Christmas 2020: The Best Beauty Advent Calendars
This story was updated on December 2, 2020.
Additional reporting by Chloe Pek.
It may only be October but the countdown to Christmas is already on. And what better way is there to get set for the festive season than with a little pampering? Forget chocolate––in recent years advent has been all about the best of beauty––with some of the biggest brands from Liberty London, to Charlotte Tilbury, Net-a-Porter and more creating visually stunning calendars which are filled to the brim with make-up, skincare and wellness favourites.
With many advent calendars already released for this year––and selling out fast––countdown in style with your guide to the best beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2020.
1/12 Dior Advent Calendar 2020
Just one look at the gorgeous design of Dior's Advent Calendar—modelled after the iconic 30 Avenue Montaigne—has us excited. Designed by artist and illustrator Safia Ouares, the black box set is decked out with plenty of silver and gold for a truly festive vibe, with the 24 pretty doors sure to hold the very best of the brand's miniatures.
This includes J‘adore, Miss Dior, Joy and Sauvage fragrances, iconic makeup products like the Rouge Dior in #999 and Diorshow Iconic Overcurl mascara, as well as skincare favourites from the Dior Prestige and Capture Totale line. An exclusive snow globe puts the cherry on top. Priced at S$600, only 30 are available in Singapore.
Available exclusively at Dior Beauty boutiques.
2/12 Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Promising to up the ante for this year's Christmas countdown, Net-a-Porter 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar (US$300) is the perfect gift or treat for yourself.
The luxury offering is packaged in a simple and chic black box––complete with Net-a-Porter's signature black bow and includes 25 best-sellers from the site's ample offering of beauty heroes that are worth over US$1,400. Curated by the Net-a-Porter beauty team, standout brands featured include Omorovicza, Augustinus Bader, Charlotte Tilbury and Philip Kingsley.
Available at Net-a-Porter.
3/12 Clarins 12-Day Christmas Advent Calendar
It's not too late to start counting down to Christmas. This 12-day advent calendar, presented in a functional organiser offers 12 of Clarins' best sellers in full size and travel size, including the Lip Comfort Oil in #2, Beauty Flash Balm, Tonic Oil and more. You'll have everything you need for your skin and body care.
Available at Clarins boutiques and online.
4/12 Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
Always a favourite, Jo Malone's annual advent calendar (S$690) never disappoints. Set to celebrate the ‘Season of Scent’ for 2020, lovers of the brand will find everything from its famed colognes, miniature candles, bath oils and more inside.
Ideal for indulging in the lead up to Christmas, the 24 surprises are housed inside Jo Malone's traditional townhouse designed packaging.
Available at Jo Malone London Concierge Service and Jo Malone London boutiques from November.
5/12 The Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
Launched in 2014, Liberty's iconic advent calendar sells out almost instantly every year. Created by the famed London department store, usually you need to be in the UK to get your hands on one––with many queuing up outside the store on launch day––but this year, the calendar will be available for international audiences online.
Priced at £215, the gorgeous calendar features the store's iconic Standen print from the Liberty Classics collection, with the recyclable box also depicting a snowy Christmas scene. Beautiful as it is, we all know it's what's inside that matters, and Liberty's calendar is filled with products from the likes of Diptyque, Hourglass, Le Labo, Augustinus Bader and more. Worth over £789, 19 of the 25 drawers include full-sized products.
Back for its second year, Liberty will also be launching a special beauty advent calendar for men on the same day. Priced at £195––and worth over £460––the calendar features male skincare and grooming treats from Bamford and Ruffians, Dr Sebagh, Frédéric Malle, Escentric Molecules and more, along with the brand's signature Liberty tipple.
Available at Liberty London.
6/12 Harrods of London Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
Another luxury department store offering comes from Harrods. Helping to make the countdown to Christmas as joyous as possible, the Harrods of London Beauty Advent Calendar 2020 features the very best of skincare, make-up and fragrance brands from the Harrods beauty hall.
Housed inside a chic box depicting the iconic store's Knightsbridge location, with just a touch of sparkle, the calendar features 25 full and mini size offerings from brands including Hourglass, Slip, Living Proof and Dr Barbara Sturm, and is priced at S$408––with the products alone worth over £700 (approx. S$1241).
Available at Harrods.
7/12 Charlotte Tilbury's Bejewelled Chest Of Treasures Beauty Advent Calendar
Back for another year, Charlotte Tilbury's advent calendar is bigger––and more glitzy––than ever.
Charlotte Tilbury's Bejewelled Chest Of Treasures promises to be the ultimate gift for beauty lovers, filled to the brim with favourites from the brand's wide range of products. Inside the sparkling, golden box you'll find full size and travel size make-up and skincare icons, including the Hollywood Beauty Light Wand, the famed Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk and Charlotte’s Magic Cream, along with the new Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray and Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara.
Available at Net-a-porter.
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8/12 Diptyque's Beauty Advent Calendar
A must-have for scent aficionados, Diptyque's stunning advent calendar is filled to the brim with the brand's scented candles, eau de toilettes, eau de parfums and more.
Not only does the box depict a gorgeous illustration from artist Ugo Gattoni, but inside houses favourites from the brand's core collection along with new exclusive items. Specially created for 2020, the calendar features a Moonlit Fir candle and metal Christmas decorations, along with classic scents such as Tubéreuse, Figuier, Noisetier, Ambre, Mimosa, Musc, Feu de bois, Lys, Baies, Roses and Narguilé.
Available at Diptyque.
9/12 Dr Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar 2020
If you're looking to really treat your skin this season, and keep the pampering going right into 2021, Dr Barbara Sturm's Advent Calendar (S$626) is the one for you.
Achieving international acclaim for its molecular approach to skincare, the calendar is ideal for lovers of the brand, or those who want to try out the full range. Featuring 24 treatments in full, deluxe and sachet sizes, products include the Anti-Aging Body Cream, Enzyme Cleanser, Super Anti-Aging Primer, Hyaluronic Serum and more.
Available at Net-a-porter.
10/12 Yves Saint Laurent Beauty Advent Calendar 2020
Countdown to Christmas with a range of delights from YSL beauty. Exclusively available now online via Selfridges, the calendar is stacked with a whole host of both travel and full-sized goodies.
Designed with 24 drawers, the black and red designed calendar is complete with the likes of the iconic Touché Eclat, Black Opium Eau de Parfum and a few Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks.
Available at Selfridges.
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11/12 Giorgio Armani Advent Calendar 2020
Count down to a glamorous Christmas with Giorgio Armani's advent calendar, which features six full-size products—the popular Lip Maestro in #405 and #102, Eyes to Kill Stellar #2, Eye Tint Silk #8, Eyes to Kill Designer Eyeliner #1, and Eccentrico Mascara in Black—and 17 miniature products that include its eau de toilettes, eau de parfums, as well as lip and eye make-up. It'll also come with an Armani Beauty compact mirror so you can be sure you're looking picture perfect at every moment.
Available at Selfridges.
12/12 The White Company Beauty Advent Calendar
After selling out last year, The White Company's beauty advent calendar is back for 2020. Perfect for those in need of pampering––and really, who isn't after this year?––the calendar is filled with 25 luxe bath, body, fragrance and skincare treat, along with the brand's heavenly scented candles.
Available at Selfridges.