A Luxurious Deep Dive Into French Skincare: Orlane

person holding Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum
The latest innovation from Orlane, the B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum.

When it comes to French skincare, Orlane is one of the most luxurious and efficacious brands on the market. Founded in 1947 and currently 100% family owned, I like to think of this Orleans-based research-first range as a well-guarded secret amongst beauty connoisseurs. Today, I am thrilled to spotlight my favorites from this opulent brand, which features tested and true classics as well as fresh and innovative formulations that address the ever evolving needs of the modern woman.

Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of everything in action as well as the Bottom Line…

orlane skincare products
Spotlight on Orlane.

A Luxurious Deep Dive Into French Skincare: Orlane

When it comes to skincare, Orlane has a created a stable of offerings that address both general goals and specific concerns, making it an ideal line for anyone looking to take their visage to the next level. I’ve used many of the formulas nearly 10 years and am always pleased with the quality and consistency of my results.

B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum by Orlane
Introducing the

Most recently, Orlane’s release of the B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum (also available at Orlane) is an answer to all those seeking the most even complexion possible. Catalyzed by the potent 21 Amino Acids of the Pale Blue Iris, this serum preemptively addresses the causes of age spots while brightening dark spots and hyperpigmentation with regular usage. Clinical results include 100% less visible dark spots, 100% fewer and smaller dark spots, 100% even and radiant complexion and 100% hydrated skin.

Beauty Professor Blogger Rachel Anise Wegter using Orlane skincare product

Orlane Trial and Review

To trial its effects, I used this serum for nearly 6 weeks and noticed a marked improvement in the hyperpigmention in the center of my face (likely due to some sunscreen-free summers of my past). Overall, my skin looks brighter and more even-toned and I am duly impressed. If you’ve been in search of a formula to safely address hyperpigmentation issues, look no further!

Beauty Professor Blogger Rachel Anise Wegter holding a skincare product

The Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum and B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask
Power Pair: The Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance Serum and B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask.

In addition to the new B21 Extraordinaire Dark Spot Radiance SerumOrlane has another exciting release that I have been enjoying weekly. The sublime B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask (also available at Orlane) takes fatigued skin and transforms it in a mere 10 minutes, filling out wrinkles from the inside out and leaving the face plump and smooth. In addition to being a necessary companion in my travel skincare bag (it’s a post-flight must) this mask is a calming and indulgent at-home self care moment that I now embrace multiple times a month.

Beauty Professor Blogger Rachel Anise Wegter using the B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask
The Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask.
B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask by Orlane
Excellent for travel and home use, the B21 Extraordinaire Youth Filler Mask delivers instant results.
An Orlane skincare wardrobe.

In addition to its newest launches, there are also some key Orlane formulas that I deeply enjoy and use regularly include:

B21 Extraordinaire Youth Reset Serum (also available at Orlane)

This was the first B21 formula I tried, many years ago and I still reach for it thanks to its ability to reset cells while fighting all visible signs of aging including unevenness, fine lines, wrinkles and slack skin. The proprietary B21 Youth Complex contains 21 amino acids extracted from the stem cells of the Pale Blue Iris. Clinical trials show that regular usage yields smoother, more densified and hydrated skin.

Orlane B21 Extraordinaire Renewal Oil (also available at Orlane)

Especially effective for post-winter dry and parched skin, this lightweight oil is 100% natural and entirely restorative. Rife with Alaria Oil from Brittany as well as a synergistic blend of coriander, safflower, avocado and jojoba oil, it layers beautifully over the Youth Reset Serum and plays well with all skin types.

B21 Extraordinaire Neck and Decollete Lifting Care (also available at Orlane)

For the delicate yet crucial neck and décolleté zone, this serum-meets-cream hydrates and tightens on contact. The Youth Reset Complex, fortified with the 21 different amino acids from the Pale Iris, encourage cells to function at maximum levels of vitality, enhancing the look of smoothness and feeling of firmness in an area that is often subject to slackening and wrinkles. It’s a daily post-shower must for me!

B21 Extraordinaire Dual Grain Scrub (also available at Orlane)

When it’s time to gently yet thoroughly exfoliate, this  genius formula, which employs the refining power of variegated volcanic grains and rice grains, double polishes without irritation. I use 1 to 2 times a week for optimal results.

B21 Extraordinaire Youth Eye Contour Cream (also available at Orlane)

One of the number one product recommendation requests that I get from my Beauty Professor community involves eye cream and this formula handles all orbital concerns in an elegant and effective manner. Powered by 21 Pale Iris Amino Acids, this fragrance-free wonder targets dark circles, bags, wrinkles and dull skin with an illuminating and creamy texture that instantly absorbs like a serum.

 

luxe Orlane lineup by Beauty Professor Blogger Rachel Anise Wegter
My luxe Orlane lineup.
Beauty Professor Blogger Rachel Anise Wegter  wearing chic two-piece set and New Balance sneakers
Style notes.

// Style Notes //

This chic two-piece set (I sized up to an 8 for a roomier, more relaxed fit) is effortless for work and play. To keep it casual, I paired it with New Balance sneakers and, when I wear it on campus, I add a blazer and heels. It’s a timeless wardrobe staple.

Rachel Anise Wegter  wearing chic two-piece set and New Balance sneakers

Orlane lip gloss
A brilliant array of Orlane color.

// The Color //

Although being known for excellence in skincare, Orlane’s color range must be explored. The textures are lush and buildable with excellent pigmentation and effortlessness of wear that blends French sensibilities with high performance formulations. Some of my top picks include:

  • The Volume Care Mascara (also available at Orlane) builds intense density and length while adding a rich onyx cloak of color to lashes.
  • For the most defined eyes in a single swipe, the Orlane Absolute Kajal Eye Pencil 01 (also available at Orlane) is impeccable. Jet black and infinitely smooth, this classic pencil glides onto the waterline with ease and lasts for hours.
  • I cannot get enough of the Orlane Shining Lip Gloss (also available at Orlane). Hydrating and not at all sticky, the formula feels like an exercise in opulence. The peachy pink nude 02 Natural is a perennial go-to and I’ve also shared swatches of face-brightening 03 Dark Pink, 05 Bronze, 07 Rose Shimmer and 08 Cherry Shimmer below for reference.
  • Finally, the often sold-out Orlane Stick Blush Creme Sun Glow 01 (also available at Orlane) is a rosy, sun-kissed dream. Slightly luminous with a creamy texture, this shade provides a flattering natural flush that can be applied sheerly or built up for more impact, making it a handbag staple.
Wearing the Orlane Shining Lip Gloss in 02 Natural…I’ve run through 2 tubes of this peachy nude shade over the years!
Swatches from L-R: Orlane Volume Care Mascara, Absolute Kajal Eye Pencil 01, Shining Lip Gloss in 02 Natural, 03 Dark Pink, 05 Bronze, 07 Rose Shimmer and 08 Cherry Shimmer and Stick Blush Creme Sun Glow 01
Swatches from L-R: Orlane Volume Care Mascara, Absolute Kajal Eye Pencil 01, Shining Lip Gloss in 02 Natural, 03 Dark Pink, 05 Bronze, 07 Rose Shimmer and 08 Cherry Shimmer and Stick Blush Creme Sun Glow 01.
Some of my Orlane makeup favorites.
Last look. Jumpstart your skin’s glow with the Orlane B21 Youth Filler Mask.

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Bottom Line:

I hope you enjoyed this deep dive into the luxurious world of Orlane and found the breakdown of some of my favorite formulas to be interesting and insightful. If you are looking to step up your French skincare strategy, Orlane is the natural path of action. I welcome your questions and would love to know which Orlane products have made it into your routine. Do tell!

Good things ahead, including travel beauty, a warm weather foundation update and a host of new springtime launches…cannot wait to share.

Stay strong, seek wisdom, much love and more soon,

xx

–The Beauty Professor

**Many thanks to Orlane for sponsoring this post. PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me). However, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own. © 2012-2024. Beauty Professor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author’s written permission.

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