The French Girl's Guide to Buying Beauty Products Online
We know we're constantly writing about French beauty products and the awe-inspiring women who use them. We'd be lying, though, if we didn't admit we're endlessly fascinated by them. The effortlessness with which they wear makeup and the natural beauty that their style radiates call for a closer look.
Because French beauty products are notoriously difficult to procure, I reached out to a few cool French woman for their favorite online beauty resources. A few are obvious (Sephora is convenient, after all), and others fly a bit further under the radar. Below, find each woman's go-to sites for French products, as well as a few Korean and all-natural options.
"I frequent Violet Grey, CAP Beauty, and Sephora. I love Violet Grey because I can read reviews from people I know and trust the most. The selection is very good; it’s a guarantee of quality. CAP Beauty is for everything natural, holistic, spiritual. I love the store so much, I could spend my day there. Its products are fantastic, from the ghee butter to the smokeless grounding incense. I am a big believer of treating the inside to glow on the outside. And Sephora for all the makeup products I need for my work.
"I've become obsessed with the Double Wear Nude Cushion Stick Makeup ($42) from Estée Lauder. I am always doing my makeup on-the-go, so its perfect. I don’t like foundation, but this one perfects my skin without looking like makeup. I also buy Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Lipstick in Carnal ($32). A real intense red, so pretty! From CAP Beauty, I get my favorite vitamins, LivOn Labs Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C ($42) and The Neat Matcha Stick ($3), so I can get my matcha on the go."
"Amazon is pretty good for French beauty products and I've bought EmbryoLisse from the Target website—they have a surprisingly great selection of French beauty products. There's My French Pharma, otherwise CVS has been reliable for the basics. But, in all honesty, I just stock up on everything whenever I go visit my family in France. I'll just bring a carry on bag and go to this pharmacy in République that's open 24/7—they have some epic discounts.
"I've been using French beauty products for over 15 years—they just work for me. I know what to expect, it does what it says, nothing more nothing less. Whereas, whenever I experiment with new skin care, my skin often reacts weirdly to it.
"My favorites are Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser ($14)—I'm also obsessed with the smell—and Embryolisse Lait Crème Concentre ($16) as it solves all my skin problems and is the only moisturizer that keeps my face hydrated for over eight hours. I love La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Tinted Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen ($23) because most sunscreens I've used react weirdly to makeup, but this is the perfect base. It adds this healthy glow, and most of the time I'll typically step out wearing just that. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution ($15) is a great makeup remover, as well as a good cleanser when I'm too lazy to wash my face."
"For beauty products, I shop at Sephora and GMarket. Sephora has a lot of choices and it's really convenient while GMarket sells a lot of Korean products I can't find anywhere else. I buy mostly Korean brands on the internet because I can't find them in France, like Étude and TonyMoly. I love face masks and lipsticks."