11 of the best cult French beauty buys
The much-loved products every woman needs to try
By Carli Alman
Beauty Crew Editor / July 14 2016
Besides good food and fashion, the French know a thing or two about beauty, which is why SO many cult products have origins in the area.
Here, we celebrate some of the best French beauty brands, and the fan-favourite buys that every woman should try at least once in her life.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
Micellar water is becoming more and more popular, but Bioderma Sensibio micellar water is the product that started it all – and it’s still one of the top sellers in the category, with an avid fan base that raves about how quickly and easily it removes makeup and cleanses skin.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse
The multi-tasking wonder that is Huile Prodigieuse works to intensely nourish and repair skin, target stretch marks and care for your hair. It’s no wonder women the world over keep stocking up on it.
Chanel No 5
One of the most covetable perfumes out there, this floral and feminine fragrance is essentially luxury in a bottle. And just to further prove Chanel No 5’s cult status, more iterations of the popular scent have been released; the newest, Chanel No 5 L’Eau being fronted by model Lily-Rose Depp.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light
What makes this sunscreen so special? Fans love how lightweight it feels on their skin and the fact that it doesn’t leave a white cast on their face. Another bonus of La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Ultra Light? It’s been formulated for sensitive skin, so it won’t cause any irritations either.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique
Launched only a few years ago, this anti-ageing serum from Lancôme has fast become a staple in the beauty cupboard of thousands. Why? Well, if this Beauty Crew member’s review is anything to go by, we can see why: “With that silky finish you feel your skin gets younger, smoother and lighter. Your face gets smiley, more breathable and cleaner.”
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat
Almost every single woman has heard about this famous eye brightener. And every single one who has tried it can vouch for how well it works to hide those telltale signs of fatigue. We’d go so far as to say the YSL Touche Éclat sparked the boom of under-eye brightening concealers.
Klorane Gentle Dry Shampoo
Yes, there is such a thing as cult dry shampoo, and this one has most definitely earned its status. This trusted dry shampoo manages to absorb any excess oil without weighing down hair or leaving any heavy scents, making it the go-to for women all over the globe.
L’Oréal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray
What is it that separates L’Oréal Elnett Hairspray from the rest? According to one of our members, “My hair never gets that crunchy residue no matter how much I spray it yet still holds styles. I can brush my hair right through this without it getting stuck in the comb so it's great if I want to achieve water waves/ brushed out curls.”
Guerlain Meteorite Pearls
While these tiny balls of colour are certainly very pretty to look at, it’s what they actually do for your complexion that has made this French beauty product a must-have. Featuring light-creating polymers and a mix of colour correcting shades, a swish of the pearls and light dusting of the Meteorite powder helps give skin a radiant, luminous finish. Sounds pretty good to us.
Dior Diorshow Mascara
It lengthens, it thickens, it curls, it defines – it’s the mascara that does it all. And our members swear by it, so much so that a few have mentioned in their reviews of the Diorshow Mascara that they’ve been repurchasing it for years.
Carli was BEAUTYcrew’s Editor from launch in 2016 until May 2020. You can find her words right here on BEAUTYcrew, and previously on beautyheaven.