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For most people, the countdown to Christmas starts on 1st December. But for beauty enthusiasts everywhere, the festive season begins when the earliest beauty advent calendar waitlist opens.
That’ll be now, then.
It may only be October but if we’ve learned anything from previous years, it’s that beauty advent calendars are always a sell-out success. In other words, it pays to get in there quickly. From this month, you can expect an avalanche of beauty advent calendars from perennial favourites such as Diptyque, Charlotte Tilbury, Cult Beauty and Jo Malone, as well as new additions including luxury skincare brand Sisley.
Believe it or not, 2023’s advent calendars are shaping up to be even bigger and better than the previous bunch, boasting everything from viral perfumes and makeup staples to TikTok-famous skincare. Ahead, find all of the best beauty advent calendars to shop for Christmas 2023, whether you’re spoiling yourself (very well deserved) or a loved one.
Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar is always so popular, it requires a waiting list. This treasure chest of makeup and skincare is officially available, but so we don't spoil all the fun, here’s a sneak peek inside the 12 star-studded drawers: Find a mini version of the iconic Magic Cream, Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray and a full-size Hot Lips 2 Lipstick, plus lots more.
The good people over at Sephora release an Advent Calendar every year, and each is better than the last. It's filled to the brim with Sephora Collection best-sellers including makeup, skincare, bath products, and accessories.
MECCA MAX is delivering a seriously cute advent calendar filled with nifty little mini products this year — all ideal for stashing in your handbag for mid-day top-ups. Packaged in a reusable makeup organiser, this calendar includes a handy clear brow gel, blush powder, bronzing cream and mini sponge, as well as a setting spray, lip liner (and much more). At $69, it's also one of the more affordable options on this list.
Let’s start with the full-size products you’ll get in Benefit’s new advent calendar, which is already online. First up, Roller Lash Mascara — a favourite among beauty editors, influencers and makeup artists alike. Then there’s POREfessional Face Primer, Fluff Up Brow Wax and the Multi-Tasking Cheek Brush. Now for the fun-size products, which include Hoola Matte Bronzer, Benetint and BADgal BANG! Mascara, plus 18 more. You’ll probably want to keep this one all to yourself.
Unwrap a bunch of your favourite goodies with the Revolve Beauty Advent Calendar. Filled with all your faves like the Summer Fridays Mini Jet Lag Mask, a mini Tower 28 Make Waves Mascara, Dr Barbra Sturm The Good C Serum and the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Glossy Nourishing Hair Oil, it's one of the best calendars we've seen this holiday season.
Loaded with 24 of YSL Beauty's best-sellers (thinks Slim Velvet Radical lipsticks and Libre and Black Opium fragrances), this year's calendar includes 18 miniatures, five full-size products and a special gift.
The Glasshouse Fragrances 24 Days Of Christmas Advent Calendar was made for those who are obsessed with smelling good. Packed with 24 scented surprises, you'll unbox everything from candles, lip balms, and hand creams to shower gel, perfume, and body lotion. How sweet!
Liberty’s beauty advent calendar is arguably one of the most magical so it’s little wonder that it flies off the shelves first. This year’s box is emblazoned with a touching illustration of a snow-covered Liberty store but it’s the contents that will really pique your interest. Augustinus Bader and Paula’s Choice skincare sit alongside Le Labo perfume and Byredo lipstick, to name a few exciting products out of a total of 25.
If you're someone who carries one of L'OCCITANE's best-selling hand creams in your handbag at all times, you're going to love this advent calendar. It's filled with 24 of the most popular body, hair and skincare products, like the Shea Intensive Hand Balm, the Blossom Shower Gel, the Immortelle Divine Cream and more.
Each day throughout December, you'll open a drawer or a box to find one of Lancôme's 24 luxury beauty products, everything from lipsticks, and eyeshadows to skincare and fragrances. Plus, for the final day, you'll get a sweet little surprise!
The one that sends beauty enthusiasts into a frenzy is finally here and can be all yours for $445.50. Inside Cult Beauty’s much-anticipated advent calendar, you’ll come across all of your favourites, like Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Cream, Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector and Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment, the latter of which is rather impressively full-size.
Selfridges is back with yet another advent calendar. This time, there are 32 beauty products — four more than last year — with 16 full-size treats. Lisa Eldridge, Gisou and Harry Styles’ Pleasing make the cut alongside Augustinus Bader (the luxe skincare brand beloved by beauty directors), Charlotte Tilbury and TikTok-viral PHLUR.
You’re making massive savings with Lookfantastic’s advent calendar, which is actually worth over $1000 (its highest-ever value). There are not 25 but 27 products to unveil this year. Without spoiling the fun entirely, think NARS, MAC, Elemis and Coco & Eve, to pinpoint a few brands.
Beauty editors look forward to this advent calendar every single year. Not just because of the ribbon-adorned box, but because it’s filled to the brim with candles, colognes and bath and body products. Festive scents like Orange Bitters and White Moss & Snowdrop make a reappearance this year, in addition to fragrances that have earned Jo Malone its large and loyal fan base, such as Blackberry & Bay, Wood Sage & Sea Salt and English Pear & Freesia. While it might be one of the more expensive calendars on our list, we like to think of it as a great way to find a new signature scent thanks to all the mini fragrances you get to unbox.
If you love changing up your nail colour as much as we do, you'll love OPI's 25-piece advent calendar. It features 14 naughty 'n' nice shades from OPI’s Terribly Nice Holiday ‘23 collection and nine cult-favourite colours. Plus, the RapiDry Top Coat and Start to Finish 3-in-1 Treatment.
Kiehl’s beauty advent calendar wouldn’t be complete without the moisturiser that everyone loves (Ultra Facial Cream, in case you were wondering) as well as the famous Creamy Eye Treatment With Avocado and Midnight Recovery Concentrate. You can look forward to 21 more skincare products if you happen to use these three down to the last drop (it’s inevitable).
Bobbi Brown’s Christmas bauble is studded with 12 drawers containing travel-, full- and deluxe-size products like Shimmer Brick (a multipurpose highlighter that looks just as good on eyelids as it does cheeks), Smokey Eye Mascara (which thickens up scant lashes in a few swipes) and Longwear Cream Shadow Stick (a product that TikTok’s makeup artists are obsessed with).
The Eve Lom advent calendar promises 12-days of luxe skincare. While we don't want to give too much away (the surprise is half the fun, after all), expect lush cleansers, face masks, and serums.
This is arguably the most Christmassy of all the advent calendars thanks to the festive illustration that springs up when you open the lid. Each drawer is overflowing with bath, body and skincare products in much-loved Body Shop scents like avocado, mango, shea and more.
This is the priciest of The Body Shop's advent calendars but it's by far the most luxe. Alongside a full-size hand wash, shower gel and Body Yoghurt lotion, you'll find various face masks, scrubs and even a pillow mist to ensure you're getting your best night's sleep over the busy festive period.
This is a makeup obsessive’s dream and worth double the retail price. Incredibly, 20 out of the 25 makeup products are full-size. Without spoiling the fun, you can expect to unwrap an eyeshadow palette and a blush quad, plus makeup tools and a cute mirror.
This opulent advent calendar is a beauty enthusiast's dream, containing an array of petite, yet extraordinary treasures from the renowned house of Diptyque, so you can await your daily delight throughout the enchanting month of December. This limited-edition collection includes 25 surprises that showcase the brand’s most festive fragrances, as well as some of the brand's most beloved scents and products. An indulgent assortment of candles, fragrances and home products, each little surprise will make every single day in the lead-up feel like Christmas.
Sisley’s advent calendar is one of the priciest ($1,070) but it is a thing of beauty thanks to the intricately embroidered drawers. A mix of full-size products and miniatures, you’ll spot the brand’s iconic Black Rose Cream Mask and Black Rose Precious Face Oil as well as a variety of hair and makeup treats.
Jurlique reveals its 24-strong advent calendar, maxed out with all the products you could ever need to curate a gentle skincare routine. We’re talking Rosewater Balancing Mist, Moisture Replenishing Day Cream and Nourishing Cleansing Oil, as well as reusable makeup remover pads.
Treat your skin and your hair (and let’s be honest, your soul) to Go-To’s Beauty Advent Calendar. Go-To has partnered with luxury Australian fashion label Alémais to create the 'Your Go-To Treasure Chest'. It's filled with the peachy pink brand's best-sellers, including Skin Party, Fancy Face, Repair Shop and of course, Face Hero. This little beauty goes on sale from the end of October.