From Dior to ASOS: The best beauty advent calendars still available for 2020
Luxe, decadent beauty advent calendars have become a pre-Christmas staple for lovers of all things glam over the last few years.
Be they skincare, perfume or make-up focused, every beauty brand of note has created an advent calendar to sprinkle the road to Christmas with sparkly cheer.
While some of the more long-standing entries into the category from the likes of Liberty and Selfridges sell out within 24 hours of going on sale, there are still some terrific calendars available - some opulent, some bargainous, some sophisticated, some pleasingly glitzy.
Here's our round up of a purchase that will light up a gloomy December.
Diptyque Beauty Advent Calendar, £320
The hefty price tag will make this unobtainable for many, but if you've the means and adore sophisticated, fresh fragrance from the French perfume house Diptyque, you will not regret splurging on this. It's a treasure trove that takes you on the tour of the brand's long-standing favourite scents, as well as new releases. The calendar houses one Holiday Special limited edition candle, seven mini perfumes, body oils, bath treats, and eleven of the mini candles Diptyque is rightly venerated for (your house will never smell better). Buy here
ASOS Face + Body 12 Day Advent Calendar, £35
Altogether more affordable is the fun, frothy ASOS 12 Day Advent Calendar. As the name suggests, it covers 12 days of the Christmas run up, providing make-up and skincare products from some of the most on-trend brands on the market: Nars, Nip + Fab, Dr Jart+, to make a few. If you know a teenage girl with an interest in beauty, she'll be thrilled to receive this. Buy here
Mr Porter's 12 Days of Grooming Advent Calendar, £105
Whether you're a gentleman who already knows the value of a great grooming regime, or you're a little clueless as to where to start but keen to look better, the Mr Porter's advent calendar has something for you. It's a curated collection of the most effective male grooming products on the market. From de-puffing eyemasks, skin serums, beard oils to hair products, this handsome box houses everything you need to make you look effortlessly better rested and pulled together. Buy here
The Fragrance Shop Advent Calendar 2020, £69.50
If you adore perfume, but don't have the chunk of change necessary for Diptyque's offering, the Fragrance Shop's calendar is a brilliant buy. Featuring 25 days of scent, skincare, and make-up surprises from fashion forward brands such as Lord + Berry, CK, Burberry, and Missguided, its a simple way of smelling good and staying on trend this holiday season. Buy here
bareMinerals 24 days of clean beauty advent calendar, £89
If you've sensitive skin, or find the excesses of the silly season causes your face to break out (as so many of us do) then bareMinerals is the brand for you. Known for their mineral-rich formulas, their excellent product range is reliably gentle on temperamental skin. With a mixture of cleansers, serums, and the most popular items of their make-up range, this is perfect if you want to pamper your skin without stressing it out. Buy here
Charlotte's Bejewelled Chest of Beauty Treasures, £150
No one does glam like make-up artist turned beauty mogul Charlotte Tilbury. Her 'bejewelled chest of beauty treasures' (named with typical Charlotte Tilbury understatement) is ideal for anyone who wants to harken back to the golden age of Hollywood movie glamour. Featuring 12 high-end, stylish products, both make-up and skin-care, all in her customarily luxe art deco packaging. Not to give the game away, but one of them is her famed Pillow Talk lipstick, a shade that looks great on every woman. Buy here.
Dior Advent Calendar, £340
You want luxe? You got it.
Yes, that's quite the price tag, but with advent calendars from Harrods, Liberty, and Selfridges long since sold out, this remains one of the truly decadent multi-product advent calendars still on the market. Certainly the packaging is the most sumptuous, in a box illustrated by Safia Ouares to depict a Parisian snowscape (Emily in Paris lovers, apply here). Inside is a delightful selection of perfume, make-up, skincare, and a snow globe - for that touch of magic. Buy here.
Giorgio Armani's advent calendar 2020, £250
Giorgio Armani is a brand that radiates unbridled, bold sexiness, and their advent calendar, replete in red and gold packaging, absolutely reflects that. Featuring six full size products (including two of their iconic Lip Maestro lipsticks, which are oh-so-plush and densely pigmented) and 17 minis, including and oh-so-chic Armani compact mirror. Looking to channel an Italian film star? This is for you.Buy here.
OPI Shine Bright Nail Polish Advent Calendar, £65.90
If you've a friend or beloved who adores keeping their nails brightly adorned, this is an ideal gift. OPI are known for their salon-quality nail polishes and this calendar contains 25 fashion-forward shades to cheer and delight. The colour names along are enough to buoy the mood: Malaga Wine, Bogotá Blackberry, Aurora Berry-alis, Strawberry Margarita. Buy here.