From glowing skin to tousled hair and effortlessly undone makeup looks, a French beauty routine is one of the coveted in the world. And while French women tend to possess a certain je ne sais quoi that’s by definition hard to imitate, we can at least get our hands on their homegrown cult classic beauty products. While many are unsurprisingly from established French luxury houses, recent years have also seen a new wave of affordable cult classics hailing from the aisles of humble pharmacies.
Here, we round up a high-low mix of our top seven French beauty products, each of whose cult following reaches far beyond French borders – and each of which you don’t need to jump on a plane to make yours.
1. Bioderma Créaline H2O
With a bottle of Bioderma Créaline H2O (rebranded in some places to Sensibio) sold every three seconds, we can see why a wave of competing beauty brands have scrambled to replicate it. The original still remains the best: Removing makeup and dirt instantly, while remaining gentle enough for every skin type, the water’s unique physiologic pH makes for superb chemical and microbiological purity without having to rinse – simply soak a cotton pad sweep over the face.
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