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Advent calendars are the gifts that keep on giving during the holidays, which is why they’re a great one-and-done early present for your favorite beauty buffs (or yourself). The best beauty Advent calendars are often worth well over the price you’re paying, as the value sets are stocked with full- and travel-sized products that can be gifted as one glamorous package or divvied among the makeup mavens and grooming enthusiasts in your life.
Pro tip for procrastinators: Retailers including Nordstrom, Sephora, Target, Ulta and many more offer convenient in-store pickup for online orders. If you’re worried that your beauty gifts won’t arrive in time, consider going the BOPIS (buy online, pickup in-store) route rather than waiting around for your packages.
Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best Advent calendars for beauty lovers and fragrance aficionados, from prestige brand best-sellers to ultra-luxurious sets by labels often spotted in the vanities of Hollywood stars (including Dr. Barbara Sturm, Charlotte Tilbury, Budapest-based Omorovicza and others). For more gifting ideas, check out all of The Hollywood Reporter‘s holiday gift guides here.
1. Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar
London beauty retailer Space NK’s cult-favorite Advent calendar is filled with over $1,000 worth of beauty goodies to open over 24 days, including from luxury brands such as Augustinus Bader, Caudalie, Drunk Elephant, Hourglass, La Mer, Olaplex, The Ordinary, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s Rose Inc, Sunday Riley, Charlotte Tilbury and many, many others.
2. Fresh Best Sellers Advent Calendar Set
Join the waitlist for Fresh’s Best Sellers Advent Calendar to make sure you’ll be the first to get the 24-piece set, which includes full- and travel-sized products including the Sugar Rose tinted lip balm, Lotus Youth Preserve Rescue Mask, Soy pH-Balanced hydrating face wash, Sugar Recovery lip mask advanced therapy, Black Tea Corset Cream firming moisturizer, Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash, Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence, Creme Ancienne Soft Cream and more.
3. Clarins 12-Day Advent Calendar
Enjoy nearly $195 worth of Clarins’ plant-powered skincare and makeup best-sellers in this 12-day Advent Calendar, which includes the Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D, SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask, Beauty Flash Balm, Lip Comfort Oil and much more. And through Oct. 16, use the code BEST22 to get a free six-piece customizable gift set and a two-piece bonus gift with any order of $100 or more.
4. Benefit Cosmetics Sincerely, Yours Beauty Advent Calendar
Whether your giftee is a loyal Benefit babe or eyeing the beauty brand’s best-selling brow products and primers, Benefit’s Sincerely Yours Advent calendar ensures a holiday filled with travel-friendly makeup surprises. The holiday gift set includes mini and “fun size” versions of its Porefessional Pore Minimizing Primer, Badgal Bang! Volumizing Mascara, They’re Real! Magnet Mascara, Gimme Brow+ Tinted Volumizing Brow Gel, Hoola Matte Bronzer, 24-Hr. Brow Setter Clear Eyebrow Gel and more, plus a postcard to send to your BFF.
5. Sephora Wishing You Advent Calendar
Say goodbye to the usual dry skin that comes with winter weather with Sephora’s bestselling Advent calendar, which is packed with 24 reusable boxes filled witdh hydrating skincare, eye masks and makeup wipes as well as hair accessories, lip colors, nail polish and many more holiday beauty goodies.
6. La Mer The 12 Days of Transformation Advent Calendar
It doesn’t get any more luxe than La Mer’s 12 Days of Transformation Advent calendar set, which is filled with the cult-favorite skincare label’s Miracle Broth-infused best-sellers. (Celebrity ambassador Ana De Armas, Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian are among those who have raved about the brand.)
7. Florence by Mills Peace, Love & Florence Advent Calendar
Millie Bobby Brown-founded beauty brand Florence by Mills’ Peace, Love & Florence Advent calendar is for tweens and Gen Z giftees who love clean skincare and cosmetics. The 12-day set is packed with best-sellers and more, including the Dreamy Dew moisturizer, self-reflecting highlighter stick, Oh Whale! lip balm, Be a VIP velvet liquid lipstick, Work It Pout plumping lip gloss, Clear the Way charcoal mask, Love U A Latte mask, Lip Mask Get Glossed lip gloss, depuffing cloud gel eye pads and What’s My Line? eyeliner. Topping off the calendar is an exclusive holiday ornament.
8. Kylie Cosmetics 12 Days of Advent Calendar Holiday Gift Set
Kylie Cosmetics’ 12 Days of Advent holiday gift set boasts founder Kylie Jenner’s favorite makeup and skincare items from her namesake brand, including full-sized matte liquid lipsticks, lip liners, high gloss, gel and liquid eyeliners, lip oil and sugar lip scrub; travel-sized coconut body lotion clarifying facial oil; and a headband.
9. Yves Saint Laurent Advent Calendar
Experience the holidays like an A-lister and treat yourrself (or your favorite luxury beauty lover) to Yves Saint Laurent’s beauty Advent calendar, which is stocked with 24 days of French brand’s best-selling skincare, fragrances and makeup products in travel-ready and full sizes.
10. Charlotte’s Diamond Chest of Beauty Stars Advent Calendar
Makeup mavens will love Hollywood makeup artist-turned-beauty entrepreneur Charlotte Tilbury’s decadent Advent calendar, which promises 12 skincare and cosmetics best-sellers (such as Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Brow Fix, Magic Lip Oil, Beauty Light Wand and more) in a glamorous reusable jewel-handled chest.
11. Beekman 1802 Deluxe Editon Time Capsule Advent Calendar
Known for bringing Schitt’s Creek‘s Rose Apothecary brand to life, New York-based Beekman 1802’s interactive Time Capsule Advent calendar is a handmade special edition gift box that comes with 24 products, including the brand’s best-selling goat milk soaps and hand creams and skincare.
12. Olive & June Christmas Calendar
Nail art enthusiasts will discover 25 days of mini polishes, sticker packs, treatments and manicure accessories in Olive & June’s Christmas calendar, which is packed with $125 worth of goodies.
13. Paledone Friends Central Perk 24-Day Advent Calendar
There’s truly an Advent calendar for every type of beauty lover, including Friends fans. This Central Perk bath and body gift set reveals 24 days of sweet-scented bath salts and fizzy balls, lip balms, hand creams, nail care tools and more.
Paladone Friends TV Show 24 Beauty Days Advent Calendar, Officially Licensed Merchandise
14. Diptyque Limited Edition Advent Calendar
Candle lovers won’t be disappointed with Diptyque’s limited-edition Advent calendar, a Milky Way-inspired set of 25 days’ worth of best-selling scents and festive exclusives.
15. Liberty Beauty Holiday Calendar
Liberty’s best-selling beauty holiday calendar will feature skincare, haircare, fragrance and body products from Liberty, Rose Inc., Le Labo, Davines, Sunday Riley+, Malin + Goetz, 111Skin, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Trish McEvoy, Aveda, Uoma Beauty and many more luxe brands. Join the waitlist here to be among the first to snag the luxe gift set and the Men’s Holiday Calendar when they’re released later this month.
16. Sabon 31-Day Advent Calendar
Giftees can enjoy daily spa moments all month when they open Sabon’s beautiful 31-day Advent calendar, which contains decadent skincare, bath goodies and body products in full and travel sizes.
17. Net-A-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar
Net-A-Porter’s best-selling luxury beauty Advent calendar promises over $1,800 worth of full- and travel-sized skincare goodies from Augustinus Bader, Tata Harper, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Westman Atelier, Charlotte Tilbury, ThisWorks, Omorovicza, Face Gym and many other cult-favorite brands.
18. Ciate London Vegan Nail Polish Advent Calendar
For the animal-loving, eco-friendly manicure mavens, Ciate London’s vegan nail polish Advent calendar has 22 mini Plant Pot polishes and a full-sized polish, all in earth-friendly recyclable packaging featuring illustrations by artist Ruby Taylor.
19. The Body Shop Share the Love Big Advent Calendar
The Body Shop’s festive pop-up Advent calendar is packed with 25 moisturizing body creams, face masks, lip balms, bath gels, hand lotions and other nourishing treats to keep dry skin happy all winter. You can upgrade to the Ultimate Advent calendar for $180.
20. Makeup Revolution Ultimate Glamour Collection Advent Calendar
Expect 25 days of lipsticks, lip glosses, highlighters, makeup brushes and more in this giftable Advent calendar from London-based vegan beauty brand Makeup Revolution.
21. Molton Brown Advent Calendar
You or your giftee can smell like royals this holiday season and beyond with British brand Molton Brown’s Advent calendar, which contains 24 bath and shower gels, body lotions, body obils, mini candles, travel cases and more in a charming illustrated case by Rebecca Williams. (The company was awarded the Royal Warrant by Queen Elizabeth II in 2012 for the supply of toiletries.)
22. FAO Schwarz Cosmetics Advent Calendar
For kids ages 8 to 11, FAO Schwarz’ cosmetics Advent calendar contains 24 beauty surprises ranging from eye makeup to nail decals.
23. L’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar
Your giftee can start every day with moisturized skin when they open L’Occitane’s Advent calendar, which is stocked with luxurious hand creams, haircare products and skincare in one charming package inspired by a Christmas market in Provence, France.
24. Nuria Get Glowing Holiday Countdown Calendar
Can’t travel for the holidays? Nuria’s giftable holiday countdown box contains seven surprise (and clean) skincare products inspired by the beauty rituals of Korea, Scandinavia, Japan, Australia and beyond.
25. NYX 24-Day Advent Calendar
NYX’s 24-day Advent calendar contains the cruelty-free brand’s beauty bestsellers and limited edition goodies, including lip creams, eye shadows, lip scrubs, butter glosses and more.
26. Acqua Di Parma 25-Piece Advent Calendar
Acqua Di Parma’s 25-piece Advent calendar will delight luxury fragrance-loving giftees with eaux des toilettes, eaux des parfums, colognes, shower gels, haircare and more from the Italian brand’s best-selling Colonie, Blu Mediterraneo and Signatures of the Sun collections as well as the newest Magia del Camino and Boscio scented candles.
27. Liberty Men’s Holiday Calendar
Gents can stay groomed throughout the holidays and beyond with Liberty’s Men’s Holiday Calendar 2022, which will arrive Sept. 28 alongside the London retailer’s Beauty Holiday Calendar. Last year’s edition was packed with skincare, fragrances, bath products and more from Liberty, Davines, D.S. & Durga, Frédéric Malle, Venn, Augustinus Bader, Dr. Sebagh, Dr. Barbara Sturm and other cult-favorite labels, so expect the same excellent curation plus more gifts (like a pocket square or a tiny bottle of gin).
28. Dr. Vranjes Firenze Advent Calendar
Dr. Vranjes Firenze’s luxurious fragrance Advent calendar is filled with 24 mini spray perfumes, car scents, refills, a tree decoration and a personalized greeting card in a reusable bright red embellished case.
29. Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
Not located near Hollywood-beloved skin-care expert Dr. Barbara Sturm? You can still get the #SturmGlow with her luxury beauty Advent calendar, courtesy of the starry skin specialist. The massive box contains 24 travel- to full-sized products for keeping your visage looking youthful and healthy during the holidays and beyond, including the brand’s best-selling Super Anti-Aging Serum, the Hyaluronic Ampoule, Enzyme Cleanser, Balancing Toner and more.
30. Perricone MD 12 Wishes Granted Skincare Set
Uma Thurman, Jennifer Aniston and Eva Mendes are among the stars who have sung praises for Dr. Nicholas Perricone, whose 12 Wishes Granted Advent calendar (which contains his cult-favorite serums, toners, moisturizers and more) is sure to make you feel like Hollywood royalty.
31. Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2022
Valued at over £800 (or about $913), British department retailer Selfridge’s 2022 beauty advent calendar contains 12 full-sized products and 12 minis from MAC Cosmetics, Westman Atelier, Pat McGrath, Biossance, Paula’s Choice, Augustinus Bader, Charlotte Tilbury, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Gisou, R.e.m Beauty, Olaplex, Kate Somerville, Le Labo and more. It arrives Sept. 22; get on the wait list by signing up for Selfridge’s newsletter.
32. Balmain Hair Couture Limited-Edition Large Haircare Advent Calendar
Treat your (or your loved ones’) tresses with Balmain Hair Couture’s nutcracker-themed haircare Advent calendar, which comes with 10 luxury treats including a thermal protection spray, argan oil moisturizing elixir, texturing salt spray, leave-in conditioner, a festive scented candle and more, all in a chic gold, green and white display box.
33. Asos Face + Body 25-Day Advent Calendar
Asos’ Face + Body Advent calendar includes a branded tote bag and makeup bag, plus 29 makeup, skin care and nail products from Benefit Cosmetics, Le Mini Macaron, Elemis, Prima Lash, Charlotte Tilbury, Too Faced, Cover Girl, The Ordinary, Revoltuion, Mario Badescu, Lanolips and other brands.
34. Rituals The Ritual of Advent 3D Calendar
This decorative 3D Advent calendar from Rituals will add some holiday magic to your abode and body care kit. Valued at over $160, this 24-piece set has tring lights, candles for each Sunday leading up to Advent and full-sized body products ranging from an Ayurveda scrub glove and anti-aging day cream to foaming shower gels and body oils.
35. Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2022
Online beauty retailer Lookfantastic’s 26-piece Advent calendar promises makeup, body, skincare and fragrance products from PMD, By Terry, Rituals, Elemis, Drunk Elephant, Sachajuan, Revolution, Philip Kingsley, Emma Hardie, First Aid Beauty and others.
The Best Advent Calendars of 2021
For reference, we’ve kept some of the best Advent calendars of 2021 below — we’ll update the links once the 2022 editions become available.
1. Real Techniques 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
Beauty buffs who need a restock on brushes and sponges will enjoy a fresh new makeup tool every day with Real Techniques’ 12 Days of Beauty Advent calendar (sold out; more Real Techniques gift sets here).
Real Techniques Limited Edition 12 Days of Beauty Holiday Kit, Makeup Brush & Sponge Countdown Calendar, Pink, 12 Count, Advent Calendar
2. Bluemercury 31 Days of Dazzle Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
There’s something for every luxury beauty lover in Bluemercury’s 31 Days of Dazzle Advent calendar (sold out; more gift sets at Bluemercury here), from skincare by 111Skin, Chantecaille, Supergoop and Dr. Barbara Sturm, to haircare, makeup and wellness products by Indie Lee, Hum Nutrition, Roen and others.
3. Atelier Cologne Clementine California Perfume Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
Fragrance fanatics can take a whiff of a chic new scent for the 24 days leading up to Christmas, thanks to Atelier Cologne’s Clementine California perfume Advent calendar. (Sold out; more beauty gift sets at Sephora here.)
4. Spotlight Oral Care 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
For the ones on your list who prioritize their pearly whites, this 12-day Advent calendar (sold out; more Spotlight Oral Care gift sets here) from dentist-founded Spotlight Oral Care includes vegan- and cruelty-free products for keeping their chompers merry and bright. It incudes a sonic toothbrush, a set of 28 teeth-whitening strips, whitening toothpaste, lip scrub, a white jade facial roller and other sweet (but cavity-free) treats.
5. Dashing Diva 2021 Holiday Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
Fo the time-pressed nail art aficionado, this 24-day manicure Advent calendar from Dashing Diva (sold out; more beauty gift sets at Ulta here) offers festive mani stickers in stylish solid and glittering colors and patterns, plus all of the DIY nail tools needed.
6. Target Beauty Capsule Advent Calendar Gift Set (Sold Out)
Calling all Target shoppers (or those stocking up on gifts for them): This Advent calendar gift set (sold out, more Advent calendars at Target here) contains 12 of the mass retailer’s best-sellers in its beauty department, including skincare and makeup from Pixi, E.l.f., Maybelline, Thayer’s and other surprises.
7. Chantecaille 12 Days of Botanical Beauty Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
Hollywood insider-loved luxury beauty brand Chantecaille’s Advent calendar (sold out; more Chantecaille gift sets here) comes in the form of an eco-minded reusable box filled with 12 best-sellers. The 12 Days of Botanical Beauty holiday box includes five full-sized products and seven travel-friendly items, including the Bio Lifting Serum+, Bio Lifiting Cream+, Rose de Mai Face oil, Stress Repair Concentrate+ and Full Brow Perfecting Gel, to name a few.
8. Saks Fifth Avenue Ready, Set, Refresh! 14-Piece Advent Calendar (Sold Out)
Beauty buffs will be delighted with 14 days of skincare, haircare and fragrances when they open up Saks Fifth Avenue’s Advent calendar (sold out; more Advent calendars here). The Ready, Set, Refresh set opens up to reveal products from Augustinus Bader, Briogeo, Eve Lom, Furtuna Skin, Sunday Riley and R+Co., to name a handful.
9. Omorovicza Gold Cabinet (Sold Out)
Hailing from Budapest is starry skincare brand Omorovicza’s Gold Cabinet holiday collection (sold out; more gift set options here), which contains the label’s luxurious Gold Rescue Cream, Gold Eye Lift and Gold Flash Firming Serum along with an eye wand and gua sha facial lifting stone for completing your holiday ritual. (Mila Kunis, January Jones, Jamie Lee Curtis and Chrissy Teigen have incorporated the brand in their beauty routines.)