It's Never too Early to Shop for 2020's Beauty Advent Calendars
Updated: Sep 14
Beauty Advent Calendars have exploded in popularity in recent years – and this means two things: all the top, most exclusive retailers have jumped on the trend, but also, that they tend to sell out quick. These are all our favourite beauty advent calendars to add to your wish-list this year – and everything you need to know about getting your hands on them.
It may seem a bit early to be thinking about advent calendars – but some of these product selections are quite literally too good to be true, and sell out in minutes. Many calendars’ contents value between £500 and £1000, while their cost price is a fraction of this – and so these seemingly extravagant investments prove to be a fun, festive way to try out some of the best luxury beauty products of 2020 for well below retail prices.
Our first pick is a classic – The Cult Beauty Advent Calendar. In stock soon, but there is a waiting list that you can join now for priority access. With a price tag of £199, this pick gets the most value for money as its contents are worth over £930! A perfect mixture of skincare and make-up – there is sprinkling of all the top brands, from Too Faced and Natasha Denona to Oskia and Votary. Plus, they are promising to donate £15 from every calendar sold to Beauty Banks – a charity that supports those in poverty with basic hygiene and personal care essentials.
Fortnum and Mason
Another luxurious option is Fortnum’s Beauty Advent Calendar. Its’ extravagant red and gold design will look very festive on your vanity – and its contents will not disappoint. Worth over £800, with the price tag of £195, this calendar stocks beauties from Sol de Janeiro, Chantecaille, Guerlain and Sisley. This is available to buy now, though it won’t be shipped until the 24th September.
A more affordable pick from our selection is the LOOKFANTASTIC Advent Calendar – coming in with a price point of £85, but with products totalling over £460. This doesn’t launch until 12th October, but is available to pre-order – which is advised, as this favourite has sold out 5 years in a row. They are quite secretive online about what you can expect inside, but there are 25 products ranging from skincare, makeup, haircare and bodycare – so this sell-out is unlikely to disappoint.
Next up is the infamous Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar – it launches in October and is known to sell out very quickly, but there’s an option on their website to sign up to be emailed for when it is released. For £215, this offers over £789 worth of products from brands such as Herbivore, Diptyque, Aveda and Hourglass. This calendar is known for its stunning appearance, and as each product is stored in little pull out drawers, you could always refill and use again next year!
Glossybox Advent Calendar is a bundle of pastel pink and rose gold that puts a true millennial spin on the festive spirit – and is available for just £80 if you are a subscriber to them, and £99 if you aren’t. For an array of beauty treats from Fenty Beauty, Lime Crime, Huda Beauty and Pixi be sure to sign up to priority access by the 8th September.
Space NK was slightly later to the advent calendar trend - with their first being only last year – but it delivered in true Space NK style, jam-packed with high-end beauty must-haves. Their Beauty Anthology II will be available by October 1st, with pre-order starting from September 23rd, and promises to stock a sweeping range of luxury beauty staples. There is a splattering of skincare hero’s such as Paula’s choice, Sturm and Drunk Elephant as well as make-up legends Nars and Hourglass – all worth over £480, with the price tag of £195.
Last but by no means least, we have the Harrods’ Beauty Advent Calendar. This iconic retailer delivers a high-end array of beauty products all stylishly displayed in a traditional Harrod’s green double-doored box. Once again, there is a wide selection of beauty favourites, from 111skin, Sunday Riley, Dr Sebagh and Acqua de Parma – and is available to purchase for £250 on October 1st.
Words by Allegra Campbell Boreham
Graphics by Frances Scott