It might seem a little early to be thinking of Christmas, but beauty advent calendars don’t fit into your normal category of festive shopping. Many of these boxes pack hundreds of pounds worth of savings on skincare, haircare, bodycare, fragrance and makeup – and, as such, lots of the ones from top brands are prone to selling out within days of launching.
If you’re eyeing one up already, or if you’re keen to find out more about the best offers for 2022, we’ve got you covered. From ASOS’s TikTok-trending treat box to House of Fraser’s calendar offering huge savings on beauty favourites, we’ve got the low-down on the offerings from some of the biggest beauty brands that are available to buy now or available for pre-order. You’ll also find exact date information from some yet to launch, but ones you’ll definitely want to look out for when they do.
Ready? Happy shopping!
Best for: gifting to a teen
Barry M 25 Days of Beauty Discovery Advent Calendar, £80 (worth £120)
This action-packed calendar has everything you need to create an array of trendy makeup looks, making it the perfect gift for a teen or a makeup lover. It also doesn’t contain “meh” products that would fall to the bottom of your makeup bag. There are plenty of Barry M best-sellers hidden behind the 25 doors, including a Full Capacity Mascara and a Lip Rehab Nourishing Lip Mask.
When to shop it: end of September, barrym.com.
Best for: home manicurists
OPI Nail Lacquer 25-Piece Mini Advent Calendar, £79.90
Are you a dab hand at painting your own nails? You’ll love this polish-packed box of goodies. The 25-door calendar includes 12 3.75ml shades from OPI’s new Christmas collection – very glitzy – and plenty of other classic shades from hero ranges. You’ll also find a few treats from the brand’s Nail Envy collection.
When to shop it: 1 October, opiuk.com.
Best for: discovering big brands
Debenhams Beauty Advent Calendar, £90 here (worth £280)
Debenhams might not exist in store form anymore but it sure does still exist in calendar form. This offering combines makeup, skincare and wellbeing essentials from big-name brands like Versace, Lancôme and Elizabeth Arden. Some of the 24 products are full-size and some are miniatures.
When to shop it: available now, debenhams.com.
Best for: TikTok-trending products
ASOS Face + Body 25 Day Advent Calendar, £85 here (worth £310)
If you’re a regular on TikTok – or if you want to surprise someone who is – then you might want to turn your attention to this advent calendar, which houses plenty of TikTok-trending products behind its 25 doors.
With a curated offering of beauty staples from brands including Olaplex, Charlotte Tilbury, MAC and more, you’ll be saving hundreds of pounds on top products by buying this box. As a little bonus, you’ll also receive five products on day 25. A happy Christmas, indeed.
When to shop it: available now, asos.com.
Best for: big savings on beauty
House of Fraser Beauty Advent Calendar, £125 here (worth £406)
Not sure what you’re looking for from a calendar? This one pretty much covers all beauty bases. Containing 25 favourites from brands like Estée Lauder, Clarins, Acqua Di Parma and Chloé, you get a good mix of bath and body, makeup, skincare and haircare, you can try out a range of goodies. Plus, with savings of over £281, the calendar is offering one of the best deals of this round-up.
To sweeten the deal, one lucky shopper will find a £500 House of Fraser voucher hidden in their calendar.
When to shop it: available to pre-order now and in-store and online from 19th September, houseoffraser.com.
Best for: sending as a self-care package
ESPA Wellness Advent Calendar 2022, £160 (worth £319)
If you want to buy a loved one a gift of wellbeing, look no further as we can essentially smell the serenity coming from ESPA’s calendar from here. The 25 doors contain everything you need to calm your mind, including a Positivity Pulse Point Oil, a Winter Spice Votive Candle and Restful Pillow Mist – plus plenty of luxe skincare.
When to shop it: 3 October, espaskincare.com.
Best for: serious skincare lovers
Dr Barbara Sturm 2022 Advent Calendar, £450 here (worth £1,185)
Okay, bear with us on this one. £450 is definitely a splurge, but that’s a whopping £735 saving from the total cost of the products inside the calendar. Plus, if you’re a real skincare lover and you’re looking to make “take better care of my skin” one of your 2023 resolutions, this is a deal you won’t want to miss.
Also, there’s not a single dud product to be found behind the 24 windows, with stand-out travel and regular-sized buys including The Better B Niacinamide Serum, The Good C Vitamin C Serum (a favourite of Hailey Bieber) and Anti-Pollution Drops.
When to shop it: available now, drsturm.com.
Best for: makeup collectors
MAC Limited Edition Advent Calendar 2022, £165 (worth £400)
Countdown to Christmas with MAC advent calendar, packed with 16 full sized delights and eight mini makeup products including the brand’s new MACStack Mascara. The selection also includes a Powder Kiss lipstick and an iconic Matte Lipstick. What more could you want?
When to shop it: 3 October, maccosmetics.co.uk & feelunique.com.
Best for: bath and body bargains
Rituals 2D Advent Calendar, £74.50 here (worth £120)
Treat yourself or someone you care about to the gift of bathtime bliss with this luxe box of hidden goodies. There are 24 windows which hide everything from Rituals classic scented candles to shower gels, whipped body creams and a scent – all in perfect travel sizes.
When to shop it: available now, rituals.com
Best for: gifting to a friend
Soap & Glory 24 Days to Treat Yule-Self, £45 here (worth £80.05)
If you know someone who has a Soap & Glory-packed bathroom, this is the perfect gift to get them. There are no duds (only suds) behind the 24 doors, with stand-outs including a Clean On Me Shower Gel in 75ml, a Righteous Butter in 300ml, a Call of Fruity Body Butter 50ml and a Scrub Of Your Life 200ml. Plus, it looks pink and pretty.
When to shop it: available now, boots.com.
Best for: giving to the mother-in-law
The Body Shop Box of Wishes & Wonders Advent Calendar, £145 here (worth £219)
Get big brownie points in the run-up to Christmas by shopping this extra large advent calendar packed with 25 travel and full size surprises. Unwind with the brand’s best selling face masks, revitalise with zesty shower gels and nourish with our indulgent body butters.
Even better, the Box of Wonders celebrates the women of Tamale, Ghana, with proceeds from sales supporting them with healthcare and education projects.
When to shop it: available now, bodyshop.com.
Best for: a stocking filler
W7 12 Days of W7 Advent Calendar 2022, £14.95
This 12-day advent calendar is meant to be opened in the days following Christmas, making it the perfect stocking filler gift. Inside the individual boxes you’ll find lip, eye and nail products from W7’s hero range of cosmetics.
When to shop it: available end of September, w7makeup.co.uk.