In our best makeup advent calendar 2023 guide, we’ve listed the calendars that contain makeup and tools for a range of budgets – from cheap up to premium
While there is a growing number of beauty advent calendars each year, the vast majority sell a mix of skincare, makeup, hair care, tools and more.
This is great if you’re looking to get a range of products for different needs, but if you’re only interested in makeup or looking to only increase your makeup collection, then it can be better to buy a dedicated makeup advent calendar.
Makeup advent calendars only contain makeup products and tools, or they contain predominanlty makeup with the odd skincare product thrown in for good measure.
We’ve previously listed the best skincare advent calendars and the best advent calendars as well as our main beauty advent calendar hub.
And now we’ve handpicked what we consider to be the best makeup advent calendars.
There should be something here for all skin tones, needs and budgets because, as our best cheap advent calendar proves, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get hold of a festive bundle of goodies.
Below we’ve listed the makeup advent calendar 2023 waitlists and pre-orders, as well as the makeup calendars that are already on sale.
Our 2023 Advent Calendar Unboxing videos are starting to go live on TikTok – CLICK HERE FOR THE 2023 ADVENT PLAYLIST
Below we’ve listed what we know about the best makeup advent calendars 2023 in the UK.
These makeup calendars are either dedicated exclusively to makeup and tools, or the vast majority of their contents are makeup with the odd skincare product thrown in.
This guide is in alphabetical order.
What’s inside the Benefit Advent Calendar 2023 contents?
This year’s Benefit Advent Calendar 2023 is a 24-day calendar that contains Benefit makeup and skincare including a full-size version of what we consider to be the best Benefit mascara – the Roller Lash mascara.
Se the full list of what’s inside the 2023 Benefit advent calendar here or watch us unbox this year’s calendar below.
@victoria_woolly_web Disappointing 😔 The 2023 Benefit Advent Calendar is £148 (and on sale now) and the vast majority of products aren’t just travel-size they’re tiny. Getting the cleanser as the main gift in box 24 wasn’t what I was hoping for, and the absolute state of that eyebrow pencil. Wish I’d saved my money 🥲 the full-size Roller Lash is good though… #mamabella #advent #adventcalendar #adventcalendar2023 #benefitadventcalendar #benefit #benefitbrows #makeupadventcalendar #skincareadvent #adventunboxing #unboxingvideo #unboxingadventcalendars ♬ Famous Christmas songs / Orchestra arrangement(150588) – MIZUSATO Masaki
What’s inside the Bobbi Brown Advent Calendar 2023 contents?
This year’s Bobbi Brown Advent Calendar 2023 contains 12 days of Bobbi Brown makeup and tools. See the full list of what’s inside the Bobbi Brown Advent Calendar 2023 here.
What’s in the By Terry Advent Calendar 2023 contents?
What’s inside the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2023 contents:
The Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2023 contains 12-day of the brand’s bestselling makeup and skincare plus a foundation brush. See the full list of what’s in the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2023 here or watch our unboxing video below.
@victoria_woolly_web For someone who is generally a fan of Charlotte Tilbury – I feel like the brand dropped off for a bit but I like its more recent skincare in particularly – the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2023 has enough different products to make it worth buying. Even if you have a lot of her stuff already. I’m disappointed there isn’t an eyeshadow palette of some variety. Her quad palettes are expensive (at £40) and I was hoping the calendar would be a way of getting one slightly cheaper 😅 For £160 you get 12 days of products the majority are travel-sized. The only full-sized products are the Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir and the Hot Lips 2 lipstick in the shade Glowing Jen. The drawers aren’t numbered so I think I was meant to go top left to bottom right but 🤷♀️ The box is cute and could double up as a jewellery box. It’s also slightly better quality than last year’s. All things considered I’m glad I bought it (it’s not an ad nor was it gifted) but it’s pricey and didn’t blow me away. The full list of what’s in the Charlotte Tilbury Advent Calendar 2023 is as follows: * Charlotte’s Magic Cream * Airbrush Setting Spray * FULL SIZE Hot Lips 2 in Glowing Jen * Beauty Light Wand in Spotlight * FULL SIZE Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir * Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir * Hollywood Complexion Brush * Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Hot Gossip * Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand in Pillow Talk * Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara in Super Black * Rock ‘N’ Kohl in Barbarella Brown #advent #adventcalendar #adventunboxing #charlottesmagiccream #adventcalendarreviews #adventreviews #pillowtalk #beautylightwand #treatyourself #charlottetilbury #charlottetilburyadvent #charlottesadvent #charlottetilburyadventcalendar2023 #makeupadvent #skincareadvent #bestadventcalendar2023 #advent2023 #christmascalendar #christmas #countdowntochristmas ♬ Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Brenda Lee
What’s inside the Essence Advent Calendar 2023 contents?
Both Essence Advent Calendars contain 24 of Essence’s makeup products from powders to lipsticks, tools and face masks, and more. See the full list of what’s inside the Essence advent calendar 2023 collection here.
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What’s inside the Fenty Advent Calendar 2023?
The Fenty Advent Calendar 2023 contains a mix of Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin products such as the Fenty Icon Fill in the shade The MVP, a Gloss Bomb Heat lip plumpling lip gloss, in the shade Lemon Lava, and the Hella Thicc Volumizing Mascara. See the full list of what’s inside the 2023 Fenty Advent Calendar here.
Buy now EU – coming to UK soon
What’s inside the KIKO advent calendar 2023 contents?
What’s inside the Kylie Cosmetics advent calendar 2023?
What’s inside the 2023 MAC Advent Calendar?
The MAC advent calendar 2023 contains 21 MAC favourites, including MAC Lipsticks, the MACStack Mascara, its new HyperReal Skincare, and more. See the full list of what is in the MAC Advent Calendar 2023 here or watch our unboxing video below.
@victoria_woolly_web I wasn’t overly impressed with last year’s MAC Advent Calendar as it had a lot of single eyeshadows and mini lipsticks. This year, however, it’s MUCH better. There are 24 doors and 21 full-size products including the MACStack Mascara and the Teddy 2.0 lipstick. The 2023 MAC Advent Calendar costs £170 but is worth £485. The only annoying thing is that the snowflake thing blocks some of the doors – granted it looks pretty though! #advent #adventcalendar #adventunboxing #Mac #macadventcalendar #macadvent #macstack #premiumadvent #luxuryadvent #adventcalendarreviews #adventreviews #kmacadventcalendar2023 #bestadventcalendar2023 #advent2023 #christmascalendar #christmas #countdowntochristmas ♬ Jingle Bell Rock – Bobby Helms
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What’s inside the Mylee Advent Calendar 2023?
The Mylee Advent Calendar contains makeup, tools and nail products. See the full list of what’s inside the Mylee Advent Calendar in our best cheap advent calendar guide.
What’s inside the NYX Advent Calendar 2023 contents?
The NYX Fa La La La 12 Days of Kissmas Advent Calendar 2023 contains 12 mini best-selling lip products. The full list of shades hasn’t been revealed but it’s a mix of nudes, pinks, reds and more.
What’s inside the 2023 P.Louise Advent Calendars?
The main Wonderful World of P.Louise Advent Calendar 2023 costs £210 and contains unreleased products. Meanwhile, the mini Plouise Advent Calendar 2023 costs £65 and contains 10 of the same unreleased products from the main makeup calendar. You can learn more about both calendars in our P.Louise advent calendar 2023 guide.
What’s inside the Makeup Revolution advent calendar 2023 contents?
The 2023 Revolution 25 Days of Glam Advent Calendar contains 25 makeup products and tools. This includes eyeshadows and brushes, liner, contour, brow and eye pencils, powder puff, and a full-sized Reloaded Palette. In fact, 20 of these products in this makeup advent calendar are full size.
@victoria_woolly_web 🎁 The first of this year’s advent calendar unboxing videos is of the @REVOLUTION 25 Days of Glam calendar. 25 doors, 25 products including a full-size Reloaded Pink Prosecco eyeshadow palette for £48. It’s worth £96! Let me know if you want something in particular from these videos – product names, longer unboxing, testing the products on my skin etc? I want to make sure these videos are useful 😌 Benefit, Lush and Fortnum and Mason advent calendar unboxing are coming soon 🎄 #mamabella #revolution #makeuprevolution #advent #adventcalendar #adventcalendar2023 #christmascalendar #unboxing #unboxingvideo #adventunboxing #makeupadventcalendar #cheapadventcalendar ♬ Christmas Music – Memusic
What’s inside the Makeup Revolution Emily In Paris Advent calendar 2023 contents?
The 2023 Revolution Emily in Paris Advent Calendar contains 12 Makeup Revolution products inspired by the Netflix series. You can see the full list of what’s inside the Revolution Emily In Paris Advent Calendar 2023 here, or discover more of the best cheap advent calendars 2023 here.
What’s inside the Sculpted by Aimee advent calendar 2023 contents?
What’s inside the 2023 W7 Advent Calendar Contents?
The 2023 W7 advent calendar is full of makeup and accessories, from lipsticks to powders and from scrunchies to hair clips. See the full list of what’s inside the W7 advent calendar 2023 on our cheap advent calendar guide.
Last year we did a daily unboxing of a number of advent calendars and this year we’ve taken things up a notch. Ahead of the festive season, we’re unboxing some of the biggest advent calendars of the season so we can reveal which are worth the money, and which are worth avoiding.
Alternatively, if you want to see what was in last year’s best beauty advent calendars you can find all of the videos in our Advent 2022 Playlist on TikTok. We’ve embedded one of the videos below to give you an idea of what to expect.
@victoria_woolly_web Day 8 of beauty advent calendar unboxing 🎁 A full-size @augustinusbader cream from @cultbeauty and the @hourglasscosmetics Setting Powder from @spacenk are highlights for me 🥰 I’ll be donating anything I don’t use to beauty banks and via the mamabella Reader Review panel #mamabella #advent #beautyadventcalendar #beautyadventcalendar2022 #beautyunboxingvideo #adventcalendarunboxing #glossyboxadventcalendar #spacenkadventcalendar2022 #macadventcalendar2022 #thewhitecompanyadventcalendar ♬ original sound – Victoria Woollaston-
In our view, the Makeup Revolution Advent Calendar stands out as the best makeup advent calendar 2023.
Makeup Revolution is a brand known for quality and affordability – it features on our best cheap makeup brand UK guide – and its 2023 advent calendar is the perfect example of this. It offers a wide range of products that can either bolster your existing collection or serve as a starter kit for someone new to makeup.
Priced at £48, but worth twice as much at £96, the calendar offers a lot of bang for your buck. What’s more, it’s currently dropped in price to £40, at the time of writing.
It is a 25-day advent calendar that includes a mix of makeup products and tools. Specifically, it contains eyeshadows, brushes, liner, contour, brow and eye pencils, a powder puff, and even a full-sized Reloaded Palette.
What makes this makeup advent calendar stand out is that 20 of the 25 products inside are full-sized items, which is quite generous. What’s more, the use of full-sized products means you’ll have ample time to test each item properly to determine which are worth rebuying, and which are worth avoiding.
We’ve started listing all the best beauty advent calendars 2023 on our advent calendar hub but you can also read about individual calendars via the clicks below.
Below are the 2023 makeup advent calendars that we’re expecting to see this year, but are yet to be announced.
What is it? The e.l.f advent calendar is always a hit because it’s full of affordable bestsellers from one of the best cheap makeup brands in the UK.
The 2022 calendar featured skincare, makeup, and tools.
The full list of what was inside the 2022 e.l.f advent calendar is below, to give you an idea of what to expect in 2023.
We’re confident that there will be a 2023 e.l.f advent calendar but it’s usually announced by now so we can’t guarantee it. We’ll update this page as and when we know more.
Where to buy: Amazon
What is it? Kylie Cosmetics is the makeup line from Kylie Jenner that helped propel the reality TV star to billion-dollar status. It’s best known for its lip kits but it also sells a huge range of makeup and skincare products, 12 of which you can get at a discounted price in the Kylie Cosmetics Twelve Days of Kylie advent calendar. Inside the calendar is three matte liquid lipsticks, a lip liner, eyeliner pencil as well as a number of Kylie Skin products.
Where to buy: Harrods
Victoria is founder and editor-in-chief of mamabella, freelance journalist and Mum. She has a passion for empowering people to feel beautiful whatever their age, size, skin type and budget