Colette’s Best Beauty Bets-------
In the 14 years since it opened on Paris’ Rue Saint-Honoré, Colette has become a fixture on any well-heeled traveler’s list (the store celebrates its official birthday on the first day of spring!). That’s thanks to a masterfully curated selection of fashion and accessories (currently lining the racks are Mary Katrantzou’s intricately printed Spring pieces and Olivier Theyskens’ collection for Theory); an endless stream of designer exclusives; pop-up shops (from March 1 through the 10, Colette has teamed up with Chanel on a separate space a few storefronts down Rue Saint-Honoré); and a frequently changing art gallery (the current exhibit features original artwork from magazines like Love, Muse, and Ponystep). But what occasionally gets overlooked at this Parisian behemoth of cool is its amazing selection of beauty products from around the world, many of which are unavailable in the U.S. With that in mind, we asked Lisa Libreton, Colette’s beauty manager, to share her top five current favorites. We suggest picking up one (or all) of these along with that Comme des Garçons for Paco Rabanne metal chain bag on your next visit. Or you can just buy online—did we mention they ship to the States?
Bio Effect EGF Serum
“This facial cellular activating serum from Iceland is just incredible. It restores your skin and gives it a lot of elasticity and glow. A total skincare must.”
Bio Effect EGF Serum, about $156, www.colette.fr.
David Mallett Hair Serum
“An incredibly light serum that gives your hair amazing shine and finish without a flat or greasy look.”
David Mallett Hair Serum, about $75, www.colette.fr.
Herve Herau The Way of Alchemy Cream Gel
“A fresh facial gel with natural ingredients and minerals that’s suitable for all skin types and gives your complexion a healthy glow. It is perfect as a makeup base.”
Herve Herau Way of Alchemy Gel, about $110, www.colette.fr.
Les Chochottes No Stress Essential Oil
“A 100 percent natural product, this essential oil spray is great to spray on your pillow for serenity. It’s also a good solution to fight anxiety, stress, headaches, and insomnia. A good, natural cure for a bad day!”
Les Chochottes No Stress Spray, about $14, www.colette.fr.
Essential Kit Wonder Balm
“This organic multipurpose balm for cuticles, elbows, or any dry, itchy, or irritated areas on the body is wonderfully repairing and soothing. You cannot live without it once you’ve tried it!”
Essential Kit Wonder Balm, about $21, www.colette.fr.