13 Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2020 | The Sun UK
CHRISTMAS is still a few months away, but it's never too soon to get your Advent Calendar choices ready.
Forget your usual miniature chocolate this December, and upgrade your choice to a glamourous beauty advent calendars to countdown to Christmas with added luxury.
Is there a better way to count down to Christmas than with a new beauty treat every December?
Beauty Advent Calendars are a great way to try out your favourite products for less than you'd pay for full price, and whilst the price tag may seem big, they are more often than not great value.
Beauty fans can choose betweeen skincare, haircare, or makeup beauty Advent Calendars, but if you're not sure where to start then don't panic – we've picked out our favourite beauty advent calendars out there.
You'll just need to be quick, as December will be here before you know it and most of these sell out every year!
1. The Body Shop Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Another eco-friendly favourite, The Body Shop's ever-popular Advent Calendars are back.
There are four calendars to choose from, and they all contain at least 24 joyful products – from bestselling minis to full-size favourites, as well as some feel-good ideas and tips.
Available from August 31, shoppers can choose from the 'Share Joy Advent Calendar' which is priced at £55 but is worth £77, the 'Share Love Advent Calendar' which is priced at £80 but is worth £119'.
There's also the Ultimate 'Share Love and Joy Advent Calendar' which is £140 but worth £204, and finally the Exclusive 'Share Love, Joy and Kindness Advent Calendar' which is £320 but worth a huge £495.
Are these the best beauty advent calendars of the year? Could be.
- The Body Shop Advent Calendars, from £55 – buy here
2. No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
No7's Beauty Advent Calendar is big news, and 2021 is no exception.
It'll launch to those on the waiting list on October 13, and will available in store and online from October 26.
This year, No 7 has launched not one but two Advent Calendars.
Beauty fans will be able to choose from the iconic Beauty Calendar which retails at £47, and the new No 7 Ultimate Beauty Calendar which is £120 but will retail for £385
- No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £47 – click here
3. Mac's The 2021 ‘Box of Tricks’ Advent Calendar 2021
MAC's advent calendar, which is also known as The 2021 Box of Tricks Advent Calendar, is one epic cosmetics bundle to keep you looking glam throughout Christmas; for the big day, as well as the following New Year's Eve celebrations too.
This limited edition advent contains 24 surprises waiting for you behind each door including bestsellers such as mini MAC lipsticks in Velvet Teddy and Ruby , as well as its iconic Strobe Cream, Prep + Prime must haves, as well as the Fix+ spray, and much, much more.
MAC's Box of Tricks Advent Calendar 2021 retails for £135, but contains over £340 worth of beauty buys, and the website has stressed one customer is allowed to buy a maximum of three advent calendars.
- The 2021 ‘Box of Tricks’ Advent Calendar 2021, £135 – buy here
4. Charlotte's Beauty Dreams and Secrets
Charlotte Tilbury's bejewelled 12-day Advent Calendar sold out last year, so if you want to get your hands on one you'll need to be quick.
Inside beauty fans can find three full size and nine travel size gifts, with gifts including Hollywood Beauty Light Wand Spotlight, Colour Chameleon Pillow Talk, Wonderglow, Magic Cream and many more.
It retails for £150, but has hundreds of make-up cosmetics and skincare essentials waiting for you to enjoy every other day in the run up to December 25.
- Charlotte's Beauty Dreams and Secrets, £150 – buy online here
5. Jo Malone Star Bright Limited Edition Advent Calendar
This Advent Calendar is something special indeed, as Jo Malone's Star Bright beauty advent calendar for 2021 is filled with stunning gifts to open every day over December, all packaged in the iconic cream and black sleek exterior.
Jo Malone's beautiful Advent Calendar is not cheap at £325, it is well worth the pennies (and pounds) because it contains iconic and signature fragrances we know and love, such as the Lime, Basil and Mandarin Cologne, and soap, as well as newer releases such as must haves in the English Pear and Freesia collection.
It's packed with 24 incredible Jo Malone goodies including shaped miniature soaps to Little Luxuries and new scents such as Fig & Lotus Flower, plus a 30ml Cologne.
You can join the waiting list here, before it's available to shop in all Jo Malone London stores and online from October 18.
Trust us you don't want to miss out on this one.
- Jo Malone Star Bright Limited Edition Advent Calendar, £325 – buy online here
6. Fortnum's Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Fortnum and Mason's Beauty Advent Calendar is the ultimate in luxury beauty.
It's priced at £225 and is filled with cult favourites and must haves from Fortnum's iconic beauty hall.
With 25 gorgeous doors it's worth over £750, with 20 full sized products, 16 deluxe samples and 1 travel sized miniature.
With brands including Aromatherapy Associates, Cult51, ESPA, Dr Vranjes, Bramley and Elizabeth Scarlett; you can't go wrong with this one.
- Fortnum's Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, £225 – buy here
7. Rituals Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Rituals is releasing two Advent Calendars agan this year – 2D and 3D versions, so it's going to be hard to choose which one!
The 3D Calendar is worth £150 but is priced at just £89.90; and the 2D Calendar is worth £120 but priced at £59.50.
Both have 24 doors, and are the perfect way to countdown to Christmas.
- The Ritual of Advent Calendar, from £59.50 – buy here
8. L'Occitane Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
L’Occitane has launched three advent calendars again this year.
They've bought back their hugely popular Resuable Advent Calendar, partnering with illustrator Kitty McCall. It's priced at £160 but is worth a huge £236 and includes coveted products including Immortelle Overnight Serum and Divine Cream, to body care heroes Petit Remedy and Almond Supple Skin Oil.
Shoppers can also buy the Advent Calendar Refill if they are reusing their Advent Calendar from last year.
There are also the Luxury Advent Calendar which is priced at £99 but worth £141.50, and the Classic Advent Calendar which is £55 but worth £99.50.
- L’Occitane Advent Calendars 2021, from £55– click here
9. Holland and Barrett Beauty Advent calendar 2021
If you're after the best vegan beauty advent calendar, look no further, this year Holland and Barrett's Advent Calendar.
It is completely vegan, packed full of natural beauty products – making it a firm favourite each year.
It includes sustainable favourites from the likes of UpCircle, Q+A, Weleda, REN and many more. a
It's worth over a huge £170, but will only cost you £45, making it the perfect way to try out some new cruelty free faves for less.
- Holland & Barrett Advent Calendar, £45 – click here
10. Glossybox Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Each year Glossybox's Advent Calendar gets better and better and this year is no exception.
It's worth a huge £465, but will retail at just £85 for Glossybox subscribers and £105 for non-subscribers.
It'll go on general sale on September 24, but subscribers can pre-order theirs from September 10.
There's 15 full size products, and 10 deluxe minis across skincare, make up, and haircare from must have brands including Elemis, PIXI, Sarah Chapman and Huda Beauty
- Glossybox 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar, from £85 – buy here
11. Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Lookfantastic's 2021 Advent Calendar looks insane.
The 2021 edition of the calendar is packed full of beauty favourites and must-have brands including Kate Somerville, Phillip Kingsley and NARS.
It's worth an impressive £410, but will retail for just £85, however if you're a Lookfantastic Beauty Box subscriber you can get your hands on it for just £70.
The calendar is available to pre-order now and will go on general sale October 1 at lookfantastic.com.
Plus, Lookfantastic is also treating one lucky shopper to an extra special treat. Inside 300 Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar is a Golden Ticket, and it will be waiting for you behind door number 1. The Golden Tickets range from different rewards, including a £2,000 cash prize, £350 Trending Travel Holiday Voucher, £100 vouchers, as well as a free 12-month Beauty Box subscription.
- Lookfantastic Advent Calendar 2020, £85 – buy here
12. Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Cult Beauty's Advent Calendar is worth a huge £975, but shoppers will be able to get their hands on it for £215.
It looks better than ever, with Augustinus Bader, Victoria Beckham Beauty, VIEVE, Youth to the People and even a money-can’t-buy, full sized, exclusive release on Christmas Day.
It'll be available from October 12, and one lucky winner will find a a £1000 Cult Beauty Voucher – enough for the beauty spree of a lifetime.
- Cult Beauty 2020 Advent Calendar, £215- buy here
13. Feel Unique Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Feel Unique's 2021 Beauty Advent Calendar is full of 27 indulgent treats, and is worth over worth over £285 but will only cost £119.
Beauty fans can expect treats from Charlotte Tilbury, Huda Beauty, Emma Hardie, ELEMIS and plenty more.
But act fast, as this is going to sell out.
- Feel Unique's 25 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £119 – buy here
14. ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar
ASOS has released two Advent Calendars this year and they both look incredible.
There's the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Calendar which is priced at £75 and is filled with huge big name brands, and cult skincare and haircare heroes from Charlotte Tilbury, Olaplex, and MAC.
There's also an ASOS Grooming 12 Day Calendar, which is priced at £40 but worth over £80 – it includes treats from brands such as HBarber Pro, Bulldog and Gillette.
ASOS have even hidden golden tickets within 36 of their Advent Calendars, and each lucky finder will win a super stash of Face + Body faves to start the new year in style.
- ASOS Advent Calendars, from £40 – buy here
15. Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar
Space NK's Calendar is worth over a huge £744, the incredible calendar will be on sale for just £199.
It's filled with must have products from luxurious names including the Crème de la Mer, Olaplex, Augustinus Bader and more.
Beauty afficandos can also get their hand on Drunk Elephant, Sunday Riley and Charlotte Tilbury.
It'll go on sale September 18 – don't miss out.
- Space NK Advent Calendar 2021, £199 – buy here
16. Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2021 has finally dropped after much anticipation.
This year’s Christmas countdown is not to be missed as for just £210, shoppers can get over £700 worth of bestselling beauty and skincare products from mega brands.
Beauty must haves from Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, and Huda Beauty are included in this festive bundle, as well as cult favourites from luxury brands, such as Le Labo, Augustinus Bader, and Dr. Barbara Sturm, and many more, so it is perfect if you want to try out these pricey brands on a budget.
Beauty fans can count down to Christmas with 25 gorgeous products, but the calendar also includes a complimentary beauty concierge appointment at Selfridges, just to make your pampering session even more luxurious.
- Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, £210 – buy here
17. Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar is the ultimate beauty advent calendar you need this winter. Why? Because for £250 you will be treated to over £1,100 worth of skincare, haircare, make-up cosmetics, as well as body care essentials. It’s a no brainer.
The festive countdown will be available to buy on 14th October, and we are counting down the days already.
There are 25 items in total waiting for you behind each door, including 18 full size and five deluxe size.
111 Skin, Augustinus Bader, as well as Natura Bisse, Huda Beauty and many more labels are inside, from shampoo and conditioners, hair masks, face masks and eye masks, to moisturisers, vitamin C booster serums to lash lengthening mascaras, Harrods has left no stone unturned.
- Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2021, £250 – pre-order now here
18. Libertys Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Liberty London's Beauty advent calendars never fail to impress, and bring the crowds, as in previous years queues have collected outside with savvy shoppers eager to get their hands on the highly anticipated festive countdown.
Worth over £840, it'll retail at £225 and is packed with some of the most sought-after products from Liberty's beauty hall.
Their most generous calendar yet, nineteen of the 25 drawers contain full-sized products from from exclusive brands Vilhelm Parfumerie, Surratt and QMS Medicosmetics, as well as cult favourites from Le Labo, Augustinus Bader, Decree, Olaplex and UOMA Beauty.
There's more! There's also a single Golden ticket worth £5000 in one very special Beauty Advent Calendar; talk about the ultimate spending spree.
- Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar, £225, Liberty – buy here
19. Elemis No.25 Beauty Advent Calendar
The Elemis Beauty Advent Calendar contains £402 worth of bestselling beauty and skincare essentials, including items from the popular Pro Collagen and Superfood range.
However it's on sale for £175, a fraction of the price if you were to buy each product individually.
This gorgeous Elemis Advent Calendar contains a mixture of full size and miniature sized skincare essentials, which are perfect on the go, and to see you through the winter months.
- No.25 Beauty Advent Calendar, £175 (worth £402) – buy here
20. Huda Beauty 12 Door Advent Calendar
The Huda Beauty 12-Door Advent Calendar is filled with a dozen Huda favourites and must haves, which is available exclusively from selfridges.com, it's priced at £151 but is worth a huge £238.
With twelve fabulous doors to open, the Huda Beauty Advent Calendar is filled with beauty and skincare favourites from Huda Beauty and skincare sister brand, Wishful.
Huda's Advent Calendar has everything you need for a full look; from primer to false lashes, whether you're going for a simple natural look or full-on evening glam.
- HUDA BEAUTY Advent Calendar, £151 (worth £238) – buy here
21. John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
- John Lewis Advent Calendar 2021, £159 – buy here
22. Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2021
Amazon offers shoppers a vast range of unmissable deals all year long, and this year's Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar is no different.
It contains 24 beauty products, which span across nail, make-up cosmetics, skincare, as well as body care items, plus there are even beauty tools inside too.
Big brands, such as Foreo, Aussie, Elizabeth Arden and many more well-respected labels are included in this fabulous bundle, which would be worth over £260 if bought individually, although it retails for just £70.
- Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £70 – buy here
23. Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar
Marks and Spencer, also known as M&S, is set to drop its hotly anticipated beauty advent calendar for 2021,
It contains over 25 popular beauty brands, including M&S' own brands, such as Apothecary and Autograph, as well as Eyeko, Percy & Reed, as well as Ren and many more.
Its contents is worth over £300, but will be available from £30 when it launches at the end of the month.
The packaging is also a huge talking point as the products are housed in a navy blue and gold astronomical-inspired box.
- Marks and Spencer Beauty Advent Calendar, from £30 – buy here
24. Flannels Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar
Flannels has recently launched a beauty sector, and now it has gone full steam ahead in this department with its Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar.
This epic festive countdown, which is packed to the brim with all the beauty essentials you could ever dream of, homes 25 must-haves from the likes of Patrick Ta, Laura Mercier, Larry King, Medik8 and many more labels. Plus, one lucky shopper will have a £500 Flannels gift card waiting for them inside.
This calendar is worth over £764, but retails for £199, which makes a saving of £565 – that's a lot!
However, shoppers will have to wait until 8 November to get their hands on this festive bundle, as it is available to pre-order now.
- Flannels Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar, £199 – pre-order here
25. Mankind Advent Calendar 2021
The Mankind Advent Calendar has finally arrived filled with the must-haves for men's grooming worth over £400, so you can enjoy a pamper every day in the run down to Christmas.
It is available to pre-order from Mankind and Lookfantastic now, and you’ll want to shop quick so not to miss out.
However, Lookfantastic shoppers who have signed up to the brand's Beauty Box subscription will get this calendar for £85 – that's a bargain if you ask us.
- Mankind Advent Calendar 2021, £100 – buy at Mankind or Lookfantastic now
26. The Perfume Shop Fragrance Advent Calendar
The Perfume Shop has launched its first ever fragrance advent calendar, and we couldn't be more excited.
This festive countdown includes a medley of fragrances for men and women, both eau de toilette and Eau de Parfum for £79.
Big brands including Paco Rabanne, Ralph Lauren, as well as Marc Jacobs and many more are included, so it's safe to say you'll be smelling great this Christmas.
- The Perfume Shop Fragrance Advent Calendar, £79 – pre-order here
What's the best value beauty advent calendar 2021?
All the beauty advent calendars listed above are good value, as they are nearly always worth more than their price tag.
Shoppers should look out for those with the most full size items to get the best value, and also for included money off vouchers if they are regular shoppers.
What's the most popular beauty advent calendar?
The most popular beauty advent calendars tend to sell out pretty quickly, you can bet that the No 7 and Liberty Advent Calendars will sell out pretty quickly.
This year there's also been a huge buzz around the Cult Beauty Advent Calendar
When do beauty advent calendars start going on sale?
Most Beauty Advent Calendars will start going on sale in September and October, but make sure you keep an eye on this guide and mark the specific dates in your diary so you don't miss out. You can also sign up to waitlists for the inside scoop.
What are the best beauty advent calendars in 2021?
This list is all about the best beauty advent calendars, so if you pick any of the above you'll have made a great choice.
However, it all depends what you're into! No 7 sells out every year, but if you're looking for eco-friendly then maybe Holland & Barrett is more your thing.
What are the best makeup advent calendars this year?
If you're specifically after the best makeup advent calendar, you can't go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury.
Although if you're after a mix of brands, check out Glossybox, Lookfantastic or Selfridges' advent calendars. They're amazing too.
Do you start at number 1 or 24 on an advent calendar?
Start at number 1 on December 1 and make your way up.
Occasionally, there's an extra special treat under the 24th door, so you'll want to save that until last. Maybe.
Can you pre-order beauty advent calendars?
Yes you can, the more popular advent calendars will have waiting lists for when they go on sale, and some will let you pre-order in advance, but you'll need to check which does which.
Are beauty advent calendars worth the money?
Beauty Advent Calendars are a great time to test new products and favourite brands before buying full-size products. Some Beauty Advent Calendars will also mean you're essentially buying in bulk and are cheaper than if you were to buy them all separately. Most will say how much they are worth, but who can put a price on a beauty surprise as you count down to Christmas.
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