From luxury beauty brands such as Charlotte Tilbury, Dr. Barbara Sturm and Penhaligon's, here are the best beauty advent calendars to get you in the festive spirit

If you've started counting down the days till Christmas already, then you’ll be glad to know that numerous beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2021 have already made it in-store and online. 

Filled with coveted beauty and grooming products, from makeup, and skincare, to fragrances, and beauty tools, these luxury beauty advent calendars are highly sought after each year, with many usually selling out long before December. 

Whether you’re looking for a skincare-specific beauty advent calendar, or one that’ll reveal a new haircare product each day, you're sure to find one that you love below. With brands such as Lush, Charlotte Tilbury, Penhaligon's and Dr Barbara Sturm included, who doesn't like being greeted by a new beauty product each morning while Mariah Carey blasts and we count down to the big day?

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1. Dior

Created with the help of artist Alice Shirley, the Dior advent calendar 2021 is a mystical piece of art. With deep blue hues and golden accents, the box alone is enough to enchant you—and we haven't even begun talking about the products hidden inside. With 24 miniature Dior products, including nine scented items, seven makeup products, seven best-selling skincare items, as well as an exclusive Dior candle, this is an advent calendar that you'll proudly display on your coffee table. 

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2. Charlotte Tilbury

Charlotte Tilbury’s advent calendar for 2021 comes in a starry patterned bronze box that oozes Hollywood glamour. Inside, you’ll find 12 drawers containing six mini sample products and three full-sized items including the famed TikTok magic serum. Other products such as the airbrush setting powder, natural-looking bronzer and a full-sized lipstick in the shade “pillow talk medium” will also be a part of your countdown to Christmas. 

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3. Penhaligon’s

A candy cane patterned advent calendar from Penhaligon’s will surely get you in the festive spirit. Containing 24 products, from perfume samples, hand creams, lip balms and limited-edition charms, you’ll be counting down December smelling like a million bucks. The luxury perfume brand has also revealed that there’s one Golden Ticket hidden within one of the advent calendars around the world. We’re not sure what exactly the Golden Ticket will win you, but if the prize is anything like Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, you’ll be in for a treat. 

Available in stores at Penhaligon’s Hong Kong

4. Dr Barbara Sturm

Skincare expert Dr Barbara Sturm’s advent calendar for 2021 takes on a minimalistic design approach, echoing the brand’s clean aesthetics that are found across all its products. The white and silver box contains 24 days of skincare products in both, including items such as cleanser, lip balm, a hyaluronic serum for darker skin tones, brightening serum, vitamin C serum and more. While most of the products are mini samples, there are also a few full-size deluxe products hidden within. 

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5. Niche Beauty

Online beauty boutique Niche Beauty has created a Christmas advent calendar that consists of the company’s most luxurious and popular items. Choosing products that represent their motto: “strictly selective, strictly luxury”, some of the products include a miniature sized Diptyque candle, Tata Harper’s softening cleanser, Hourglass’s Caution Extreme Lash Mascara, Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant and Augustinus Bader’s The Rich Cream. Rather than a traditional advent calendar box, Niche Beauty has designed little black numbered bags to hold each product instead.

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6. Lush

Lush’s advent calendar features 25 body care products in its vibrant, floral-patterned box. From bath bombs and bubble bars to elevate your bathing experience, to body lotions, perfume samples, body scrubs and more, you’ll be smelling, well, lush from head to toe. 

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7. Jo Malone

Jo Malone’s advent calendar is made for those who love testing out new fragrances. With 34 days of surprises waiting ahead of you, expect everything from perfume to hand creams, candles and more. 

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8. Susanne Kaufmann

Susanne Kaufmann’s advent calendar opens up to a wall of 24 bright red doors, each one containing a luxurious cream, tonic or serum to help you glow from the inside out during this holiday season. Whether it’s the Body Butter made with olive oil and shea that’ll keep you moisturised from day to night, or the honey and almond oil Moisturising Mask that’ll plump up your skin after a big party, you’ll be lining up to get the full-sized products after trying these mini bottles out. 

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9. Net-a-Porter

Net-a-Porter’s 2021 beauty advent calendar consists of 17 full-sized and eight travel-sized products, all of which are from popular beauty brands such as Dr. Barbara Sturm, Sunday Riley and Augustinus Bader. You'll be able to try products including Victoria Beckham Beauty’s lipstick in ‘Sway’, a sultry berry-pink vegan colour that’s infused with nourishing ingredients such as Jojoba complex, as well as Grown Alchemist’s Hand Cream, which can be used all around the body to tackle dry skin. 

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10. Balmain

The City of Lights large advent calendar by Balmain features a white and gold cylindrical design which opens up to reveal ten of the brand’s most popular hair products. From hair care products such as the Thermal Protection Spray and Argan Elixir, to hair accessories such as a detangling hairbrush, your mane will be looking picture-perfect by the time Christmas comes. 

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