July 14, 2021

11 Of The Best French Beauty Brands

by Danielle Gay

To celebrate Bastille Day, the Gritty Pretty team shares their favourite beauty brands originating in France.

French women are often described as having a certain je ne sais quoi—a phrase that translates to having a quality that cannot be easily described. Though we can’t always name the reason French women appear so chic (one only has to follow the Instagram account @frenchgirldaily for proof), it has to have something to do with the incredible beauty brands at their fingertips.

“French beauty is natural, minimalistic and effortless,” describes Emilie Roberson from the French Beauty Co. who also happens to be French (a good source then, we figured!). “We believe in a less is more attitude. Invest in skincare and adopt a healthy lifestyle—makeup comes after, to enhance your natural beauty.”

Roberson says she was taught from a young age to look after her skin, something she says is simply part of the French culture. “The basis of all French skincare regimens is hydration, it is the first beauty gesture we learn. Skin that is fully hydrated is better protected to resist external factors and the signs of ageing. French girls love an understated look in fashion and the same could be said for their face. It’s like treating the skin, complexion and makeup as an extension of fashion, an accessory if you like. French girls want to look as natural as possible, they don’t appreciate a heavily applied makeup look.” 

While Roberson admits that French beauty and A-beauty, or Australian beauty, share many similarities (including a ‘less-is-more’ approach, with a preference for natural, clean and green ingredients), there is a point of difference: “French girls tend to form very close ties with their esthetician as they see them so frequently for maintenance. Another must-do is that we use fresh water on the face before applying your routine, like thermal water or micellar water. The skin glows from this extra step.”

We’re grateful to Roberson for sharing her French-girl beauty secrets and we thought we’d pass on the favour by sharing the Gritty Pretty team’s favourite French brands. Roberson’s pick? “I have been using Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water religiously for over 10 years. It is a gentle cleanser and the most efficient makeup remover I have tried.” Consider that added to our shopping carts!

See the Gritty Pretty team’s picks below.

 

Danielle Gay
Beauty Director & Executive Editor

Sisley

“I love Sisley. Its ranges span across makeup, skincare, fragrance and hair products, which means there’s an essential French-girl-approved product for every step of your beauty routine. If I have to recommend just one product (that is hard!) I’d have to say a good old classic like the Black Rose Precious Face Oil, a deliciously silky face oil to hydrate and protect the skin.”

Trudon

“Formerly Cire Trudon, Trudon is one of my favourite luxury candle brands. It was founded all the way back in 1643 and actually originally provided candles to the royal court. Each candle is still made and manufactured in France and the scents are heavenly. It’s The Good Candle, if you know what I mean. Here is my favourite!”

 

Rose Garnett
Beauty Writer

Klorane

“On top of being experts when it comes to effortless, chic dressing, French women know beauty. Their understated beauty philosophy has always influenced the way I, myself, put a beauty look together: never perfect, slightly edgy and always playing up my favourite features. That’s why I love French hair care brand Klorane. Their dry shampoo is my all-time favourite and is the perfect product to add volume and sexiness to your tousled waves.”

 

Liz Finnigan
Senior Designer

Diptyque

“Classic designer-move, I’m a sucker for packaging and especially typography. I’m obsessed with Diptyque‘s stamp-style labels, and their perfume bottles are to die for. Doesn’t hurt that they smell amazing too!”

Dior

“Cliché but this one holds a sweet slice of nostalgia for me. I remember buying one of those mini Dior perfume gift packs on my first big international flight, and it felt so luxurious and special. I held on to those little bottles for long after they were finished.”

 

Eleanor Pendleton
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Bioderma

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Cleansing Water is my favourite micellar cleansing water of all time. End of.”

Embryolisse

Embryolisse Lait Creme-Concentrate —my favourite French pharmacy moisturiser and mask. Simple, effective, leave skin super soft.”

 

Sue Hoffman
Brand Partnerships Manager

Bourjois

The Little Round Pot Blush! I remember when my client introduced me to this product a number of years ago now and couldn’t understand what all of the fuss was about. After using it, I got it! So chic so small and so good!”

Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle is my “going out” fragrance. I have it in the handy purse spray size so my kids know that whenever they can smell this on me I’m heading out on the town! It’s my final flourish when I’m getting ready—a spray and then I walk out that door enveloped in the beautiful scent.”

 

Kate Reeves
Art Director

La Roche-Posay

“J’adore La Roche-Posay for their 50+ Anthelios SPF (and the kids version is amazing for my little ones!).” 

 

Nicola Sevitt
Special Projects Producer

Caudalie

“The brand is natural and great for sensitive skin. There is a range for literally everyone (shop here!).”

 

Eliza Hynd
Head Of Partnerships

Sisley

“Word on the street is the new Phyto Blanc range could be a great lockdown skin saviour.”

Diptyque

“My all-time favourite for candles and signature parfums!”

“French beauty is natural, minimalistic and effortless,” describes Emilie Roberson from the French Beauty Co. who also happens to be French (a good source then, we figured!). “We believe in a less is more attitude. Invest in skincare and adopt a healthy lifestyle—makeup comes after, to enhance your natural beauty.”

Roberson says she was taught from a young age to look after her skin, something she says is simply part of the French culture. “The basis of all French skincare regimens is hydration, it is the first beauty gesture we learn. Skin that is fully hydrated is better protected to resist external factors and the signs of ageing. French girls love an understated look in fashion and the same could be said for their face. It’s like treating the skin, complexion and makeup as an extension of fashion, an accessory if you like. French girls want to look as natural as possible, they don’t appreciate a heavily applied makeup look.” 

While Roberson admits that French beauty and A-beauty, or Australian beauty, share many similarities (including a ‘less-is-more’ approach, with a preference for natural, clean and green ingredients), there is a point of difference: “French girls tend to form very close ties with their esthetician as they see them so frequently for maintenance. Another must-do is that we use fresh water on the face before applying your routine, like thermal water or micellar water. The skin glows from this extra step.”

We’re grateful to Roberson for sharing her French-girl beauty secrets and we thought we’d pass on the favour by sharing the Gritty Pretty team’s favourite French brands. Roberson’s pick? “I have been using Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water religiously for over 10 years. It is a gentle cleanser and the most efficient makeup remover I have tried.” Consider that added to our shopping carts!

See the Gritty Pretty team’s picks below.

 

Danielle Gay
Beauty Director & Executive Editor

Sisley

“I love Sisley. Its ranges span across makeup, skincare, fragrance and hair products, which means there’s an essential French-girl-approved product for every step of your beauty routine. If I have to recommend just one product (that is hard!) I’d have to say a good old classic like the Black Rose Precious Face Oil, a deliciously silky face oil to hydrate and protect the skin.”

Trudon

“Formerly Cire Trudon, Trudon is one of my favourite luxury candle brands. It was founded all the way back in 1643 and actually originally provided candles to the royal court. Each candle is still made and manufactured in France and the scents are heavenly. It’s The Good Candle, if you know what I mean. Here is my favourite!”

 

Rose Garnett
Beauty Writer

Klorane

“On top of being experts when it comes to effortless, chic dressing, French women know beauty. Their understated beauty philosophy has always influenced the way I, myself, put a beauty look together: never perfect, slightly edgy and always playing up my favourite features. That’s why I love French hair care brand Klorane. Their dry shampoo is my all-time favourite and is the perfect product to add volume and sexiness to your tousled waves.”

 

Liz Finnigan
Senior Designer

Diptyque

“Classic designer-move, I’m a sucker for packaging and especially typography. I’m obsessed with Diptyque‘s stamp-style labels, and their perfume bottles are to die for. Doesn’t hurt that they smell amazing too!”

Dior

“Cliché but this one holds a sweet slice of nostalgia for me. I remember buying one of those mini Dior perfume gift packs on my first big international flight, and it felt so luxurious and special. I held on to those little bottles for long after they were finished.”

 

Eleanor Pendleton
Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Bioderma

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Cleansing Water is my favourite micellar cleansing water of all time. End of.”

Embryolisse

Embryolisse Lait Creme-Concentrate —my favourite French pharmacy moisturiser and mask. Simple, effective, leave skin super soft.”

 

Sue Hoffman
Brand Partnerships Manager

Bourjois

The Little Round Pot Blush! I remember when my client introduced me to this product a number of years ago now and couldn’t understand what all of the fuss was about. After using it, I got it! So chic so small and so good!”

Chanel

Coco Mademoiselle is my “going out” fragrance. I have it in the handy purse spray size so my kids know that whenever they can smell this on me I’m heading out on the town! It’s my final flourish when I’m getting ready—a spray and then I walk out that door enveloped in the beautiful scent.”

 

Kate Reeves
Art Director

La Roche-Posay

“J’adore La Roche-Posay for their 50+ Anthelios SPF (and the kids version is amazing for my little ones!).” 

 

Nicola Sevitt
Special Projects Producer

Caudalie

“The brand is natural and great for sensitive skin. There is a range for literally everyone (shop here!).”

 

Eliza Hynd
Head Of Partnerships

Sisley

“Word on the street is the new Phyto Blanc range could be a great lockdown skin saviour.”

Diptyque

“My all-time favourite for candles and signature parfums!”

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