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

September 24, 2021 at 06:00AM

It would ordinarily seem strange to talk about Christmas at this time of year but 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 for many brands, including Net-A-PorterLiberty, Elemis 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. 

The countdown to Christmas is magical in itself, but imagine how special it’ll be if you have Net-A-Porter’s 25 Days of Beauty advent calendar to look forward to. Perhaps the most coveted calendar of 2020, Net-A-Porter’s offering is filled with the chicest beauty treats, all of which have a collective value of £1,300. Yes, you read that right—£1,300. It launches on October 4th (mark your diaries) and inside each of the numbered drawers is a NAP beauty best-seller just waiting to be discovered. With products from Augustinus Bader, Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley, 111Skin and Dr Barbara Sturm its contents reads much like our own wish lists. 

Bursting with essentials from one of our all-time favourite skincare brands, Elemis’ 2021 advent calendar includes some longtime icons, as well as some new products from the label’s impressive new lineup. Available exclusively on the Elemis website, the fact it contains a full-sized Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is reason enough to invest in this offering. It launches today so grab it while you can.

We can always count on our favourite makeup artist to turn our beauty dreams into a reality, and that’s precisely what this is. Charlotte Tilbury’s beauty advent calendar contains every hero item from the expansive collection, including a tub of the best-selling Charlotte’s Magic Cream, and the iconic Pillow Talk lipstick and liner. We need.  

Consistently one of the most in-demand beauty advent calendars, John Lewis & Partners’s 2020 option lives up to our (extremely high) expectations. With products from Charlotte Tilbury, Nars, Elemis, Esteé Lauder, Aromatherapy Associates, Laura Mercier, and Hermes, opening each drawer is set to be a luxury experience. Launching on October 4th, expect this beauty advent calendar to sell out fast. 

Behind the doors of Liberty’s 2021 beauty advent calendar, you’ll find a selection of some of the most sought-after products from its iconic beauty hall worth over £840—Liberty’s highest-value edit ever. Among them are an array of cult favourites from the likes of Dermalogica, 111Skin, and Le Labo, Decree, Uoma Beauty and Votary. 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 release on October 6th. Of course, we’ll keep you in the loop. 

Did someone say “luxury”? Jo Malone’s beauty advent calendar is one of the most coveted, and 2021’s take definitely won’t disappoint those who have previously invested in the brand’s iconic calendar. In fact, 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 online on September 30th, it’ll then be rolled out nationwide in its boutiques from October 18th. In that case, we better start dropping hints now. 

After selling out in record time last year, The White Company’s beauty advent calendar is back, and it’s better than we could have imagined. A potent blend of skincare, fragrances, bath, body, fragrances, and, of course, candles, it’s available now, but we guarantee it won’t be for long. 

Back with its fifth advent calendar, this evergreen calendar from Harrods almost has us in the mood to crack out the tinsel and start sipping on eggnog. While they’re currently keeping their cards pretty close to their chest with this year’s offering, we are certain that it will include a mix of prestigious brands and classic beauty products. We’ll keep you updated as and when we learn more.

This is the fourth 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 2010. Made up of cult products from the likes of Huda Beauty, Pixi and Sarah Chapman, it contains something for everyone. Plus, Glossybox subscribers can snap it up for a cool £85—not bad considering it has a total worth of £465.

If last year’s offering was anything to go by then Feelunique’s 2021 beauty calendar is likely to sell out soon. Worth over £385, it contains 27 beauty products in total including full-size treats from the likes of Huda Beauty, Grown Alchemist, Rodial and Wishful. Sold.

Available online now, and in exclusive stores, this year The Body Shop’s beauty advent calendar is back, and better than ever. In fact, they have multiple advent calendars to choose from. Worth £204, this is their biggest offering of the trio and is sure to delight any fans of The Body Shop. With everything from shower gels and body creams to sheet masks and lip butters, this product assembly is a must for any TBS devotee. Plus, inside every calendar you’ll find a little act of kindness so you can share some of the love.

The Body Shop’s mid-sized offering contains a whole host of head-to-toe treats, including a full-size version of the new Avocado Body Butter, skin-tingling face masks and nourishing hand creams.

ASOS’s beauty advent calendar is impressive to say the least. Highlights include cult products from Dr. Jart, MAC, The Ordinary and Origins, but we think the recyclable packaging is also worth a mention. 

With an impressive and ever-expanding makeup, skincare, and haircare offering, Next’s beauty calendar is easily one of 2021’s most-anticipated after its sell-out success last year. With hero products from Elemis, Liz Earle, Esteé Lauder, Benefit, bareMinerals, Philip Kingsley and L’Occitane, all for a cool £69, this calendar is guaranteed to please anyone lucky enough to get their hands on it. 

Our favourite boutique, Space NK, has outdone itself with its 2021 beauty advent calendar. Launching on October 15th with pre-order available now, the calendar is a beauty journey through some of the brand’s favourite products. Worth over £700, you can expect to find goodies from top brands like La Mer, Augustinus Bader, Rose Inc and more.

Launching on October 1st, Lookfantasic’s beauty advent calendar has sold out five years running, so you’ll definitely want to add your name to the pre-order list. Featuring products across makeup and hair, we think the skincare offering is particularly special, with pieces from the likes of Kate Somerville, Shiseido and ESPA inside.


With a whopping worth of £975, Cult Beauty’s advent calendar is a hard one to match. While the October release date is yet to be confirmed, you can add your name to the wait list now—something we definitely advise, seeing as the brand’s beauty advent calendars have been known to sell out in under two hours. 

Totalling a worth of over £750, Fortnum & Mason’s 2021 beauty advent calendar does not disappoint. Available to buy today, with dispatch expected o be at the end of October, we predict this ensemble of amazing beauty products won’t be sticking around for long. With products from Aromatherapy Associates, Sol de Janeiro, and a gorgeous makeup bag from Elizabeth Scarlett, this beauty advent calendar might just be one of the best out there. 

Dr. Barbara Sturm’s skincare line is one of the most high-performing we’ve ever tried and boasts an incredibly impressive A-list fanbase. While this beauty advent calendar might have a higher price point, we think it’s the perfect way to try out some of the brand’s cult products, allowing you to hone in on the items you genuinely love afterwards. 

Armani Beauty’s advent calendar optimises everything we know and love of the brand. Boasting 24 drawers—and worth over £450—inside you’ll find gorgeous gifts across skincare, makeup, and fragrance. And yes, it includes a vile of Si Eau de Parfum. 

Ciate was one of the first brands to really embrace the beauty advent calendar movement, and this year’s offering rightly deserves a place on our edit of the best. Featuring 22 mini polishes, a face product, and a full-size polish to finish on, this will appease manicure lovers of all ages. What’s more, all of the nail varnishes inside feature Ciate’s new ‘plant pots’ formulation, meaning they are made using up to 80% natural ingredients and biodegradable glitters.

Susanne Kaufmann is nothing if not elegantly classic, and that’s exactly what we thought when we saw the brand’s 2021 beauty advent calendar. Available now, it contains a variety of the award-winning skincare alongside body and bath products. Expect to find cult classic like the Eye Rescue Stick and Enzyme Peel as well as new favourites. 

Founded by the Pixiwoo sisters, Sam and Nic Chapman, chances are your makeup bag already contains some of Real Techniques’s industry-renowned brushes. Now, it’s time to up your application ante with the Real Techniques beauty advent calendar. Inside there are 25 brilliant items, including miniature brushes, sponges, brush cleansing gel, tweezers, and just about every other beauty tool you can think of. 

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. Available now.

If like so many others, you’re loyal to Benefit’s beauty products, then this is the beauty advent calendar for you. Containing an edit of the brand’s must-have buys from throughout the years, our favourites include the best-selling They’re Real mascara and Gimme Brow+.

If skincare is your thing, then look no further than ESPA’s epic derma-focused beauty advent calendar. Launching on October 1st with 25 products, every day will feel like a spa day with this collection of potent, holistic treats. 

Give the gift of gorgeous skin by bestowing someone truly special (be it you or someone else) with Decléor’s 2021 beauty advent calendar.The delightful contents spans across the French brand’s face, body, and bath ranges, and is the ultimate treat for any skincare obsessive. 

With its iconic yellow branding serving as its chic exterior, Acqua di Parma’s beauty advent calendar is an absolute must for anyone who considers themselves to be a fragrance fan. Inside, you’ll find products from across Acqua di Parma’s scent collections, by way of candles, body creams, and, of course, perfumes. 

Available now, the Kiehl’s beauty advent calendar features 23 customer favourites, including Creme de Corps, Midnight Recovery Concentrate, and their cult Ultra Facial Cream.

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Author Mica Ricketts | Whowhatwear
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