Hi everyone! I’m back tonight with my first post about all of the *wonderful* beauty products I picked up in Paris.
I tried to do a hefty amount of research ahead of time to avoid looking like a deer in headlights once I hit the pharmacies of France, but I still had no clue what to buy. There are infinitely more brands than there are websites on these brands.
But one brand I was fairly familiar with from watching various European YouTubers over the years is Bourjois. It’s technically a drugstore brand, but let me tell you, it’s pretty freaking expensive. I don’t think any of this was under €10, which is about $11-13. And I bought this at Monoprix, which is a decently priced, Target caliber store.
Like I said in my previous post, I have no idea where people in Paris buy makeup besides Sephora and Monoprix. Maybe it’s because I was a meaningless tourist, but I didn’t come across any other stores that sold products.
The first product I knew I wanted to snag was one of Bourjois’ blushes. These are verrry tiny, and I was actually pretty worried about this getting lost or crushed in the transit home. This is a powder blush in the shade Rose Frission. It’s a rosy coral/pink that’s fairly pigmented. One note that I will make about Bourjois products is that they’re incredibly scented. They smell straight-up of your grandmother’s perfume. Normally scents don’t bother me too much, but I could smell this as I applied it on my cheeks. Once it settled on the skin, I sort of forgot about it, but those with sensitive noses should beware.
I sort of just grabbed this next product in a frenzy, as you do when you are in Paris and trying to figure out what’s the best of the best. This is a Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipstick in Don’t Pink of It. It’s a dusty, pale mauve-y pink that seems to be so popular today. This liquid lipstick is very matte, but it’s also the most comfortable liquid lipstick I’ve ever tried. It’s more of a mousse consistency, and it’s light as air on the lips. I wish I would’ve grabbed more of these, because they are lovely.
This last product was another one that, going in, I knew I needed in my makeup bag. This is Bourjois’ Poudre de Riz de Java. I have no idea what that means, but basically, it’s a beautiful loose highlighting powder. I do know that it’s a revived product in celebration of the brand’s 150th anniversary. It’s apparently one of their best-sellers from way back in 1879. It’s got a pale pink tint to it and can be used all over the face for illuminating and blurring. It also looks beautiful as a subtle highlight on the cheekbones. This one also smells like a grandma, so beware. I absolutely love this product, and I completely recommend it to anyone looking for a nice daily/office-friendly highlight.
Let me know what you think of the products I picked up! What would you get if you were in Paris?
As always, thanks for reading and putting up with my erratic posting schedule.