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The Best French Beauty Products on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing ones. We’ve covered cult-y French pharmacy products, under-the-radar French beauty, and some of Rio’s French favorites; here, we’ve rounded up the best French beauty products, overall, on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best moisturizer

Embryolisse Concentrated Lait Cream

“OMG. This is a wonderful discovery. I am into skin care. I’ve tried $10 drug-store items as well as $300-per-container ones obtained on Park Avenue. This Embryolisse is the most cost effective moisturizer ever. I discovered it by reading reviews on facial creams as the air gets very dry in the northeastern USA. A pea-sized dab of this cream works for the whole day. My face instantly feels relieved when I apply it. It does not feel greasy, either.”

Best multipurpose cream

La Roche-Posay Cicaplast Baume B5 Soothing Repairing Balm

“This is a small miracle in a tube. I bought it at the recommendation of my derm after an IPL treatment and it’s been the fastest and smoothest recovery. The dark spots were gone in one week. The panthenol/B5 regenerates skin, hydrates, and has a plumping effect. I’ve been using it during super cold days, for minor scratches, and for reducing the peeling effect of Retin-A. It’s simply amazing for protecting against moisture loss!”

Best makeup remover

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water

“Takes off my waterproof eyeliner and mascara with little fuss. Easy on the eyes, feels light and fresh after using. My skin does not feel stripped or dry, just clean and supple. I have sensitive skin, and several times a week I wear heavy makeup. I use it twice a day, at least. I wear contacts and it doesn’t ever bother them. Odorless.”

Best dry shampoo

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk

“AMAZING. I have tried many dry shampoos (e.g., Bumble and Bumble, Herbal Essences, Blow Dry Bar, and many more), none of which compare to this. When I use it, my hair feels just-washed. This dry shampoo does not make it feel gross and dirty like the other ones I have used in the past. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this product.”

Best cleanser

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

“This has the same milky, non-foaming texture as Cetaphil and CeraVe, but is visibly better and faster at dissolving makeup and dirt — clean rinsing, no need to ‘tissue off,’ and no need for double-cleansing. It takes literally just a few rubs to break down makeup — Toleriane does the job! My face is left sparkling clean with no residue, and without feeling tight or dry.”

Best serum

Vichy Minéral 89 Daily Skin Booster Serum and Moisturizer

“Really a big fan of this. The feel is very slippery and light, there’s no offensive odor, and it leaves your skin feeling clean and protected. I am outside all winter, and Mineral 89 won me over. The benefits of using it are clear at the end of the day. Only a small amount is needed for each treatment, so the bottle lasts a long time — worth the price!”

Best sunscreen

La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 60

“I absolutely love this sunscreen. As a very fair-skinned redhead, I have tried a lot of them, and this is by far the best. It has a very light consistency that absorbs quickly without a greasy feel. It makes my skin velvety soft and works great as a makeup primer. As someone who wears sunscreen every single day, I cannot recommend this enough.”

Best face mist

Avène Eau Thermale Thermal Spring Water

“I call this ‘magic water’ because it truly is. I just sprayed it on my broken-out face a few hours ago and already my skin is soft as a baby’s booty and the redness is diminished. It’s healing water. No joke, no scam, worth every penny. It works well on hives, and I’d recommend it for your daily regimen to prevent wrinkles from forming, too.”

Best hand cream

L’Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream

“Amazing lotion! Very thick, slightly greasy — but it absorbs quickly — and it seems to have the power to remove (for a while) incipient crepe-y wrinkles on my hands! Pretty miraculous. I love this stuff.”

Best retinol cream

Avène Eau Thermale RetrinAL 0.1 Intensive Cream

“I’ve used Avène wrinkle creams for a few years, on and off, and always come back to them. RetrinAL is a bit pricey, but I’m 38 and have no wrinkles yet and I like to think that this product has something to do with that. I love that it’s effective but not harsh and has no fragrance. A bonus is that it actually cleared the cystic acne that started in my mid 30s! I will continue to purchase this product.”

Best shower oil

L’Occitane Cleansing & Softening Almond Shower Oil

“I don’t mean to sound corny, but this stuff changed my life. I’ve been using it for almost two years now, and my dry skin is much improved. It hasn’t cured me, but having to apply moisturizer every day, to worry about having the shower five degrees too hot, or about staying in it for a minute too long, and feeling it for hours — that stuff is all in the past.”

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The Best French Beauty Products, According to Amazon Reviews