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Situated on the corner of Rue Saint-Honoré in Paris is France’s chicest department store, boasting everything from toys to clothing to beauty products. It’s so chic, in fact, that it even houses a water bar serving more than 100 brands of bottled H20. It’s where cool meets everything else and where everyone goes to be cool. Its name? Colette.
The mother-daughter duo (Colette and Sarah Andelman, respectively) who started the hip click-and-brick shop wanted to create a “surprising, refreshing, and inspiring” hub for global brands of all categories, according to WWD. Their goal is to create something that’s continuously evolving while also remaining familiar and true to its artistic, eclectic roots.
Colette was one of the first shops to marry luxury brands with street style, the latter of which, the duo says, played an integral role in their recipe for Colette’s “cocktail,” even in terms of beauty.
Which brings us to Colette’s Beauty Box, the section of the three-story shop that beauty lovers across the globe make a special trip just to peruse. It’s there you’ll find international beauty brands that most department stores don’t carry, as well as the obvious French brands beloved by the locals. Below, we’ve included a selection of the best products at Colette (some of which you may already be familiar with, all of which are shoppable online).
Named Baume 27 for its 27 anti-aging ingredients, this rich, creamy balm repairs cells and thickens the top layer of the skin, ideal for after a peel.
Pump a few mists of this volumizing powder into your roots to give your mane volume and lift without weighing it down.
Icelandic women first became obsessed with this serum, which has quickly become a staple in a slew of European women’s beauty bags. Fortified with epidermal growth factors, it makes your skin look and feel smoother.
This cleansing oil works for both dry and oily skin to cleanse, nourish, and moisturize, all in one wash.
If you’re looking for an earthy aroma, this cult-loved fragrance formulated with plants, woods, and spices is a great option.
This oil can be used on hair, skin, and body to soften and hydrate each area as well as evoke energy and vitality with its vibrant fragrance.
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