The 12 Best Beauty Advent Calendars of 2023
Whether you're a beauty newbie or a seasoned pro, these makeup, haircare, and skincare gift sets will brighten up the days of December.
If you celebrate Christmas, chances are, you have fond memories of opening the tiny doors on your advent calendar in the days leading up to Christmas. Back then, advent calendars were classic, in the sense that they showcased 25 little doors with heart-warming (or mouth-watering) surprises behind them, often in the form of teeny toys and bite-sized pieces of chocolate. Nowadays, advent calendars are available in practically every category you can think of, including sock advent calendars, LEGO advent calendars and luxury candle advent calendars. Perhaps our favorite type of advent calendar, though, is the one filled to the brim with skincare, makeup, nailcare and haircare products. Fortunately for us (and you!), there are so many beauty advent calendars to choose from this year. Ahead, find a dozen that instantly captured our attention.
The SABON advent calendar goes an extra mile, not offering 12 or 25 gifts, but a whopping 31! The extensive advent calendar is filled with full- and travel-sized products, all of which are new to the brand or long-time best-sellers. Overall, the advent calendar has a $364 value.
If you’re shopping for a beauty newcomer or seasoned cosmetic queen, you can’t go wrong with Sephora’s Beauty Must Haves Advent Calendar. The 25-day kit includes a variety of top-selling makeup, skincare, haircare and fragrance goodies that tally up to a $342 value. Some of the most exciting inclusions are the Armani Beauty Lip Power Long Wear Satin Lipstick, Original Beauty Blender Makeup Sponge and Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream.
The REVOLVE Beauty Advent Calendar is unique in that it comes housed in a reusable suitcase. It’s filled with cult-favorite skincare, haircare, and makeup products, all of which ring up to a $481 value. A few standout products include the Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Glossy Nourishing Hair Oil, Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Happikiss in Passion Kiss and the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask.
The Space NK Advent Calendar is one of the most highly anticipated gift sets of the year. This year’s box features 25 doors packed with 33 products, ringing up to a jaw-dropping $1,300 value. To give you an idea of the wow-worthy open experience this advent calendar offers, know that you’ll be met with best-selling beauty items like Color Wow Dream Coat Supernatural Spray (my personal favorite hairstyling product of all time), Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist (another personal favorite must-have) and travel-sized bottles of Olaplex Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner.
Bluemercury is a luxury beauty retailer that prioritizes clean, conscious beauty. The brand’s 2023 advent calendar has a retail value of $1,343 and features beloved products like Bumble and Bumble Thickening Volume Shampoo, Supergoop Play Everyday Lotion SPF 50 and Diptyque Eau des Sens Eau de Toilette. Best of all, there’s a gift for each day of December.
For all Benefit Cosmetics fans, you’ll be glad to know that the brand has its very own advent calendar filled with 24 best-selling beauty buys, equating to a $329 value. Considering the more subtle nature of Benefit’s products, this advent calendar is a great pick for tweens and teenagers, too.
The Olive & June Christmas Calendar is a great gift for adults and children alike. The gift set, which has a $127 value, includes three mini long-lasting polishes and three mini quick-dry polishes, plus a mini cuticle serum, mini nail polish remover pot and mini overnight hand treatment. It also features the brand’s iconic Poppy brush topper (in miniature), which makes painting your nails easier than ever.
Self-care lovers will swoon over the Lush Advent Calendar, which delivers 25 days' worth of bubble bath excitement. The gift set showcases a variety of bath bombs, bath melts, bubble bars and more. And it comes in the prettiest decorative box that you’ll definitely want to repurpose.
The Bobbi Brown Advent Calendar may only feature 12 days' worth of products, but the selection is so stellar that this gift set is sure to make you (or whoever you give it to) swoon regardless. A few of the standout products include a full-size Smokey Eye Mascara, a full-size Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick and a travel-size Highlighting Powder.
Few beauty brands are as iconic as Charlotte Tilbury. The UK brand is renowned for its luxury makeup products that create the most ethereal glow. If you’ve yet to try the brand — or if you already adore it but want to stock up on full- and travel-sized bestsellers — Charlotte's Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets is well worth your while. The 12-door calendar includes two full-sized lip products and a bounty of travel-sized lip, eye, and face products that fit perfectly into clutches and carry-on bags alike. In total, it’s a $279 value.
Another great nail advent calendar is the Le Mini Macaron 12 Days of Nails Advent Calendar. For those unfamiliar, Le Mini Macaron is an easy-to-use at-home gel nail system that offers long-lasting manicures for a fraction of the cost of salon manicures. The brand’s advent calendar includes six mini gel polishes, a mini top coat, a white pearl LED nail lamp, prep pads, files and more. It’s the perfect gift for anyone who wishes they spent less at the salon without having to actually sacrifice beautiful nails.