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The 15 Best Beauty Advent Calendars Of 2023

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Treat yourself this holiday season with these beauty Advent calendars for every budget.

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The holiday season can be stressful. With all of the shopping, decorating, and baking, it’s important to set time aside for self care. Advent calendars are a great way to bring back a touch of holiday magic, and beauty Advent calendars are perfect for skincare and makeup lovers.

Haven Windrow, licensed esthetician at EB Skin in Nashville, sees several benefits to beauty Advent calendars. “They give you an opportunity to try new and cult-favorite products, you can stock up on travel-size versions of your favorites, plus you can regift products to your family and friends,” she says. “I feel most people love the countdown to Christmas all while receiving a new and fun surprise each day!”

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With Windrow’s expert advice, we searched for the best beauty Advent calendars of 2023, considering the calendar’s value, product variety, and price. Below, we’ve sorted them by price from lowest to highest.

EcoTools 12 Days of Bliss Advent Calendar

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Are you in need of new makeup brushes? Look no further than this Advent calendar by EcoTools. Over 12 days, you’ll unwrap two brush handles and six interchangeable brush heads to fit all of your makeup needs. The green handle is compatible with larger brush heads (the complexion blender, angled brush, and angled foundation brush), while the blue handle fits small heads (the lash + brow groomer, fan brush, fine liner, and precision blending brush). You’ll also unwrap a pencil sharpener for eye and lip pencils, a brow razor, and a cloth makeup remover to complete your new makeup tools collection.

Price at time of publish: $20

Ulta Beauty 12 Days of Bath

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The holiday season can be stressful, so it’s important to set time aside for self care. With Ulta Beauty’s bath Advent calendar, you’ll unwrap holiday joy over the span of 12 days. The set comes with bath and beauty products inspired by your favorite holiday scents including Dreamy Snow, Winter Vanilla, and Polar Berry. Inside, you’ll find all of the products needed for an “everything shower”—body wash, body lotion, hand cream, foot cream, lip scrub, and lip balm. To aid in relaxation, there’s also bath confetti, a bath fizzer, and a candle, plus bath essentials including a scrunchie, shower cap, and loofah.

Price at time of publish: $22

Burt’s Bees Bundle Up With Burt’s 12 Holiday Surprises

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You’ll never run low on chapstick with this Advent calendar by Burt’s Bees. This fan-favorite lip balm is tint-free with a matte finish. It’s known for its 100 percent natural formula (including beeswax!) to hydrate and soften dry lips. Each tube is filled with 0.15 ounces of product and has a unique scent. This set includes six classic flavors: beeswax (two), pomegranate, peach, coconut and pear, and pink grapefruit. To get you in the holiday spirit, there’s also mint cocoa, salted caramel, vanilla bean, shortbread cookie, vanilla maple, and cranberry spritz. You’re sure to find your new favorite lip balm with Burt’s 12 Holiday Surprises.

Price at time of publish: $24

Technic Man’Stuff Advent Mega Toiletry Calendar Bath Set

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Haven Windrow, licensed esthetician at EB Skin in Nashville, says Advent calendars with cleanser, moisturizer, and sunscreen are a great way to ease men into skincare. “A lot of men only wash their face when they are in the shower,” she says. “They also usually aren’t aware that they should be moisturizing and wearing sunscreen daily.” The Man’Stuff By Technic Advent calendar comes with 22 beauty products to jumpstart men’s beauty routine. There’s everything the man in your life needs, including washes, shaving gel, lotion, hair gel, a brush, and much, much more. For the man looking to advance his beauty routine, there’s also a pumice stone and emery boards. This pick doesn’t include sunscreen, so consider gifting a bottle with the Advent calendar.

Price at time of publish: $46

Sephora Collection Advent Calendar

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If you’re wanting to explore a wide variety of beauty products, look no further than the Sephora Collection Advent Calendar. This pick features 24 Sephora brand products, which means you get to unwrap a surprise each day from December 1 to Christmas Eve. The sampler-fan will enjoy the mix of makeup, skincare, bath products, and accessories in this Advent calendar. From eye cream, nail polish, makeup sponges, and everything in between, this pick covers all areas of beauty so you can find your new favorite product. Sephora-brand products are known for their affordable price points, and the Advent calendar is no exception. For $49, you receive $93 worth of products to sample. If you fall in love with any of the products, full-size versions can be purchased in Sephora stores or online.

Price at time of publish: $49

Ciaté London Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar

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You can never have too many bottles of nail polish. This Advent calendar by Ciaté is filled with 24 fan favorites, including one full size polish, one mini repair + base coat treatment, and 22 mini polishes. The wide range of shades will appeal to pastel and bright lovers alike. The Ciaté polish formula has been reimagined with naturally-derived ingredients, including biotin to strengthen and bamboo to nourish. These polishes are also friendly to the environment—the bottles are made from recycled and recyclable materials, plus they’re packed in environmentally-friendly boxes. For $69, you can sample $196 worth of polishes to find your perfect shade.

Price at time of publish: $69

Voluspa 12 Day Candle Advent Calendar

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Beauty Advent calendars aren’t limited to makeup and skincare! Candle lovers will flock to this pick by Voluspa. A dozen candles are embossed in 1.25-ounce votives for a fragrant countdown to the holidays. This limited-edition Advent calendar is only available at Sephora and features best-selling scents including coconut vanilla, lavender, fig, cinnamon, spiced pumpkin latte, watermelon, and cypress. Although these are mini sized, they’re sure to last through the New Year, plus you won’t have to burn them endlessly to prevent the dreaded tunneling. Full-size versions of your favorite candles can be purchased on the Sephora website.

Price at time of publish: $75

OPI Holiday ‘23 Nail Lacquer Mini 25 Piece Advent Calendar

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This 25-piece Advent calendar by OPI will spread a bit of holiday magic from December 1 to Christmas Day. Inside, you’ll find 14 mini nail polishes from OPI’s 2023 holiday collection and nine fan-favorites that can be worn any time of year. To complete your mani experience, there’s also the classic RapiDry Top Coat and Start to Finish 3-in-1 treatment. OPI is a trusted nail polish brand for a reason—when polish is combined with OPI base and top coats, it can last for up to seven days. Each bottle is 0.125 fluid ounces, which should be enough for multiple manis and pedis.

Price at time of publish: $80

Ritual 3D Advent Calendar

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The Rituals 3D Advent Calendar is the gift that keeps on giving. Most Advent calendars are box-shaped, but this pick is a 3D Christmas tree measuring 21.7 by 13.8 inches. It arrives in a gift-wrapped box and is simple to assemble; just snap the tree together and hang the 24 products wrapped as ornaments. It even includes string lights to add another touch of holiday magic. The luxury products include a mix of gifts for the whole family, including body mist, soap, shampoo and conditioner, body cream, and much, much more. Since this pick doubles as decor, you can reuse the 3D tree next year with mini ornaments and the included string lights.

Price at time of publish: $125

Benefit Cosmetics All I Want Beauty Advent Calendar

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When considering a luxury beauty Advent calendar, Windrow says to search for ones with cult-favorite lip, eye, and brow products; the Benefit Cosmetics Advent calendar hits those marks. This pick is stuffed with 24 of the brand’s best-selling and fan-favorite products. You’ll receive a mix of full-size, minis, and fun-size products for when you’re on the go. Some stand-out products include the Porefessional Primer and Super Setter Spray, Roller Lash Mascara, 24-Hour Brow Setter, and Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain. All 24 products add up to a $329 value, but you’ll pay only $149.

Price at time of publish: $149

Revolve Beauty 2023 Advent Calendar

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The Revolve Advent calendar is filled with top-rated skincare essentials and holy grail makeup items. Over 24 days, you’ll unwrap $481 worth of beauty items, including six full-size products. Windrow says she’s impressed by this pick’s variety, and a few items stand out as favorites. “The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask is a great face mask to have on hand year-round but especially during the holidays when many people are traveling,” she explains. “It’s packed with ingredients including hyaluronic acid and glycerin for hydration and niacinamide for a more even skin tone and texture.” Windrow says she also loves Benefit’s Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain for its long-wearing, smudge-proof, and non-drying formula, plus the Starface Hydro-Stars Pimple Patches for covering blemishes overnight. You’re sure to find a new staple for your beauty routine with this pick.

Price at time of publish: $150

Huda Beauty 12-Door Advent Calendar

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When considering a luxury Advent calendar, Windrow says to look for ones that include targeted serums, transforming face masks, and nourishing moisturizers. This 12-day Advent calendar by Huda Beauty features a mini-size Wishful Get Even Rose Oil, which is a “magic oil” that helps dryness, dullness, and loss of firmness for all skin types. There’s also one pair of eye masks (the WishfulEye Lift & Contour Double Peptide Hydrogel Masks) for dark circles and tired skin. The Wishful mini-size Honey Whip Peptide Moisturizer hydrates while firming and reducing fine lines. And don’t forget the makeup! This gift wrapped box includes lipstick, liquid eyeliner, and a full-size mascara, to name a few.

Price at time of publish: $175

Charlotte Tilbury Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets

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The Charlotte Tilbury Advent calendar is one of the most talked-about products each holiday season. And for good reason. This pick allows you to explore the world of one of today’s hottest beauty brands with two full-size and 10 travel-size products. Windrow says two products stand out as favorites: Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil to hydrate lips and the travel-size Hollywood Complexion Brush to achieve a flawless base. The fun continues even after you’ve opened the products—the holder can be used as a jewelry box. When purchased on Charlotte Tilbury’s website, you can unlock rewards from the loyalty program including free shipping on your next purchase or free engraving for a holiday gift.

Price at time of publish: $210

Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2023

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Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar features the most full-size products of any Advent calendar on our list. Of the 25 products included, you’ll find 21 (yes, 21!) full-size items. Inside, there’s popular brands including Bobbi Brown, Charlotte Tilbury, Dr. Barbara Sturm, Laura Mercier, Sunday Riley, and Living Proof, to name a few. Windrow says this Advent calendar stands out because of its wide variety of beauty products, including skin, hair, and perfume. “I love [the Dermalogica Precleanse] to break down makeup and sunscreen before going in with your cleanser,” she says. “The Augustinus Bader Rich Cream is a nourishing cream that not only hydrates the skin but reduces signs of aging.” For $264, you’ll receive over $1,400 worth of products to find your new beauty staple.

Price at time of publish: $264

Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar

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This pick is pricy (coming in at $560), but with the investment, you get to try out over $1,600 worth of Dr. Sturm’s most-loved products and latest launches. “[This pick] has everything I would be searching for in a skincare Advent calendar,” says Windrow. She says a few standout products include The Better B Niacinamide Serum to “reduce and refine the appearance of pores and provide a more radiant complexion.” The Good C Vitamin C Serum is another one of her favorites because “it contains three different forms of vitamin C along with aloe vera and hyaluronic acid for intense moisture and hydration.” With this Advent calendar, you’ll fill your skincare cabinet with new products from December 1 to Christmas Day.

Price at time of publish: $560

Questions and AnswersAre beauty Advent calendars worth it?

Beauty Advent calendars are a great way to try out new products, and typically, you’ll pay less than the products’ total retail value. Windrow agrees, saying, “I’ve met several women who have said, ‘I would love to get into skincare, but I just don’t know where to start.’” With a beauty Advent calendar, you can try out new products and see what works best for your skin and routine. Windrow adds, “If you are someone who never treats yourself, this is a good way to treat yourself, not only for one day, but for several days around the holidays.”

What are the most popular beauty Advent calendars?

Beauty Advent calendars with a mix of brands and beauty products tend to be the most popular. This allows you to figure out what products may be missing from your routine and find new favorite brands. From our list, consider the Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar or the Revolve 2023 Advent Calendar to try a variety of products and brands.

When do you start an Advent calendar?

For Advent calendars with 24 or 25 products, it’s typical to start on December 1 and countdown to Christmas. Those with 12 products can start at the beginning of the month and end mid-December or start on December 13 to wrap up on Christmas Eve. It can also be tempting to open the entire Advent calendar on day one; this means you’ll have all of the products to start your new beauty routine at once. Advent calendars are all about bringing holiday joy, so open at whatever rate will get you in the holiday spirit!

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Addie Morton is a contributing writer for Southern Living who specializes in home decor and lifestyle content. For this story, she spoke with Haven Windrow, a licensed esthetician at EB Skin, a facial spa located outside of downtown Nashville. Using Windrow’s expertise and recommendations, Morton researched hundreds of options to compile a list of the best beauty Advent calendars of 2023.

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