6 French Pharmacy Makeup Must-Haves You’ll Adore

French Pharmacy makeup products

French pharmacy is big for skincare, but what about makeup?

When you hear the words French Pharmacy, your first thoughts, probably go-to skincare. First spotted in use backstage at Paris Fashion Week, French Pharmacy skincare remains a fascination for many beauty lovers who are hoping to unlock the secrets to French women’s incredible skin. One area of French pharmacies that isn’t as talked about, however, is makeup; which as you’re about to find out, has several hidden gems worth getting excited about.

In a recent poll, we discovered that 24% of you haven’t heard of any French Pharmacy makeup and 20% of you’ve only ever bought skincare products. We can’t have that, so here’s the under-the-radar makeup every French Pharmacy fan should try.


1.The Multi-Tasker Models Love

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre in a French Pharmacy makeup edit

Embryolisse is a big deal in French Pharmacy skincare and is used by countless models such as Emma Willis, Karlie Kloss and Scarlett Johansson. But, what you may not realise about this iconic moisturiser is that it can also be used as a makeup primer or a gorgeous natural base when mixed with your everyday foundation. Rich and intensely hydrating, the creamy formula works perfectly as a nourishing primer under your favourite foundation. And, when mixed with your foundation it creates a lighter base ideal for the warmer months. The finish is similar to that of a BB cream: glowy, moisturised and natural, plus your skin will be plumped thanks to Embryolisse’s hyaluronic acid ingredient.

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2. The Skin-Smoothing Foundation

Vichy Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation in a French Pharmacy Makeup edit

Vichy Dermablend Foundation is an exceptional medium-full coverage foundation, which in my eyes, doesn’t get enough credit! The best ally to anyone with oily or blemish-prone skin, the skin-smoothing formula offers a natural satin finish that doesn’t look at all cakey or mask-like. Not only does it make your skin look flawless, but it works on reducing the amount of oil your skin produces so that it stays shine-free and matte in the right places. The foundation will blur redness, blemishes or uneven skin tone, and you’ll be left with an even, radiant and clear complexion – what more could you want from a foundation?

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3. The Essential Lip Balm

Uriage Moisturising Lipstick in a French Pharmacy makeup edit
The first step before applying any makeup; Uriage Moisturising Lipstick’s creamy balm leaves zero colour and conditions and moisturises leaving your lips primed for applying your signature lip lacquer. A level-up from your everyday lip balm, the angled design coats every millimetre of your lips. The balm lipstick imparts subtle shine onto the lips and ensures that your pout is hydrated using a combination of borage oil and shea butter. But that’s not it – the formula offers the lips antioxidant protection from environmental aggressors such as pollution and UV rays thanks to vitamin C and E. In one easy swipe, your lips are soft, repaired and soothed!

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4. The No-Irritation Mascara

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Multi-Dimension Mascara in a French Pharmacy makeup edit
Minimal but with impact, the Toleriane Multi-Dimension Mascara is worth knowing. Why? Firstly, it has a 3D formula, which works with the rubber wand to lengthen and separate lashes so that they look voluminous but never overdone. Secondly, it keeps sensitive eyes comfortable and itch-free when you’re wearing or removing it thanks to soothing reconstituted lacrymal liquid which moisturises your cornea and conjunctiva. Your lashes won’t become weak or brittle from daily wear like most mascaras either. Instead, each application of the serum-mascara will strengthen and condition due to the nourishing ingredient arginine.

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5. The Highlighter Meghan Markle Used

Eucerin Aquaphor Soothing Skin Balm in a french pharmacy makeup edit
Aquaphor Balm may seem like an unlikely product to find at the bottom of a makeup bag, but it’s exactly what you’d find if you rummaged through the makeup bag of Meghan Markle’s wedding makeup artist, Daniel Martin. A healing balm, turned glowy highlighter, Daniel iconically used Aquaphor as a beautiful glistening dewy highlight on the high points of Meghan’s face to create a natural glow that looks like her own skin.

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6. The Best-Selling Makeup Remover

Bioderma Sensibio H2O - Micelle Solution in a French Pharmacy makeup edit

Ok – you got me! Bioderma Sensibio H2O isn’t strictly French Pharmacy makeup but it’s essential for every makeup bag. 

The Sensibio alcohol-free solution takes the top spot as our all-time #1 best selling French Pharmacy product at Escentual, and with one sold every 3 seconds worldwide, it’s no surprise. But, why is it a makeup must-have? The alcohol-free solution will clean up any mascara mishaps, eyeliner or lipstick smudges. It also has a strong formula that will remove heavy and waterproof makeup, so you wouldn’t expect it to be gentle enough for sensitive skin, but it is thanks to its neutral pH. 

The formula ensures every last trace of your makeup is removed using Micelle technology, which respects the balance of your skin while it binds dirt, oil and impurities so that your skin is totally cleansed. Not to mention, the solution is no-rinse, so it will save a few minutes of your morning and evening skincare routine too.


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