11 Beauty Advent Calendars We Love for 2023

From merry makeup minis to sweet skincare surprises.

Nothing says “treat yourself” like having a beauty advent calendar to unwrap as the holidays unfold. Day after day, unboxing sweet surprises and little luxuries bring back nostalgic feelings of seasonal joy and cheer.

This year, we’ll be counting down to the holidays with beauty-filled calendars inclusive of travel-sized, sought-after beauty buys. From soirée-worthy red lipsticks to winter-proof body creams and lip balms, they’ve got everything we need to make this holiday season a very merry one, indeed.

Our favourite beauty advent calendars for 2023

Best overall

Yves Rocher Deluxe Advent Calendar

Unbox 24 days worth of skincare, body care, makeup, and perfume. Our best overall beauty advent calendar pick by Yves Rocher is a nearly-magical experience. Evocative of starlit December nights, this deluxe calendar packs a celestial punch because you deserve it.

Skincare saviours like the Soothing Foam Mask with Organic Chamomile will carry us through the dryness of winter. The Satin Rouge Lip Elixir will deliver holiday-party-worthy colour payoff. The Juicy Berries Shower Gel will get us into the holiday spirit. And there are 21 more surprises to discover.

Spoiler alert: we know you’ll love them all.

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Best makeup

M.A.C Cosmetics Frosty Frenzy Advent Calendar

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M.A.C Cosmetics has never failed us—and it won’t start now. Unwrap this 24-piece Frosty Frenzy Advent Calendar filled with must-have minis and full-size surprises. Curated to help you paint your merriest makeup looks yet, this calendar is filled with festively shaded staples that’ll cover your entire glam routine.

Choose from the brick red “Devoted to Chili,” Powder Kiss Liquid lipstick to a glittery Colour Excess Gel Pencil Eye Liner in “Sterling Shiver.” Cover all your holiday bases in one.

We all know that a makeup look is only as good as its skincare base, which is why we love that this Advent calendar also includes a Hyper Real Skincanvas Balm moisturizer and a Hyper Real Serumizer.

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Best skincare

The Body Shop 25-Piece Holiday Beauty Deluxe Advent Calendar

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Because “skincare” concerns more than just the skin on our face, we’re voting The Body Shop’s all-inclusive 25-piece Holiday Beauty Deluxe Advent calendar as our top pick for the skincare category. Whether you need a face mask, a hand cream, or a shower gel, this calendar comes stocked with everything a beauty lover could ask for.

Drawing from some of the brand’s most popular ranges like Almond Milk, Coconut, and Shea Butter, each pocket stores products packed with nature-inspired ingredients that your skin will adore.

Bestsellers like the Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter and the Tea Tree Shampoo make appearances, so you’ll be simultaneously stocking up on the classics as you test out new offerings.

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Best budget

Lip Smacker Holiday 12-pc Advent Calendar

Who said advent calendars must be expensive? Not us, because we think this yesteryear-driven advent calendar is a must-have! Tap deeper into those feelings of childhood nostalgia with this budget-friendly Hello Kitty-themed calendar.

Lip Smacker’s 12 Days of Beauty Advent calendar includes four classic tube lip balms, four potted lip balms, plus two adorable rings and two scrunchies. It’ll make the perfect advent calendar for teens for the little one in your life, because lip balm is universal.

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Best value for luxury

Hudson’s Bay Exclusive Holiday Beauty Calendar

Now in its third consecutive year, Hudson’s Bay’s beloved beauty advent calendar is back — and better than ever. The 2023 edition is stacked with skincare, makeup, fragrances and premium tools with a value of more than $1,600!

Perfect for the bona fide beauty lover on your list who loves to play with different categories and discover new beauty faves, The Bay’s “25 Days of Colour” advent calendar includes 15 full-size products, the largest offering to date, featuring brands like Foreo, M•A•C and L’Occitane.

The calendar sold out well in advance of the holidays in 2021 and 2022, so be sure to snag yours early!

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Best body care

L’Occitane Classic Beauty Advent Calendar

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The most wonderful time of year just so happens to also fall during the coldest time of year. As the Winter season ramps up in December, our bodies need a little extra love and moisture. L’Occitane’s Classic Beauty Advent Calendar is our top choice for the best body care category because it provides just that.

Home to 24 minis that cover body care and shower care (think: body lotions, eye creams, shower gels, and soothing lotions) this collection of nourishing skincare staples will serve you far beyond the holiday season. Key shea butter and sweet almond oil ingredients are the common thread woven throughout the calendar, ensuring your skin stays soft and moisturized.

It’s not a want, but a need, because baby, it’s cold outside.

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Best for glam gals

YSL Beauty Holiday 2023 Advent Calendar

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YSL Beauty’s Holiday 2023 Advent Calendar is a treasure trove of 24 glamorous offerings. Gilded in gold, this calendar stores some of the French fashion house’s most sought-after beauty buys.

Find makeup, skincare, and fragrance products in this gorgeous beauty advent calendar. You’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice. Among the mini products, you’ll receive a baby-sized Black Opium fragrance and a tube of the viral YSL Lash Clash Mascara. As for the five full-size products, expect to unveil goodies like the Rouge Volupté Candy Glaze lippies and more.

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Best designed

Sisley-Paris Advent Calendar

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‘Tis the season of embellishing our homes with festive home décor. So, why not let your advent calendar be part of the look? One glance at Sisley-Paris’ first-ever beauty advent calendar and you’ll be sold on the idea. Designed by brand founder Isabelle d’Ornano, this calendar is a whimsical combination of beautifully crafted embroidery and collages.

If that weren’t enough, the makeup, skincare, fragrance, and haircare products inside are equally as impressive. From the full-size Sisleÿa L’integral Anti-Age Eye & Lip Contour cream and the Velvet Sleeping mask to the Hair Rituel Precious Hair Cair Oil and the Izia Eau De Parfum Purse Spray, this advent calendar is an all-round work of art.

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Best for nail polish fanatics

O.P.I Jewel Be Bold Collection Advent Calendar

If you ask us, you can never have enough nail polish. And if you feel the same, we think you’ll love this 24-piece Advent Calendar by O.P.I. Jewel tones will forever be trendy during the holiday season, and this calendar is full of them.

Festive polish shades like “Feelin Berry Glam,” “Sleigh Bells Bling,” and “Decked to the Pines,” from the brand’s Jewel Be Bold collection star in this set. Plus, must-have base and top coats are included. Boasting the signature fast-drying and long-lasting formulas we know and love from the brand, anyone who loves nail polish will be thrilled to receive this calendar.

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Best ultra luxury

Guerlain The Hive of Wonders Advent Calendar

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Brimming with little luxuries, Guerlain’s Hive of Wonders is the epitome of advent calendar opulence. Inspired by jeweller Begüm Khan’s whimsical world of glittering jewels, this advent calendar box, adorned with green and gold botanical motifs, is a gift in and of itself.

Worth a pretty penny, this calendar houses a wide variety of Guerlain goodies. This includes—but isn’t limited to, mini fragrances from the brand’s L’Art & La Matière collection. Enjoy three Sapoceti perfumed soaps, and a selection of luxe skincare products from the Abeille Royale line as well. We promise it’ll be worth the splurge.

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Best for lip balm lovers

ChapStick 12 Days Holiday Advent Calendar

Much like we’ll be stocking up on advent calendars full of nourishing body care products for the winter, shopping lip balms feels just as essential. To our delight, ChapStick has come to our rescue with a 12-piece selection of festively flavoured and truly moisturizing lip balms. Because lip balm is essential all winter long, we think this is the most practical beauty advent calendar of all.

Perfect for the holiday season, this calendar includes lip balm flavours like “Sugar Cookie,” “Candy Cane,” and “Vanilla Mint.” In addition, you’ll also find “Classic Strawberry,” and “Classic Original,” to reach for in the new year. Pucker up, because this is worth a kiss!

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