’Tis (almost) the season...to stock up on all of the beauty essentials you’ll need in the new year. Beauty advent calendar season is upon us, which means our favorite skincare, makeup, candle, and self-care brands have been busy creating a selection of glorious holiday collections for us to enjoy for ourselves and to gift to others. After all, nothing screams holiday joy like receiving a tiny gift every single day in December.
Gone are the days when a beauty advent calendar meant receiving a few odd gifts that you’ll never use again. 2022’s beauty calendar offerings are from luxury brands and affordable lines alike, and some now feature an assortment of full-size products alongside a few travel-sized counterparts. Not only are they great for giving as gifts to your mom or sister, but they’re also a fun way to scoop up a few pieces from your favorite brands at a discounted price. Many of the calendars on this list also feature products that have been reviewed by Marie Claire’s editors, from Susanne Kaufmann to Dr. Barbara Sturm.
Ahead, we broke down exactly what you’ll find in each of the best beauty advent calendars—without spoiling the surprise, of course—as well as how many days each calendar lasts. Now you don’t have to commit an entire month to one single calendar. Instead, feel free try out a five- or 12-day set to spice up your holiday season. We’ll be updating this list of beauty advent calendars over the next few weeks, so feel free to bookmark this and save it for later.
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- Best Under-$50 Beauty Advent Calendar: NYX Professional Makeup Limited Edition Holiday 24 Day Advent Calendar (opens in new tab)
- Best Under-$100 Beauty Advent Calendar: 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, Created for Macy's (opens in new tab)
- Best Splurge-Worthy Beauty Advent Calendar: 111skin 12 Days of 111skin (opens in new tab)
- Best Makeup-Focused Beauty Advent Calendar: Benefit Cosmetics Sincerely Yours, Beauty Advent Calendar Set (opens in new tab)
- Best Fragrance-Focused Beauty Advent Calendar: Jo Malone Advent Calendar (opens in new tab)
- Best Bodycare-Focused Beauty Advent Calendar: L (opens in new tab)'Occitane Best of L’Occitane Skincare Advent Calendar (opens in new tab)
Under-$100 Beauty Advent Calendars
I love e.l.f's range of affordable makeup and skincare, and this 12-day set from the brand includes a bunch of bestsellers (and many of them are full-size!). I'm talking about the Luminous Putty Primer, the Liquid Glitter Eyeshadow, and the Makeup Mist.
Best beauty Advent Calendars
Benefit is one of the internet's beloved beauty brands for a reason: their brow products are unmatched, and their boxed blushes and bronzers are some of the best-selling products in either of their respective categories. This 24-day set from the brand includes products like the Hoola Bronzer (a personal favortie) as well as the Dandelion Blush and the Precisely My Brow Pencil. Better yet, it retails for less than $75.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar For Body and Hair
This under-$100 advent calendar from Yves Rocher doesn't only look beautiful: it's also full of yummy bath and body products that are designed to be gifted to a friend. I'm talking about face masks, hand creams, shower gels, shampoos, and more.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Dry Skin
This 12-day calendar from skincare and makeup brand Clarins is here to make your skin feel happy and healthy this winter season. It includes everything from the brand’s Beauty Flash Balm—a daytime moisturizer that instantly hydrate your skin—as well as the Hydra-Essentiel Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm, which will keep your lips smooth under all of your holiday lipsticks. My personal favorite in the calendar is the brand’s best-selling Lip Comfort Oil, which also topped the list of Marie Claire’s best lip oils.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Nail Lovers
If you're the type of person who changes their nail color on a daily basis (or you're related to someone who does), this advent calendar from OPI will score you the top spot after the holiday season is over. It includes 25 different colors, base coats, and top coats, including best-selling shades like Bubble Bath and Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Makeup Newbies
NYX makes some of the best affordable makeup on the market right now, and this $65 advent calendar is proof. It includes 24 days of goodies from the brand, including a selection of their bestselling Soft Matte Lip Cremes (a personal favorite formula), two of their setting sprays, and more.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for the Candle Lover
Everyone loves a candle around the holidays, and this set from Apotheke includes 12 in their 2 oz. size Tin Candles. Scents include: Sea Salt Grapefruit, Earl Grey Bitters, White Vetiver Tin Candle, and Santal Rose.
Best Bodycare Beauty Advent Calenddar
The Body Shop's products are beloved for a reason: they smell amazing and leave your skin feeling taken care of in the chilly winter months. This 25-day calendar from the brand is priced at under $100 and includes a mix of both full-size and sample-sized products for you to enjoy this season. Plus, the packaging is seriously cute.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar to Gift to Your Parent
I don't know about you, but my mom loves a bath. That's why this advent calendar from L'Occitane (opens in new tab) is on my list of gifts for her this holiday season. This 24-day set includes a ton of bathtime and spa night essentials, including oils, hand creams, and more.
$100-$250 Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Luxury Candle Beauty Advent Calendar
When talking about the best luxury candle brands, you can’t not include a candle from Voluspa. Not only are the jars themselves beautiful to look at, but the scent selection is heavenly as well. This 12-day calendar from the brand includes a variety of their best-selling scents, and reviewers agree that it’s worth the investment. “The vault has a wonderful balance of autumn spices and winter fresh aromas to channel the holiday season at home,” wrote one shopper. The candles are a bit larger than a standard votive but I find they last as long a double wick candle and give off just as much as a strong scent.”
Best Iconic Beauty Advent Calendar
This 25-day advent calendar from iconic retailer Bloomingdale's has an estimated retail value of $750, which means that the products included inside are definitely luxe enough to invest in this holiday season. While I wish I could name every single amazing product, I simply would run out space. Highlights include the La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream, lipsticks from Lancome, the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara (one of Marie Claire's best mascaras, FYI!), as well as the brand's cult-favorite Magic Cream moisturizer.
Best Advent Calendar with Deluxe-Sized Samples
This massive 25-day advent calendar from luxury retailer Neiman Marcus has everything that you need to update and upgrade your beauty and skincare routine for 2022 and beyond. It includes 25 deluxe-sized samples, so think of this calendar as the best way for you to test everything out and see what you actually love before going hard and investing in a few full-size products in the new year. And trust me, you'll want to try products from these brands. It contains products across the makeup, skincare, and bodycare categories from ones like 111 Skin, YSL, and Acqua Di Parma.
The Best 3D Beauty Advent Calendar
Part advent calendar part home decor centerpiece, this pickf rom Rituals contains 24 little gifts for that special someone in your life. The calendar includes a selection of bodycare and haircare products like soaps, shampoos, hair masks, and more.
The Best 31-Day Beauty Advent Calendar
While many advent calendars only have 12 or 24 days of products, this one from Sabon has a whopping 31 products inside. Perfect for the person who needs a bath to relax at the end of the day, this set includes a selection of body scrubs, shower oils, and more. If you did only want a 24 day option, Sabon actually created a second, smaller version of their 2022 advent calendar.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Glowy Skin
Do you want juicy, hydrated, radiant skin this season? Of course you do, and this $125 advent calendar from BeautyBio has you covered in all three fronts. It's full of a selection of deluxe minis plus one bonus full-size product (and a few, new, accessories!) to complete your look this winter. Star products included in the set are The Daily Acid-Free Vit C Serum, The Quench Rapid Recovery Cream, and The Nightly Overnight Retinol Repair Serum.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Glam Makeup Lovers
M.A.C can do no wrong in my book when it comes to high-glam makeup, especially in the wintertime. This $195-set (which has a retail value of $475), includes 24 products from across their massive range. A few of my personal favorites include the Powder Kiss Liquid Lipcolour, the mini MAC Lipstick in the best-selling shade "Velvet Teddy," and the Fix+ : Original setting spray. Love!
Best Cult-Favorite Beauty Advent Calendar
This 24-day advent calendar from clean beauty brand Origins has everything you need to upgrade your skincare and bodycare routines in 2023. The set includes a collection of travel-sized minis, with a total retail value of $211. Fans of the brand will recognize hero products like the Clear Improvement™ Active Charcoal Mask to Clear Pores and the Drink Up™ Intensive Overnight Hydrating Mask with Avocado & Glacier Water, but there are tons of other goodies to enjoy, too.
Best Clean Beauty Advent Calendar
This 12-day advent calendar from clean beauty brand bareMinerals is made for those of us who love a natural makeup look. It contains both full-size and travel-sized products inside across both the beauty and skincare categories, including a full-size version of the brand’s Ageless Night Concentrate and a mini of the Maximist Mascara.
Best Unexpected Beauty Advent Calendar
Yes, I’m counting oral care as beauty for 2022! This set from Spotlight Oral Care contains everything you need to revamp your smile in 2022, from a new toothbrush to a lip mask. Other highlights include teeth whitening strips, a gua sha tool, and a silk scrunchie.
Best Viral Beauty Advent Calendar
Another year, another iconic Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar to obsess over (and add to your wish list). This year, the massive 12-day calendar includes five full-size versions of products like the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight and Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir plus a selection of minis.
Best Sportty Self-Care Advent Calendar
Fans of Alo Yoga will already know how great the brand's wellness and beauty line is. This $250, limited-edition advent calendar from the brand has everything you need to try the range out for yourself, all neatly packed into 24 neat little boxes. Products inside include a mini Mega C Body Wash (one of my personal favorites), a one-year subscription to Alo Moves, and so much more.
$300+ Beauty Advent Calendars
Best Advent Calendar for Skincare And Fragrance
Designed to help you find your perfect skincare routine, this calendar from Valmont is pricey, yes, but I can guarantee that it's worth it. The brand lets you take what they're calling a "skincare analysis" that can find the products that your skin needs most before you buy. One of the best products included inside is the Prime Renewing Pack, which makes your skin look refreshed and smoothed after one use.
Best 31-Day Beauty Advent Calendar
Forget those 12-, 24, and 25-day beauty advent calendars. This one from Bluemercury lasts for a whopping 31 days. Yes, this limited-edition calendar is pricey at $400, but it has a retail value of 1,458 (!) and includes editor-approved products from Alo Yoga's wellness and beauty line, clean skincare line OSEA, clean fragrance brand Ellis Brooklyn, and shower gels from insider-approved and beloved brand Molton Brown.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Fragrance Lovers
Fragrance fans, this one is for you. Jo Malone's range of chic, clean scents is great if you love fragrances that all smell nearly identical to what they're named after. Think scents called Roses, Orange Bitters, and English Pear & Freesia. This 24-day beauty advent calendar includes a selection of miniature colognes, home scents, and candles.
Best Refillable Beauty Advent Calendar
There are two ways to love this advent calendar from skincare icon Susanne Kaufmann. You can either buy it new for $510 or, if you bought it last year and want to re-experience the magic, you can buy a refill for $280. This calendar includes four full-size products plus a selection of deluxe-sized minis for a touch of holiday cheer.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar for Skincare Junkies
One of the bigger items on this list, this 24-day, two-tiered calendar from Barbara Sturm contains a selection of best-selling products from the brand, including the Clarifying Face Cream, both The Cleanser and The Enzyme Cleanser, and the Glow Drops.
Best Candle-and-Perfume Beauty Advent Calendar
Iconic fragrance fragrance and candle brand Aqua Di Parma is back for 2022 with this bright yellow 25-day advent calendar. This calendar includes a selection mini candles and mini perfumes to brighten up your winter.
Yes, this advent calendar from 111skin is pricey, but it's worth it. 111skin has a cult celebrity following (Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, and Bella Hadid all swear by their sheet masks). Get a touch of A-List-approved skincare this season courtesy of this set, which includes 12 days of products.
Best Beauty Advent Calendars for Single Brand Skincare Lovers.
This 12-day calendar from skincare favorite brand Kate Somerville has a whopping $835 value, so you know you're getting some great products. It includes several full-size products, including the Goat Milk Cleanser and the ExfoliKate Intensive, as well as mini versions of products like the Liquid ExfoliKate and the ExfoliKate™ Glow Moisturizer.
Shop many of fresh's best-selling products in this 24-day advent calendar. It inludes products like the brand's best-ever lip balm, the Sugar Rose Lip Balm, and the Black Tea Corset Cream Firming Moisturizer, both of which are personal favorites.
Best Beauty Advent Calendar That Matches Your Shoe Collection
This luxe beauty calendar from Christian Louboutin Beauty is packed with tons of beauty products and fragrances, all of which are covered in the brand's vibrant red packaging. Highlights include the refillable red lipstick case, vials of the Loubiraj Eau de Parfum fragrance and the Loubifunk Eau de Parfum, a special sneaker charm, and a bag charm. Chic!