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Lookfantastic’s 2021 beauty advent calendar has arrived – here’s all you need to know

This year’s offering is brimming with skincare, haircare, make-up and bath treats from big-name brands

Anjana Gosai
Friday 01 October 2021 10:27
<p>The attractive box can be re-used for storage when you’re finished </p>

The attractive box can be re-used for storage when you’re finished

Beauty advent calendars are already landing and, if previous years tell us anything, it’s that you want to get your hands on one of these treat-filled boxes before they sell out.

Typically priced lower than purchasing all the items individually, these calendars are a great way for beauty fans to try new products, discover brands and experience some cult classics, too.

Online premium beauty retailer Lookfantastic is no stranger to the advent calendar game. The site stocks more than 20,000 coveted skincare, haircare, make-up and fragrance products, and, as a result, its annual beauty advent calendar is one of the most in-demand buys.

The brand’s highly anticipated 2021 beauty advent calendar is on sale now and comes filled with a variety of 25 beauty treats, which are worth a whopping £410, but can be all yours for just £85.

Having sold out for the past six consecutive years, you’ll need to be quick to snap one up this festive season. We were lucky enough to get our hands on the calendar ahead of its launch.

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How we tested

We looked at everything from the packaging, to the quantity and quality of products included, as well as the variety of options on offer across all areas (skin, hair, body, cosmetics). While working our way through each product, we were also looking for new finds that could go on to become staples in our kit.

Here’s what you can expect from this year’s offering.

Lookfantastic 2021 beauty advent calendar

Buy now, £85, Lookfantastic.co.uk

Rating: 9/10

  • Number of days: 25
  • Products: 25
  • Product sizes: 6 full-size, 17 deluxe minis and 2 travel-size
  • Value of products: £410
  • Price: £85

Design

The luxe-looking red and plum box glistens with gold writing and is adorned with festive illustrations.

It will certainly get you into the festive spirit and will look great on your mantlepiece. The box opens like a book, and inside are 25 drawers filled with beauty goodies. We like the fact that the box is recyclable and can also be reused to store baubles or beauty essentials when the holiday season is over.

What’s inside?

Tucked behind each drawer are products that span most beauty categories, including skincare, haircare, make-up, bath and wellness, from a host of beloved beauty houses and smaller, independent brands too. This year’s calendar features something for everyone.

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Skincare obsessives won’t be disappointed with the sheer variety of options. You’ll find a face mask, cleanser, face mist, exfoliator, serum, eye cream and night cream from big-name brands such as Kate Somerville, Caudalie, Shiseido, Ren, Elemis, Espa and more. There are definitely enough options here to set you up with a stellar skincare routine.

The standout skincare product has to be the celebrity favourite, Bioeffect EGF serum (£104, Lookfantastic.com). Just a couple of drops on the face at night makes skin smoother and brighter within six weeks, thanks to the added epidermal growth factor, which prompts ageing skin cells to behave like young ones.

Another highlight is the Omorovicza refining facial polisher (£62, Lookfantastic.com), which uses calcium-rich Hungarian moor mud to visibly brighten and refine skin texture.

You even get to open a drawer with a full-sized skincare gift on Christmas Day, but we won’t ruin the surprise by revealing what it is.

Read more: Fortnum & Mason’s advent calendars for 2021 have launched already

There are also some super haircare inclusions. Including a repairing conditioner, hair balm and styling treatment from the likes of Color Wow, Philip Kingsley, Aveda, Christophe Robin, and Percy and Reed.

The Christophe Robin cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt (£40, Lookfantastic.com) is an example of a product one might not have thought about purchasing. But, it did such an ace job at removing product build up from the scalp, that it will definitely be a repeat buy long after Christmas is over.

There are plenty of make-up options to stock you up for the party season, including a full-sized lip and kohl pencil. We were also pleased to see the cult-classic Nars blush in “orgasm” (£33, Lookfantastic.com) among the offerings. And, if you haven’t yet tried the much-hyped Iconic London highlighter drops (£24, Lookfantastic.com), which are loved by Khloe Kardashian and Jourdan Dunn, then you’re in luck.

Christmas can be a stressful time, and the addition of a full-sized hand balm, a calm-inducing Rituals candle and the This Works stress check mood manager aromatherapy spray (£15, Lookfantastic.com) will encourage you to take a moment for yourself.

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If there is one gap among the roster of 25 products, it’s the lack of body care options. We would have loved to have seen a body cream and perhaps a fragrance among the daily delights.

Value for money

Every item combined is worth more than £410, and as the majority of the products are from premium brands, this £85 beauty advent calendar is one of the biggest steals of the festive season. The full-sized products alone come to £188, so the value is clear.

You’ll also get several days’ use out of most of the deluxe mini-sized skincare, several weeks out of some of the haircare and months of wear from the make-up.

The verdict: Lookfantastic 2021 beauty advent calendar

Whether you’re purchasing one for yourself or buying for a loved one, the Lookfantastic beauty advent calendar features a real treasure trove of coveted and cult products. As well as stocking options from lesser-known brands, such as Iconic London and Bioeffect, which should definitely be on your radar.

The variety of products is decent, with face, hair, bath and make-up covered in one box. We were also impressed with the shades of the cosmetics – the smartly picked colour options suit all skin tones, so there is no need to worry about products not being used.

If you’re a beauty aficionado, somebody who likes to experiment with new products or perhaps you’re buying for a beauty junkie in your life – this advent calendar will not disappoint and will make counting down the days to 25 December all the merrier.

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Read more about the best beauty advent calendars for 2021

Beauty advent calendars 2021 – our ultimate guide to this year’s Christmas treats from M&S, Cult Beauty and more

Fortnum & Mason advent calendar – from traditional to 3D pop-ups versions, food fit for a feast and of course, the beauty advent calendar, you’re spoilt for choice

The Body Shop advent calendar – this year’s calendar features a selection of the ethically conscious brand’s cult classics

Cult Beauty advent calendar – it’s overflowing with skincare and make-up from Charlotte Tilbury, Sunday Riley and more

Benefit advent calendar – calling all Bene-babes, the gift you’ve been waiting for all year is here

Charlotte Tilbury advent calendar – the luxury beauty brand has gone all out for 2021, but is it worth the money?

The White Company advent calendar – sink into 25 days of utter indulgence with the brand’s seasonal offering

Clarins advent calendar – there are festive options for men and women this year and both are busting with cult products

Lush advent calendar – the eco-conscious brand has revealed its joyous gift set with a sustainable focus

Asos advent calendar – we got our hands on the fashion retailer’s festive box and there’s plenty to shout about

Next advent calendar – this year’s offering is packed with treats from big names such as Clarins and Mac

Liberty advent calendar – with treats from Augustinus Bader and Olaplex, this year’s calendar lives up to the hype

Jo Malone advent calendar – it’s stuffed with bestselling candles and boujie bathroom treats

Diptyque advent calendar – the French perfume house has unveiled a cabinet of curiosities

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