5 Best Beauty Advent Calendars In 2018
I find the business of beauty calendars endlessly fascinating. It seems like this niche industry has grown so much over the years and people are loving it. They’re loving it so much in fact that I was having a hard time finding beauty calendars to review for this list that WEREN’T sold out! Isn’t that crazy?
I started my quest to find the best beauty advent calendars straight after Halloween, and to my surprise most of the exceptionally good calendars were already snatched up – this was during the first week of November! And these calendars that I saw were not even your typical $50 dollar beauty calendars.
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In fact, the most extravagant calendar that I remember seeing was Jo Malone’s annual Christmas calendar that sells for a whopping $450 dollars – and yes, this was sold out in the UK when I last checked. (However, it’s on sale still on the Neiman Marcus website, so if you’re after one, grab yourself one now!)
So, moral of the story? It might be a little too late to buy the most sought after beauty advent calendars because they sold out in an instant. However, there are plenty of amazing beauty calendars that are still left on the market – although you might need to hurry to get your hands on one to get it in time for December!
Below, I’ve compiled a list of my top 5 beauty advent calendar finds for this year to help you find one that is the right one for you.
There are so many calendars out there that just aren’t worth the hype and simply provide you with sample sized makeup, which is totally uncool. If you want to really get your money’s worth when it comes to beauty this season, check out these bad boys below.
What You’re Getting: $300 worth of products including cult favorites from NARS, Huda Beauty, Bare Minerals, NIP + Fab and Real Techniques. See the full list here.
Why It’s Awesome: You are getting three times the value of the what you’re paying for AND getting products from an array of incredible brands – need I say more?! You’ll be getting both skincare products as well as cosmetics. Most of the products are standard sized, but there are also some huge ones, like eyeshadow palettes and a yankee candle. Travel sized products are also included.
Best For: Anyone who wants to try new makeup products from luxury brands for a discount price.
Cons: UK & US advent calendars have slightly different products inside them. The products reported here are for the UK calendar – check US products from the website before buying.
See More Information About The Glossybox Calendar Here
What You’re Getting: $302 worth of MAC’s customer favourites, including “Ruby Woo” and “Velvet Teddy” lipsticks, as well as their famous Fix Plu, Strobe Cream, and other products from the Prep + Prime range.
Why It’s Awesome: You’re getting all the cult favourites for half the price AND you can enjoy getting to know MAC’s other products. The theme of this calendar is kaleidoscopic and the description reads: “Reality is overrated. Take a technicolour trip with an all-new shiny, pretty, kaleidoscopic collection. ” You’ll be sure to find lots of amazing products to play with. This WILL sell out.
Best For: Women who love everything MAC. This is a great way to buy the MAC cult products for cheaper, and get to know other MAC products in the process.
Cons: It’s unclear if this calendar will be available only in the UK, or if it’s coming to the US. Keep an eye out over November on the MAC Cosmetics website for more information!
See More Information About The MAC Pretty Shiny Things Calendar Here
What You’re Getting: $215 worth of Ciate London nail polishes in different colors, different finishes and different textures (20 mini nails polishes, one full nail polish, one mini treatment, one mini top coat and seasonal nail transfers to compliment your manicure.)
Why It’s Awesome: You’re getting almost 4 times more items than what you’re paying for! Also, Ciate nail polishes are excellent quality and chip proof. The brushes on these polishes are huge like with OPI nail varnishes, which makes application super simple. All the fun colors in this set are very pigmented, and there are various different finishes to compliment any mood that you might be in: nude polishes for the classy and sophisticated ones, metallics for the adventurous ones, sparkly polishes for the girly type and bold colors for the bubbly ones.
Best For: Any girl who does their nails at home and wants to stock up on nails polishes for the upcoming year.
Cons: If you don’t like switching up your nail polish color, this isn’t the beauty calendar for you!
See More Information About The Ciate London Calendar Here
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What You’re Getting: $126 worth of products: 2 full size lip products (Beauty Flash Balm & Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rose Shimmer), and 10 travel size Clairins skincare and beauty favourites, including the SOS Hydra Refreshing Hydration Mask, Gentle Refiner Exfoliating Cream with Natural Microbeads and Toning Lotion with Camomile – Normal to Dry Skin.
Why It’s Awesome: You’ll get to try 12 cult favourite products for the small price of $5 per product – how insane is that? Clairins is especially known for its soothing and calming skincare, so if you suffer from rough and dry skin during the winter, this one’s for you.
Best For: Skincare enthusiast, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Cons: Most of the products are travel size – great for the gym but not so great overall, as they won’t last long.
(BEST OF DRUGSTORE CALENDARS!)
What You’re Getting: $110 worth of NYX products, including 14 mid-size lip colors, 6 eyeshadow powders, 3 highlighters and 1 blush.
Why It’s Awesome: This calendar is perfect for those who don’t want to spend silly amounts of money on an advent calendar, but still want to get a good deal out of one. You’ll get a ton of different lip shades, ranging from mattes to metallics, velvets and glossy finishes. The incredible thing about these is that they are suitable for all skin tones – so don’t shy away if you feel like advent calendars don’t normally compliment your complexion!
Best For: Beauty budgeters. This calendar is the best drugstore beauty advent calendar out this year!
Cons: NYX have included a couple of “crazy colors” like the blue and black lip shades, which I personally will never be using. If you’re like me, this may seem like a bit of a waste.