Review

The best beauty advent calendars for 2017

Ayesha Muttucumaru 4 September 2017

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The 34 best beauty advent calendars for 2017 - your ultimate shopping guide

Remember when Advent calendars only came in wooden or chocolate form? Cosmetics are quickly superseding confectionary when it comes to our Christmas countdowns. Selling out at surprising speed in previous years - take a look at 2016's calendars here  for a trip down memory lane - this year's editions are certain to follow suit.

From budget  to blowout, here are the best beauty advent calendars for 2017 that’ll prove to be as much of a gift for you as they will for the whole family.

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Benefit SF Winter Wonderglam Advent Calendar, £34.50

Doors: 12

What’s inside? Twelve fun-sized Benefit bestsellers ranging from bronzer to mascara and the brand’s brilliant brow products. Worth £76.07 in total, highlights include High Beam (quite literally), Hoola and Rollerlash - beauty fans will find a piece of Christmas cheer behind every door.

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Sleek Makeup A Gift a Day Advent Calendar, £35

Doors: 25

What’s inside? From makeup brushes to lipsticks to a glitter eyeliner, this jam-packed calendar of beauty delights is ideal for those looking to revamp their makeup bags.

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M&S Beauty Advent Calendar, £35 (when you spend £35 on clothing and home)

Doors: 25

What’s inside? A range of M&S own and third party branded picks from the department store’s expanding beauty hall. From skincare to makeup and haircare from GTG favourites such as Ultrasun, Eyeko, Percy & Reed and Pixi, products total a whopping £250 but it comes in at a much more purse-friendly £35 when you spend £35 on clothing and home.

Available to buy in store.

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Feelunique 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar, £35

Doors: 12

What’s inside? Containing £90 worth of product from brands such as NYX and Elizabeth Arden, this glittered door pick is well worth clicking on while browsing the e-tailer’s well-stocked virtual shelves.

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Soap & Glory Calendar Girls Advent Calendar, £40

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A countdown of the brand’s most popular skin and makeup products. From Hand Food to Heel Genius and Crazy Sexy Kohl eyeliners, it covers a range of beauty bases. Considering how popular their Christmas gift kits are, we predict that this will fly off the shelves too.

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QVC TILI Advent Calendar, £40

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A broad selection of beauty products from Pixi, Nails Inc, Becca, Tarte, Liz Earle, Caudalie and more. The hugely popular TV shop’s first TILI Christmas countdown, it’s a stirling debut.

Available from qvcuk.com  from the 23rd of October

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No7 Ultimate Beauty Advent Calendar, £40

Doors: 25

What’s inside? With a stellar reputation for its hugely successful skincare products, Protect & Perfect fans won’t be left disappointed thanks to the mini tubes of Intense Advanced Serum, Eye Cream, Night Cream, Day Cream and Lip Care included. Special shout outs too to the tweezers, mascara and liquid eyeliner featured too.

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L’Occitane Classic Advent Calendar, £49

Doors: 24

What’s inside? From shower gels to soaps, this calendar’s brimming with plenty of travel-friendly beauty treasures. We’ve got our eye on the hand creams in particular for our handbags...

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Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar, £50

Doors: 25

What’s inside? An eye-catching amount of colour for your cash. Featuring three baked highlighters, a bronzer, a liquid highlighter, two strobe balms, full size exclusive Revoholic Eyeshadow palette and more, it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

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NYX Lippie Countdown, £50

Doors: 24

What’s inside? 24 matte, cream and liquid bullets and glosses to provide all you need to get your lip colour creative juices flowing. The perfect partners for your party clutch bag of choice if you ask us.

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Zoella Lifestyle 12 Days of Christmas Calendar, £50 (now £25)

Doors: 12

What's inside? OK so this isn't strictly beauty, but it is Zoella, who has taken the lifestyle route for her first advent calendar. Inside you'll find 12 pretty festive treats: a bauble, confetti, a purse, a Christmas clementine candle, two cookie cutters, a jotter pad, key ring, a pen, Christmas clementine room spray, stickers and a votive in the collection's pine green and rose gold tones. Following criticism of its cost, Boots has now halved its price from £50 to £25 - a change which will be welcome by the video blogger's younger fans (and their parents too).

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Ciate London Mini Mani Month, £50

Doors: 24

What’s inside? An array of mani and pedi must-haves from bold to nude, glitter to shimmer. Marking its fifth anniversary this year, the latest addition to the hugely popular dynasty again has its finger on the pulse of nail wear’s most fashion forward colours.

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ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar, £55

Doors: 25

What’s inside? From Alpha-H to St Tropez, Zoeva to Pureology, there’s something for everyone here. Featuring makeup brushes and face masks in its far-reaching line-up, it provides a great amount of product for your pennies.

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You Beauty Advent Calendar, £60

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A carefully curated collection of skin, hair and makeup products from the team at You Beauty. Expect to find the likes of Moroccanoil, This Works, REN and Oribe behind its doors plus, there are also some useful brand discount codes in the accompanying booklet to come to the aid of dwindling bank balances come January.

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Atelier Cologne Advent Calendar, £60

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A selection of perfume travel sprays, dabbers and soaps from the master perfumer house that’s certain to appeal to the fragrance aficionados among us. If you’re searching for a new signature scent, this might just be the most entertaining way to do so.

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Decleor Hello December Surprise Me! Advent Calendar, £65

Doors: 24

What’s inside? Last year, Decleor sold one of its highly sought-after advent calendars every 8 seconds and its 2017 version looks likely to follow in its successful footsteps. Containing 24 of the brand’s renowned skincare heroes from its bestselling ranges, it also gives you three full-sized products en route to Christmas Day too.

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Liz Earle The 12 Days of Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar, £66

Doors: 12

What’s inside? From the cult Cleanse & Polish to pure cotton cloths and Superskin Moisturiser, this kit contains all the tools needed for radiant skin ready for the challenges of party season - a hard-working selection of skin saviours primed to help your skin battle festive fatigue.

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bareMinerals Box of Wonders, £75

Doors: 23

What’s inside? A range of the brand’s most well-known complexion products. From its Original Mineral Veil Finishing Powder to four shades of its Marvelous Moxie lip glosses and lipsticks and more, it’s perfect for those looking to step outside their beauty comfort zones. It also contains a pen and notepad - ideal if you have a penchant for new stationery too.

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Lookfantastic Beauty in Wonderland Advent Calendar, £79

Doors: 25

What’s inside? Opening up to reveal a beautiful jewellery box design, this ‘beauty wonderland’ themed Advent calendar provides great value for money due to it being worth over £300. If last year’s was anything to go by, it’ll no doubt be just as popular - they’ve doubled their stock this year in preparation for the demand.

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Clarins 12 Day Christmas Calendar, £95

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A mixture of past and future Clarins classics. From soothing skincare to subtle makeup touches ideal for New Year’s Eve, inclusions such as the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and Instant Eye Make-up Remover cover pre and post-party needs amply.

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The Body Shop 25 Days of Game-Changing Advent-ure Ultimate Advent Calendar, £99

Doors: 25

What’s inside? £212’s worth of skincare and makeup goodies. From the brand’s Vitamin E Day and Night Creams to its Japanese Matcha Tea Pollution Clearing Mask and Matte Liquid Lip line, the calendar can also be turned into a trivia quiz to play on Christmas Day (there’s even a wooden die included too).

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ESPA Advent Calendar, £100

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A bounty of re-balancing beauty picks that’ll be welcome after a hectic day spent Christmas gift shopping. Featuring a 15ml Fitness Body Oil, Smooth & Firm Body Butter, Energising Body Oil, Pink Hair and Scalp Mud in its countdown, it’s certain to instil some much needed calm amidst the chaos.

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Kiehl’s Since 1851 x Kate Moross Advent Calendar, £110

Doors: 24

What’s inside? Two full size and 22 deluxe size skincare products including Midnight Recovery Concentrate, Creme de Corps and Facial Fuel Moisturizer. Designed by award-winning illustrator Kate Moross, it’s as unique on the outside, as it is on the inside - one that both men and women will enjoy.

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Selfridges 24 Day Beauty Advent Calendar, £120

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A rather glorious selection of high end beauty products from L’Oreal’s portfolio of Luxe brands. We’ve already got our eye on the 15ml Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, 30ml Lancome Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover and 7ml Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb Eau de Parfum.

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Estee Lauder The Beauty Countdown, £125

Doors: 25

What’s inside? In terms of the brands included, this pick really is something special to behold. Featuring 25 drawers filled with some of the biggest products from Estee Lauder, Clinique, Origins, MAC, Bobbi Brown, Aveda, Bumble and bumble, Darphin, Smashbox, GlamGlow and Michael Kors, it spans the worlds of skincare, makeup and hair care incredibly well indeed.

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John Lewis Beauty Advent Calendar, £149

Doors: 25

What’s inside: 25 full and sample size skincare, makeup and fragrance picks. Bringing its beauty hall to your home, minis that have caught our eye include a NARS Orgasm Blush, Clinique Chubby Stick and a This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray as well as a Laura Mercier Radiance Primer and Bobbi Brown Smokey Mascara.

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Charlotte Tilbury Naughty and Nice Magic Box, £150

Doors: 12

What’s inside? 12 of Charlotte’s best-selling makeup masterpieces, enclosed in a calendar that transforms into a jewellery case once all of the gifts are opened. Treats include a Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in Mesmerising Mink, Matte Revolution Lipstick in Walk of Shame, a mini Full Fat Lashes Mascara and Mini Magic Cream amongst others - a guaranteed sellout.

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Elemis Countdown to Radiant Skin Advent Calendar, £150

Doors: 24

What’s inside? 24 Elemis skincare heroes and award-winners worth a hefty £319. The final gift, a full size (50ml) Pro-Collagen Marine Cream is particularly noteworthy, as well as other glow boosters such as the 50ml Smart Cleanse Micellar Water and 20g Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm included too.

Available exclusively to elemis.com  from the 23rd of October.

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Fenwick of Bond Street Luxury Beauty Advent Calendar, £150

Doors: 24

What’s inside? An bountiful supply of full-size, deluxe and mini products from some of our favourite brands. Our top picks include a 30ml Aurelia Miracle Cleanser & Muslin Cloth, a full size Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge in Powder Pink and a deluxe mini Lancôme Hypnôse Mascara - all enclosed in a colourful box designed by renowned illustrator Clym Evernden.

Available now in Fenwick stores nationwide.

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Liberty Beauty Advent Calendar 2017, £175

Doors: 25

What’s inside? Over £500’s worth of beauty products from some of the most luxurious brands around. With 10 sample size products and 15 full size products featured from brands such as Byredo, Diptyque and Le Labo as well as a 75ml Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream added to its impressive booty, it’s the stuff of yuletide dreams.

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Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar, £250

Doors: 25

What’s inside? A range of cult beauty classics including a mini deluxe NARS Laguna bronzer (a personal favourite), a By Terry Hyaluronic Sheer Rouge Lipstick and a Laura Mercier Au Naturel Caviar Stick. The luxury department store’s very first Beauty Advent Calendar, its haul totals an impressive £595.

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Molton Brown Cabinet of Scented Luxuries Advent Calendar, £256

Doors: 24

What’s inside? A beautifully scented assortment of the brand’s iconic fragrances to cater for bed, bath and beyond. Housed in a silver foiled trimmed box and presented in bottles, baubles and more, each morning will feel like Christmas has come early.

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Jo Malone Crazy Colourful Christmas Advent Calendar, £300

Doors: 24

What’s inside? The ultimate bounty of Jo Malone London favourites ranging from candles to colognes to body creams. The brightly coloured drawers are a gift in themselves, certain to keep the rest of your beauty products well organised from Christmas to the New Year.

Available exclusively to Harrods  from October 2017. Available nationwide from November 2017.

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Diptyque Advent Calendar, £300

Doors: 25

What’s inside? A full Christmas countdown of some of the brand’s most covetable personal and home fragrances. A striking celestially-designed treasure trove, it left us pretty starry-eyed when we first glimpsed it at its launch.

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