Best beauty advent calendar 2022: Discover this year's best makeup and skincare advent calendars from £40

Ruby Martin Victoria Woollaston
5 Nov 2021

Almost every beauty brand sells an advent calendar full of products from makeup to accessories, skincare and hair products

Forget chocolate calendars, the best way to count down the days to Christmas is with a beauty advent calendar.

It was only five years ago that beauty advent calendars were relatively rare – or they were only sold by premium brands such as Harrods, Liberty and Fortnum & Mason.

Today, almost every beauty and lifestyle brand sells an advent calendar full of products from makeup to accessories, skincare, hair products and even candles.

Beyond the fact they help pass the time between 1 December and the main event on the 25th, they’re also a fantastic way to experience brands that you may not have used before, or brands you’ve been meaning to try for some time, but didn’t want to take a risk on. After all, beauty products don’t always come cheap.

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Many beauty advent calendars go on sale in the autumn, and many sell out incredibly fast, so if you’re keen to get your hands on a particular model, you’ll need to be quick.

If you don’t manage to get one in time for Christmas, you can usually pick many of them in the beauty advent calendar sale well into the new year.

Below we’ve listed the best beauty advent calendars we’ve seen from the huge selection now on offer. We’ve handpicked those that include the best mix of products, for the greatest value for money, and to suit all budgets.

SPOILER ALERT! We’ve also revealed the full contents of each one, where possible, so if you don’t want to know, look away as you scroll past.

The best beauty advent calendars to buy

1. L’Occitane 2021 Reusable Advent Calendar: Best reusable beauty advent calendar

Price: £160 | Buy now from L’Occitane

For those who need their beauty and skincare fix for the year but are also concerned about the environmental impact of advent calendars, this is a great choice. L’Occitane is already well known for its great-quality calendars, but like many brands, has been endeavouring to be more eco-friendly. The 2021 reusable calendar is a beautiful fabric number, with lovely botanical illustrations and pockets to slot in products. You can buy one of your own for £160 or, if you were ahead of the game and bought last year’s, you can buy a refill set for £130.

It’s already pretty good value, but you can get even more bang for your buck at the moment thanks to L’Occitane’s current online offers. With all online purchases, you can either opt for a free Best of Provence set when you spend £60 or a free luxury pampering kit when you spend £130.

What’s in it:

  • Almond Shower Oil
  • Herbae par L'OCCITANE Eau de Parfum
  • Shea Intensive Hand Balm Travel Size
  • Verbena Shower Gel
  • Shea Butter Hand Cream
  • Almond Supple Skin Oil
  • Intensive Repair Conditioner
  • Almond Crunchy Muesli Scrub
  • Sunday Pink-nic Intense Fruity Lipstick
  • Lavender Foaming Bath
  • Relaxing Pillow Mist
  • Almond Milk Concentrate
  • Shea Ultra Rich Lip Balm Certified Organic
  • Divine Cream
  • Verbena Eau de Toilette
  • Néroli & Orchidée Eau de Toilette
  • Intensive Repair Shampoo
  • Oil-To-Milk Facial Make-up Remover
  • Almond Delicious Hands
  • Immortelle Essential Water
  • Precious Cream
  • Shea Butter Foot Cream
  • Overnight Reset Serum
  • The Petit Remedy

Buy now from L’Occitane

2. Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar: Best advent calendar for organic beauty

Price: £45 | Buy now from Holland and Barrett

If you want to dip your toe into the world of natural skincare, Holland and Barrett’s advent calendar is a great place to start. While the brand may be best known for its vitamins and pricey health foods, the beauty advent calendar is excellent value. It’s ideal if you want to try a wide range of organic beauty products from bigger companies like Weleda and Dr Organic, as well as independent brands such as Eden Perfume and Disciple.

For just £45 you get 24 different items, most of which are full-size products. A particular highlight is the excellent WetBrush Go Mini Detangler – the compact size and green credentials have made it an instant handbag staple. Normally the brush is £10 by itself, so great value considering everything else you get with the calendar.

What's in it:

  • UpCircle Eye Cream with Maple & Coffee 10ml
  • Fushi Really Good Hair Oil 10ml
  • Sukin Super Greens Detoxifying Facial Scrub 20ml
  • REN Ready Steady Glow Tonic 50ml
  • Wet Brush Mini Detangler Brush
  • Natura Siberica Taiga Daily Protection Hand Cream 30ml
  • AromaWorks Lavender And Petitgrain Mini Candle 10cl
  • Weleda Prickly Pear Facial Lotion 30ml
  • Dr Organic Guava Body Wash 250ml
  • I Love Tonka Bean And Myrrh Body Wash 125ml
  • Q+A Apple AHA Exfoliating Gel 75ml
  • Holland & Barrett Tweezers
  • Faith In Nature Dragon Fruit Shampoo Bar 85g
  • Ayumi Turmeric And Bergamot Face Mask 20ml
  • Ecodenta Certified Organic Multifunctional Toothpaste With Hemp Oil 75ml
  • Oleus Jojoba Oil 50ml
  • Psychic Sisters Opalite Mini Facial Roller
  • Eden Perfume Portobello Perfume 2.5ml
  • Holland & Barrett Nail File
  • Disciple Balancing Mist 50ml
  • So Eco Multi-Tasking Brush
  • Dr PawPaw Lip Scrub And Lip Balm Duo 16g
  • Holland & Barrett Aloe & Cucumber Face Wash 150ml
  • Tisserand Sleep Better Pillow Mist Mini 9ml
  • Evolve Bio-Retinol Gold Face Mask 30ml

Buy now from Holland and Barrett

3. Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2021: Best advent calendar for beauty aficionados

Price: £215 | Buy now from Cult Beauty

Despite only launching for the first time back in 2019, Cult Beauty’s advent calendar has already become a firm favourite among beauty fans. The website stocks the latest beauty must-haves and its calendar is a great way to sample hits from the likes of The Ordinary and The Inkey List, as well as luxury beauty from Victoria Beckham and Charlotte Tilbury.

This advent calendar always sells out fast – in fact, the first drop has already flown off the virtual shelves. Don’t fear, though, as Cult Beauty is releasing a second batch some time in November. If you sign up to the waiting list here, you’ll be among the first to know when the next drop goes live. This is a great-value calendar, particularly as it contains more than 25 items, so sign up ASAP.

What’s in it:

  • Briogeo Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo
  • Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in “Pout”
  • Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA + BHA Pore-Tight Toner
  • Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm
  • Live Tinted Hueglow in “Dawn”
  • Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream
  • Augustinus Bader The Face Oil
  • Sweed Lashes Pro Lash Lift Mascara
  • HUM Nutrition Here Comes The Sun
  • Supergoop! Glowscreen SPF 30
  • Odacité CaR Wild Carrot Serum Concentrate Vital Glow
  • Sunday Riley Auto Correct Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream
  • Summer Fridays Cloud Dew Oil-Free Gel Cream
  • Oskia Isotonic Hydra-Serum
  • Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
  • The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  • Molton Brown Jasmine & Sun Rose Bath & Shower Gel
  • Dr Barbara Sturm Glow Drops
  • Fresh Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash
  • IT Cosmetics Complexion Perfection Buki Brush
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder in “Translucent”
  • Nars Bronzing Powder in “Laguna”
  • Natasha Denona Macro Blade Liquid Liner in “Black”
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
  • Vieve Lip Dew
  • Westman Atelier Eye Pod in “Tabac”
  • Róen 75° Warm Eye Shadow Palette
  • The Inkey List Tranexamic Acid Night Treatment
  • Youth To The People Kale + Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Superfood Cleanser
  • Algenist Genius Collagen Calming Relief
  • Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerise in “Amber Gold”
  • Drunk Elephant TLC Framboos Glycolic Night Serum
  • ESPA Modern Alchemy The Grounding Crystals
  • Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment
  • Medik8 C-Tetra Luxe
  • Patchology Serve Chilled Bubbly Eye Gels
  • Bella Freud Loving Candle (Tuberose & Sandalwood)

Buy now from Cult Beauty

4. Marks and Spencer Beauty Box: Best-value beauty advent calendar

Price: £40 (When you spend £30 on food, home or clothing) | Buy now from Marks and Spencer

This isn’t just any beauty advent calendar, this is a Marks and Spencer beauty advent calendar, which means it’s absolutely chock full of luxury beauty goodies on the cheap. It features plenty of big beauty names such as L’Occitane, Aveda and Phillip Kinglsey. In particular, it contains the cult-favourite Phillip Kingsley Elasticiser, an excellent hair treatment that gets top marks in our best hair mask roundup.

At £40, it’s one of the cheapest advent calendars on our list, although its low price comes with the condition it must be purchased along with a shop of £30. However, that shop can include groceries, clothing or homeware, making it easy enough to hit the spending target, especially if you’re stocking up on Christmas food or pressies in advance.

What’s in it:

  • Autograph Colour Balm Lip Shine
  • Apothecary Calm Body Wash
  • Aveda Botanical Repair Strengthening Leave-In Treatment
  • Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm
  • L’Occitane Shea Shower Oil
  • Prai 24K Gold Wrinkle Repair Night Crème
  • Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream
  • Alpha H Rose Liquid Gold
  • Pure Super Hydrate Day Cream
  • Fragrance Society Orange, Bergamot & Lemon Grass Hand Cream
  • Formula Absolute Sleep Cream
  • Eyeko Black Magic Travel Size Mascara
  • Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner
  • Ren Kelp Body Wash
  • Ren Kelp Hand Lotion
  • L’Occitane Precious Cream
  • Nails Inc Tis The Season To Sparkle Nail Polish
  • Percy & Reed Wonder Balm Hair Primer
  • Philip Kingsley Pure Colour Gloss
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
  • Prai Ageless Hand Crème
  • This Works Stress Check Breathe In
  • Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner
  • Ultrasun 30SPF Lip Protection
  • Shay & Blue Tallulahs Camellia Natural Spray Fragrance

Buy now from Marks and Spencer

5. The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2021: Best luxury beauty advent Calendar

Price: £225 | Buy now from Liberty

Liberty was one of the very first companies to launch a beauty advent calendar before they became so mainstream, and each year it proves why it’s still one of the best.

The 25-day calendar comes in a beautiful presentation box depicting the shop storefront, before opening up to reveal another classic Liberty print. This year, along with the usual luxury beauty products from companies such as Dermalogica and Malin+Goetz, it contains the excellent Olaplex No3 Hair Perfector, chosen as our best hair mask for bleached hair. It also includes a gorgeous Liberty washbag to keep all your goodies in, as well as a £15 Liberty voucher to spend on top-ups of any of the products included.

It’s definitely a pricey pick, but the contents inside are worth £844, so if you’ve got a bit of money to splurge, this is an excellent treat.

What’s in it:

  • Uoma Beauty Drama Bomb Extreme Volume Mascara Mini in Black
  • Le Labo Another 13 Eau De Parfum
  • Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
  • Votary Brightening Hyaluronic Serum
  • Davines Momo Conditioner
  • Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream Vegan
  • Qms Medicosmetics Intensive Eye Care Cream
  • Dr Sebagh Serum Repair
  • Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind Roller Ball
  • (Malin+Goetz) Lip Moisturiser
  • Ren Clean Skincare Ready Steady Glow Daily Aha Tonic
  • Dermalogica Multivitamin Power Firm
  • Surratt Expressioniste Brow Pomade
  • Lixirskin Universal Emulsion
  • Liberty £15 Gift Voucher
  • Omorovicza Perfecting Lip Balm
  • Susanne Kaufmann Mallow Blossom Bath
  • Hair By Sam Mcknight Happy Endings Nourishing Balm
  • Trish Mcevoy Beauty Booster® Moisture Stick
  • Frank Body Charcoal Face Cleanser
  • Vilhelm Parfumerie Dear Polly, Morning Chess + Mango Skin Eau De Parfum
  • Olverum Bath Oil
  • 111skin Hyaluronic Acid Aqua Booster
  • Decree Sos Revitalising Eye Mask
  • Liberty Starburst Print Small Wash Bag

Buy now from Liberty

6. Ciate Mini Month 2021: Best beauty advent calendar for manicure fans

Price: £55 | Buy now from Nail Polish Direct

If you love getting your nails done, this is the ideal beauty advent calendar to splurge on. Ciate is known for its quality nail varnishes and this year, it has released a calendar full of favourites. With colours to match any occasion, along with a hydrating primer and a keepsake illustration you can hang up, it’s the perfect mani package. Better still, all the varnishes are vegan, so perfect for yourself or any animal-lover in your life who also loves a manicure.

What’s in it:

  • 22 mini Plant Pot Polishes
  • One full-size Plant Pot Polish
  • Deluxe Watermelon Burst Lip Oil
  • A removable, keepsake illustration

Buy now from Nail Polish Direct

7. Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar 2021: Best beauty advent for premium products

Price: £115 | Buy now from Feelunique

Feelunique features frequently on our website due to its good-value, premium beauty products, and its 2021 beauty advent calendar is no exception. Not only does it contain popular products from Elemis, Huda Beauty and Clarins, but you’ll be treated to 27 items over 25 days, which reach a total value of £385. This means you’re not only getting a full 25-day calendar but you can also expect some bonus treats for your money.

What’s in it:

  • Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions Rich Palette
  • Elemis Oxygenising Night Cream
  • Grown Alchemist Enzyme Exfoliant: Papin & Amino Complex
  • Laura Mercier Rouge Essential Silky Lip Creme Stick in A La Rose
  • Charlotte Tilbury Eye Cream
  • Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
  • Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Rollerball
  • Tan-Luxe Super Glow Hyaluronic Self-Tan Serum 10ml
  • Korres Wild Rose Night Brightening Sleeping Facial
  • BY Terry Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm
  • Emma Hardie Protect & Prime
  • Delilah Eyeshadow Brush
  • Rodial Pink Diamond Mask
  • Wishful V Chin Lift Mask
  • Lixirskin Universal Emulsion
  • Sol De Janeiro Bom Dia Cream
  • Molton Brown Rhubarb & Rose Bath & Shower Gel
  • Philip Kingsley Elasticizer
  • We Are Paradoxx Game Changer Hair Mask 75ml
  • Nuxe HP Body Oil Multi Purpose
  • Balance Me Vitamin C Repair Serum
  • Filorga Scrub & Detox
  • Prai Throat and Decolletage Creme
  • AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream
  • Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse
  • First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub
  • Lazartigue Repair Hair Mask

Buy now from Feelunique

8. Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar: Best beauty advent calendar for makeup

Price: £150 | Buy now from Cult Beauty

While Charlotte Tilbury is a top-rated makeup brand, some individual items can be a bit too costly to commit to if you’ve never tried them before. That’s why the beauty advent calendar is a popular option: it’s an easy way to try a range of its best-selling products for less money. It’s still not cheap, but you do get a full-sized lipstick, highlighter and eyeshadow pencil, as well as plenty of other favourites in smaller sizes. If you want to give yourself or a loved one a proper luxury makeover, this is the ideal gift.

What's in it:

  • Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight
  • Colour Chameleon in Pillow Talk
  • Matte Revolution lipstick in Pillow Talk Medium
  • Multi Miracle Glow
  • Goddess Skin Clay Mask
  • Charlotte's Magic Serum Crystal Elixir
  • Charlotte's Magic Cream moisturiser
  • Wonderglow primer
  • Walk of No Shame Eyeliner
  • Legendary Lashes Volume 2 mascara
  • Lip Cheat lip liner in Pillow Talk Medium
  • Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray

Buy now from Cult Beauty

9. No7 Beauty Advent Calendar: Best high-street beauty advent calendar

Price: From £47 | Buy now from Boots

For the first time ever, Boots is selling not one but two versions of its incredibly popular No7 Beauty Advent calendar. No7 is Boots’ own premium beauty brand and the presale access to both calendars has already sold out, so it’s bound to be popular again this year.

While Boots is still keeping quiet about what’s in the more expensive version of the calendar, we’ve managed to get a list of contents for the cheaper box, which you can check out below. If you don’t want any spoilers, then scroll on, but rest assured that you’ll be able to do a full face of skincare and makeup.

What’s in it:

  • No7 Stay Perfect™ Amazing Eyes Pencil Black
  • No7 Intense Volume Mascara Black
  • No7 Precision Lips Pencil Nude
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Day Cream SPF 15
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Serum
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced Eye Cream
  • No7 Radiance+ Illuminating Hydrogel Eye Mask
  • No7 Gel Finish Nail Colour Rose Gold
  • No7 Biodegradable Makeup Removing Wipes
  • No7 Laboratories Line Correcting Booster Serum
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Completely Quenched Body Milk
  • No7 Stay Perfect Eye Shadow Primer
  • No7 Instant Results Nourishing Hydration Mask Dry/Very Dry
  • No7 Protect & Perfect Lip Care
  • No7 Radiance+ Daily Energising Exfoliating Cleanser
  • No7 Lip & Cheek Tint Dusk Pink
  • No7 Powder Blusher Damson Mist
  • No7 HydraLuminous Water Surge Gel Oil Free
  • No7 HydraLuminous Overnight Recovery Gel Cream
  • No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Melting Gel Cleanser
  • No7 Early Defence Glow Activating Serum
  • No7 Lash and Brow Perfector
  • No7 Beautiful Skin Blissful Body Wash
  • No7 Flawless Finish Blending Sponge
  • No7 Stay Perfect Concealer Voucher

Buy now from Boots

10. Amazon beauty advent calendar 2021: Best bargain beauty advent calendar

Price: £70 | Buy now from Amazon

Amazon has released its annual beauty advent calendar and as expected, it doesn’t fail to deliver. The calendar contains makeup, skincare, accessories and hair care from leading beauty brands including Elemis, Nip+Fab, Real Techniques and Emma Hardie, alongside breakthrough brands such as Foreo and 3INA.

If you were to buy all the items in the Amazon beauty advent calendar separately, they'd set you back almost £260 – representing a saving of roughly £190. This is the best value 24-day calendar available right now and we can't wait to explore its goodies come 1 December.

What’s in it:

  • FOREO Luna Play Mini
  • Nivea MicellAIR Skin Breath Micellar Water 100ml
  • L’Occitane Almond Delicious Hands & Nails Cream 10ml
  • 3INA The Color Pen Eyeliner 759 1.2ml
  • Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream 15ml
  • Neal’s Yard Aromatic Foaming Bath 100ml
  • e.l.f Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow
  • Maui Moisture Alone Vera and Shea Butter Shampoo
  • 3INA The Eye Primer
  • Nip & Fab Vitamin C Fix Sheet Mask
  • Elizabeth Arden Prevage Anti Aging & intensive Repair Daily Serum 5ml
  • John Frieda Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion Spray
  • Max Factor Crème Puff Stunning Sienna Matte Blush
  • CeraVe Reparative Hand Cream
  • Nails Inc Santa Monica Beach
  • This Works Stress Check Mood Manager 35ml
  • Bioré Clear & Bright Yuzu Lemon + Papaya AHA Clay Face Mask 50ml
  • Faith In Nature Lavender and Geranium Body Wash 100ml
  • Real Techniques 2 in 1 Miracle Mixing Sponge
  • Aussie SOS Repair Hair Mask Treatment Shot
  • 3INA The Moisturising Primer
  • Got2b Powderful Volumizing Styling Powder 10g
  • Nails Inc Tate 14ml
  • Belei Brightening Hydrogel Drip Free Eye Mask x 1

11. Clarins 12 Day Skin Care Essentials Beauty Advent Calendar: Best beauty advent calendar for skincare

Price: £65 | Buy now from Clarins

Behind each of the 12 doors in the Clarins skincare advent calendar is one of the brand's best selling skincare products. This includes a full-size Natural Lip Perfector and SOS Primer, as well as ten miniature treats. Bought separately, these items would set you back £135, making it a great little Christmas saving.

Clarins is also selling a 12 Days of Christmas self-care advent calendar for men, as well as a 12 Day makeup calendar. The latter contains a similar set of samples to the skincare essentials, but with more makeup-orientated products as well as skincare

What’s in it:

  • Cleansing Micellar Water
  • Total Eye Lift
  • Joli Blush 02 Cheeky Pink
  • Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch
  • Beauty Flash Balm
  • Hydra Essentiel Silky Cream
  • Hand and Nail Treatment Cream
  • SOS Primer 00 Universal Light
  • Wonder Perfect 4D Mascara
  • Lip Comfort Oil 01 Honey
  • Hydrating Gentle Foaming Cleanser
  • Natural Lip Perfector 01 Rose Shimmer

Buy now from Clarins

12. ASOS beauty advent calendar 2021: Best beauty advent calendar on a budget

Price: from £35 | Buy now from ASOS

Not content with launching one beauty advent calendar, ASOS is selling three versions – a 12-day calendar, a 24-day one, and one aimed at men. Designed to suit different budgets, the 12-day Face and Body calendar and the equivalent 12-day Grooming calendar cost just £35.

The former includes brands such as Revolution and NARS, while the latter features products from Harry’s, The Ordinary, Bull Dog and L’Oreal Men Expert. The 24-day Face and Body calendar sold out fast last year, so it’s worth snapping up quickly.

What’s in it:

  • Beauty Works Argan Serum and Mini Comb
  • Caudalie Vinoperfect Serum
  • Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
  • Ciate Wanderwand Liner - Champagne Gold
  • Clinique Take The Day Off Balm
  • Dr Jart Dermask Hydrasolution Sheet Mask
  • Dr Paw Paw Tinted Rich Mocha Multipurpose Balm
  • Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
  • Elemis Soothing Apricot Toner
  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum
  • Iconic London Mini Warm and Blushing Eyeshadow Palette
  • Invisibobble You Dazzle Me Sprunchie
  • Le Mini Macaron Nail and Cuticle Oil and Mini Nail File
  • Mac Lipstick – Whirl
  • OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector
  • Origins Drink Up Intensive Mask
  • Primalash Dainty Styles False Lash
  • Psychic Sisters Aventurine Gua Sha
  • Revolution Glycolic Acid Glow Polisher
  • Sleek 12 Hour Liner Kohl Pencil – Blackmail
  • The Ordinary 100% Plant-Derived Squalane
  • This Works Deep Sleep Body Cocoon
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Primer
  • We Are Paradoxx 3 IN 1 Conditioner

Buy now from ASOS

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