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2020 has been quite the year, so I'm finding tiny moments of joy in any corner I can. One such corner is with the announcements of holiday beauty launches (which seem to start cropping up earlier and earlier with each year—but no complaints here). And of course, with holiday beauty launches come the festive cream of the crop: Holiday beauty advent calendars.
So whether you follow the rules and count down with one product per day or can't help but tear through all the drawers the day your calendar arrives (it's me, a Gemini), 2020 has no shortage of truly gorgeous beauty advent calendars—and some at steep discounts compared to what 25 products would cost when purchased individually.
So ahead, sort your way through our festive list of the best beauty advent calendars, from Armani Beauty to Lush.
Huda Beauty 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Huda Beauty's first-ever advent calendar is setting the bar high. Inside, find 12 favorites from the brand, including OGs from the Huda Beauty makeup line, curated picks from Wishful Skin (including the latest launch, Get Even Rose Face Oil), and fragrance selects from Kayali.
The Best Products Inside: Mercury Retrograde Palette, Thirst Trap Cocoon Mask, Yo Glow Papaya Enzyme Scrub
Armani Beauty Holiday Advent Calendar
The Armani Beauty advent calendar is always my pick for the best makeup advent calendar, and I dare say the brand has outdone themselves with this year's curation. In Armani Beauty's 2020 advent calendar, you'll find a selection of the brand's best-sellers across makeup, fragrance, and skincare, including six full-sized products.
The Best Products Inside: Eyes to Kill Mascara, Lip Maestro #405, Crema Nera Eye Cream, Si Passione Intense
L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar
While L'Occitane's Premium Advent Calendar is sold out for the season, you can still get your hands on the Signature iteration and count down from the 1st to the 24th. The calendar—which was inspired by the Christmas Market in Provence, France—contains everything you need to keep winter skin hydrated from head-to-toe.
The Best Products Inside: SOS Hydration Masque, Shea Butter Ultra-Rich Lip Balm, Rose Hand Cream, Almond Shower Oil
Best of Dermstore Advent Calendar
Dermstore's annual advent calendar is always highly anticipated, with this year's iteration featuring cult-favorites from brands like Sunday Riley, Oribe, Harry Josh, and more. The 2020 design features a sleek, matte black interior and exterior, with 24 gold-detailed drawers to reveal each product.
The Best Products Inside: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore, ILIA Limitless Lash Mascara
Payot Skincare Advent Calendar
French skincare brand Payot has launched the ultimate advent calendar full of 15 minis. So starting December 10, you can discover a new favorite skincare product every day until Christmas. And it's très chic.
The Best Products Inside: Hydra 24+ Crème Glacee, Morning Mask Hangover, Roselift Jour
Ulta 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Don't sleep on the Ulta Beauty brand products—they're high performance and beloved by makeup artists. And now, the best-sellers are available together (in festive packaging) as part of Ulta's 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar.
The Best Products Inside: Mattifying Face Primer, Chrome Eyeshadow Duo, Brow Highlighter
Elemis 25 Days of Spectacular Skin Advent Calendar
A $559 value for $250, this year's Elemis advent calendar is packed with 25 drawers of full- and travel-sized skincare products—one for each day between the 1st and the 25th. Whether you're an Elemis convert or just foraying into the brand, you're sure to discover some new favorites in this set.
The Best Products Inside: Pro-Collagen Marine Cream, Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, Peptide4 Plumping Pillow Facial, Sea Lavender and Samphire Body Cream
Macy's 25 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar
Macy's annual beauty advent calendar certainly doesn't disappoint. 2020's calendar includes an array of brands, including Clinique, SK-II, Kiehl's, Sunday Riley, and more. Together, the brands span the skincare and makeup categories, with highlights outlined below.
The Best Products Inside: Sunday Riley ICE Moisturizer, SK-II RNA Power Cream, Eve Lom Rescue Mask, BareMinerals Prime Time Foundation Primer
10 Days of Balmain Paris Hair Couture Advent Calendar
Year after year, Balmain turns around one of the most elevated advent calendars of the season. Case in point: the brand's 2020 advent calendar. This year, you'll find 10 of Balmain Paris Hair Couture's most well-known products—plus a few that might be new to you—packed delicately into this intricate cylindrical design full of individual boxes.
The Best Products Inside: Mini Detangling Spa Brush, Golden Pocket Mirror, Argan Moisturizing Elixir