This Year’s Chicest Beauty Advent Calendars Have Already Been Revealed

August 30, 2020 at 06:05AM

It would ordinarily seem strange to talk about Christmas in the height of summer but, then again, hardly anything has made sense in 2020, and we think you’ll forgive us for getting ahead of ourselves once we reveal the subject at hand. Beauty advent calendars have grown in popularity over the last few years and many brands, including Liberty, Jo Malone, and Cult Beauty, the beauty advent calendar has become one of their most in-demand launches. 

Most beauty advent calendars tend to sell out within hours of their release, so it makes sense that brands are now providing us with information on the covetable beauty buy well in advance of the on-sale date; and that’s precisely what happened this week when our inboxes started to fill with imagery and press releases from some of our favourite brands, each pertaining to their beauty advent calendar offering. With so many to choose from, we decided to make it easier for you to find the perfect beauty advent calendar to treat yourself to by listing them all in one place. 

Laying everything out, from release dates to product worths, keep scrolling to discover the best beauty advent calendars this year has to offer. 

Did someone say “luxury”? Jo Malone’s beauty advent calendar is one of the most coveted, and 2020’s take definitely won’t disappoint those who have previously invested in the brand’s iconic calendar. A homage to its beautiful London townhouse, this beauty advent calendar is so stylish, you’ll want to leave it on-show well into next year. Featuring colognes, candles, soaps, creams, and even a special surprise, it’s little wonder that this is the beauty advent calendar that put the trend into motion. Launching exclusively on October 1st for a two-week preview, it’ll then be rolled out nationwide in its boutiques. In that case, we better start dropping hints now. 

This is the third year that Glossybox has gotten in on the beauty advent calendar action, and we were certainly excited to see what it has in store for 2020. Made up of products that its subscribers said they’d like to see, you could say that Glossybox has created the people’s beauty advent calendar. While the standard price has yet to be revealed, Glossybox subscribers can snap it up for a cool £80—not bad considering it has a total worth of £390. 

Back with its forth advent calendar offering, this evergreen calendar from Harrods almost has us in the mood to crack out the tinsel and start sipping on eggnog. Launching on October first, this beauty advent calendar (which includes products from Nars, Hourglass, and Acqua di Parma, to name a few) has a track record of selling out fast, so get in there early to avoid disappointment. 

Bursting with essentials from one of our all-time favourite skincare brands, Elemis’ 2020 advent calendar includes some longtime icons, as well as some new products from the label’s impressive new lineup. Launching exclusively on the Elemis website on September 14th, the fact it contains a full-sized Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is reason enough to invest in this offering.

Hitting the (digital) shelves on September 16th is Feelunique’s glorious 2020 beauty advent calendar. Including fan favourites from ELEMIS, Rodial, and Huda Beauty—there’s a whopping three wrapped gifts to open on Christmas Day. Oh, and did we mention that one of these calendars contains a golden ticket worth £1000 for you and a friend to spend on whatever your heart desires at Sold. 

If you’re looking for a beauty advent calendar that incorporates products from Byredo, Pat McGrath, Dr Barbara Sturm, Nars, Charlotte Tilbury, and By Terry, to name a few, then look no further than Selfridges’ impressive (and beautifully pink) iteration. While the specific launch date is still TBC (we’re told it’ll be mid-October) what we do know is that it’ll include 12 full-size products. We can’t wait to find out which!

Totalling a worth of over £800, Fortnum & Mason’s 2020 beauty advent calendar does not disappoint. Available to buy today, with dispatch expected o be at the end of September, we predict this ensemble of amazing beauty products won’t be sticking around for long. With products from Delilah, Sol de Janeiro, and a gorgeous makeup bag from Elizabeth Scarlett, this beauty advent calendar might just be one of the best out there. 

With a whopping worth of £930, Cult Beauty’s advent calendar is a hard one to match. While the release date, you can add your name to the wait list now—something we definitely advise, seeing as the brand’s 2019 beauty advent calendar sold out in under two hours. 

Not content with having just one beauty advent calendar on offer, this year L’Occitane has two to choose from, this one being the “classic” calendar. Featuring a playful pastel illustration by French artist, Edith Carron (chic, non?), it launches on September 24th and contains an edit of some of the brand’s best-loved products, including hand creams, shower gels, and soaps.

What makes L’Occitane’s second beauty advent calendar different from the classic iteration above is that it also features pieces from the brand’s skincare and home collections, as well as its bath and body staples. Also launching on September 24th, this beauty advent calendar is a definite must for anyone who wants to bestow every facet of their life with French appeal.

In what might be a beauty advent calendar record, behind Liberty’s 2020 calendar doors you’ll find a colossal nineteen full-sized products, all of which are some of the most sought-after products in its iconic beauty hall. Among them are an array of cult favourites from the likes of Diptyque, Hourglass, and Le Labo, as well as fresh discoveries from Liberty newbies VENN, Decree, and Augustinus Bader. This is a beauty advent calendar with serious clout in the industry—every editor wants one, and will be waiting with baited breath for its October release date to be confirmed. Of course, we’ll keep you in the loop. 

If you too want to make your beauty routine more ethical, then rest assured there’s a beauty advent calendar to suit your sustainable needs. Lush’s bright and beautiful calendar is a feast for the eyes as well as for your body—think bath bombs, shower gels, creams, and hair products, all made in Britain, that are cruelty-free and vegan. Available to pre-order now, you can expect to receive your gorgeously-scented package come November. 

If nails are your beauty vice, then this stunning collection of polishes from OPI is sure to make your festive season. Boasting classic hues of red and taupe, as well as trend-led tones of plum and teal, with a sprinkle of glitter thrown in for good measure, you’ll have enough polish to see you through the coming year with glamorous flair. launching on October 1st, you’ll find this beauty calendar at Look Fantastic, John Lewis & Partners, Amazon, Very, and Feelunique. 

Slated for release on October 15th, Diptyque’s Advent calendar is the ultimate must-have for scent aficionados. Boasting a blend of full-size products as well as miniatures, we don’t know what we’re more excited about—the products or the gorgeously illustrated box, created by Parisian born artist and graphic designer, Ugo Gattoni. Stunning. 

Christmastime is wonderful, there’s no doubt about it, but it can also be stressful. With presents to buy and meals to cook, you need to ensure you carve out some much-needed pamper time for yourself in the run-up. And what better way to do so than with Rituals’ beauty advent calendar? With 24 calm-inducing treats to open, you can make every evening a spa-like experience with the treasures found inside. Get yours on October 7th. 


Jo Loves is nothing if not elegantly classic, and that’s exactly what we thought when we saw the brand’s wreath-inspired 2020 beauty advent calendar. Launching on October 8th, the Jo Loves calendar features 24 deluxe travel products and a full-size surprise for December 25th (if you have the restraint to save it). Not only is this calendar on our wish lists, but we guarantee it’ll be on the wish list of everyone you know—should you find yourself feeling generous. 

Our favourite boutique, Space NK, has outdone itself with its 2020 beauty advent calendar. Launching on October 1st, the calendar is divided into four sections to take you on a beauty journey, discovering some of the brand’s favourite products. Space NK also enlisted the talents of writer, Charly Cox, who has penned a gorgeous collection of poems to go with the expertly-curated edit. 

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