Beauty advent calendars make the perfect gift for so many reasons. Whether it’s a compilation of editorially chosen products by a department store or a beauty advent calendar released by a specific brand, they offer shoppers a gift option that will delight all makeup and skincare lovers. It’s that time of year again where the latest are now beginning to be released (some are already sold out!), and we’ve rounded up the best beauty advent calendars in 2020, for anyone looking to give a loved one a special gift for the holidays.
- The Best Beauty Calendars from London Department Stores
- The Best Beauty Calendars from Online Retailers
- The Best Make-Up & Skincare Brand Advent Calendars
- DECLÉOR Infinite Surprises Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
- L’Occitane Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
- Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar 2020
- La Mer 12 Days of Luminous Hydration Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
- Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar 2020
- Clinique 24 Days of Clinique Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
- Kiehl’s Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar 2020
- Clarins 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar 2020
- Lancôme Advent Calendar 2020
- Shiseido Exclusive Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
- Charlotte Tilbury’s Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures Advent Calendar 2020
- Dior Advent Calendar 2020
- YSL Dress Me Wild Advent Calendar 2020
- Armani Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
- MAC 2020 Beauty Advent Calendar
- NYX Professional Makeup Christmas 24 Day Advent Calendar 2020
- Boots’ No7 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
- The Best Luxury Lifestyle Advent Calendars
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The Best Beauty Calendars from London Department Stores
One of the most beautiful department stores in all of London seems like a good place to start. Following on from their deep navy blue 2019 advent calendar last year, the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 comes in a rich bottle green box that emulates the iconic store in Knightsbridge. 2020 marks the fourth year of Harrods producing beauty advent calendars, and each year they never disappoint! It’s packed with 25 delightful beauty products including both miniature and full-sized offerings.
- PRICE: £250
- VALUE: worth over £700
Liberty London is another of the UK’s top department stores that is renowned for releasing the most beautiful London advent calendars. Once again, they did not disappoint in 2020. Inside this year’s offering lies 19 full-sized products (1 more than last year!) and 6 samples, making it the most generous to date!
- PRICE: £215
- VALUE: worth over £789
Traditionally, the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 is one that does not remain available very long after its release! In fact, at the time of publication of this article, it is currently being restocked! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar, as well as its new design: a gorgeous pale pink recyclable box, detailed with an outline of the iconic store in London. It is packed full of 25 treats, including 12 full-sized products!
- PRICE: £210
- VALUE: worth over £500
Situated in the centre of London’s luxury shopping district, Fenwick is yet another of London’s well-known department stores to release their very own advent calendar. Retailing at a fantastic price point, the Fenwick Advent Calendar 2020 was beautifully designed by Fenwick’s artist in residence Julie Verhoeven and contains plenty of makeup and skin care goodies to delight any woman over the holiday season. In addition, Fenwick is also offering The Fenwick Beauty Bag AW20 free of charge when spending over £125 online – meaning anyone that purchases the advent calendar can grab even more goodies to gift (or treat themselves!).
- PRICE: £150
- VALUE: worth over £400
Fortnum’s Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
The Fortnum’s Beauty Advent Calendar is one that typically sells out on pre-order, and has done so each and every year since its release in 2018. With only 1,000 being produced, this is definitely one to keep an eye on. Inside this year’s beauty box is a generous mix of both old favourites and new discoveries that come beautifully packaged in a festive red and green calendar. It’s sure to delight any recipient and the exceptional value is sure to ignite some festive cheer for the buyer too!
- PRICE: £195
- VALUE: worth over £810
Following the success of last year’s calendar, John Lewis are back with their Beauty Advent Calendar 2020. It comes in a delightfully bright and colourful box, with little drawers that are filled with a variety of full and deluxe sized products from a variety of well-loved brands.
- PRICE: £150
- VALUE: worth over £376
The Best Beauty Calendars from Online Retailers
Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
The Cult Beauty advent calendars are typically amongst the first to sell out in just a few hours, and this year looks to be no different – especially when it is even better than last year’s! The 25 drawers that lead up to Christmas Day are full of a variety of makeup, skincare, hair and body products, with an extra special surprise in the 25th drawer. If you missed it this year, this is definitely one to keep an eye on in the future!
- PRICE: £199
- VALUE: worth over £930
Net-a-Porter have yet again released an ultra luxurious beauty advent calendar featuring a host of luxury skin care, hair care and makeup treats that any beauty lover is sure to adore! It’s also incredibly good value!
- PRICE: £240
- VALUE: worth £1,115
The Space NK Advent Calendar for 2020 is a real feast for the eyes. So much so in fact, that it is the fastest selling beauty advent calendar that Space NK has released. Named as the Beauty Anthology II, this year is the second edition of the ‘book-like’ Beauty Anthology series. Poetry written by Charly Cox guides users through each of the four volumes, with each volume divided into chapters that reveal a beauty treat. Charly’s poetry is an extra special edition that really adds to the Christmas cheer!
- PRICE: £195
- VALUE: worth over £630
Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
Feelunique are back this year with their Beauty Advent Calendar for 2020. This year, it’s a new take on the traditional Christmas wreath with 25 drawers full of beauty goodies. Spoiler alert: the 25th drawer includes not one, but three products!
- PRICE: £89
- VALUE: worth over £275
**UPDATE** The Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar is now sold out for 2020, but fans can already sign up for the Feelunique 2021 beauty calendar waitlist to avoid disappointment next year!
LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
This year’s LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar is their highest value yet, and is expected to sell like hot cakes. In addition, if you are a subscriber to the LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Box, you’ll be entitled to an extra £15 off! An incredible bargain that can’t be missed!
- PRICE: £85 (£70 for LOOKFANTASTIC Beauty Box subscribers)
- VALUE: worth £460
The limited edition ELLE Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 has been carefully curated by ELLE editors, who have packed this delightful beauty box with 24 cult beauty favourites – including full sized products!
- PRICE: £125
- VALUE: worth over £530
The Best Make-Up & Skincare Brand Advent Calendars
DECLÉOR Infinite Surprises Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
If you’re a lover of Decléor, then their annual advent calendar is too good to pass up! This excellently priced advent calendar comes complete with 24 detachable boxes, each containing a retail or travel-sized treat from the extensive Decléor suite of iconic products.
- PRICE: £85
- VALUE: worth over £310
A super reasonably priced bundle of 24 L’Occitane skin care, fragrance and body care products that makes the perfect indulgent self-care countdown to Christmas!
- PRICE: £99
- VALUE: worth £135
The Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar for 2020 will make an Elemis lover very happy indeed! Aside from the usual iconic Elemis essentials, this calendar also includes some brand new products that were recently launched. The cherry on the cake is the full size Pro-Collagen Marine Cream that normally retails for £87 alone!
- PRICE: £175
- VALUE: worth over £400
For anyone who is obsessed with decadent luxury skin care, this is the one for you. La Mer have returned with their third exclusive, limited edition 12 day advent calendar with all the iconic products a La Mer aficionado could want. You’ll need to be fast though – this won’t be available for long!
- PRICE: £400
If you’re new to Dr Barbara Sturm products, yet always wanted to give them a try, then this beauty advent is the perfect opportunity! The Dr Barbara Strum Advent Calendar is a fantastic introduction to her molecular skin care approach, with some of the staple products coming in full, deluxe and sachet sizes.
- PRICE: £405
Clinique lovers will be delighted to hear that the Clinique Advent Calendar for 2020 is now available and not yet sold out! It’s packed with 24 Clinique must-have treats such as 3-step skin care, moisturisers and makeup products to delight any beauty lover this festive season. Great value too!
- PRICE: £90
- VALUE: worth over £200
Just like last year, Kiehl’s have released two advent calendars for 2020. The first of the two (Kiehl’s Limited Edition Skincare Advent Calendar 2020) is available directly via the Kiehl’s website, while the second is the Kiehl’s Selfridges Beauty Calendar which retails at a slightly pricier £189.
- PRICE: £89/£189
Clarins have once again released their annual Christmas Advent Calendar, full of Clarins skincare favourites and a few makeup treats too. The good news is that Clarins have once again released two advent calendars this year – one for women and another for men.
- PRICE: £60
Lancôme have released their 2020 beauty advent calendar and it is one of the most creative on the list! The calendar opens up to a beautiful Parisian cityscape that centres around the highlight of the French capital – the Eiffel Tower. Each of the little pink and white buildings hold either Lancôme skincare, makeup or fragrances.
- PRICE: £105
Shiseido Exclusive Advent Calendar 2020 **SOLD OUT**
A Shideido lover’s paradise, their Exclusive Advent Calendar for 2020 features items from their classic skincare ranges, as well as an item from their new line WASO, specifically designed for millennials.
- PRICE: £105
- VALUE: worth over £320
Charlotte Tilbury lovers will be delighted to discover that the advent calendar for 2020 comes in a brand new decadent shape. Indulge in 12 doors of Charlotte Tilbury goodness, with a mix of well-loved classics (hello Magic Cream), as well as new goodies to discover. The Chest of Beauty Treasures is not the only beauty advent calendar offered by Charlotte Tilbury – the limited edition Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic is also available once again this year, treating recipients to a mix of full and travel size makeup and skin care delights, and a box that can be reused as the perfect jewellery box.
- PRICE: £150
- VALUE: worth over £195
If searching for a luxury advent calendar from one of the giant French fashion houses, then the Dior Advent Calendar 2020 is for you. It includes everything a Dior lover could possibly want from makeup to skincare and fragrances, and it comes beautifully packaged in an enchanting box, designed by artist and illustrator Safia Ouares.
- PRICE: £340
And just like Dior, YSL have released their very own advent calendar full of makeup and fragrances, available exclusively at Selfridges.
- PRICE: £200
Armani have outdone themselves yet again with another gorgeous beauty advent calendar for 2020. It costs the same as last year, but is packed with even better contents, including more full sized products (and less keyrings!).
- PRICE: £249
One for the make-up lovers! A gift of 24 MAC goodies packaged in a firework-frosted casing.
- PRICE: £125
- VALUE: worth over £290
NYX have released one beauty advent calendar for 2020, aptly called Diamonds & Ice Please – a cute little box containing 24 NYX best-selling makeup products.
- PRICE: £50
The Boots No7 Beauty Advent Calendar is probably one of the most well-known, and one of the very first brands to launch one. This year’s offering is a delightful mix of skincare and makeup, and 10 extra special calendars also hold a golden ticket worth £1,000, which can be spent on all No7 products!
- PRICE: £45
- VALUE: worth over £170
The Best Luxury Lifestyle Advent Calendars
Jo Malone is known for producing real delights for their annual Christmas Advent Calendar – and this year it’s an elegant cream box full of drawers that hold miniature candles, bath and body miniatures as well as travel-size colognes. Within drawer 24, you’ll find a gift voucher to redeem a 30ml cologne of your choosing in January 2021.
- PRICE: £320
A quintessential luxury British personal care brand that has become a staple in almost every home. This year’s beautiful Molton Brown Advent Calendar is glamorously called ‘London via the Roaring Twenties’, held in a shimmering box decorated with a holographic foil to emulate a 1920s chandelier. It’s perfect for Molton Brown lovers with a myriad of 24 fragrances, candles and oils.
- PRICE: £175
- VALUE: worth over £250
It’s fair to say that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anyone that doesn’t like The White Company – a brand that is just so clean, fresh and elegant. Perfectly hidden behind these little doors are 25 goodies worth a total of over £260, including a gua sha!
- PRICE: £160
- PRICE: £400
Diptyque have once again released another stunning advent calendar for 2020 and it’s sure to delight its many fans. This year’s box is designed by Ugo Gattoni, a Parisan-born artist and graphic designer, and inside it holds 25 products that give a wonderful introduction to the brand, including mini candles, fragrances and body care products. Every product found inside is a 2020 limited edition special, so this is definitely not one to miss!
- PRICE: £320
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