Mecca is a go-to superstore stocked full of all the best beauty buys a human being could possibly ever need. So it should come as no surprise that when the festive season starts it’s also the best place to shop for Christmas gifts. Baubles, crackers, gift sets — you name it, Mecca’s got it. But somehow, every year, Mecca’s advent calendars surpass all expectations.
Whether it’s affordable goodies from Mecca Max, luxury fragrance from Diptyque or the best of Charlotte Tilbury, Mecca always stocks the season’s best advent calendars.
We’ve taken the liberty of giving you the rundown on everything you need to know about the covetable category so you can purchase as quickly as possible, whilst still feeling informed — these sets are limited edition and they’re flying off the shelves people!
Keep scrolling for the best Mecca advent calendars of 2023…
Where to buy Mecca advent calendars
This one may seem obvious (duh, Mecca), but given the finite nature of these advent calendars and their rep for selling-out just a mere few days or weeks after they’re released, we’ve supplied you with a few back-up stockists to ensure you get what you need.
When can you buy advent calendars at Mecca?
Mecca releases most of their advent calendars in late October or November to ensure customers can purchase well before the 1st of December, which is usually the first day of an advent calendar. They’re also only available while stocks last so it pays to be prepared and purchase an advent calendar as soon as possible.
How to buy advent calendars at Mecca
While Mecca has 108 stores across Australia and New Zealand, not all of them stock every single advent calendar available online. But, you can browse an advent calendar’s availability in-store via the brand’s website on each product page under the product’s description, if you’d like to physically inspect the product in person before you purchase. However, buying online at Mecca’s website ensures you have an overview of available advent calendar stock and can browse all of the brands that are currently stocked at Mecca.
Mecca’s best advent calendars for 2023
1/ Yves Saint Laurent YSL Holiday Advent Calendar 2023
The Yves Saint Laurent YSL Holiday Advent Calendar 2023 is highly coveted due to the fact that it contains 24 of YSL’s best-selling beauty products such as fragrances like Libre and Black Opium, Rouge Volupté Shine in shades 150 and 121, a mini Mascara Volume Effet Faux Cils and more. The advent calendar has already sold out at Mecca, but if you’d still like to cop the 18 minis, 5 full size products and the special gift that’s stashed in this veritable treasure trove of an advent, it’s still available for purchase on the brand’s website.
$509 at MECCA / $509 at YSL Beauty
2/ Diptyque Advent Calendar 2023
The Diptyque Advent Calendar is one of the most anticipated advent calendar releases every year. The luxury fragrance house’s Christmas calendar is always brimming with the brand’s best-selling and limited edition festive fragranced candles, and this year is no exception. Tucked away inside this chic offering are a collection of 10 mini 35g candles in the scents Délice, Coton, Baies, Feu De Bois, Figuier, Roses, Coing, Santal, Pomander and an Odour Removing Candle with Basil. Plus, a small 70g Sapin candle too. There’s a Orphéon Refillable Solid Perfume, and eight 10ml perfumes (Eau Rose EDP, Do Son EDT, Eau Capitale EDP, Fleur De Peau EDP, Eau Des Sens EDT, Tam Dao EDP, L'Ombre Dans l'Eau EDP, and Eau De Minthé EDP). There’s also a quartet of body products to enjoy too; Do Son Scented Shower Oil 10ml, Philosykos Scented Soap 25g, Softening And Comforting Wash for The Hands 10ml and Velvet Lotion for the Hands 10ml.
$729 at MECCA
3/ Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Lucky Chest Of Beauty Secrets
The Charlotte Tilbury Charlotte’s Lucky Chest Of Beauty Secrets advent is always one of our personal favourites. The 12-day calendar is just as easily gifted on Christmas Day as an extra special gift for an extra special someone (*cough* yourself *cough*) or twelve days out from the big day as a traditional advent calendar (also for yourself). At just $300 for 12 travel-size gifts, it’s one of the more affordable luxury advent calendars on the market. Inside you’ll find Charlotte’s Magic Lip Oil Crystal Elixir, the Hot Lips 2 Lipstick in ‘Glowing Jen’, a travel size Hollywood Complexion Brush, Charlotte’s Magic Cream, Charlotte’s Magic Serum Crystal Elixir, the Pillow Talk Matte Beauty Blush Wand in ‘Pillow Talk’, the Beauty Light Wand in ‘Spotlight’, the Collagen Lip Bath in ‘Walk of No Shame’, the Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil in ‘Barbarella Brown’, the Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes! Mascara in ‘Super Black’, the Lip Cheat lip liner in ‘Hot Gossip’, and the Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray. The calendar is currently sold out at Mecca, but you can still find it online at the Charlotte Tilbury website.
4/ By Terry Opulent Star Advent Calendar
The By Terry Opulent Star Advent Calendar is a celebration of the luxurious brand’s best-selling products. There are 10 full-size make-up and skin care products included in the calendar, as well as 12 travel size products and two face and eye makeup brushes. Highlights of the gift set include the brand’s cult-favourite Ombre Blackstar Cream Eyeshadow in ‘Bronze Moon’, the Baume De Rose Lip Care Lip Balm, the Brightening CC Serum in ‘Sunny Glow’, the Tea To Tan Face & Body in ‘Summer Bronze’, the Hyaluronic Pressed Hydra-Powder, and more.
$398 at MECCA
5/ Eve Lom Twelve-Day Advent Calendar
The Eve Lom Twelve-Day Advent Calendar contains 12 gifts and 12 corresponding aspirational messages that are revealed as you open each window. The gift set contains a collection of Eve Lom’s best-sellers including three cleansers, the Radiance Repair Retinol Serum, the Radiance Antioxidant Eye Cream, the Renewal Treatment Oil, the Rescue and Moisture Masks, and many more.
$465 at MECCA
6/ MECCA MAX Mini Marvels 12-Piece Advent Calendar
The MECCA MAX Mini Marvels 12-Piece Advent Calendar is a cheap but cheerful collection of the budget-friendly brand’s best hits in miniature travel-friendly sizes. Inside the 12-day calendar you’ll find the Mecca Max Black Eyeliner, Clear Brow Gel, Lip Oil, Primer, Blush Powder, Bronzing Cream, Lip Crayon, Eyeshadow, Setting Spray, Mini Sponge, Mini Highlight and Lip Liner.
$69 at MECCA
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