Best beauty advent calendars for Christmas 2020

Chloë James
·1 min read
When testing, we were looking for a selection of products with the potential to become staples in our beauty routine (The Independent)
When testing, we were looking for a selection of products with the potential to become staples in our beauty routine (The Independent)

In a year as terrible as 2020, it’s no surprise the countdown to Christmas has started earlier than ever.

While there are plenty of things to look forward to this December, for beauty junkies one of the key hallmarks of the season is the beauty advent calendar.

Once a gimmicky rarity, the space has exploded over the past few years with more and more names packaging 24 of their best beauty treats to mark the runup to the big day.

Amplifying that same joy you felt peeling back the foil each morning for a tiny chocolate, the benefits of beauty advent calendars are more than just handfuls of mini samples.

Typically priced much lower than purchasing all the items individually, they’re a great way to experiment with new products you may otherwise have never purchased. While the contents vary from brand to brand, you also often find more full-size products than expected.

With this in mind, we strapped on our Santa hats and started the most wonderful time of the year in September. Not only were we on a mission to find the calendar offering the best value for money, we wanted something that replicated the joy of unwrapping presents beneath the tree every single morning.

Testing every product behind every window, we were looking for a selection of products with the potential to become staples in our beauty routine. The more variety and full-size items the better. Here are our festive favourites.

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