If you were to transcribe a conversation between two beauty editors in Microsoft Word and control-F the words “French beauty,” it would probably show up around 200 million times (a very scientific guess). Eavesdrop on our conversation and you’ll most likely hear queries such as How do French women eat so much bread and stay thin? and Which micellar water is your favorite? We’ve pretty much exhausted the topic of French beauty at this point, except for one thing—we never will. The power of sheer will knows no bounds.
This time, however, we thought we’d take a break from our endless questions (but seriously, though—will this baguette make me look like Clémence Poésy?) and turn the spotlight on the French products non–beauty editors can’t stop raving about. To sift through the (internet) chatter, we enlisted the help of our friends at Rank & Style, a site that aggregates the top-rated and buzz-worthies beauty and fashion products on the web. Want to know what your fellow Francophiles are obsessing over? What about the number one French beauty product on the internet? Keep scrolling to see!
This antioxidant-infused lip balm is made with grape polyphenols and soothing apricot oil to give you soft, kissable lips. Swipe on with abandon for lips like Jeanne Damas’s.
Ask any makeup artist, beauty editor, or French ingénue to talk about micellar water, and chances are high she’ll mention this one from Bioderma. It’s a model favorite and can be used for taking off makeup, cleansing your skin, and refreshing it throughout the day.
This sunny-colored balm-in-a-pot from French brand Nuxe has reached cult status and, lucky for you, can now be found on the shelves of your local Target. Made with shea butter, it sinks into dry, thirsty lips and makes them pillow soft.
This luxurious shower oil transforms into a light foam that cleanses your body and leaves it lightly scented with fresh almond. It’s intoxicating—no wonder women everywhere love it.
It’s no surprise that the buzziest French beauty product on the interwebs is from French pharmacy brand La Roche-Posay. It is somewhat surprising that it’s this foaming cleanser, since most of us associate the gentle brand with killer sunscreens and lotions that are perfect for sensitive skin. So what makes this cleanser special?
First of all, it’s fragrance- and preservative-free, making it perfect for anyone struggling with skin irritations like rosacea, eczema, dermatitis, or just general sensitivity. With a pleasantly short ingredient list featuring soothing ingredients like glycerin and sorbitol, it’s the perfect way to remove your makeup and gently cleanse without stripping your skin and leaving it with that super-tight feeling.