Move over chocolate, 2020 is all about beauty advent calendars. Yup, whilst a definite highlight of December used to be waking up to a sweet treat from our advent calendar, imagine instead, unwrapping your favourite makeup product or skincare essential every day? Have I got your attention?
Well, this year we’re expecting all our favourite beauty names to get involved from Amazon to Cult Beauty, M&S to ASOS and Selfridges to Benefit Cosmetics. If last year is anything to go by, these brands will be going BIG, in the hopes of being crowned the ‘best beauty advent calendar of 2020’.
But, with all these beauty powerhouses getting involved, how do any of us decide which calendar we actually want to put on our Christmas wish-list? And when we’ve finally narrowed it down to the chosen one, will we actually be able to get hold of it before they all sell out?
To help guide you through the decision, we’ve rounded up every single beauty advent calendar for 2020 – and if a brand is yet to share any details, we’ve predicted their offering based off last year. From the products included inside (think, lipstick, perfume, eyeshadow and so much more), to the on-sale dates.
Here’s everything you need to know…
When do beauty advent calendars go on sale in 2020?
A couple of early bird brands will go on sale in September (so be sure to check this page in a couple of weeks time, to see which have gone live) but for the majority, on-sale dates tend to land in October.
Which brands have a beauty advent calendar?
So many makeup, skincare and haircare brands have gotten involved in the advent calendar action. Plus, some of our favourite retailers including Selfridges, Cult Beauty, John Lewis and Liberty have joined the fun, launching calendars packed with their best-selling products from a range of different brands they stock. So, whether you’re loyal to one label and fancy picking up their entire range in one swoop (um, be sure to check out calendars from the likes of Clinique and MAC) or, prefer a mixture of brands’ best-sellers stuffed behind those 24-doors (I’m looking at you, ASOS and M&S), you certainly won’t be short of choice.
What are the best beauty advent calendars of 2020?
Scroll down to see this year’s in-cred-ible offering, plus some sneaky predictions of what to expect from the beauty brands that have yet to announce their 2020 calendars…
Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar, £150
Our fave makeup artist never disappoints; this year Charlotte Tilbury’s Advent Calendar Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures (£150), contains everything you could possibly wish for this Christmas. With both skincare and makeup treats, including cult products like Charlotte’s Magic Cream and her Pillow Talk Lipstick. This calendar is a dreamy treat for any beauty (and Charlotte Tilbury) obsessive.
Benefit Cosmetics Beauty Advent Calendar, £58.50
Worth a whopping £125, Benefit Cosmetics’ 12 Day Beauty Advent Calendar is packed with all of their best-selling products, in cute travel-sizes. Including the likes of the Hoola Bronzer, Porefessional Primer, They’re Real Mascara and Gimme Brow Gel.
ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar, £75
As if we didn’t already have enough of a reason to hand over all of our cash to ASOS – their 24 Day Face + Body Advent Calendar is back, and better than ever. Promising all the beauty products our hearts desire, it’s got some serious contenders, including Sunday Riley’s Good Genes Serum and Elemis’ hero Hydrating Pro-Collagen Marine Cream. Plus, their are goodies from the likes of MAC, Origins, Clinique and Laura Mercier.
ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar, £35
This year, ASOS have launched a smaller, 12 Day Face + Body Advent Calendar (alongside their 24-day offering above). So, if you fancy stocking up on all your beauty faves without breaking the bank, it’s the perfect option. With products from NARS, The Ordinary and Nip + Fab it’s stocked full of beauty treats.
NYX Professional Makeup Beauty Advent Calendar, £50
Our go-to high street makeup brand, NYX, has launched the makeup advent calendar of dreams this year. The 24-day advent calendar is packed with full-size products (yep, really) including the iconic soft matte lip creams, illuminators and HD Finishing Powder… Be Sure to snap it up quick, this one is a guaranteed sell out.
Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar, £195
Space NK may have stolen the crown for best beauty advent calendar of 2020. Yep, this year’s beauty is stuffed full with £480 worth of products (but only costing £195) from the likes of Drunk Elephant, Charlotte Tilbury, NARS, Olaplex and Hourglass Cosmetic – it’s all our favourite brands in one place.
Available from 1st October 2020 at SpaceNK.com
John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar, £150
John Lewis has levelled up for 2020, with this in-cred-ible beauty advent calendar. At £150, it’s cheaper than some of the other luxury brands, but is still packed with covetable treats from the likes of Acqua de Parma, Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley, Clarins and Bobbi Brown. There are eight full-size products in the calendar and 17 travel-size, bringing the total value to over £375.
The John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar will be available from 1st October 2020
Net-A-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar, £240
Net-A-Porter’s 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar is quite possibly the best thing we’ve ever seen (not to be dramatic). With 13 full-size & 12 travel size products, worth £1,120, for just £240, it is everything a beauty lover needs/wants/deserves. With cult products including a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick, Hourglass Ambient Bronzer, Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, Dr Barbara Strum’s Hyaluronic Acid and 111 Skin’s Vitamin C Brightening Booster.
Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar, £215
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, allow us to introduce you to this year’s most boujee beauty advent calendar ever. A cult sell-out last year, this stunning collection always holds the most sought-after products from Liberty’s Beauty Hall. The 2020 version holds £789 worth of products, including some of our all time favourites: Diptyque Baies Candle, NARS Velvet Matter Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and the Hourglass Scattered Light Eyeshadow, to name a few.
On sale from 7th October, in store and online at www.libertylondon.com
Cult Beauty Advent Calendar, £199
Worth over £930, Cult Beauty’s 2020 advent calendar is everything you dreamed of and more. We’re talking a mini Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream, a full size Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette and a mini Jo Loves candle. Not to mention brands including Natasha Denona, Living Proof, Jordan Samuel, Summer Fridays and Drunk Elephant. Basically it’s the gift for the real beauty addicts in your life. Not only that, but Cult Beauty is donating £15 from each calendar sold to the Beauty Banks movement, which helps people living in hygiene poverty.
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FeelUnique Beauty Advent Calendar, £89
Set to be the most in-demand beauty advent calendar of 2020, FeelUnique have made all our Christmas dreams come true with this offering. It has the broadest range of beauty prods all under one (shiny) roof – and all for just £89. Packed with products worth over £250, highlights included the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Deluxe, Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer and Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette Ruby. Our advice? Do not hang around when it comes to snapping this one up…
Full contents include: Sol De Janeiro Body Moisturiser 25ml, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray 5ml, Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara 12ml, Urban Apothecary Mini Candle in Fig Tree 35g, Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vit C Cream 20ml, Neom Hand Balm 30ml, Laura Mercier Hydrating Primer 10ml, Fekkai Brilliant Gloss Shampoo 60ml, Charlotte Tilbury Magic Serum Deluxe 3.6ml, Rodial Vit C Energising Sheet Mask, Elemis Pro-Collagen Rose Cleansing Balm 20g, St Tropez Tanning Face Mist 14ml, Sunday Ivy Makeup Blender, Philosophy Purity Skincare Cleanser 30ml, Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Balm 30ml, Grown Alchemist Facial Exfoliant 20ml, BeautyPro Thermotherapy Gold Foil Sheet Mask, Saturday Skin Bright Potion Probiotic Power Serum 10ml, Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Advanced x7 Capsules, Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Mask 30ml, Aveda Smooth Hair Infusion Smoother 25ml, Nars Longwear Eyeliner in Via Veneto 0.3ml, Tan Luxe The Face Drops 10ml, By Terry Mini Baume De Rose 3g, Huda Beauty Obsessions Precious Stones Eyeshadow Palette Ruby 10g, Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush, Morphe Eye Primer 0.3g
Jo Malone Beauty Advent Calendar, £320
We’d be lying if we said this hadn’t been on our mind all year. Heralded as one of the best beauty advent calendars every single year – Jo Malone’s Townhouse is packed full of 24 beloved bath and body products, candles and perfumes. We’ve got our eye on the Vetiver & Golden Vanilla Cologne Intense, Peony & Blush Suede Candle and English Pear & Freesia Cologne – although every product is a must-have.
Available exclusively at jomalone.co.uk from 1st October for a 2 week preview before nationwide launch in all boutique
LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar, £85
The LookFantastic.com beauty advent calendar was 1000% a highlight of last Christmas, and guess what this year’s offering is just as in-cred-ible. With products from Anastasia Beverly Hills, Natasha Denona, Elemis, REN and Illamasqua, it’s value totalled up at over £450 (but costs just £85). You’ll have to be quick to snap up this year’s offering when it’s released…
The LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar will be available for pre-order in September, and will go on sale from 1stOctober 2020 at LookFantastic.com
No7 Beauty Advent Calendar, £45
Meet one of 2020’s most highly anticipated advent calendars, yep, it’s No7’s 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar. Packed full of No7 skincare and makeup favourites worth £172.50 (but on sale for just £45), it’s ah-mazing value. And as if that wasn’t enough, 10 lucky customers will find a golden ticket worth an exciting £1,000 hidden within their advent calendar, which will be redeemable on all No7 products. Wow, just, wow.
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Origins Beauty Advent Calendar, £50
Origins’s have dipped their toe into the beauty advent calendar pool with this ’12 Days of Christmas’ offering. Featuring fan faves from the brand, including the Clear Improvement Charcoal Face Mask and Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash, it’s the perfect gift for skincare obsessives.
Available from 1st October 2020 at Origins.co.uk
LUSH 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar, £185
Guys, it’s here. Yep, LUSH (aka, our fave place to lose 4 hours on a Saturday afternoon drooling over the in-cred-ible bath bombs) have just announced their beauty advent calendar. Made from 100% recycled materials, each Lush Advent Calendar contains 24 vegan products – including six retro products from Lush Christmas past and three brand new products (someone hold me).
Gift includes: Candy Cane bubble bar, Christmas Eve bubble bar, Bombardino bath bomb, Retro Satsumo Santa bath bomb, Abombinaball bath bomb, Ponche shower gel, Salt and Peppermint Bark, Dream Cream body lotion, Sakura Body lotion, Coconut Snow Body lotion, Orange Shower Scrub, Celebrate Body Milk, Yog Nog Shower Gel, Sleepy Shower Cream, Candy Cane lip scrub, Shooting Stars Gift soap, Golden Pear Soap, Kinky Boots bubble bar, Sleepy bubble bar, Twilight bath bomb, Golden Wonder bath bomb, I want a Hippo bath bomb, Snow Fairy shampoo bar, Fresh As perfume.
Available to pre-order from 27th August 2020 at the LUSH website
Kiehl’s Beauty Advent Calendar, £89
This year, Kiehl’s has stepped it up a notch and created an eco-friendly beauty advent calendar. Packaged in fully recycled paper bag the calendar holds 23 of their best-selling products, including the Ultra Facial Cream, Midnight Recovery Concentrate and the Crème de Corps.
Available from 16th October 2020 at Kiehls.co.uk
ESPA Beauty Advent Calendar, £145
This decadent festive box of goodies is worth over £230 (but on sale for £145) and is our pick for anyone that likes to unwind. You know your friend who is always impossibly zen – this year, we’ve buying them this… There’s a mix of bath, body and skincare treats, all designed to help you chill TF out.
Available from 2nd October 2020 at espaskincare.com and select stockists Harvey Nichols, John Lewis & Fabled.
L’Occitane Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, £99
Known for their delightful bath, body, skincare and haircare treats, L’Occitane’s 2020 Christmas offering is definitely not one to be missed. With two advent calendars on sale, the first is a premium option packed with the brand’s most luxury products, including the Relaxing Pillow Mist, Immortelle Overnight Reset Serum and the infamous Almond Shower Oil.
Available from 24th September at uk.loccitane.com
L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar, £53
Housed in a festively decorated box, this £53 calendar is a must-have treat for anyone who’s into a bit of self indulgence. Some of the ultimate L’Occitane heroes, including the Shea Butter Hand Creams, shower gels and hair care duos.
Available from 24th September at uk.loccitane.com
Decleor Skincare Advent Calendar, £85
If you’ve decided to do the good and honourable thing that is, treat someone else to a beauty advent calendar (we’re obviously not suggesting you discount yourself all-together, though) then this could be a great place to start. Decleor’s skincare wardrobe holds all the best body, bath and skincare treats from the brand, in fact, any skincare devotee would LOVE this little box of heaven.
Available from October at Decleor.co.uk and spa’s nationwide
The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar, £160
After ample requests, The White Company has brought their beauty advent calendar back – and it’s (dare we say it) even better than ever! A mix of all their award-winning skincare, fragrances, bath, body, fragrances and candles are locked away behind 24 beautifully illustrated doors.
Jo Loves Beauty Advent Calendar, £300
There’s not much more we want from our Christmas than excessive amounts of candles and fragrances, I mean, that’s what it’s all about, right? Right. Feast your eyes on this absolute dream boat from Jo Loves – undoubtedly one of the best beauty advent calendars of 2020. Worth a jaw dropping £459, but on sale for £300 – it holds 24-deluxe mini products, including their iconic Pomelo scent, and a Log Fires Candle.
Available from 8th October 2020
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GlossyBox Beauty Advent Calendar, £99 (£80 for subscribers)
Worth over £390, but on sale for just £80, this year’s Glossybox beauty advent calendar is guaranteed to be another sell-out. With 14 full-sized products and 12 minis, the line up includes faves from the likes of Fenty Beauty, Iconic London, Huda Beauty and Pixi, any devout beauty lover needs one of these in their life.
The GLOSSYBOX 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar will be on sale from 8th September for subscribers and 30th September for non-subscribers
Elemis 25 days of Spectacular Skin Beauty Advent Calendar, £175
Worth a whopping £403 but priced at just £175, this big box of joy is an absolute must have for Christmas. If you’re not already an avid Elemis user, you definitely should be, they’ve got some of the best skincare in the game and they’ve included all the highlights in the 2020 calendar. Notable products include, the award winning Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, and Papaya Enzyme Peel.
Rituals Beauty Advent Calendar 2D, £59.90
One of the very first beauty brands to announce their advent calendar, Rituals have dreamed up two offerings this year… The first, a traditional 24-door calendar, packed with fragrant gifts to treat the mind, body and soul including The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm and mini Private Collection candles. Beaut.
Available from 7th September at Rituals.com
Rituals Beauty Advent Calendar 3D, £89.90
Rituals’ second advent calendar offering comes in 3D, yep you read that right, 3D… Modelled after a festive snowy village, each of the 24 products can be found in little boxes styled as Christmas trees and cottages (cute, huh?) Expect to find the most luxe products from the beauty brand’s line up, including The Ritual of Jing Mini Fragrance Sticks and mini Private Collection candles.
Available from 7th September at Rituals.com
Elle Beauty Advent Calendar, £125
Back for a third year, the ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar is packed full of 24 luxury products. The outer packaging has been designed by the wonderful Bella Freud, and inside it’s packed pulled with treats worth over £530 in total, all for just £125. I’m sold.
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Fortnum & Mason Beauty Advent Calendar, £195
If you after an all-out luxe calendar, Fortnum & Mason is where it’s at. The contents are worth a whopping £810, including luxe skincare, body and hair products from the likes of Sol de Janeiro, Chantecaille, Aromatherapy Associates and Sisley. Last year it sold out in a matter of weeks, so don’t wait too long to snap one up…
Available in store from 18th September 2020
What to expect for 2020…
So, for the brands that are keeping their cards a liiittle closer to their chests this year, we’ve had a look back at all the beauty advent calendar offerings from last year – to give you a sneaky idea of what to expect this Christmas.
Moroccanoil Beauty Vault: What to expect
Priced at only £20, this was one of the best beauty advent calendar bargains of last year… Known for their exceptional haircare – you may (or may not) know that Moroccanoil do body products, too. Last year’s gilded box had, in our opinion, their best hair offerings: the OG Moroccanoil Treatment, as well as the equally great Protect & Prevent Spray. There was also a mix of luxe hand and body treats to delve into. Something for everyone, basically.
Diptyque Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Last year’s £320 price might be eye watering, but so so worth it. As if a Diptyque candle and fragrance were not already at the top of your xmas list – try a combined 20! There was one Holiday Special limited edition candle, 13 mini candles, 6 mini perfumes, a face oil, perfumed sticker, shower oil and rich butter. Not to mention the fact that the design was ridiculously stunning and would impress, well, everyone. The bar has been raised for 2020, guys.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar: What to expect
If your face could speak, it would ask for this for Christmas. Possibly the boujeest skincare advent calendar of last year, at £405, inside this glorious box sit 21 of her cult products in full size, deluxe size and sachets. Yes, we know the price is an eyeful – but when you consider the fact that 90% of her stand alone products costs about £100, it was actually a steal.
Acqua di Parma Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Acqua di Parma’s classic zesty scents have earned them everlasting brownie points in the beauty industry. Last year, their signature scent Colonia (and my personal fave Blu Mediterraneo) were featured in the calendar, plus a mix of other bath and body treats. At £325, it was the ultimate gift for a perfume lover (or yourself).
Cowshed 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Can we please talk about how beaut this box is for a sec? Yep, last year’s £130 offering was illustrated by botanical artist Katie Scott, and was made to be reused, so could be popped on your dresser once empty. Aside from the fact that it was an obvious keepsake, it also featured 24 best-selling Cowshed products – and, let’s be honest, who doesn’t love Cowshed? We’ve got our fingers crossed that this year’s offering will be even more spectacular.
Armani Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Last year, Armani took their first foray into beauty advent calendars (and of course, they didn’t disappoint). At £249, encased in a gleaming red and gold box sat 24 of his most iconic products – including a full size Eyes To Kill Mascara and Lip Maestro #400. Some of the minis included: Rouge D’Armani Matte, Crema Nera Eye cream and Aqua Di Gio EDT. You even got a cute range of accessories to play with, from an Armani keyring, to a pin bow.
Clarins Women’s Advent Calendar: What to expect
Most beauty advents only contain minis, but not this one. Rather than having a full 24 days worth of treats, last year’s £60 offering held 12 products – two full size and 10 travel sized. It was a great one if you fancied stocking up on all of Clarins’ best sellers in one swoop. Inside there were beauty prods that we genuinely swear by, like the iconic Beauty Flash Balm, Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara, Instant Eye Make-Up Remover and SOS Primer Universal Light.
Clinique Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Listen up Clinique fans, this one’s for you. Last year the brand packed their £85 calendar with 24 ah-maz-ing skincare and makeup miniatures, including the classic Dramatically Different Moisturiser, Pep Start Eye Cream and Moisture Surge Face Cream. We expect this year’s offering to be just as awesome…
Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
With a total product value of £600 for an RRP of £250, this super-luxe advent calendar was one of the most lusted after for 2019. The 25 drawers were filled with make-up, skincare, hair care including Huda Beauty’s Demi Matte Lipstick in Mogul, a universally flattering shade of rose and 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask, a cult product for banishing dark circles. We’re expecting to see Byredo, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Laura Mercier, NARS, Hourglass, Guerlain, Becca, Decorte and even Augustinus Bader this year…
Rodial Advent Calendar: What to expect
Last year, this gorgeous pink box had all of Rodial’s cult skincare and makeup prods for just £98, so if you’re a fan of the brand, you need to keep an eye out for their 2020 calendar. From their hero Pink Diamond Sheet Mask, to the Retinol Booster Drops and their iconic Glamolash Mascara Skinny Black.
MAC Makeup Advent Calendar: What to expect
Last year, MAC made all our Christmas dreams come true with this ah-mazing makeup advent calendar. ‘Starring You’ contained £265 worth of MAC products for just £129, including cult classics like the Velvet Teddy lipstick, Strobe Cream in Pinklite and the In Extreme Dimension 3D Lash Mascara.
Birchbox Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
The £70 Birchbox advent calendar had goodies from the likes of Caudelie, Estee Lauder, Oribe and Aveda … Oh, and last year’s advent calendar sold out in less than 24hours, so you’ll have to be quick when they announce their 2020 offering…
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Known for their exceptional deals, Amazon didn’t disappint when it came to their Christmas beauty advent calendar last year. So, what was in the box? Oh, just some old favourites that we probably couldn’t get by a single day without… Shout out to Garnier’s Micellar Water, Foreo Luna Play Mini and Real Techniques Complexion Sponge.
Bareminerals Beauty Advent Calendar: What to expect
Makeup lovers rejoice, last year’s box of beauty treats had everything you could ever need to craft your face into party-ready perfection. All the brand’s best sellers were inside: Complexion Rescue Defense, Prime Time, BAREPRO Longwear Lipstick, Lash Domination Mascara, the list goes on and on. Plus, it was a relatively affordable £79, but is worth £218 – so, essentially it’s a steal.