Our pick of best beauty Advent calendars for 2023

Shop the best value beauty Advent calendars of 2023.

best beauty Advent calendars

by Rosie Floyd |
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Combine a countdown to Christmas with makeup for mature women and you'll have all the best beauty Advent calendars. Having an Advent calendar to open every day in December is a Christmas tradition that is much-loved by people of all ages. There was a time when it was all about chocolate ones, but nowadays, there can be so much more behind every door, including makeup, bath and shower goodies, fragrances, skincare products and haircare items.

Imagine how lovely it would be to wake up to a new lipstick or eye shadow palette every morning in the lead-up to Christmas! You could start each day by scrubbing your body with a different shower gel or spritz your skin in a never-used-before fragrance. The best thing about these types of calendars is that they cover a lot of different areas. Think make-up, skincare, perfume, haircare, accessories and essential beauty tools that you use to apply your favourite products.

Best beauty Advent calendars at a glance:

• Best overall beauty Advent calendar: LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Advent Calendar – view on LOOKFANTASTIC
• Best beauty Advent calendar for mix of brands: Boots 24 Days of Premium Beauty Treats Christmas Advent Calendar – view on Boots
Best budget skincare Advent calendar: No7 Lift & Luminate 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar – view on Boots
Best vegan beauty Advent calendar: H&B 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar – view on Holland & Barrett

Many brands offer Advent calendars with their specific products. This is a great way to try more of what they have to offer without committing to buying them all individually. Other retailers have beauty calendars curated with lots of different brands so you can discover new things, such as face primers or CC creams. Most calendars have miniatures and deluxe samples inside whereas some of the best beauty Advent calendars may have a selection of full-sized products included too.

We've picked out some of the best beauty Advent calendars on the market this year, so you can take your time to choose the right calendar for you as nobody likes to rush any decisions with their make-up or skincare. However, bear in mind that some brand's Advent calendars are super popular so they can sell out quickly!

Best beauty Advent calendars

Best overall beauty Advent calendar

If you're looking to upgrade your skin, make-up and haircare stash, the LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Advent Calendar will spruce it up for the Christmas season for sure. With an amazing worth value of over £565, this calendar has 25 days but 27 products, including 12 full sized items, for you to enjoy. Expect to see lots of different brands inside including Color Wow, Sol de Janeiro and ELEMIS.

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Customer review: "Omg, this is just the perfect advent calendar, good sizes products and not just the tiny sample sizes you would get with other retailers. so impressed"

Best beauty Advent calendar for mix of brands

Top beauty favourites from Lancome, Sol De Janeiro, Bobbi Brown, Liz Earle and so many more come together to make up the Boots 24 Days of Premium Beauty Treats Christmas Advent Calendar. The countdown to the big day will feel even more exciting when you've got lipsticks, eyeshadow sticks, cleansers and serums to open up each day.

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Best budget skincare Advent calendar

Perfect for lovers of all things skincare, the No7 Lift & Luminate 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar will treat your skin to products that will leave it feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Think serums, eye creams, retinol, day and night creams and so much more. It has a worth value of £227 for just £54.95!

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Customer review: "I received my Lift & Luminate advent calendar today and had to open it straight away, there was no way I was waiting! So many of my favourite products in here and lots more new ones to try. Feels like Christmas has come early! It's such great value, so well worth it and I'd definitely recommend to anyone whether it's for a gift or for yourself!"

Best vegan beauty Advent calendar

For those looking for a calendar featuring clean beauty products, you'll be pleased to hear the Holland & Barrett Beauty Advent Calendar is vegan-friendly. At £45, the products inside are worth nearly four times that amount so it's really good value for money. It features the likes of Weleda, Faith In Nature, Q&A and Dr Organic.

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Tried and Tested by Piper Huxley for Yours: "I was lucky enough to try Holland and Barret's Advent Calendar - and wow! The sheer volume of stuff here, the quality, the trusted, eco-friendly brands. Just overwhelming. It retails at about £150, but for a mere £45, you're able to dip your toes into the world of vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly beauty. With a little luck, you won't look back and may find that one beauty product you've been searching for. I already use some of these brands religiously for my regime (UpCircle, Faith in Nature, Ecodenta, Ethique) - but trying some new products has definitely transformed the time I take looking after myself. This is a treat - and would make a fabulous gift for your eco-conscious loved one. I'm so excited to try everything."

Best charity beauty Advent calendar

Another option available from Boots, you'll support a good cause if the Macmillan 24 Doors of Joy Beauty Advent Calendar takes your fancy. £2 from every one sold goes directly to Macmillan Cancer Support. In return, you'll have a whole host of beautifying delights from brands including Liz Earle No7, Champneys and Sleek MakeUp.

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Customer review: "Wanted a special present for Christmas for my neighbour. This wonderful boxed selection ticks all the boxes and hopefully will let her know how much I appreciate what she does for me."

Best premium skincare beauty Advent calendar

Deeply cleanse, hydrate and smooth your skin with the goodies inside the ELEMIS First Class Advent Calendar. It features 25 of the brand's fan-favourite products for face and body housed in a special keepsake box that you can enjoy and reuse. This calendar certainly has the wow factor for skincare lovers.

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Customer review: "Wow, the presentation of this advent box is just beautiful. I’m so excited for 1st December so I can see what’s in the first drawer."

Best beauty Advent calendar for mix of products

Available to buy in-store and online from October 26, there's still a couple of weeks to go until you can get your hands on this year's M&S Beauty Advent Calendar but we can promise it's worth the wait! This treasure trove of beauty gems includes 25 products across haircare, make-up, fragrance, sleep, bath and body so you'll have everything you need for party season, including items for some much-needed self-care in between all the celebrations.

Available from: 26th October

Best beauty Advent calendar for The Body Shop lovers

The Body Shop certainly knows how to get you excited for the season ahead with their Advent Calendar of Wonders, which saves you £78.50 compared to buying all the products separately. Filled with 25 head-to-toe treats from their bath and body collections, this Christmas is time for some much-needed pampering and self-care thanks to The Body Shop.

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Customer review: "Excellent value for money, stylish box which can be reused, contents are amazing. Ordered this last year too, and definitely not disappointed"

Best beauty Advent calendar for Charlotte Tilbury lovers

The Charlotte Tilbury beauty Advent calendar is a favourite of ours year after year and 2024 is no exception to that. It features 12 of the brand's most magical and award-winning makeup and skincare products, including a full size Magic Lip Oil and a Glowing Jen Hot Lips Lipstick. It comes beautifully presented in a drawer-style calendar, which you can reuse to store all your makeup in after the Christmas countdown.

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Customer review: "My first chest box, looks amazing. Lovely products inside."

Best for Rituals lovers

Add a sprinkling of surprise every morning in the run-up to Christmas with this Rituals Classic Advent Calendar. You'll find little bath, body and home luxuries behind each of the 24 doors, including candles for every Sunday of Advent to help you count down the days.

Available from: Out now!

Best for Avon fans

Starring 24 of the brand's best-selling products, the Avon 24 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar is a must-have for anyone who just can't get enough of Avon products. From skincare surprises, such as micellar water and serum, and make-up treats, like bronzing powder and lipstick, to even perfume, is there a better way to count down Christmas?

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Best for pampering

Treat yourself or someone you love to 24 days of daily treats with the Baylis & Harding The Fuzzy Duck Winter Wonderland Luxury 24 days of Beauty Advent. It has every pamper essential you could wish for included so you can take some time out for yourself in December for a self-care session or two. The contents inside are vegan-friendly.

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Best for bathtime treats

Do you love nothing more than a good pamper session? The Lush Advent Calendar includes 25 body, shower and fragrance products that have been specially selected to bring you joy in the lead-up to the big day. From bubble bars, foaming shower washes, body scrubs and even a candle, there are plenty of different products for you to enjoy, including some that are exclusively available inside the Advent calendar!

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FAQs

When do beauty Advent calendars go on sale for Christmas 2023?

If you want to get your hands on the best beauty Advent calendars for this year, luckily you won't have to wait. Many Advent calendars are already on sale. However, they are super popular and sell out quickly, so if you see one you like, don't hesitate as it won't be around for long.

A lot of retailers anticipate the demand for their Advent calendars so they make them available for pre-order before they are officially released.

If your favourite brand hasn't released its Advent calendar just yet, it will soon. September and October are when most are released.

Do beauty Advent calendars have 24 or 25 doors?

The number of doors on a beauty Advent calendar varies. Some have 24, and others have 25. It is thought with a 24-day calendar it is counting the days until Christmas comes and by the 25th, it has arrived, so the countdown isn't needed. Another thought is that on Christmas Day, you'll be receiving other presents so you don't need the extra day of Advent presents.

Why do some beauty Advent calendars only have 12 days?

With many beauty and luxury Advent calendars, you may find a handful of them have 12 doors. This is partly due to the more luxurious nature of the products compared to the more common chocolate ones. The other, more traditional reason is that you can use these to mark the 12 days of Christmas, which occurs after Christmas.

If you want to use a 12-door advent calendar in the run-up to Christmas Day, you can open a door every other day throughout December. Depending on when you start, this will take you to the 23rd or 24th of December.

When is Advent 2023?

We most commonly use Advent calendars from the 1st of December to the 24th or 25th of December, depending on how many doors they have. However, did you know that the period of Advent varies each year? Some years are longer than others. This is because Advent traditionally begins on Sunday four full weeks away before Christmas, but it always ends on Christmas Eve. Advent starts on December 3rd this year.

Rosie Floyd is a Pets, Homes and Garden Product Writer for Yours, specialising in home appliances, décor and furnishings, as well as all things dogs. After completing her Journalism & Media degree from Coventry University back in 2015, she started her career writing about must-visit holiday destinations, moving on to creating content around outdoor living and garden buildings, before joining the team at Bauer.

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