Today, France is ablaze in glory following last night’s World Cup win; a sea of red, white and blue, the streets of Paris are swelling with unrelenting nationalism, pride and love. And what better way to celebrate the joie de vivre of the country than with the best French beauty to hit the shelves in recent months. A little beauty patriotism if you will, to the reigning champs of both soccer and our beauty cupboards.
Here, the latest French beauty products to make you the ultimate femme français.
Bioderma hydrabio h20 solution micellaire cleanser
Bioderma’s Micellar Waters need no introduction; they have cult standing for a reason: they work. And whilst not brand new, as of this month the range had a mammoth price drop in Australia – half – which warrants some serious celebration (flares and all). Whilst the Sensibo typically gains all the accolades, our favourite is the Hydrabio H20 – a beautifully gentle daily cleanser made specifically for sensitive skin. Makeup melts off and skin is left soothed and hydrated, it’s perfect for the softies and sensitive souls among us.
Bioderma hydrabio h20 solution micellaire cleanser, $22. shop now
Phyto 9 Cream
New to Australia, this dreamy French hair cream is just the thing to make your hair French (and healthy). Enriched with 9 Plants – calendula, sage, burdock, willow, soybean, rosemary, mallow, macadamia oil, St Johns wort – the leave-in day cream hydrates, nourishes and protects hair all day long – keeping your strands hydrated from morning croissant to late-night Chardonnay.
Phyto 9 Cream Tube, $50. shop now
Chanel La Mousse
Integral to any French girl’s beauty routine is the daily discipline of cleansing, and trust Chanel to make it more of an art form than a banal task. Their new Cleansing Collection is as luxurious as they come, targeting impurities caused by makeup, sunscreen and pollution particles in six different textures and housed in Chanel’s iconic (always beautiful) packaging. Our pick is La Mousse; a rich cream texture that transforms into a fresh, fluffy mousse which purifies skin but is still extremely gentle, with that chic Chanel finish.
Chanel La Mousse Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream-To-Foam, $62. shop now
Avéne Cicalfate Post-Procedure
Whilst this new emulsion from the French pharmacy brand was specifically formulated to soothe irritations, redness and overheating after superficial dermatological procedures (think laser, chemical peels and hair removal), I have been using this little guy to appease sunburn on a recent European vacay, and it’s heaven. Super light, transparent and non-sticky, it glides onto sensitive, irritated skin like a dream, pampering it with its Thermal Spring Water and anti-bacterial agents.
Eau Thermale Avéne Cicalfate Post-Procedure, $35. shop now
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) unifiant
La Roche-Posay know pimples, and they know how to fight them. The number one acne-prone skincare range in pharmacy across Europe, their anti-acne crusade is driven by its iconic spot treatment, Effaclar Duo (+), and its new and improved version is even better, with built-in coverage. Targeting severe imperfections and spots with visible results in 12 hours, it also addresses acne recurrence, so your spots don’t pop around uninvited again.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo (+) Unifiant, $30. shop now
Cire Trudon SIX
A rather quirky offering from the world’s oldest and most revered candle manufacturer, the limited edition SIX candle plays on the sixth sense – the heart – with joy, art and whimsy. An allegorical imagining of the organ, this white floral scent is infused with hints of monoi for pure escapism, carnation to conjure memories of old lipsticks, jasmine and vanilla for a trip to the tropics. Decidedly lighter mood for the opulent candle house, even its vessel is lighter in tone; the white glass (very different to its usual dark navy and olive) comes with a series of colourfully kitsch stickers to be placed freely on the glass by the burner. Our current wick of choice, this makes our beauty (and design) heart skip a beat.
Cire Trudon Six Candle, $135. shop now
Hair Rituel by Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum
Australian Francophiles rejoice, Sisley’s prestigious Hair Rituel range is about to drop in Australia (July 29) and the product to get your hands on is the Revitalizing Fortifying Serum. An expert serum for your scalp (not your strands), the intensive treatment takes haircare to a cellular level, fixing the problem at the root (pun intended), because a healthier scalp means healthier hair.
Hair Rituel by Sisley Revitalizing Fortifying Serum, $240. shop now
Guerlain Rouge G
The best way to celebrate a win – soccer or not – is with a kiss. And as the city of love celebrates, pucker up with one of the most iconic French lipsticks, Guerlain’s Rouge G. The all-new Rouge G comes in a beautiful customisable case and new, hydrating formula. As for the shade? Red, always.
Guerlain Rouge G Lipstick, $74. shop now
David Mallet Gold Dust
It seems we’re eternally on a quest to capture that ineffable French-girl hair, and whilst it may prove très difficile to quantify it, a little sprinkling of this magic dust will most certainly help the cause. Following the success of David Mallet’s innovative volume powder, the luxurious Gold Dust powder is an elevated version of; bringing volume and reducing flatness in hair with a slight gold opalescence. It’s how French girls do luxury; understated with a hint of glint.
David Mallet Gold Dust, $89. Shop now