2018’s Best Beauty Advent Calendars

Beauty calendars have boomed in recent years and suddenly they’re everywhere. Shop our edit of the very best in this year’s advent offering:

The Original: Liberty 

The most successful and fastest-selling product in Liberty’s history, the original Beauty Calendar now has a cult following. Slide open the prettiest Liberty print drawers (in the new AW18 Juno Feather print) to reveal goodies like Votary Face Cream (50ml), Susanne Kaufmann Body Oil (30ml), Omorovicza Illuminating Moisturiser (30ml) and a Diptyque Figuier Candle (70g).  Set your alarms now – this one sells out in a flash.

Price: £195 (contents over £600)

Release date: Wednesday 24 October in-store and online libertylondon.com. Doors to the Beauty Hall will open early on Wednesday – at 8.30am, queueing starts from 8am.

Best for New Brands: Space NK

Space NK’s treasure trove of a calendar contains some of our favourite brands including the cult new US make Drunk Elephant as well as Eve Lom, Dr Dennis Gross, Nars, Malin + Goetz and Votary, mostly in travel sizes.

Price: £250 (contents £600)

Release date: 15 October spacenk.com

Best for Classic Luxury: Fortnum & Mason

A limited run of just 400 calendars are being made this year as Fortnum’s launches its first beauty advent calendar. The drawers feature a 1950’s Edward Bawden illustration (originally designed for a Fortnum’s Valentine’s Card) – the same face that watches down over the Piccadilly beauty hall hand painted on glass. The 14 full-size products and 10 samples are from classic brands like Chantecaille, Sisley and Guerlin and include cleansers, creams and make up.

Price: £195 (contents £625)

Release Date: 1 October 2018

Best for Fragrance: Jo Loves

Jo Malone launches her first ever advent calendar this year at Jo Loves. Inside are ten fragrances that will carry you through the year, four different bubble baths, six votive candles as well as a body lotion, shampoo and conditioner and a ‘silver ticket’ allowing you to pick up a fragrance of your choice after trying them all out.

Price: £250

Release date: Monday 5 November in-store and online joloves.com

Best for Teens: Birch Box

Try out new make-up looks for your Christmas parties with this calendar from Birch Box. Find sample-sized treats including nail varnish, brow gels, mascaras and pencils from brands like Benefit, Nuxe, Caudalie and Pixi.

Price: £65, (contents £179)

Release date: Available now, online only birchbox.co.uk

Best for Make Up: Charlotte Tilbury 

Charlotte’s Beauty Universe calendar celebrates the 12 days of Christmas rather than advent – so you’ll find just 12 products behind the sparkly doors. Full-size stretches to two lipsticks, a kohl eyeliner and an eyeshadow, with the rest travel-sized versions of favourites like the Magic Cream, Multi Miracle Glow and Goddess Skin Clay Mask.

Price: £150

Release date: Available now charlottetilbury.com

Best for Value: Boots No 7 

Over a million people signed up to pre-order the Boots No 7 calendar, so many that they had to close the waiting list. Get yours in-store or online this Friday, 19 October.

Price: £42 (contents £177)

Release Date: Friday 19 October online and in selected stores. boots.com

Best for Bath-Lovers: Susanne Kaufmann

The perfect antidote to party season, Susanne Kaufmann’s calendar focusses on bath time. Find ten winter soaks that include Mallow Blossom Bubble Bath, Alkali Salts, Nourishing Herbal Whey Bath, as well as natural oils, lotions, shampoos and creams that are made for winter. Presented in the signature miniature glass vials.

Price: €130, susannekaufmann.com and also available in gold – £180 at net-a-porter.com

Release Date: Available now

— Daisy Allsup
17th October 2018