LookFantastic advent calendar that gets shoppers £450-worth of free beauty buys

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Take a peek inside the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 with us (Image: LookFantastic)
Take a peek inside the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 with us (Image: LookFantastic)

LookFantastic’s festive offering has become a firm favourite among shoppers over the last couple of years, completely selling out in 2021 and 2022, and we expect this year to be no different. This year, they were the first brand of the year to reveal the full contents of their beauty advent calendar for 2023.

The retailer's ‘Find Your Fantastic’ and includes over £565 worth of beauty treats to discover and holds a higher value than ever before.

Inside, shoppers will find a whopping 27 products starring some of the most highly acclaimed and luxurious brands in LookFantastic’s beauty collection, such as Nars, MAC and Elemis, as well as editor's favourites such as Disciple, Coco & Eve and GRANDE Cosmetics.

Priced at £99, it costs less than a fifth of the RRP and will keep beauty buffs stocked up for the whole year. One of the products - the Avant Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream - is worth £97 alone, making the rest of the contents essentially free.

In this guide we’ll be sharing everything you need to know about the 2023 beauty advent calendar from LookFantastic, including how much it costs, how to order, the full contents and how you can bag it even cheaper.

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When does the LookFantastic Beauty Calendar 2023 go on sale and how much does it cost?

LookFantastic advent calendar that gets shoppers £450-worth of free beauty buysTake a peek inside the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 with us (LookFantastic)

Shoppers who signed up to the Find Your Fantastic Beauty Advent Calendar waitlist, alongside LookFantastic beauty box subscribers, were able to pre-order their advent calendars from 31 August, 2023, with pre-orders open for all shoppers since September 1.

The calendar went on general sale from September 18. With over 150,000 waitlist sign-ups last year, the 2023 Advent Calendar is set to be LookFantastic’s biggest launch yet.

Retailing at only £99, the LookFantastic mega haul is worth over £565, meaning a built-in saving of over £466.

Full contents *spoilers ahead*

From beauty classics to exciting new discoveries, this year's calendar is brimming with beauty surprises to take you all the way to Christmas day.

Packed with 27 products - 12 of which are full-sized - and featuring double-filled drawers the calendar stars must-haves from fan favourites such as Medik8 and Color Wow, as well as viral sensations such as Sol de Janeiro’s TikTok-trending Brazilian Bum Bum Cream and Isoclean’s sell-out Makeup Brush Cleaner.

Completing the indulgent line-up are two bespoke products from LookFantastic, including a four-piece vegan-friendly makeup brush set in a velvet pouch – with brush handles adorned in the decorative print of the advent drawers – and an exclusive festive candle in collaboration with feel-good home fragrance brand, Aery.

LookFantastic advent calendar that gets shoppers £450-worth of free beauty buysInside the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023 (LookFantastic)

Here’s the full contents of the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar 2023:

Skincare

  • ELEMIS Pro-Collagen Marine Moisture Essence 28ml (deluxe size) - worth £23
  • Origins Mega Mushroom Treatment 200ml (full-size) - worth £38
  • First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream 56.7g (full-size) - worth £16
  • Avant Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Molecular Boost Eye Cream 10ml (full-size) - worth £97
  • Eve Lom Rescue Mask 50ml (deluxe size) - worth £40
  • Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanse 40ml and Medik8 C-Tetra Serum 8ml (deluxe size) - worth £23
  • BEAUTYPRO Retinol Eye Mask x3 (full-size) - worth £4.95
  • Disciple Shadow Work AHA/BHA Brightening Serum 30ml (deluxe size) - worth £30

Cosmetics

  • ICONIC London Day to Slay Eyeshadow Palette (full-size) - worth £45
  • M·A·C Cosmetics MACStack Mascara Mega Brush 13ml (full-size) - worth £26
  • GRANDE Cosmetics GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum 2ml (full-size) - worth £62
  • NARS 'Orgasm' Blusher 1.2g (deluxe size) - worth £6.88
  • Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (full-size) - worth £6.99
  • Ciaté Dewy Skin Vitamin C Glass Glow Primer 10ml (deluxe size) - worth £10
  • NUDESTIX Gel Colour Lip + Cheek Balm in shade 'Posh' 2.5g (deluxe size) - worth £17.86
  • LOOKFANTASTIC 4-piece Makeup Brush Set and Velvet Pouch (deluxe size) - worth £14.99
  • Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner 0.3ml (full-size) - worth £9
  • Dr. PAWPAW Collagen Lip Oil 10ml (deluxe size) - worth £4.95
  • ISOCLEAN Makeup Brush Cleaner 110ml (deluxe size) - worth £8

Haircare

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  • Color Wow Dream Clean Duo - Color Security Shampoo and Conditioner 30ml each (deluxe size) - worth £10
  • Coco and Eve Like a Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Mask 60ml (deluxe size) - worth £14.99

Bodycare and Wellness

  • Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream 25ml (deluxe size) - worth £10
  • Rituals Ritual of Jing Body Scrub 125g (deluxe size) - worth £11.50
  • Aery Living x LOOKFANTASTIC Winter Thyme Candle 125g (deluxe size) - worth £25
  • ESPA Positivity Bath and Shower Gel 100ml (deluxe size) - worth £10

Is it worth it?

Last year, the calendar cost £95, but was worth just over £500, so you’re getting a lot more for just £4 extra. Not only that, but in 2022, the highest value product was the PMD Clean Mini worth £59, so the value of the products are a lot higher this year in general. Moreover, there are 27 products this year, compared to 26 just 12 months ago.

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Our reviews editor Stacey Dutton got her hands on the calendar this year and said: "To me LookFantastic is one of the more reliable advent calendars, just because you can pretty much guarantee it will be filled with some of the most popular and price tag worthy brands which personally, I know that I will use.

"The highest value product featured this year includes the Avant Hyaluronic Acid Eye Cream, which comes in at £97 alone… it’s the price of the whole advent calendar so really, is such a good bargain for those needing ANY excuse to invest.

"The makeup will not disappoint either, including the NARS Orgasm Blush which first landed in stores in 1999, the powder blush has remained a brand bestseller for over two decades, with one reportedly sold every 20 seconds today, It helps that it feels like butter on the skin and it blends like a dream.

"If your hair needs a boost after the summer sun, there are also a handful of products which can help us get through winter with shiny locks from the likes of Coco & Eve and Color WOW."

So, in short, yes - we 100% think it’s worth it. Read the full review here.

How to get the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar cheaper

For some shoppers, £99 may still feel like a hefty sum to fork out, despite the already huge savings. However, LookFantastic The Box subscribers new and existing can receive £15 off the Advent Calendar, making it just £84. Plus you get the bonus of having over £50 worth of beauty staples delivered straight to your door each month from as little as £13.

Alternatively, deals website is offering all new members £15 in cashback on beauty advent calendars with any qualifying retailer when they spend over £15. On top of this, new members can also grab cashback on their online purchases, including retailers such as Revolution, Glossybox, The Body Shop and more.

To grab this bonus, all they will need to do is sign-up through , search for their favourite advent calendar retailer and click ‘Get Cashback Now’. After you’ve paid full price for your beauty advent calendar, the cashback will appear in your Topcashback account shortly after, meaning not only have you saved money on the contents of the calendar, but on the price of it too.

Usually £99, with the and six per cent cashback, new customers can grab the LookFantastic calendar for just £79.05.

Top alternatives to the LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar

We love a beauty advent calendar here at The Mirror, and our team have reviewed dozens over the years - but there are some that stick out as our favourites, offering the best value for money and most exciting contents.

Among the rivals for LookFantastic this year are the likes of , and , all offering If you're looking for something even cheaper, has reduced their calendar to £40, with coming in at £48, with being popular choices as people look to maximise savings this winter.

But when it comes to savings, it's that has the largest price to product value ratio, - their calendar costs £80, but is worth a whopping £473.

Though if it's luxury you're looking for then look no further than the likes of , and . While these may all cost upwards of £200, many of the have a value of more than £1,000.

You can shop the , alternatively, find our

Bethan Shufflebotham

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