of surprises houses perfume, body butter and candles in signature scents like Philosykos and Eau Capitale.
Advent Calendar, $320.00
Buy 40 of 40
Soap & Glory's 2020 advent calendar is a steal at £42. It brings together brilliant bath and body treats, like Clean On Me and Righteous Butter, as well as skincare must-haves and makeup. Set a reminder for 28th September.
Soap & Glory
24 Days to Roam the Foam, $42.00