There are a lot of holiday traditions, but there’s one custom we certainly all look forward to every year: getting an Advent calendar. While the typical chocolate is nice and all, if you’re a beauty aficionado, our favorite calendars are stuffed with the best skincare and makeup products. They’re a perfect way to treat yourself in anticipation of the holidays or give one to a friend as the gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great introduction to brands and products you might not have otherwise thought of trying — so you’re bound to find new favorites. Plus, the packaging is always fun. Now that we’re pretty sure you’re convinced to get one, it’s just a matter of figuring out which one to buy:
Net-a-Porter Beauty Advent Calendar
Net-a-Porter’s Beauty Advent Calendar features 25 of their customer-loved skincare and makeup must-haves to get you through the season looking your glowiest yet. The lineup includes a 50 ml bottle of Sunday Riley Pink Drink Firming Resurfacing Essence to help firm and resurface skin while supporting its natural microbiome. It also includes a Hayo’u Rose Quartz Beauty Restorer gua sha facial massaging tool, Susanne Kaufmann Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath (to treat stressed-out skin), and Victoria Beckham Beauty Posh Lipstick in Pout — the most universal pink we’ve ever seen.
Space NK The Beauty Advent Calendar
Get not just one but two Sunday Riley best-sellers in this Advent calendar valued at over $900. It features the Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Oil Vitamin C and Turmeric Face Oil (15 ml) in addition to the A+ High-Dose Retinoid Serum (5 ml) — a perfect starter duo to get your skin radiant and brighter-looking, thanks to a mix of vitamin C, turmeric, and retinoids. You’ll get 28 other goodies from brands like Nars, Laura Mercier, Charlotte Tilbury, and more.
Dermstore Best of Beauty Advent Calendar
Dermstore, created by a dermatologist who wanted to give patients more convenient access to a healthier skin routine, has always been our one-stop-shop for top skincare products. So, it makes sense that their Advent calendar never fails to disappoint. The 2021 iteration will feature one of Sunday Riley’s new launches of the year, a full-size version of the Light Hearted Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen.
Revolve Beauty Advent Calendar
Last year, the next-gen fashion retailer launched its first-ever beauty Advent calendar with cult faves in mini and full-size versions. This year, expect Sunday Riley Good Genes All-in-One Lactic Acid Treatment (8 ml) as one of the stars in the beauty squad. Well-loved for its gentle exfoliating properties, take this mini with you on the go during your holiday travels to stay bright all season. Just like last year, we’re sure this calendar will sell out fast.
John Lewis & Partners Beauty Advent Calendar
If you want the Rolls-Royce of beauty Advent calendars, look no further than this U.K.-based brand. A few of the highlights include the Sunday Riley Good Genes Glycolic Acid Treatment (15 ml), a full-size bottle of Living Proof Perfect hair Day Dry Shampoo, a full-size M.A.C. Cosmetics Satin Lipstick, three deluxe perfume samples, and so much more.
Cult Beauty Advent Calendar
Another U.K. brand to get on your radar, this Cult Beauty Advent Calendar takes the spotlight with 38 beauty favorites for a surprise every day in December — and beyond. Score goodies like the Sunday Riley Auto Correct brightening + Depuffing Eye Cream (15 ml), an exclusive full-size Bella Freud Loving Candle, and appearances by Victoria Beckham Beauty, Youth to the People, and others. For every Advent calendar sold, the brand supports Woodland Carbon Code-certified projects to help rebuild degraded areas around the U.K. Plus, one lucky calendar will hold a “Golden Ticket” worth one thousand Cult Beauty pounds.
NYX Cosmetics Gimme Super Stars 24 Day Holiday Countdown
Featuring 24 of the makeup brand’s best-sellers, you’ll get a variety of face, eye, and lip products in this limited-edition gift set. Think: long-lasting eye shadows, creamy liquid lipsticks, and a versatile highlighter. We’re also fans of the HD Finishing Powder — an essential for keeping those Zoom holiday party looks on point.
Ardell 12 Days of Wispies Advent Calendar
Are you looking for long, fluttery lashes? This fun and flirty set gives you 12 of the best faux lash looks from the celeb-loved brand. Your lash wardrobe will be complete with different styles that make your eyes pop. Plus, it includes a special bonus for an extra surprise (you deserve it).
Voluspa Mini Candle Advent Calendar
For the person who simply can’t get enough candles, this Advent calendar won’t disappoint. Get an array of 12 votives in best-selling Voluspa fragrances like Panjore Lychee, Spiced Pumpkin Latte, Tahitian Coconut Vanilla, and French Cade Lavender. As one of the first companies to produce a blend that features cold-pressed coconut oil, the wax burns up to 90% cleaner than soy wax and its addictive scents never fade. The gorgeous votives — designed in-house — are also reusable.
Saks Fifth Avenue Ready, Set, Refresh! 14-Piece Advent Calendar
When you want instant gratification, but all the fun of a variety of beauty treats, this “Advent calendar” does the trick. Once you open the box, you’ll immediately see your 14 full-size and deluxe samples including Sunday Riley C.E.O. Glow Vitamin C + Turmeric Face Oil — a lightweight, nutrient-rich oil that leaves your complexion looking healthier and brighter.
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