Move aside, chocolate treats, you've been replaced! When it comes to advent calendars in 2019, it's all about luxurious lotions and luscious lippies - and thankfully, there are more brands than ever bringing us superb beauty advent calendars for the festive season.
And they're PACKED with value!
Beauty advent calendars have been around for a few years now, and they continue to grow in popularity. Some calendars have even achieved a cult-like status — think Jo Malone, ASOS and The Body Shop — and some are known to sell out on pre-orders alone.
All of the big-brand beauty advent calendars are hot property, so if you don't want to miss your favourite brand's calendar for 2019, keep this guide handy and get ready to pounce!
ASOS Face + Body Advent Calendar 2019
The annual ASOS beauty advent calendar is always popular, and the 2019 Face + Body instalment is arguably the best yet. There are 25 pieces included this year, with a focus on skincare, haircare and cosmetics. Among the offerings is a full-sized The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid, and a Clinique All About Eyes in 15ml.
- ASOS $140 free shipping
MECCA Beauty Within Advent Calendar 2019
Finally, the MECCA MAX Advent Calendar for 2019 is here, and for fans of MECCA cosmetics, this is not just the ideal pack to count down to Christmas, but it's also sensational value at just $60. You get 12 mini items, all classics, and they include blush, bronzer, highlighter, lip gloss, lip stain, eye pencils and more. Every single item is 100 per cent vegan.
- MECCA $60
Molton Brown Advent Calendar 2019
The Molton Brown Advent Calendar 2019 is all about luxury. It contains 24 individually gift-wrapped products that smell and feel beautiful. Expect to see hand lotions, oils, treatments, shampoo, shower gel and loads more decadence in this incredibly packaged calendar. There's even a festive bauble included!
- David Jones $399
MAC Advent Calendar 2019
There are a lot of beautifully presented advent calendars this year, but we have to say, MAC has knocked it out of the park on the packaging front. Shaped like a giant purple star, the 2019 MAC 'Stars for Days'Advent Calendar / Starring You' includes 24 triangular gift boxes, each one containing a MAC favourite. Among the goodies are six lipsticks, and five eyeshadows - and those alone are reason enough to make a dive for this one!
- MAC Australia $360
Balmain Paris Hair Couture Calendar 2019
In all silver, and inspired by the Fall-Winter 2019 fashion event, this year's Balmain Paris Gift Calendar is every beauty fan's dream - especially if it's hair products that you go weak at the knees for. In this top-end countdown, you get a mix of mini and full Hair Couture favourites, including a session towel, revitalising mask and silver pocket comb.
- Adore Beauty $300
Lancôme Advent Calendar 2019
The 2019 Lancôme advent calendar not only looks spectacular in a tie-up mauve box, but it's filled with some of the most coveted cosmetic on the planet. There are 24 different products included and each comes in its own house-shaped box. Some of the beauties in this one include a hydrating face toner, volumising mascara (which you can never have too much of), a dark matte-red lippy, and even a miniature perfume bottle to use for the holidays.
- Lancôme Australia $250
Amazon Beauty Advent Calendar 2019
For the first time ever, Amazon has released its very own beauty advent calendar, and at just $120 worth over $400 worth of goodies inside, it's exceptionally good value. It includes 24 products to enjoy in the lead up to Christmas, and all products have been chosen from some of the top international brands in skincare and cosmetics. This calendar releases on 4th November.
- Amazon Australia $120 free shipping
YSL Beauty Advent Calendar 2019
Making up a part of the 'High On Stars' collection, the YSL Beauty Advent Calendar for 2019 is the perfect way to treat yourself to some designer luxury every single day in the lead up to Christmas. The set contains two bestsellers (and yes, that means the cult-fave Touché Éclat is involved), 21 miniature items, and there's also one exclusive YSL accessory. In hot-pink, gold and black, this calendar is as stunning as it is luxurious.
24 Days of Clinique Advent Calendar 2019
t just $175, and worth over $350, this Christmas countdown is a must-have for any Clinique fan. There are 24 goodies includes, and you can expect to see loads of favourites in the mix: Clinique Pop Splash Lip Colour, Clinique Deep Comfort Cuticle Cream, Liquid Facial Soap, Clinique All About Eyes - and loads more!
- Clinique Australia $175
The Body Shop Advent Calendars 2019
The Body Shop Advent Calendars continue to get bigger and better every year, and if you are a huge fan of the Body Shop's range, you're going to love the value packed into these. There are three to choose from this year, all inspired by the achievements of amazing women who dared to dream big and create history. The range includes: Dream Big This Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar (purple) $100, Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar (red) $150, and Dream Big This Christmas Ultimate Advent Calendar (green) $250.
- The Body Shop $100 - $250
Sephora Frosted Party Advent Calendar 2019
Sephora fans will want to make a beeline for this one right away, because it is sure to sell out well ahead of December 1st. This calendar is filled with 24 makeup, bath and skincare goodies - and all of them are Sephora brands. Expect to see lip stains, lip pencils, bath fizzers, shower jelly, face masks - even a pocket mirror and penguin brooch! This is a fabulous gift idea for that Sephora-mad friend in your life (we've all got one!).
- Sephora $80
L'OCCITANE Classic Beauty Advent Calendar 2019
Every year L'OCCITANE spoils fans with value-packed advent calendars, and the 2019 Classic Beauty Advent Calendar is no exception. Designed like a book, this countdown illustrates a number of stories pertaining to the almond tree, and if you follow L'OCCITANE closely you'll know that the company is responsible for helping to reintroduce almond trees to Provence in the early 2000s. The calendar contains lip balm, body cream, shower cream, gel cleanser and so much more goodness.
L'OCCITANE Premium Advent Calendar 2019
The L'OCCITANE Premium Advent Calendar for 2019 includes 24 of the brand's bestselling products in travel form, so they are perfectly sized for your summer getaway. In stunning royal-blue packaging, and with individual drawers for each item, you can expect to discover the likes of body lotion, hand cream, foot cream, shower oil, cleansing gel among loads of other favourites in this one.
- L'OCCITANE $199
Clarins Advent Calendar 2019
The Clarins Advent Calendar for 2019 is a 12-day countdown packed with luxurious skincare that will have you feeling beautifully pampered in the lead up to Christmas. The set contains lip oil, an eye mask, concealer, makeup remover, day cream and loads more fabulous goodies.
Natio X19 12 DAYS Cosmetics Advent Calender
The 2010 Natio Advent Calendar is a 12-day countdown packed with stunning cosmetics that will see you through the year ahead - and beyond. The set comes beautofully packaged in deep pink and purple tones, and each item is individually boxed - so as opposed to opening a window, you actually get to open up a numbered gift every morning. The contents includes nail polish, lip pencils, blush, lipstick in Naturally Nude, lip balms, hand cream and more.
- David Jones $79.95
Revolution Beauty NYE Countdown 2019
While this calendar technically counts down to the new year, it definitely deserves a mention here because it's fun, festive and sensational value. This calendar includes just seven items, but these are items you are going to be use non stop throughout summer and beyond. Expect to see a highlighting palette, eyeshadow palette, liquid eyeliner, lip liner, liquid liner, liquid lipstick and lip gloss.
- Priceline $35
Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar 2019
As always, the Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar is superb value at £50 (approximately $90), and it includes 25 delicious treats that will have you looking and feeling fabulous in the lead up to Christmas. Stand-outs include one Reloaded Palette, four Mini Makeup Brushes, two lipsticks and a Mini Eye Palette. Revolution Beauty if famous for its incredible palettes, and you've got some of the best of them in this calendar.
- ASOS $60
Jo Malone Advent Calendar 2019
The Jo Malone Advent Calendar is one of the most coveted beauty advent calendars on the planet, and once you see what's in it, you'll totally understand why. Inside the exquisite London Townhouse packaging are 24 Jo Malone classics including colognes, candles, bath oil, and lotions.
- David Jones $640
Kiehl's X19 Advent Calendar
The 2019 Kiehl's Advent Calendar is packed with bestselling Kiehl's formulas: serums, cleansers, moisturisers and loads more. There are 23 unique products to enjoy as your countdown to Christmas, and it all comes packaged in a beautifully illustrated box that depicts imagery of Mr. Bones making his way home to the Kiehl's Apothecary in New York.
Harrods Beauty Advent Calendar 2019
The Harrods Advent Calendar is considered by many to be the holy grail of beauty-themed Christmas countdowns, and when you see the calibre of products in it (selected by Harrod's own Head of Beauty), you'll totally understand why. Items like the Huda Beauty Demi Matte Mogul Lipstick to the 111Skin Celestial Black Diamond Eye Mask join many others to make up 25 stunning gifts to add to your beauty kit.
- Harrods $395.39 (with shipping to Australia)
Disney Minnie Mouse Advent Calendar 2019
If it's Disney you love, this official Minnie Mouse Advent Calendar is just the ticket. It's a bargain at just $28, and it includes 12 days of bath and body treats to enjoy. Expect to see some bath fizzers, body wash and lip balms among other goodies.
- ASOS $28
Look Fantastic Advent Calendar 2019
For a premium beauty advent calendar packed with leading brands, this one is hard to top for value. It is fulled with goodies from the likes of Elemis, Morphe and Molton Brown, and is valued at over £420 (that's around $760!), but you can get your hands on it for just $145. This one is pure luxury and an exceptional gift for that special person in need of some pampering this Christmas.
- Look Fantastic $145
ASOS Grooming Advent Calendar for Men
Why should the ladies get all the pampering, right? ASOS is famous for its men's Grooming Advent Calendar for the simple fact that it's great value and it includes fabulous products. Like last year, there are 12 gifts included, and with the likes of face masks, beard oil and even a full-sized bottle of The Ordinary's famous Hyaluronic Acid included, the fellas will love it.
- ASOS $70
Beauty Advent Calendar FAQs
What are the most popular beauty advent calendars in Australia?
When it comes to beauty, everyone has their favourites depending on a number of factors: skin tone, skin sensitivity and preferences for certain scents. Considering this, there are naturally more than a few bestsellers when it comes to beauty advent calendars in Australia.
The Jo Malone Advent Calendar is always incredibly popular (despite the price tag) and it never fails to absolutely floor fans with the goodies included and the exquisite design. Just know that this one will sell out early, year on year.
Another favourite in Australia is the Sephora Collection advent calendar, which always looks incredible, and comprising loads of bestselling beauty products, it offers superb value.
Watch this space, we'll keep you in the loop of the hottest calendars for 2019 as more arrive on the scene.
What should I look for in a beauty advent calendar?
One word: Value!
It's natural to gravitate toward your favourite brands when it comes to beauty advent calendars (with a few distractions along the way!), and what you should be looking for is a situation where the contents is worth more than the price of the calendar.
If the calendar is worth a lot more than the price tag, grab it! You can re-stock your beauty inventory for a bargain.
Which is the best value beauty advent calendar?
Our favourite calendar for value has to be the stunning L'Occitane Advent Calendars. Packed with signature favourites, any loyal fan should scoop them up STAT! This year's calendar is $99 and includes 24 beautiful surprises.
What is the cheapest beauty advent calendar?
For advent calendars that don't break the bank, keep your eyes peeled for 12-day calendars, like the Disney varieties.
Last year ASOS had a cracking 12-day advent calendar for less than $30! Watch this space, we'll let you know the cheapest options as more are released.
Which advent calendars make the best gifts?
Any of them! They're all so gift-worthy!
But if we truly had to choose, there are a few that are extra special when it comes to a pre-Christmas gift, and it comes down to a combination of aesthetics and the products they contain.
Everyone loves to receive something pretty, and The Body Shop Advent Calendars are absolutely that. This year the theme is 'Dream Big,' which is inspired by amazing women in history, and trust us when we say, these countdowns are irresistible. They're filled with cosmetics, fragrances and skincare, and mostly signature items that everyone loves. (Plus, there's the reassurance of knowing that The Body Shop products are never tested on animals, and we all love The Body Shop's stance on such matters.)
Equally gift-worthy is the Revolution Beauty calendar. This makeup brand has achieved worldwide cult status for delivering affordable cosmetics of high quality and in a veritable rainbow of shades that knock it out of the park. That said, the Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar for 2019 will positively thrill any makeup fan, and at less than $100, it's ahh-mazing value.
Do you have a favourite beauty advent calendar? What have you got your eye on this year? Leave us a comment!