As Christmas approaches, so does the annual rush to grab the best beauty advent calendars before they sell out. It’s no wonder: Packed with exclusive, limited edition minis and often full-size products, most of this year’s best makeup advent calendars will work as a Christmas present in their own right.
Retailers such as Next, Marks and Spencer and Boots’ charity advent calendar in partnership with Macmillan are among the most popular beauty boxes this year thanks to their incredible range of products, each costing less than £100, despite hiding top brands such as Clinique, Estee Lauder and No7 behind the advent doors.
When will beauty advent calendars go on sale in 2022?
The Liberty, Jo Malone and Charlotte Tilbury advent calendars go on sale September 29, the Look Fantastic advent calendar goes on sale October 1, and MAC and Cult Beauty advent calendars go on sale October 3. But waiting lists and pre-registrations are the norm, so don’t forget to visit their sites well in advance.
Which brands have a beauty advent calendar?
For those willing to splurge, Liberty’s is the ultimate treat, with beauty gifts worth about five times the retail price — which is why it sells out almost immediately. Last year I had gifts from Olaplex, Votary and 111 Skin. The 2022 Liberty Advent Calendar features exclusive stores such as the frequently sold-out Hera candle and the recently launched Aromatherapy Associates Clear Mind essential oil.
This year, members of Liberty’s beauty subscription service The Beauty Drop will have early access for the first time, allowing them to purchase the calendar from September 27. But for now, customers are urged to register interest online to be among the first to hear about the release before it sells out.
Another calendar that will no doubt be exciting is from online retailer Look Fantastic. For £95, customers can enjoy 26 products with a retail value of £500, including a piece of technology and multiple full-size products. We recommend getting on the waiting list to reserve now or risk queuing in October – if supplies last that long.
What is the best beauty advent calendar of 2022? At a glance
Those are our personal favorites, but we’ve tried, opened and admired all the calendars on offer this year. One thing we noticed is the much more varied price point, as well as more options for men. For instance, he can pack all the essentials for men from skincare brand Nivea for £40 or stock up on all things Kiehl’s for £99. Read on for our full reviews of these, and the best of this year’s full range of beauty advent calendars.
Best beauty advent calendars
1. Liberty Advent Calendar
£245, Liberty London