L’Oréal Paris is the most searched cosmetics brand in the world, according to a study conducted by cosmetic surgery education site Tajmeeli [1], which curated a list of popular beauty brands and used Google Trends to determine search interest in 108 countries. The French cosmetics giant’s brand is preferred by people in nearly a quarter of the nations studied, showing clear interest in its products among beauty fans.

The French brand is particularly popular in the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, Ukraine, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, India, Thailand and Turkey. It’s also the most popular brand on three continents: Asia, Europe and South America. But, against all odds, L’Oréal Paris is not the favourite brand of the French, who, it seems, prefer luxury beauty brand Guerlain.

Affordable brands lead the way

The ranking shows that, with a few exceptions, people around the world prefer accessible brands, such as L’Oréal Paris. The French brand is followed in second place by American brand CoverGirl, leading in 10 countries around the world and on two continents — North America and Australia & Oceania. Maybelline, NYX Professional Makeup, and Avon follow, with products that are also sold at affordable prices.

Ultra-influential on social networks, celebrity-founded brands are also making waves. Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty is the ranking’s number one brand in the US, while Kylie Jenner’s Kylie Cosmetics is number nine worldwide — on par with Dior — featuring as the most popular brand in four countries worldwide. But it’s Rihanna who dominates the world of celebrity beauty brands, with Fenty Beauty taking fifth place in the global ranking, notably thanks to popularity in certain African countries (Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria).

According to the study, Hong Kong is the world capital of (prestige) beauty, with no less than six cosmetic brands all taking first place, including Chanel, Shiseido, Estée Lauder, Clarins and Bobbi Brown.