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28 best beauty Advent calendars for makeup and skin care enthusiasts

We found everything from "Friends" themed Advent calendars to some packed with luxury beauty products.
Kara Birnbaum / TODAY

As hard as it is to believe, the countdown to the holidays has officially begun! What better way is there to prepare for the excitement than with a beauty Advent calendar? Not only can it be a fun pick-me-up at the start of each day, but you'll actually be able to use the little pre-holiday gift that's inside.

There are tons of options to choose from, ranging between product type and price, so we put together a compilation of quality (and several luxe!) beauty Advent calendars from retailers like Sephora, Asos, Amazon and more that we're excited about ahead of the holiday season.

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Best beauty Advent calendars under $25

EcoTools 12 Days of Bliss Advent Calendar

Need to revamp your beauty tool collection? This budget-friendly 13-piece set includes everything — from blending brushes to a makeup removing cloth — that you can unbox as the holiday approaches. The brand recommends replacing the tools every 12 months, so if you stock up, you can look forward to a new set next year, too.

12 Days of ChapStick Holiday Advent Calendar

"Never underestimate the joy of a new ChapStick at any age," a verified Amazon reviewer said about the delight last year's ChapStick Advent calendar brought to their family. Judging by the dozen festive flavors rolling out in this iteration, we think the same sentiment holds true for many this year, too.

Ulta 6 Days of Bath Fizzers

The holidays perfectly coincide with the beginning of peak cozy season, and what's more comforting than a warm, aromatic bath? This affordable collection from Ulta features several cute fizzers nodding to the festive stretch like sugar cookie and glistening snow.

Skin care Advent calendars

"Friends" Central Perk 12 Days Of Bath + Body Advent Calendar

Calling all "Friends" fanatics! What's better than a cup of joe from Central Perk? How about a dozen days of bath and body products inspired by our favorite show!

Barber Pro Men's Skin Care Essentials Advent Calendar

Because men need some pampering, too! Whether they're fully committed to a skin care routine or have no idea what the difference between a moisturizer and night cream, this 12-day calendar filled with various facial masks will get them thinking about prioritizing their routine.

Clarins 12-Day Advent Calendar

Renowned for their responsible sourcing and robust ingredient herbarium, Clarins's Advent calendar is a popular choice for eco-conscious beauty mavens. This year's release features a dozen of the brand's beloved products, from their nourishing lip oil to multitasking balm. Want the full 24-day experience? Consider the splurgier option with $354 worth of products inside.

L'Occitane Cultivators of Love Advent Calendar

Pamper yourself with 24 days of luxury bath and body products from French beauty brand L'Occitane. Packed with travel-sized versions of bestsellers like its Almond Milk Concentrate and signature hand creams, this is the winter skin care fix you deserve.

Korres Spread Joy Advent Calendar

Working closely with micro-farmers based in the best cultivation areas in Greece, Korres prides themselves on bringing long-standing tradition and natural ingredients to the masses. Their 24-day Advent — what the brand describes as "tradition meets geometry and the outcome is a dynamic artwork connecting two worlds" — is the ideal introduction to their rich line of skin and body care products. Note: This option is currently sold out, but you can sign up for notifications when they restock.

The Body Shop The Advent of Change Calendar

"[It's an] excellent way to try different things," one 40-something reviewer said about this Advent calendar filled with "handy for travel" skin care essentials that'll leave you pampered well beyond Christmas. Aside from plenty of sheet masks, shower gels and hand balms for at-home spa nights, the pop-up calendar also includes a full-sized version of the brand's avocado body butter.

The Ritual of Advent 3D Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar from Ritual doubles as beautiful decor and a fun daily treat. Once your tree is popped open and ornament presents are hung, complete the look with the included string lights to give it that final bit of holiday sparkle.

Peter Thomas Roth Clinical Skin Care Advent Calendar

You've probably seen Peter Thomas Roth's Instant FIRMx Eye Tightener pop up on your FYP if you've been on beauty TikTok over the last year. If you're curious about how effective the cult favorite product is, you can sample it in the brand's 12-day countdown along with several other customer faves in travel and full sizes.

Beekman 1802 Decadent Advent Calendar

Fancy a slice of Advent calendar? Feast your eyes on Beekman 1802's mouth-watering countdown, designed like a proper three-tiered dessert, cake topper and all. Instead of desserts waiting inside each day, you'll find all kinds of goat milk-tinged skin care staples like whipped body cream, lip balms, cuticle serums and soaps.

Makeup Advent calendars

NYX Professional Makeup 12 Days of Kissmas Lip Set

Lipstick lovers will be puckering up at the thought of getting this 12-day countdown decked out in tropical flamingos and filled with some of NYX Professional Makeup's top-selling lip products. All you'll need is somebody to canoodle with underneath the mistletoe!

Revolution Beauty 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar

Whether they're a soft glam girlie or aim to make a dramatic entrance at their next holiday soiree, Revolution Beauty's Advent calendar is sure to prep them for whatever makeup look they'd like to achieve. Included are a wide range of eye, lip and brow essentials along with makeup brushes and tools to nail the finer details. If they prefer a glitzier look, the brand has also curated a 12-day Ultimate Glamour calendar.

bareMinerals 12 Days of Joy Advent Calendar

This vegan and cruelty-free calendar contains a dozen of bareMinerals' top products including a loose setting powder and volumizing mascara, and comes in winter wonderland-esque packaging.

Bobbi Brown 12 Days of Glow Advent Calendar

Bobbi Brown revolutionized the beauty industry and now they've reimagined the potential of the quintessential beauty Advent calendar. The brand's 12-day countdown includes several travel- and full-sized versions of their timeless staples, including highlighting powder, cream eye shadows, smoky mascara and the perfect red lipstick.

Nail polish Advent calendars

Ciaté London Mini Mani Month

Boost your nail collection with 24 days of new polishes. There are 23 minis and one full-size in this calendar that also features a removable keepsake that you can hold on to long after you finally open the last day.

Claire’s Polished 24 Days of Nails Advent Calendar

The teen or tween in your life who’s obsessed with nails will love this Claire’s Advent calendar filled with goodies for them to create the perfect mani for every occasion.

Olive & June Christmas Calendar

Want to nail a stunning manicure at home before all of your upcoming holiday shindigs? Olive & June filled their 25-day Advent calendar with all the essentials you'll need to get the job done effectively, from six mini polishes in celebratory hues to hand care products like cuticle serum, an overnight treatment and nail strengthener.

Le Mini Macaron 12 Days of Nails Advent Calendar

With the holidays come a very packed social calendar for most. Ensure your claws are soiree-ready with this holiday-themed collection of nail polishes, plus a couple of grooming tools to keep your paws in check.

OPI Terribly Nice Advent Calendar

Whether you've been naughty or "terribly nice" this year, Santa thinks you deserve several new nail polishes leading up to Christmas. Inside OPI's Advent spread are nearly two dozen iconic and seasonal nail lacquers, plus two necessities every mani fan needs (a RapiDry Top Coat and Start to Finish 3-in-1 Treatment).

Unique beauty Advent calendars

Sephora Collection After Advent Calendar

Who says the Advent fun has to end on Dec. 24? Sephora Collection believes in counting down for the entire month, so this seven-day extension (filled with 11 full-sized surprises!) will take your favorite beauty lover all the way to New Year's Eve.

Macy's 12 Days of Scent for Her

Choosing your signature fragrance can be pretty costly, but Macy's made this task a little bit easier with their 12 Days of Scent, which features notable perfume samples from luxury brands like Prada, Givenchy, Burberry and more.

The 2023 George & Viv Beauty Advent Calendar

Several Anthropologie shoppers have called this beauty Advent their "favorite." Judging by the lineup of premium products it features — including picks from buzzy brands like LanoLips, Tan Luxe, Sunday Riley and much more — we totally get the hype.

Huda Beauty House of Beauty 12-Door Advent Calendar

This Advent calendar from Huda Beauty has something for every step of your beauty routine, from a whipped honey peptide moisturizer to mascaras, eyeliners and an eye shadow palette.

Charlotte Tilbury's Lucky Chest of Beauty Secrets

Chances are Charlotte Tilbury shoppers will have a hard time resisting opening every compartment of this beautiful 12-drawer chest all at once. Beyond featuring several "darling" bestsellers, the collection also features plenty for those with sensitive skin.

Molton Brown Advent Calendar

Tucked away in this regal Advent calendar — described as "a modern twist on a classic British Christmas cake" — are two dozen of Molton Brown's signature fragrances, oils, hair treatments and other kinds of luxe trinkets.

Space NK Beauty Advent Calendar

The temptation to open every single compartment of Space NK's Advent calendar is so real, at least when it comes to the reviewers raving about previous iterations. This year's lineup includes hype-worthy finds from trendy brands like Naturium, JVN, Rare Beauty and Summer Fridays, so we understand how hard it'll be to resist waiting until Dec. 1 to start unveiling what's inside.