The countdown to Christmas is officially on, and there’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than with the best beauty advent calendars. A staple of the holiday season, advent calendars provide a great opportunity to try out some of the best products of the year as they count their way down through the month of December with a new product to enjoy each day. They also make for a fun, immersive Christmas gift your favorite beauty lover is sure to go gaga for! With brands such as Clarins and bareMinerals and staple beauty retailers, such as ULTA and Sephora, all getting in on the merriment, you’ll certainly have plenty of options to choose from. Read on for some of our favorites!
Types of Beauty Advent Calendars
Beauty advent calendars are far from one size fits all. Here are five different kinds you need to know about when scouring the shelves for the best one.
Makeup calendars: Featuring some of the best-selling makeup of the year as well as holiday exclusives, makeup advent calendars will earn you top gift rights with the makeup lover on your list.
Skincare calendars: Much like makeup calendars, skincare calendars feature some of the most beloved creams, serums, and moisturizers the previous year had to offer. These calendars are the way to go if you’re shopping for a skincare obsessee, as they provide great way to test pricier brands.
Haircare calendars: Know someone who’s so devoted to their locks they could moonlight as a hairdresser? They’re in luck: Haircare calendars are available, and they come chock-full of strand delights from best-selling brands.
Perfume calendars: Finding a staple scent is almost impossible when shopping online — the key word being almost. Perfume advent calendars are a great way to sample fragrances before buying, and many even include vouchers for a free bottle of your favorite one. What’s not to love?
Grooming calendars: Let’s show the guys a little love, too, shall we? While you might think beauty advent calendars are solely for the gals, there are tons of brands out there that offer up versions catered toward grooming, so the men in your life can get in on the fun, too!
Best Beauty Advent Calendars
December is just days away, but there’s still time to get in on the fun so you can count down to Christmas with one of these awesome finds. Keep scrolling for Woman’s World’s picks for the best beauty advent calendars of 2019.
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Best Avon Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Makeup Beauty Advent Calendar — bareMinerals
Where to buy: $99 (Originally $119.75), QVC
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Put your best face forward with this bareMinerals 24 Days of Clean Beauty advent calendar. Filled with $242 worth of best-selling makeup and skincare products from the beloved clean beauty brand, all packaged in convenient, travel-sized minis, this countdown to Christmas will start the holiday off right with a new collection of soon-to-be favorites, including bareMinerals blush ($21), mascara ($28), and lipstick ($20).
Best Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars Charlotte Tilbury
Best Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar — Charlotte Tilbury
Where to buy: $200 ($276 value), Charlotte Tilbury
Looking to spoil yourself or someone you love this Christmas? Nothing says luxury quite like Charlotte Tilbury, and the brand's Glittering Galaxy of Makeup Magic beauty advent calendar is no exception. Filled with a mixture of full-sized and mini versions of some of her most iconic products, including Pillow Talk lipstick ($34) and Magic Cream moisturizer ($100), this calendar is jam-packed with opulence.
Best High End Skincare Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Skincare Beauty Advent Calendar — Clarins
Where to buy: $60, Clarins
Looking for the perfect gift for the skincare junkie in your life? This limited-edition Clarins advent calendar is a dream for long-term fans of the brand and newbies alike. It's packaged in an adorable keepsake box and comes jam-packed with full and mini-sized versions of some of Clarins' best-selling products — beauty balm ($17) or silky creams ($48), anyone?
Best Ulta Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Budget Beauty Advent Calendar — Ole Henriksen
Where to buy: $28 (Originally $69), Ole Henriksen
You don't have to shell out a mint to get in on the Christmas magic. In fact, you can nab some iconic skincare for less than $30 thanks to Ole Henriksen's 12 Days Of Ole Glow calendar. Bursting with some of the brand's most famous products, like its legendary Truth Serum ($22), it's everything your giftee will need for healthy, glowing skin this holiday.
Best Target Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Drugstore Beauty Advent Calendar — Target
Where to buy: $19.99, Target
Target's little advent calendar comes equipped with some of the best drugstore beauty the famous retailer has to offer. With staple products from brands you already know and love, like Pixi, Pantene, and Native, you'll get your fix of favorites plus some fab new finds this holiday season — it's a win-win!
Best Haircare Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Haircare Beauty Advent Calendar — Oribe
Where to buy: $280, Bloomingdale's
SAVE NOW: Take $25 off with every $150 you spend in your cart at checkout through Nov. 29.
Now's your chance to splurge on haircare! While it's not exactly a calendar, per se, Oribe's holiday 12-piece collector's set has enough goodies to celebrate the 12 days of Christmas it keeps your locks luscious and introduces you to some of the best haircare around in one shot with. You'll score everything from shampoo and conditioner to styling spray and of course, Oribe's famous Gold Lust Dry Shampoo ($46).
Best Beauty Advent Calendars For Him Men Grooming
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Men — MR PORTER
Where to buy: $88, Mr. Porter
Don't leave the men in your life behind this Christmas. Instead, give him this 12 Days of Grooming advent calendar from MR PORTER. Including a fun mix of travel-sized men's skincare and haircare from brands such as Malin + Goetz, Le Labo, Oribe, and Dr. Barbara Sturm, this unique kit will keep your man looking — and feeling! — his best all winter long.
Best Dermstore Tocca Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Perfume Advent Calendar — Sephora
Where to buy: $65 ($111 value), Sephora
Thinking of picking up an advent calendar for someone that's totally indecisive? Then this holiday perfume sampler from Sephora is right up your alley. You may not find a calendar, inside, but you will find 13 fragrance samples from some of the retailer's most beloved names, including YSL's Black Opium ($74) and Dolce & Gabbana's Light Blue ($80). It's a great way to try before you buy, and if you (or your giftee) happen to fall in love with one of the scents found within, you'll also get a scent certificate that you can redeem for a full size at no extra cost.
Best Bathbomb Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Bath Beauty Advent Calendar — Target
Where to buy: $9.99, Target
If you're on the hunt for something a bit more ... relaxing, put aside the skincare and makeup sets and pick up this Spa advent calendar from Target Beauty. Perfect for anyone in need of some R&R, this set comes loaded with 12 unique, blissful body treats, including freshly-scented bath bombs, face masks, and essential oils that anyone will do well to unwind with after the stress of the holiday season.
Best Ulta Beauty Advent Calendars
Best ULTA Beauty Advent Calendar — 12 Days of Beauty
Where to buy: $20, ULTA
If there's one store you expect to put out a fantastic beauty advent calendar, it's ULTA, and the beauty powerhouse didn't disappoint with its annual 12 Days of Beauty advent calendar. Filled with 12 of the company's top original products, this limited-edition box has it all, from lipsticks and eyeshadows to blush and bronzer.
Best Macy's Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Macy's Beauty Advent Calendar — Macy's
Where to buy: $64.50 ($297.67 value), Macy's
If we had to choose just one beauty advent calendar, we'd take home this one from Macy's. Inside, you'll discover 24 best-loved products from all your favorite brands, including Clinique, AHAVA, Estée Lauder, and Sunday Riley (plus one special surprise!), making it one of most coveted gifts you can give this holiday season.