When you think of Christmas advent calendars, naff chocolate probably springs to mind. But recently, we've seen an influx of the beauty kind, with everything from skincare staples and cult makeup buys to haircare and bodycare housed behind those little paper doors.
This year, beauty advent calendars are bigger and better than ever before, with brands like MAC, Charlotte Tilbury and Clinique jumping on the bandwagon, serving up both full-size and miniature, travel-handy versions of classic products, such as Magic Cream and Prep + Prime Fix+, not to mention exclusives.
Ahead, you'll find the very best beauty advent calendars worth spending your money on this Christmas — whether you decide to gift your chosen buy to a loved one or keep it all to yourself.
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Arguably one of the most exciting beauty advent calendars for 2018, this houses 25 cult MAC products (both miniature and full-size) in all the best colours. We're talking lipstick in Velvet Teddy and Ruby Woo, as well as the iconic Brow Set and Strobe Cream. You'll want to ransack it in one go.
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We look forward to Selfridges' beauty advent calendar every year and this certainly doesn't disappoint. Behind the doors, you'll find all manner of classic L'Oréal beauty products, including a handbag-friendly Lancôme La Vie Est Belle fragrance, Kiehl’s bestselling Powerful Strength Line-Reducing Concentrate, plus offerings from Viktor & Rolf and Urban Decay. The little drawers are a luxe touch.
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Twelve full-size and mini products live inside the glitter-adorned drawers in Charlotte Tilbury's very glamorous beauty advent calendar, including Full Fat Lashes mascara and Wonderglow primer (both travel-size), as well as the Matte Revolution lipstick in bestselling shade, Pillow Talk.
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Soap & Glory's beauty advent calendar boasts 24 makeup, body and skincare products, including the R29-approved Sexy Mother Pucker lip glosses and Hand Food hand cream, which banishes parched patches in seconds. It's pretty great for £40.
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Silky oils, serums, lotions, balms and moisturisers in a mixture of full and miniature sizes make this the perfect advent calendar for anyone who loves a good pamper. Plus, everything smells incredible thanks to the focus on aromatic essential oils.
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Calling all skincare obsessives! Lumene is the Nordic beauty brand making waves in the industry thanks to potent, proven ingredients, such as vitamin C, as well as its Instagrammable packaging. Among the 24 products, look out for the brilliant Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence and Nordic Rituals Day Cream especially.
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All Tropic's products are natural, vegan and cruelty-free, including the Pure Lagoon Blemish Prevention Serum, which is brilliant at controlling oil and keeping spots at bay. You'll find that and 11 more skincare must-haves inside this deluxe advent calendar.
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The Insta-worthy illustrated townhouse on the front is one thing, but it's what's inside that'll convince you to snap up Jo Malone's advent calendar. It's filled to the brim with miniature colognes, candles and bath and body products in heavenly fragrances like Lime, Basil & Mandarin and more.
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Arguably one of the most luxurious beauty advent calendars out there right now, this Rituals offering is jam-packed with Christmassy candles as well as the brand's mind and body-balancing oils, creams and scrubs. Blissful.
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Glamglow, Omorovicza, Lipstick Queen and Molton Brown are just a handful of the beauty brands hiding inside the red drawers of Look Fantastic's 2018 advent calendar, and we can guarantee you'll use everything.
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This is a beauty-obsessive's dream. Huda Beauty, NARS and Real Techniques are just a few big name brands that make an appearance behind the 25 doors. We'll take two.
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And the award for the cutest Christmas advent calendar 2018 goes to Paul & Joe. Cats Jypsy and Nounette, who belong to brand designer, Sophie, are sketched onto the doors which peel away to reveal 12 treats, such as lipstick, face powder and hand lotion.
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Okay, Space NK's advent calendar may be pricey but it's worth it, especially considering that combined, the products total £600. Cult brands like Hourglass, Drunk Elephant, Ouai and Dr Dennis Gross all feature, and all bases are covered — from skin and hair to nails, makeup and beyond.
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This is filled to bursting with 24 Body Shop classics, from shower gel to body lotion and makeup, as well as accessories. They'll last you all year.
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This is a treat for serious beauty lovers. Sunday Riley's Luna Sleeping Night Oil, Charlotte Tilbury's Goddess Skin Clay Mask and Marc Jacobs Beauty's Lip Creme are just a few fantastic products out of 25 to unbox.
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Fragrances, bath colognes, candles and staples like shampoo and conditioner make up Jo Loves' very festive beauty advent calendar, which, thanks to the lush red bow, is practically gift-wrapped already.
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This has to be the most underrated beauty advent calendar of the lot, especially as it comes complete with not one, not two, but three I-Divine Eyeshadow Palettes. The pigment payoff is incredible and the shades look great on all skin tones.
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If you ask us, this is an absolute steal for the number of luxury brands inside: three Acqua Di Parma products, including fragrance, makeup by Bobbi Brown, Sisley and Hourglass, as well as haircare from Aveda sleep in the 25 drawers.
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Clarins' advent calendar is exclusive to Selfridges this year and boasts the brand's infamous Beauty Flash Balm and Supra Volume Mascara to name just two of the 12 products inside.
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L'Occitane's advent calendar is actually worth £85, so technically you're saving money. Our top picks are the Shea Shower Oil (great for cleansing dry skin), Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm (for repairing cracked, rough skin in next to no time) and the Verbena Eau de Toilette, because it smells absolutely divine.
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Sand & Sky, Ameliorate and benefit feature in ASOS' 25-strong advent calendar, which is completely recyclable.
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For those looking to make their beauty routine a little cleaner, Holland & Barrett's advent calendar is great. It rounds up brands like Weleda, BOD and Dr Organic, with skincare, bodycare and makeup in the mix. The best part? Pretty much all products are full-size.
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Discover a handful of the brand's bestsellers behind 25 doors, including Pep-Start Eye Cream, Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator and Clinique Pop lipstick.
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Green People's advent calendar is brimming with natural and organic beauty products including skincare and makeup (the Velvet Matte lipstick is brilliant, FYI), saving you £50.
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This is an absolute steal. You'll spot Nuxe's divine Huile Prodigieuse body oil, Reve de Miel body lotion and 22 more best-selling products in adorable, miniature versions.