Melissa Juried Kriebel
Rising from casual novelty to a Christmas favourite, beauty advent calendars are now a highlight of the holiday season. The must-have gifts are the perfect way for beauty brands to showcase a large variety of products, making them a blessing for keen beauty fans.
This year you can expect to find makeup, self-care essentials, skincare surprises and sumptuous scents from big-name favourites such as MAC Cosmetics, L’Occitane and Charlotte Tilbury.
All presented in suitably chic festive packaging, here’s a look at the best beauty advent calendars for 2022.
MAC Advent Calendar
MAC’s limited-edition Christmas calendar is back for 2022 and it’s one of the best-value advent calendars out there. The keep-worthy sparkling red box is loaded with 24 of the brand’s beauty favourites worth over A$790. You’re treated to 16 full-sized products including lipglosses, eyeshadows, mascara and MAC’s iconic lipsticks, all for just A$360.
L’Occitane Premium Advent Calendar
Combining a classic Christmas feel with L’Occitane’s recognisable themes, the French brand’s Premium Advent Calendar is packed with its signature favourites alongside limited-edition surprises. You’ll find an indulgent display of travel and full-size hand creams, body lotions, shampoos, shower gels and more all wrapped up in beautiful bright packaging. The 24 luxurious products are valued at A$240 so it’s certainly a bargain at A$140.
L’Occitane Premium Advent Calendar, A$240 | Source: L’Occitane
YSL Advent Calendar
The luxurious beauty of YSL’s advent calendar includes six full-size makeup pieces, 17 mini products and one concealed gift. It features some of the brand’s iconic products such as its Black Opium and Libre fragrances, Rouge Pur Couture lipstick and Volume Effet Faux Cils Mascara. Priced at A$495, everything comes housed in a decadent black and gold box featuring 24 removable drawers dressed in the brand’s signature pattern.
Charlotte Tilbury Diamond Chest of Beauty Stars
As you’d expect from the British beauty brand, Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar is a glamorous affair. Worth A$465, the 12-drawer calendar presents skincare icons and luxury makeup items including a full-size Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir and Matte Revolution-Catwalking lipstick. They come in a lush pink mini wardrobe with bejewelled drawers that would easily double as jewellery boxes all year round.
Jo Malone London Advent Calendar
Perfect for people searching for a signature scent, indulge in 25 days of iconic fragrances from the luxury brand, Jo Malone. Enjoy full-size and miniature relaxing home fragrances, popular colognes and seasonal specialties including Lime Basil & Mandarin and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. The limited-edition A$720 ensemble is packed in an undeniably classic cream and black two-tier box that opens to reveal individual boxes.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar
Enjoy luxurious serums all Christmas long with 24 full-sized, deluxe and miniature versions of Dr. Barbara Sturm’s most-loved products alongside her latest innovations. Housed in an elegant jewellery armoire-inspired gift box, for A$934.85 you’re treated to Sturm’s popular anti-aging creams, revitalising serums and more, perfect for any beauty lover.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Advent Calendar, A$934.85 | Source: Net-A-Porter
Twelve Days of Kylie Advent Calendar
Whether you’re a fan of Kylie or just a beauty fan, the Kylie Cosmetics 2022 advent calendar won’t disappoint. Twelve individually-wrapped products include nine full-size beauty products for all areas of the body including her illustrious lip kits and eyeliners. For around A$288 you also get two travel-sized skincare items and a branded headband with everything delivered in a festive red box.
Box of Wishes & Wonders Ultimate Advent Calendar
Enjoy the best of The Body Shop with the brand’s packed advent calendar ready to rejuvenate, relax and cleanse the lucky giftee. The amazing pop-up calendar is filled with cult classics and new beauty buys with full-sized products alongside smaller versions. Costing A$260, you can expect a slew of hydrating toners, smoothing body scrubs, and shine-boosting shampoos, as well as exciting gifts in this advent calendar.
The Body Shop Advent Calendar, A$260 | Source: TBS
12 Days of 111Skin
Curated as a 12-day intensive skin treatment, this is the ultimate premium advent calendar for boosting skin confidence. The curated set of the very best of 111Skin’s surgically-inspired skincare allows you to sample a wide selection of the brand’s products including sheet masks, anti-ageing eye creams and ground-breaking serums. Priced at A$670, this box of luxury products is a real treat for your skin.
Cult Beauty Advent Calendar
Filled with 37 of the best beauty favourites of the year from many leading brands, this beauty advent calendar is perfect for those who love a mix of products. Valued at over A$1,700, enjoy everything from a 111skin face mask and an Augustinus Bader skin cream to a Charlotte Tilbury eye palette, all for just A$465.30. With so much on offer, including six beauty finds on day 25 alone, the temptation is to open the vibrant wardrobe-style box all at once.
Dior Advent Calendar
Designed by artist Pietro Ruffo, Dior’s advent calendar is a beautiful display of festive wonders adorned with eight constellations representing Christian Dior’s lucky number.
Inside you’ll find 24 hidden Dior surprises across fragrance, makeup and skincare, including Miss Dior Eau de Parfum and Sauvage Eau de Toilette.
La Mer The Twelve Days of Transformation
The luxury beauty brand created by Dr. Max Huber delivers 12 days of the expert’s legendary skincare delights, each infused with La Mer’s cell-renewing elixir, Miracle Broth. The brand’s iconic The Cleansing Foam, The Tonic and The Intensive Revitalizing Mask are just a few of the luxuries inside the limited-edition box which is priced at A$670.
Clarins 24 Day Advent Calendar
Showcasing a festive celebration of skincare, body care and makeup, an iconic surprise hides behind each of the 24 windows in Clarins’ advent calendar. Costing A$160, the calendar is packed full of the brand’s beauty essentials and favourites including the Double Serum, Comfort Face Scrub and Lip Comfort Oil.