With December not far off, it’s time to choose an Advent calendar, and what a choice there is.
More beauty brands than ever before have gathered pint-sized pots of their most famous products and housed them in beautiful boxes so you can mark each day of the month before Christmas with a little surprise.
Some are so popular they instantly sold out, but don’t worry, you still have plenty of incredible options in the shops, from affordable assortments to blow-out behemoths.
So whether you’re treating yourself or gifting a loved one, here is our pick of the best beauty Advent calendars of 2019…
1. Superdrug Studio Advent Calendar, £20 (was £26)
For the make-up maven who loves to switch up her look, this pink sparkle-themed parade of 24 products includes lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, glitter eyeliners and loose glitter pots, so you can dazzle all through December.
2. Ciate Mini Mani Month, £50
Ciate’s Mini Mani Month was one of the first ever beauty Advent calendars and it’s still one of the best. This year’s nail polish compilation includes ten new colours and six mystery shades in miniature sizes, plus a full-size glitter varnish and a cute little file.
3. Feelunique 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £79
Worth a whopping £256, Feelunique’s #CatchTheLight Advent calendar is the best value for money one we’ve found. Bringing together goodies from 24 different brands, it lets you sample hero products such as First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream and even a Huda Beauty eyeshadow palette – this is the coolest way to try before you buy full-size.
4. Nivea Festive Beauty Advent Calendar, £31.99 (was £40), Amazon
Exclusive to Amazon, the Winter Wonders Advent calendar from Nivea contains 18 full or travel-size products – from everyday essentials auch as eye make-up remover and deodorant, to face masks shower cream – plus six beauty bonuses including a sleep mask and shower puff.
5. No7 Beauty Advent Calendar, £42, Boots
Packed full of No7 skincare and make-up favourites, and worth £173.50, no wonder this impressive Advent offering racked up a 226,000-strong waiting list before it even launched. Not only does it come with the creme de la creme of the No7 range, seven golden tickets have been hidden in the calendars, with the lucky winners getting £700 to spend on the brand. The No7 calendar is expected to sell out online, but it’s also available in selected Boots stores.
6. Soap & Glory Miracle On 24th Sweet Advent Calendar, £31.50 (was £42), Boots
From foot cream and body scrub to face masks and lip gloss, this sweet selection has everything you need to get pampered and preened throughout party season.
7. The Body Shop Dream Big This Christmas Deluxe Advent Calendar, £65
One of three beauty Advent calendars from The Body Shop, this deluxe edition comes with 25 treats – including scrumptiously scented bath bombs, body butters and lotions – and is worth £125. Following the “dream big” theme, on each box there is inspirational trivia about trailblazing women, and the boxes can be used to create your own Christmas village.
8. BareMinerals 24 Days Of Clean Beauty Advent Calendar, £79
BareMinerals Advent Calendar is worth £218 and contains a mixture of mini bestsellers, such as Lash Domination Mascara and Moxie Lipgloss, plus recent much-loved launches, including Endless Summer Bronzer.
9. L’Occitane Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, £89
Whether you’re a long-time L’Occitane fan or have always wanted to try cult favourites like Immortelle Precious Cream, Almond Shower Oil and Shea Butter Hand Cream, this 24-piece set, worth £98.50, has them all.
10. Elemis 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £165
Housed in a cute Christmas-tree style box, this is the perfect present for a skincare obsessive. Worth £339.55, it comes with 24 travel-size face and body products, plus a full-size 50ml pot of the brand’s ultimate hero: Pro Collagen Marine Cream.
11. Armani Beauty Advent Calendar, £249
Bringing together 17 petite perfume and make-up products, plus five little accessories and two full-size picks – shimmery brown Stellar eyeshadow and bright red Lip Maestro liquid lipstick – this luxury line-up will satisfy even the pickiest beauty buff.
12. Jo Loves Advent Calendar, £300
Combining votive candles, colognes, lotions and cleansers in a variety of Jo Loves’ best-loved fragrances, plus a full-size candle in the heavenly Christmas Trees scent, this deluxe selection will have you and your home smelling wonderful, and it’s worth a massive £450.
13. Jo Malone Advent Calendar, £320
For the ultimate in yuletide indulgence, it doesn’t get better than the Jo Malone Advent Calendar. With mini candles, body cremes, colognes and more in the brand’s signature scents, this 24-piece aromatic extravaganza is a perfume-lover’s dream.