The 19 best beauty Advent calendars for 2020

07 October 2020

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Kids love chocolate Advent calendars, but here’s something more exciting for the grown-ups - the best beauty Advent calendars for 2020. The perfect pre-Christmas treat for any beauty addict, a beauty Advent calendar adds a touch of luxury to each day in December.

Yule (sorry) never believe it, but this season’s beauty Advent calendars are already out, which means the countdown to Christmas has well and truly started.

More expensive than chocolate Advent calendars but infinitely better for your waistline, these one-treat-a-day goodie boxes may seem indulgent. But if ever there was a year when we all deserve some pampering and self-care, 2020 is it. As one Mumsnetter wisely said: “I've ordered one and it will be my Christmas present. This year definitely needs some joy sprinkled over the end of it.” You’ll get no argument from us.

First things first – you won’t find an M&S Advent Calendar in our roundup because, sadly, there isn’t one this year, and the Lookfantastic Beauty Advent Calendar for 2020 has now sold out. We’ve also decided against including calendars only covering 12 days because we reckon Mumsnetters deserve a treat every day of December. All the calendars in our roundup feature 24 or 25 Advent gifts.

Whether you’re after skincare treats, a budget-friendly option or a luxury calendar, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best beauty Advent calendars for 2020.

1. Best value beauty Advent calendar: ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar

“I loved this calendar last year. I adore the box it came in and think it's great value.”

1. Best value beauty Advent calendar: ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar

A favourite with Mumsnetters every year, the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar ticks all boxes. There are 24 individual treats, including 13 full-size products.

Highlights include Clinique Moisture Surge 72-Hour Auto-Replenishing Hydrator, Laura Mercier Blurring Primer, a MAC Marrakesh Traditional Lipstick Bullet and Too Faced Cosmetics Better Than Sex Mascara. Handily, the packaging can be reused as a storage box for stashing all your new goodies.

Release date: Out now

Price: £75 (worth £360)

Buy now from ASOS

2. Best budget beauty Advent calendar: Next Beauty Advent Calendar

2. Best budget beauty Advent calendar: Next Beauty Advent Calendar

A brilliant budget buy, Next offers this low-cost selection of 24 mini treats including bestselling Next fragrances, moisturiser, body lotion and body wash, alongside nail polishes, lip gloss, an eye shadow quad and bronzer. In total, the goods are worth £60. If you’re happy to stump up a bit more, Next also stock two bigger Advent calendars, both costing £69 – one for men and one for women.

Release date: On sale now

Price: £30 (worth £60)

Buy now from Next

3. Best makeup Advent calendar: No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

“I treated myself to the No7 calendar from Boots and loved it. Will definitely be getting that one again.”

3. Best makeup Advent calendar: No7 Beauty Advent Calendar

Crammed with classic No7 products, this makeup calendar is excellent value for money, considering how much the products would cost if you bought them separately. One happy Mumsnetter said: ‘‘I got the No7 calendar for a present two years ago. The highlighter, lip crayons and mascara were fab!”

Get your name on the waiting list for early access – there were 226k waiting list sign-ups last year and the calendar sold out in two days. This year’s goodies include Intense Volume Mascara, Precision Lips Pencil, High Shine Lip Gloss and Stay Precise Felt Tip Eyeliner. 10 lucky buyers will also find a golden ticket worth £1,000, redeemable on No7 products.

Release date: Waiting list now open for purchase on 14 October. Goes on general sale on 15 October.

Price: £45 (worth £172.50)

Buy now from Boots

4. Best for vegans: Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

“I went a bit bonkers last year and got Liberty, Lookfantastic, M&S, and Holland and Barrett. Hands down winner was Holland and Barrett.”

4. Best for vegans: Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar

You might not usually put Holland and Barrett at the top of your list for beauty products – but maybe it’s time you did. Mumsnetters rave about this vegan-friendly Advent calendar and one said: “My big surprise hit last year was Holland and Barrett — super cheap and some brilliant items.”

Featuring 14 full-size and 11 sample-size products from sustainable brands including UpCircle, Ethique, Weleda and Q+A, you’ll also find money-off vouchers for future purchases. It comes in 100% recyclable cardboard packaging too so your eco conscience will be totally clear.

Release date: Out now

Price: £40 (worth £170)

Buy now from Holland and Barrett

5. Best for variety of luxury treats: John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

“The John Lewis one looks promising.”

5. Best for variety of luxury treats: John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

Generally, you’re in safe hands with John Lewis, and their Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 is no exception. A collection of 25 full- and deluxe-size products tucked into gorgeous pink and purple drawers, you’ll find a full skincare regime, makeup and haircare along with three classic fragrances.

After Christmas, you can reverse the drawers to create a pretty keepsake box. Highlights include Acqua Di Parma Colonia Eau de Cologne, Lumene Nordic-C Glow Boost Essence, Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, and Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Dark Pearl.

Release date: Out now

Price: £150 (worth £376)

Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

6. Best skincare Advent calendar: Kiehl's Advent Calendar 2020

“Love the Khiel’s calendar.”

6. Best skincare Advent calendar: Kiehl's Advent Calendar 2020

Skin and haircare fanatics will love Kiehl’s 2020 Advent Calendar. It has the quirkiest presentation box we’ve seen with illustrations of company mascot ‘Mr Bones’ welcoming customers into the Original Kiehl’s store in New York’s East Village.

Containing heroes including Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Ultra Facial Cleanser, and Amino Acid shampoo and conditioner, your pores and follicles will thank you for choosing this one. There’s no makeup in the selection though.

Release date: On sale 14 October – no link on the site yet

Price: £89 (worth unknown)

Buy now from Kiehl's

7. Coolest presentation box: Space NK The Beauty Anthology Part II Advent Calendar

“I've always hankered after the SpaceNK Advent calendars.”

7. Coolest presentation box: Space NK The Beauty Anthology Part II Advent Calendar

Hands down winner of the coolest packaging is the Space NK The Beauty Anthology Part II Advent Calendar. Presented in four eye-poppingly colourful volumes, it’s adorned with festive words by hipster poet Charly Cox.

You’ll find over £630 of gorgeous hair and skincare products along with makeup tucked away behind 24 doors. Treats include Hand Cream by Byredo, The Rich Cream by Augustinus Bader and Hyaluronic Serum by Dr Barbara Sturm. Despite the hefty price tag, this is a popular luxury calendar rated highly by beauty reviewers and Mumsnetters alike, with one happy Mumsnetter saying: “Last year I took the plunge and bought the Space NK calendar. It was fab!”

Release date: Out now

Price: £195 (worth £630)

Buy now from Space NK

8. Best luxury beauty Advent calendar: Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

“I have always had envy over beauty Advent calendars, especially the Cult Beauty one.”

8. Best luxury beauty Advent calendar: Cult Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

It’s official – you get more bang (and mascara, lip gloss etc) for your buck with this luxury beauty calendar. This is only the second edition of the Cult Beauty calendar, with the last one going on sale in 2019.

There’s no denying that it’s expensive, but if you’re looking for a volume of high-end treats, this one’s for you. It’s worth an incredible £930! There are no mini products either – just travel-sized and full-sized. It’s popular on our forums too, with one Mumsnetter confirming: “Cult Beauty does look great this year.”

If you take the plunge, you’ll find products including Susanne Kaufmann Travel-Size Pillow Spray Calming, Jordan Samuel Skin Retinol Treatment Oil, Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Stoned Rose and Jo Loves Fig Tree Votive Candle.

Release date: In stock soon

Price: £199 (worth £930)

Buy now from Cult Beauty

9. Best for vintage charm: Cath Kidston Festive Party Animals Advent Calendar

“It looks lovely!"

9. Best for vintage charm: Cath Kidston Festive Party Animals Advent Calendar

No one does vintage chic quite like Cath Kidston and this year’s beauty offering doesn’t disappoint. The cute ribbon-tied box boasts 24 beauty treats including red berry and cedar hand cream, body lotions, bath fizzers and festive egg-nog lip balm.

Suitable for vegans, it will delight any faithful Cath Kidston fan. However, if you prefer minimalist modern design to quirky retro details, you’re probably best giving it a swerve.

Release date: Out now

Price: £40 (worth £69)

Buy now from Amazon

10. Best for French chic: L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

“I love the L’Occitane calendars!”

10. Best for French chic: L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

Filled with 24 deluxe mini products, the Classic Beauty Advent Calendar includes L’Occitane favourites Shea Butter Ultra Rich Body Cream and Almond Delicious Hands Hand Cream, and Overnight Reset Serum Skin Booster among others.

The box, depicting a classic Provencal market, features beautiful illustrations by French illustrator Edith Carron. If you’re looking for full-size products, you won’t find them here – they’re all small-sized containers. But one Mumsnetter said: ‘I’ve had L‘Occitane twice – loved it and it’s a great way to try products before buying large sizes.”

Release date: Out now

Price: £53 (worth £87)

Buy now from L’Occitane

11. Best for pre-teens: Soap and Glory 24 Days to Roam the Foam Advent Calendar

“I surprised my 12-year-old with a Soap and Glory Advent calendar.”

11. Best for pre-teens: Soap and Glory 24 Days to Roam the Foam Advent Calendar

Available exclusively at Boots, Soap and Glory’s 2020 Advent Calendar has 24 body products, lip glosses and skincare heroes inside its nifty pink box.

Including products such as Heel Genius Foot Cream, The Righteous Butter Body Lotion and Fizz-A-Ball Bath Fizzers, pre-teens will love the fun packaging and wacky product names but it might not feel ‘grown-up’ enough for some beauty fans.

Release date: Out now

Price: £42 (worth £85.73)

Buy now from Boots

12. Best for relaxation: Rituals The Ritual of Advent 2D Advent Calendar

“My £59.50 Rituals calendar has arrived. It’s beautiful and so luxe-looking. Can't wait to start opening and no way will I make it to 1 December!”

12. Best for relaxation: Rituals The Ritual of Advent 2D Advent Calendar

The box is a work of art in itself – a snowy 2D Dutch townhouse concealing treats including Amsterdam Collection Foaming Shower, The Ritual of Hammam Body Cream and The Ritual of Ayurveda Hand Balm.

You’ll also get four scented mini candles, one to burn for each week of Advent. Presented in a posh red box, you’ll have to set the calendar up when it arrives, but don’t worry, it doesn’t look too fiddly.

Release date: Out now

Price: £59.90 (worth £120)

Buy now from Rituals

13. Best for Scandi cool: Lumene 24 Nordic Surprises Advent Calendar

13. Best for Scandi cool: Lumene 24 Nordic Surprises Advent Calendar

Behind each door of this lovely calendar, you’ll find skincare and makeup bestsellers from Finnish beauty company, Lumene. The Nordic wonders inside this twinkly understated box include Arctic Hydra Care Moisture and Relief Rich Eye Cream, Moomin x Lumene Rose Lip Balm, Nordic Chic Under Eye Concealer and Nordic Berry Curl Mascara.

It’s weighted more towards skincare than makeup, with 17 skincare and seven makeup offerings.

Release date: Out now

Price: £89.90 (worth £240)

Buy now from Lumene

14. Best for nail polishes: OPI Shine Bright Advent Calendar

14. Best for nail polishes: OPI Shine Bright Advent Calendar

This is the calendar for mani/pedi addicts – 25 gorgeous 3.75ml mini nail polishes to unbox every day in December. Featuring shades with festive names such as Snowfalling for You, This Gold Sleighs Me, Merry in Cranberry and Let’s Take an Elfie, you’ll have the sparkliest nails in town this Christmas.

The only issue with this calendar is that there’s no variety – so the excitement of revealing yet another nail lacquer may well have worn off by day 25.

Release date: Out now

Price: £70 (worth unknown)

Buy now from Freemans

15. Best for festive glam: GlossyBox Advent Calendar

“The GlossyBox one looks good this year. It has a very nice palette.”

15. Best for festive glam: GlossyBox Advent Calendar

Featuring 14 full-size products and 11 deluxe mini treats, GlossyBox is a firm favourite on our forums. Mumsnetters sang its praises, with one saying: “GlossyBox last year was so lovely and glamorous.”

By all accounts, they’ve upped their game this year. For starters, the pastel pink and metallic marble-effect box is gorgeous. This luxury beauty calendar offers a great selection of makeup must-haves along with skincare and haircare heroes from brands including Fenty Beauty, Iconic London, Pixi, Lime Crime, GlossyBox Skincare and HUDA Beauty.

Release date: Out now

Price: £80 for subscribers/£99 for non-subscribers (worth £390)

Buy now from GlossyBox

16. Most fit for a beauty queen: The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

“I have my eye on Liberty – it looks really brilliant. Have always hankered after a luxury calendar and this is the year!”

16. Most fit for a beauty queen: The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2020

Beautiful, classy and oh so Christmassy… need we go on? Containing £780 worth of bestsellers from Liberty’s famous Beauty Hall including Dermalogica Pre-Cleanse, Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl, Mario Badescu Witch Hazel, and Rosewater Toner.

Granted, it’s a wallet-crunching £215 but, boy, does it deliver. “The liberty calendar has a perfect list of products for me,” says one smitten Mumsnetter. Meanwhile, another Mumsnetter speaks for all of us: “I am going to get the Liberty calendar again this year. Haven't been able to justify the cost for the last two years, but 2020 has been such a mare that I am definitely rewarding myself with a treat!” Well, quite.

Release date: Out now

Price: £215 (worth £789)

Buy now from Liberty

17. Best blow-the-budget Advent calendar: Jo Malone London Advent Calendar

“If money was no option for me, I’d buy the Jo Malone one.”

17. Best blow-the-budget Advent calendar: Jo Malone London Advent Calendar

If you’re after a budget buy, look away now. The Jo Malone London Advent Calendar is the most expensive on our list, coming in at a whopping £320. But if you’re prepared to spend that sort of money on a beauty Advent calendar, you’ll be rewarded with classic Jo Malone treats including English Pear and Freesia Cologne, Lime Basil and Mandarin Hand Cream, and Sweet Almond and Macaroon Miniature Candle.

You’ll also find a gift voucher to redeem a 30ml Cologne of your choice in January 2021. Beloved by beauty reviewers and Mumsnetters alike, it’s a scent-tastic choice for a blow-the-budget buy.

Release date: Out now

Price: £320 (worth unknown)

Buy now from Jo Malone

18. Best festive beauty Advent calendar: Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar

18. Best festive beauty Advent calendar: Feelunique Beauty Advent Calendar

Mumsnetters love beauty site Feelunique for the range of top-brand beauty Advent calendars they sell. Their own beauty calendar doesn’t disappoint either. The box is truly lovely – a modern take on the traditional Christmas wreath – and you can use it as a trinket box after the festivities have finished too.

You’ll find goodies including Essence Lash Princess Volume Mascara, Urban Apothecary Mini Candle in Fig Tree, This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray and Emma Hardie Moisture Boost Vitamin C Cream.

Release date: Out now

Price: £89 (worth £277.58)

Buy now from Feelunique

19. Best makeup calendar for teens: PrettyLittleThing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 By Pretty Little Thing

19. Best makeup calendar for teens: PrettyLittleThing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 By Pretty Little Thing

Aimed at younger beauty fans, the PLT Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 boasts fab products including Carmex Lip Balm Wild Pot, Eldora Eyelashes, Works Mini Pearl Nourishing Argan Oil Hair Mask, and Patchology FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gel.

The packaging doesn’t feel particularly Christmassy – it’s adorned with images of Pretty Little Thing models. That said, there’s no denying that the contents are absolutely worth the price and an exciting budget beauty treat for teens and younger beauty obsessives.

Release date: Out now

Price: £40 (worth £160)

Buy now from Pretty Little Thing

When do beauty Advent calendars go on sale?

Most beauty Advent calendars are on sale now with the rest being released during October. Most sell out quickly so you’ll need to move quickly to secure the one of your dreams.

Our verdict: the best beauty Advent calendars for 2020

For teens, we rate the PrettyLittleThing Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 for the range of products to appeal to younger beauty fans. Our favourite luxury buy is The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 – quite simply, it’s gorgeous. The best calendar for relaxation, along with that gorgeous festive 2D box, is the Rituals The Ritual of Advent 2D Calendar. Overall, the best beauty Advent calendar for 2020 is the ASOS Face + Body 24 Day Advent Calendar. We think that it offers high-quality products and fantastic value for money.

How we chose our recommendations

Most of our recommendations for beauty Advent calendars for 2020 came from Mumsnet users themselves. We searched the Mumsnet forums for posts about which beauty Advent calendars Mumsnetters really loved. We also researched various beauty review sites to find the best-rated stocking fillers, including budget-friendly Advent calendars, luxury Advent calendars and Advent calendars for teens.

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