Okay, we’d be lying if we said we don’t enjoy counting down the days ’til Christmas as soon as December hits. But let’s be honest, if there’s anything that could make the days leading up to December 25 even better, it’s makeup advent calendars. Whether you’re shopping with a beauty-obsessed loved one in mind or treating yourself to a new set of products, these calendars could easily be one of the best ways to build up your anticipation for the upcoming holiday.
More likely than not, your early memories of an advent calendar involve opening each compartment to find bite-size chocolates or miniature trinkets. Those days have long since passed and with it the traditional advent calendars. However, considering how this year’s iterations are chock-full of high-quality beauty products, we’re certainly not going to complain.
From a splurge-worthy option filled with luxurious skincare products to a full selection of nail polishes, there are plenty of beauty advent calendars that’ll tide your holiday excitement over until Christmas morning. Scroll down to see the best.
If you want to give (or keep!) high-quality products, look no further than Charlotte Tilbury's Magic Moon Advent Calendar Vault. This gift set—which can be reused as a jewelry case—includes both full-size and travel-size products beloved by beauty lovers everywhere, such as the brand's Magic Cream.
Anyone who loves to give themselves the gift of a chic manicure will obsess over Ciaté's Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar. Complete with one full-size polish colors and 22 mini shades—10 of which are new—this set will be the perfect gift for the one who always has their nails on point.
From the first day of December all the way until Christmas Eve, each piece in Lancome's Holiday Advent Calendar—which includes high-quality skincare products as well as makeup—will keep you looking fabulous as you count down the days.
Net-a-Porter's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar may be one of the most anticipated advent calendars of them all. With full-sized and travel-sized products from major industry labels like Joanna Vargas, you simply can't go wrong.
Looking for an affordable advent calendar? This one from Sephora was practically made for you. The brand's Frosted Party Advent Calendar includes a series of makeup, skincare, body, and accessories products—sounds good, right?
Space NK's advent calendar, which is aptly titled "The Beauty Anthology," is separated into four volumes: Pre-Party, Night Out, Morning After, and Everyday. That way, you get everything you need for any occasion.
Balmain's 10-day advent calendar, which is designed to look like the luxury fashion house's French boutique, was created for the woman who loves to treat her hair with luxury. Featuring products like a moisturizing shampoo and a chic hair accessory, this set has everything you need for the perfect 'do.
If you're in the pampering mood this holiday season, you won't go wrong with this advent calendar from The Body Shop. Filled with vegan bath and body products, shampoo, and more, it's also perfect for someone who wants to use more ethical products in their everyday routine.
Each of the products in Capri Blue's 12-day advent calendar features the brand's signature scent, Volcano. You'll find beauty and skincare products along with room spray to create the perfect atmosphere at home.
For the ultimate skincare junkie, there couldn't be anything better than Dr. Barbara Sturm's holiday advent calendar. With 21 different treatments in a variety of sizes, this gift set is the perfect way to experience the brand and its products.
You'll open up Glossybox's advent calendar to find a curated selection of beauty, skincare, haircare, and beauty tools to lead you up to Christmas Day. Featuring brands like Oribe, Ciaté, and Viktor & Rolf, this calendar features 15 full-size products along with 10 smaller items.
Give someone the gift of luxurious skincare with this advent calendar from Kiehl's. With cleansers, masks, serums, and more, there's no doubt that whoever receives this will be opening each door with high anticipation.
Liberty London's extensive advent calendar includes 18 full-size beauty products, including a Diptyque candle and a hair mask from Davines. It also has seven sample-size products for you to try out this winter.
This classic advent calendar is filled with some of the most popular products from L'Occitane. Indulge in hydrating hand creams or rich lip balms among other products to keep our skin fresh all season long.
You can count on Rituals' top-notch beauty products to be one of the most exciting things to look forward to each day up until Christmas. However, the brand gives it a unique touch, as it includes one candle to be lit each Sunday before the holiday.