2021’s Best Beauty Advent Calendars

2021’s Best Beauty Advent Calendars

It’s hard to believe Christmas is only three months away and beauty advent calendars are already hitting the shelves. From Charlotte Tilbury to Net-A-Porter, as well as Liberty’s iconic offering, we’ve rounded up the best of what’s already out there – and what’s to come...

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John Lewis

Worth: Over £600

Cost: £159

John Lewis is known for building Christmas buzz with its annual TV ad. This year, it’s getting an early start with its beauty advent calendar, which is brimming with goodies – from Augustinus Bader’s iconic Rich Cream to Sunday Riley’s Glycolic Acid Treatment, Hourglass’s Extreme Lash Mascara to the niche perfume brand Juliette Has A Gun, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, with a number of full-size items included, too. Available here


Worth: £410

Cost: £175

Back and better than ever, Elemis’s cult advent calendar is brimming with iconic products, as well as new formulas for you to try. Expect to find the hugely popular Pro-Collagen range inside, as well as soothing masks, plumping night creams and luxury body care. You’ll also love the keepsake tins. Available at here


Worth: £300Costs: £40 When You Spend At M&SM&S' calendar this year is a bargain for those who love their beauty. At just £40 (providing you spend £30 across clothing, home and beauty) it is brimming with 25 products, 10 of which are full-sized. From Autograph's popular colour lip balms, to Prai's rich night creams and Aveda's iconic hair treatments, there's plenty to enjoy inside, as well as new brands to discover, too. Plus, it's all available in a handy, reusable tin.  Available here


Worth: £1,166Costs: £250The Harrods beauty advent is every bit as chic as you'd expect. With products by Augustinus Bader, Elemis, Dr Sebagh and Aromatherapy Associates, it's full of cult classics and luxury items you're guaranteed to love. Everything is housed in a beautifully illustrated box as well that adds to the overall festive feel. A great way to try new brands, but also stock up on some products you've had your eye on for some time.  Available here


Worth: n/a

Cost: £99

Just like last year, Kiehl’s is using fully recycled paper, so you can feel good about getting rid of this one afterwards. It's packed full of Kiehl’s classics, including the cult Crème de Corps body cream, Midnight Recovery Oil and best-selling serums. What’s more, empties can be returned to any Kiehl’s store as part of its Recycle & Be Rewarded scheme – plus, we love the fun vibrant design. Available here

Charlotte Tilbury

Worth: n/a

Cost: £150

If you love Charlotte Tilbury, look no further. Brimming with all the brand’s beauty essentials, you’ll find everything from full-size versions of the Light Wand in Hollywood Spotlight to the fan-favourite Pillow Talk lipstick, alongside a host of miniature new launches. Extra points go to the reusable box which you can use for storage once you’re finished. Available here

Cult Beauty

Worth: £975+

Costs: £215

Year after year, Cult Beauty’s advent calendars are a huge hit. The latest one is worth every penny – you just need to be quick, as it tends to sell out fast. Full of expertly curated buys, there are 32 bestsellers up for grabs, amounting to a total worth of £930. Not only do you get the chance to try things you wouldn’t usually go for, you’ll also discover some new niche brands. Expect everything from luxe facial oils to Bella Freud candles, and beauty gems from the likes of Victoria Beckham. What’s more, Cult Beauty is working with ClimatePartner to plant one tree for every advent calendar sold, supporting Woodland Carbon Code-certified projects across the UK. Available here

Jo Malone

Worth: n/a

Costs: £325

A perennial sell-out, this iconic townhouse calendar never disappoints. Expect to try plenty of the brand’s beloved colognes, miniature candles and bath oils – all of which will provide some much-needed pampering in the lead up to Christmas. You’ll love that the drawers can be refilled and reused.  Avai;able here



Worth: £840+

Costs: £225

Liberty’s renowned offering is more impressive than ever, with a whopping 19 full-size products inside. Each drawer is stuffed with exciting treats from Le Labo, Diptyque, Hourglass and NARS (to name a few) – trust us, you’ll want to try everything. As always, it makes a great present for yourself, or a loved one. Available here



Worth: £450+

Costs: £85

This usually sells out within weeks, so you need to be quick. You’ll find 25 products inside and there’s something for everyone – from NARS to Kate Somerville, Shiseido to Elemis. A great one for trying out the products you’ve always wanted to, while also stocking up on your favourites. Available here


Space NK

Worth: £744

Costs: £199

Space NK’s advent calendars never disappoint. With 30 – yes 30 – products inside, there are various brands and new launches included here. Think Rose Inc, The Ordinary and Olaplex – as well as generously sized make-up products from brands like Hourglass. You’ll also find cool, new candle brand Boy Smells inside this year – prepare to fall in love. Avalable here



Worth: £1,300

Costs: £255

It doesn’t get more high end than this. Containing all the luxe items you’d expect, you’ll find products from Augustinus Bader, Victoria Beckham and Dr Barbara Sturm tucked into each monochrome drawer, alongside some fun tools including a slick gua sha. Plus, 17 of the products are full size, compared to 13 last year. Available here

Jo Loves

Worth: £485

Costs: £325

Jo Malone is a legend in the fragrance world, so you won’t be disappointed with this beautiful advent star. Among the full and travel-size samples from her new brand Jo Loves, there’s a different fragrance to celebrate each day – be it in the form of a candle, body lotion or cologne. It’s a fun way to try the range. Scents include White Rose & Lemon Leaves, as well as new launch Mulled Wine and Jo by Jo Loves. Heavenly. Available here



Worth: £417

Costs: £120

If skincare is your thing, you’ll love this calendar from Decléor. Containing 24 items, there’s everything from nourishing cleansing milks to gritty exfoliators and soothing balms inside. A great way to try the brand if you’ve always wanted to – plus, the uplifting formulas and luxurious essences are perfect for this stressful time of year. Available here  

Fortnum & Mason

Worth: £750+

Costs: £225

Fortnum & Mason was one of the first to drop an advent calendar this year. Its fourth edition is one of its best yet. With a festive red and green chest theme, it’s brimming with impressive brands and beauty buys – from Cult 51’s luxurious night cream to Escentric Molecules’ iconic fragrances and Aromatherapy Associates’ cosseting bath oils – trust us, you’ll love every surprise. With the contents worth over £750, it’s easy to see why this one sells out.  Available at FortnumAndMason.com


Worth: £465+

Costs: £85 for subscribers / £105 for non-subscribers 

This one was so popular last year it ended up trending on Google. Now, with bigger and better brands inside, the success is bound to repeat itself. There are 15 full-sized items and ten deluxe minis included – look out for brands like Elemis, Sarah Chapman and Huda Beauty. Available here

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