Beauty advent calendars Christmas 2018 – this year’s best designs and bargains

Whether you're a last minute kind of gal or a count-down queen, 2018's beauty advent calendars are guaranteed to put a spring in your step… because who doesn't like a mini lipstick mixed with the element of surprise?

With the beauty industry at an all time high, cosmetics calendars are bigger than ever.

Which means there is a lot to choose from: skincare, haircare, makeup, men's health and more.

So why not treat a friend, partner, mother, in law or, more importantly, yourself to one of these carefully edited beauty boxes compartmentalised into the many days of Christmas?

We've rounded up the best beauty calendars you can buy – and they're not as expensive as you might think.

Beauty calendars under £30

This advent calendar is an absolute bargain and one of the cheapest out there this year.

But it certainly doesn't scrimp on gifts, featuring 24 windows to peek behind – all the way up to Christmas Eve.

This kit will, quite literally, kit you out – with everything tweezers, nails files and cosmetics sponges, to highlighters and hairbands.

  • Gloss Beauty Calendar, £12.50 from Boots – buy here

Counting down the 12 days to Christmas is ASOS' Beauty Extras Calendar.

The set features a mixture of skincare and hair care from the likes of popular brands Pureology, Eyeko and Starskin.

If you're looking for something a little luxer, upgrade to ASOS's Face + Body version.

  • Beauty Extras countdown calendar, £25 from ASOS – buy here

Beauty calendars under £50

This Revolution make-up calendar is a total must for beauty beginners.

With a whole range of setting powders, bronzers, eyeshadow palettes and lip glosses, there's no look you won't be able to create once when you've uncovered all these goodies.

Not to mention just how pretty it will looked sitting in your bedroom – who needs a chocolate calendar anyway?

  • Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar, £30 from Superdrug – buy here

From brushes to contour kits to lipstick, you'll be sporting an a new full-face of make-up come Christmas Day.

After all, you can't go far wrong with a festive red lip, right?

And for just £35, this fun-filled beauty calendar has gone straight to the top of our wishlist.

  • Sleek Beauty Advent Calendar 2018, £35 from Boots – buy now

Originally just a clothing brand, Jack Wills' beauty range gets more comprehensive every year – it is a big hit with buyers around the holiday period.

This sleek advent calendar has 24 surprise doors.

Behind each one you will find a different beauty product – body washes, nailpolishes and lotions – for each day of Christmas.

  • Jack Wills advent calendar, £35 from Boots – buy here



We couldn't do an advent calendar round-up without mentioning M&S' annual offering.

Famous for their great value festive box, 2018's calendar has stayed true to form with the likes of Pixi, This Works, and Balance Me.

In other words, it's the best of their beauty hall in a cute little box.

  • M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, £35 – available from November 6


The kitsch Cath Kidston doesn't disappoint – this might be one of the prettiest calendar's we have seen.

Behind the doors are 24 treats for December, from enriching hand creams to body scrubs and lip balms – all in some sensational scents.

The Christmas Townhouse aromas include redberries and candied sugar, madarin blossom and white rose and quince. Sign us up!

  • Christmas Townhouse Advent Calendar, £40 from Cath Kidston – buy now

Beauty calendars under £75


Brace yourself lipstick lovers because NYX's advent calendar offering is a thing of beauty.

Featuring a range of the American brand's best-selling glosses and matte lipsticks, trying not to rip open all the doors on the first day is going to be a challenge.

By the time Christmas rolls around, you'll never need to buy another lipstick colour again. Just saying.

  • NYX Beauty Advent Calendar 2018, £50 from Boots – buy here

With its amazing product recommendations and discount prices, Amazon has fast become our favourite place to shop for beauty of late.

So it will come as no surprise to anyone that Amazon's advent calendar is one of the best quality offerings on the market.

Featuring over 24 products from brands such as Rituals, Elemis, and Max Factor, this is one calendar worth snapping up way in advance.

  • Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar, £50 – buy now

No one does Christmas quite like Clarins – it's a hero skincare brand because it suits every age and skin type (you can't go wrong with Clarins for the mother-in-law on the 25th December).

This pyramid box is packed with goodies including the brand's full size SOS Primer and Honey Lip Oil.

Behind the numbered gold doors are 10 other minis for your skin and nails.

  • Clarins 12 Days of Christmas, £60 from Boots – buy here

Clarins may be the only brand doing a beauty calendar for men and we applaud them. Everyone should take the time to pamper themselves.

This cool granite gift box has 12 doors that lead up to the 24th- a perfect pre-Christmas gift for your man.

Behind the doors is a full size Anti-Fatigue eye cream and active hand care lotion plus 10 other minis including scrubs, lotions and shower gels.

  • Clarinsmen 12 Days of Christmas, £60 from Boots – buy here

Beauty calendars under £100


Counting down the Christmas with brands from all over the world, this year's Feel Unique calendar has a total value of £250 and gets great reviews.

Featuring the Nails Inc unicorn sheet mask we've been desperate to try and a Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum cream, this beauty parcel is anything but "little".

And if you ask us, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

  • Feel Unique Beauty Advent Calendar, £75 – buy now

Have you ever seen an advent calendar more inviting than this Look Fantastic beauty?

Big name goodies are hiding behind each door, with the likes of Molton Brown, Illamasqua, Glamglow and Rituals in the box.

And there are full sizes as well as sample sizes included in the skin, hair, tan and make-up haul.

PLUS it's worth £300 but will go on sale for £79 – talk about good value.

What's so great about this one is you reuse the box as a dressing table organiser.

*insert heart-eye emoji here*

  • Look Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar, £79 – buy now

Liz Earle's Hot Polish cleanser has become a household name – it has won more than 100 awards.

The brand has since expanded beyond skincare to hair and body,

This beautiful gift set includes minis of all their best-selling products.

  • The 12 Days of Liz Earl, £80 from Boots – buy here

Fans of The Body Shop will also be delighted to know that the cruelty-free shop has launched its very own beauty advent calendar this festive season.

This Freddie the Fox calendar may be a pricey £99 but it includes £231 worth of products, including enough luxurious body creams to see you through till next year.

Not to mention a couple of handy make-up brushes and must-have skincare goodies.

What's more, if you want a cheeky discount, the store is currently offering a deal where you get £10 off when you spend £30 or more, which applies to all three calendars – just type code 14671 at the checkout.

  • 25 Days of the Enchanted Ultimate Advent Calendar, £99 at The Body Shop – buy now
Glossybox's gorgeous beauty advent calendar is almost too pretty to tear into… almost

Including must-have brands such as NARS, Huda Beauty and BareMinerals, Glossybox subscribers are in for a real treat this festive season.

With beauty treats taking you right up until Christmas, we're going to struggle not ripping into each and every one of the boxes as soon as the calendar lands on our desks from 15 October.

In true Glossybox style, the advent calendar is nothing short of stunning too – and we particularly love the little inspiration words that will see us through the month of December.

Looks like Glossybox are right, this advent calendar is all we want this Christmas… along with those 17 full-size products obvs.

  • Glossybox 'All I Want' Beauty Advent Calendar, £99 (£75 for subscribers) – pre-order now

Beauty calendars over £100

As always, Charlotte Tilbury's take on beauty is over the top and fabulous – we're obsessed with the makeup artist's luxury advent calendar.

Each glitter-dusted drawer features 12 full size product and also 12 mini products – it's not called a Beauty Universe for nothing.

This kit is a great chance to try a huge range of the brand's award-winning items for less, including the Pillow Talk lipstick loved by the likes of Kim Kardashian, Gigig Hadid and Jennifer Aniston.

  • Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Advent Calendar, £150 – buy now

And finally, a beauty advent calendar edit wouldn't be complete without giving Harrods' luxury offering a mention.

Packed with 25 high-end products from Charlotte Tilbury, Givenchy, and NARS, this calendar is full of the year's most-talked about beauty launches along with some cult classics.

And for that eye-watering price, you can expect to see some full-sized beauty bits…

  • Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar, £250 – buy now

Boots are currently teasing out the No7 Christmas calendar and social media is going mad.

In other beauty news, we may have found the answer to banishing dry feet for good.

And these are the best foundations for oily, dry and sensitive skin.


Source: Read Full Article