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If you’re in France, go to the pharmacies and get Embryolisse and Bioderma Crealine H20. The former is an amazing moisturizer and the latter is a micellar solution that works great as a makeup remover that doesn’t leave a scent or residue.

this is such a great thread! i am going to be doing a study abroad in europe this spring! please, all suggestions!

I forgot about my sunscreen: La Roche-Posay Anthelios AC. I’ve seen other Anthelios sunscreens at Walgreens, but never this same one (which I bought in Colombia, after my dermatologist recommended it and there was no way for me to go to France for sunscreen lol), which is especially formulated for oily/acne-prone skin. It is AMAZING!!! Many face sunscreens claim to be oil-free, but after using this, they all seem like their main ingredient is oil! This is perfect for anyone suffering from oily skin.

I also loved Monoprix and Galeries Lafayette when I was living in France. Although most cosmetics that are also sold in the US are way more expensive (16 Euro for a Revlon eye shadow quad that I had bought at Walmart for $5), everything has a tester, something htat I truly missed when I was studying in the US.

To whomever said MUFE was cheaper and had a wider range of products at Sephora in France than in the US, I definitely did not see that. As I remember it, everything was the same number but different currencies ($26 vs. 26Euro) which would make things more expensive in France.

Somthing interesting to note is that Sephoras in France also carry drugstore brands, like L’oreal and Maybelline, though everything is priced over 10Euro.

If you only buy one thing, make it the Bioderma Solution Micellaire, which is very inexpensive (I think it was about 5Euro for a 500mL bottle) and I completely regret not buying when I had the chance since the same exact bottle is about 26Euro in Colombia ;(

I stumbled across a Kiko store when I was in Paris this year. It’s a Nyx-like brand in a MAC-like environment, and for the price the products are pretty good, I especially liked the nail polishes: the colors may have not been super unique, but they’re nicely pigmented, flow well and at something like 3 Euro, a great deal.

Hi , just wondering where can i find KIKO in Paris, will be there next week, just love their products, their skin tone primer is fab.
Can anyone help/
Thks
Nina

If you’re going to Spain, Italy, or France, definitely stop by a Sephora and see if you can pick up some Fred Farruggia eyeshadow duos and blushes – they are of absolutely incredible quality. Most European Sephoras also have a wider range of Makeup For Ever products, including the sculpting blushes, which are great. They tend to be more expensive, but there are often sales, especially if you go during the summer months.

Also see if you can find Yves Rocher, which makes really nice skincare stuff in addition to makeup (really nice eyeshadows). Kiko, which is an Italian brand, has some really nice eyeshadows and eye pencils (which again are often on sale).

If you’re in the UK (esp London), you can definitely pick up some of the EU-exclusive Illamasqua shades

I would definitely be looking for some Sleek makeup products if I were in the UK – I have heard amazing things about them!! Also, just as I was reading through the comments on this thread – I’m not sure about in the US or anywhere else, but you can purchase Yves Rocher and Bourjois products in Canada! Bourjois is sold in some Shopper’s Drug Mart stores, and Yves Rocher can be ordered online, or purchased in certain malls, where they have a stand-alone store. 🙂

YES!
Buy every Sleek eyeshadow palette going – absolutely incredible value. As long as you use a primer, these shadows will enable you to create amazing looks, only £6.99 for something like 12 colours which last so long. Amazing!

You can mail order Yves Rocher in the U.S.! My mom has been a customer ever since we lived in France (it’s mail order there too), has been getting products from them in the U.S. for the past decade. They often have gifts with purchase and discounts too!

In Germany, I would say P2, Astor,which are both cosmetics brands found in drug stores very affordable and great quality. I love the P2 line especially the lipsticks and lipglosses! Catrice is another brand I have heard great things about here but I have never been lucky enough to stumble onto it in the drug stores, I suppose maybe in some of the department store make-up sections where they sell the same above mentioned brands as well as others possibly but I hardly ever venture into the gallerias here since I don’t really have a need to lol..Catrice I have heard makes great eye shadows available in singles and quads.

As far as I know they stock Catrice in lots of Mueller drugstores. I bought a few nailpolishes from them a few months ago and they wear like IRON. No base/topcoat and they don’t chip at all!

Another thing great about European drugstore shopping is that eyeshadows ect have samples, so you can really see if they’re any good, and which ones from the range stand out or not. I remember swatching some Catrice eyeshadows and some were so-so where others were insanely awesome (they have this nuts glittery black single eyeshadow).

In Germany and Switzerland, you can also find “Essence” cosmetics. It is a nice drugstore brand. The quality is pretty good for the price.

In France, I would of course recommend Sephora, but also Monoprix (a high quality drugstore), and if in a big city Galeries Lafayette or Printemps for luxury brands.

Where do you go to buy makeup, though? I moved to Berlin a couple of months ago, and the only place I’ve found makeup counters is Rossmann – well, and all the organic brands in LPG and the Bio Drogerie. Are there any pharmacies that carry makeup? Or supermarkets?

For visitors, I’d definitely recommend checking out all the organic brands – both makeup and skin care. Germany is really, really good at organic, and the selection is good. Many brands are quite cheap, too. In Denmark, go to Matas or a department store like Magasin. I think Nilens Jord (perfume- and paraben-free makeup) makes GREAT mascaras and shadows. GOSH is Danish, but the prices are the same or higher, and the selection smaller than elsewhere.

If you visit Sweden I would check out Make up Store for some great makeup in every color you can imagine and also I would check out FACE Stockholm.

If you’re in Italy, absolutely Kiko! Great quality at low price (in Europe drugstore branda are more expensive than in the USA, Kiko is a bit lower than those prices)! 🙂

You can also find Inglot in Poland of course, but they have several shops in Finland, Ireland, Italy, and Netherlands, and some other European countries. Inglot is also in London, UK.
Some of the Northern European brands are Face Stockholm and Make Up Store from Sweden (like Kiko, cheaper Mac), and Lumene from Finland (makeup and natural cosmetics). They can be found in several countries.
To my experience (resent trips), London has the largest variety of brands in general, then comes Berlin, and then Paris.

Visit the Limoni Perfumeria stores in Italy, they have loads of makeup and the greatest paper bags. My favourite brands there are Pupa and Collistar. Great packaging and pigmentation.
I second the Sleek comment above. Amazing prices and product.

I’m from the Netherlands, and we have drugstores called Kruidvat en Etos.
Kruidvat have Catrice and Essence, cheap brands, with nice make up.
Etos have MNY, another cheap brand with nice make up.

Kiko is already mentioned, but unfortunately (still) not available here, but Germany have Kiko shops.

If you love perfumes and you are in Paris, try to visit the Serge Lutens boutique at the Palais Royale (entrance from the garden side). It´s stunning and only there you can try the whole range.
The maison Guerlain (68, avenue des Champs Elysees, 75008 Paris) is just beautiful and there are a few fragances exclusive to this store.

Also the french parapharmacy is a must, Embryolisse has a very nice range of affordable products, most of them are parabene and silicone free.

Totally of topic: If you are in Maastricht,visit Selexyz Dominicanen (Dominicanerkerkstraat 1, 6211 Maastricht), it is a bookstore located in an secularized Gothic Church.

I-d recommend Boujois and Kiko on the makeup department and also recommend to try some skincare like La Roche Posay and Avene. Cheaper than the US and with a wider range o products. Also, of course, the already mentioned Crealine H2O de Bioderma.

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