Top French Pharmacy Buys Under £30

By Tamara Corin | 16th April 2024
French beauty

French pharmacy is full of beauty treasures that have been passed down from generation to generation and become French girl beauty staples that continue to be reliable, hardworking, and surprisingly affordable. But gone are the days when you had to travel to Paris to stock up on your French pharmacy favourites. Here, we’ve whittled down the French beauty buys under £30 with a certain je ne sais quoi…that you can buy without crossing the English Channel.

French beauty buys we swear by


Collosal Eau de Lait, £21

Developed in the 50s, in response to theatre actresses needing a great make-up remover that didn’t strip their skin. A Parisian pharmacist created this innovative and cutting-edge product that has remained a French beauty favourite for decades.

Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré, £16.41

This backstage beauty staple has gained cult status thanks to its multi-tasking formula that can be used as a primer, moisturiser, or make-up remover. You won’t find a makeup artist without this in their kit bag.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Golden Shimmer Multi-Purpose Dry Oil, £20

This non-greasy dry oil has been around for decades but still making waves across the globe as the French girl’s essential for giving the sexiest and beautifully scented sheen to limbs and hair. Here’s a YouTube tutorial on how to apply the Nuxe product.

La Roche-Posay Thermal Water Spray, £9.50

A previous heavyweight in our best face mists, this light mist refreshes, calms, and hydrates skin in seconds. And the nozzle gives the perfect amount of spritz without ruining your makeup.

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Miscellar Water, from £5.30

Time poor and need to remove makeup in an instant? This miscellar water will dissolve grime effortlessly and leave skin squeaky clean. You’ll soon be buying this on repeat.

La Rosée – 3 in 1 Regenerating Stick Mask, £18.90

This iconic skincare stick purifies and tightens pores within your skin leaving a brighter and smoother complexion in its path. And who doesn’t love skincare on a stick?

Typology Tinted Serum, £30.90

This hybrid skincare makeup serum gives a no-makeup makeup finish while feeding the skin with essential nutrients. Plus it comes in six wearable shades.

Dexeryl Emollient Cream, from £7.15

This super hydrating thick emollient is a lifesaver for dry skin conditions that need that extra TLC. One for the whole family to share.

Klorane Oat Milk Dry Shampoo, £11.50

One of beauty’s greatest inventions, this French favourite still reigns as our number-one go-to that mops up grease and prolongs our hair-washing day.

Phyto Plage Original Protective Sun Oil, £17.75

Protecting skin since the 70s, this lightweight sun oil can be found under every sun umbrella in the French Riviera. Smells like summer in a bottle! Take a look at more French suncare that we rate.

Avène Tolerance Control Soothing Skin Recovery Cream for Sensitive, £16.80

If you suffer from hypersensitive skin, this calms redness, stops tingling and controls heat without adding to the irritation. Packed with all the goodness from the French thermal spring water.

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Face Serum, £27.50

Packed with water sourced directly from the Auvergne French volcanoes, this French skincare favourite has fast become a global best-seller due to its plumping and hydrating action and consistently features on many HB skincare round-ups.

Caudalie Beauty Elixir, £27.20

If your skin usually has a 3pm dip and needs an instant pick-me-up, this natural toning mist tightens pores and provides an instant shot of radiance in just one spritz. A deskside beauty essential that is deserving of its cult status.

Boiron Homéoplasmine, £14

Consider this your multitasking balm that soothes and heals dry patches and sore areas, (great for around your nose when you have a cold). It’s also a secret weapon for many makeup artists – excellent as a primer on both face and lips.

Oh My Cream! Mascara, £20

This no-frills clean beauty brand is the latest French favourite to reach UK shores and their mascara is guaranteed to become a bestseller thanks to its super gentle formula that lengthens and strengthens without a tear or sore eye in sight! Their botanical active skincare is seriously worth checking out too.

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