In honor of Black History Month and our ongoing celebration of the many achievements of the Black community in the beauty space, we’ve spotlighted three Black-owned beauty indies — each of which we consider not only a shining star, but a strong candidate for acquisition.
Owned by Pierre-Fabre, Avène is a well-known global brand for sensitive skin distributed through doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and online channels. At the heart of Avène’s products is Thermal Spring Water, known to soothe the skin and provide clinical benefits for various conditions, ranging from acne to atopic skin.
According to Kline’s recent survey conducted among skin care dispensing physicians in the United States, Avène received high performance scores on all key attributes, including training and education, marketing, and product portfolio, implying that physicians are highly satisfied with all the support provided by the brand. To monitor the progress of this brand and others, refer to the Physician-Dispensed Skin Care: Perception and Satisfaction Survey report.
The latest acquisition in skin care is Unilever’s purchase of digital-led brand Paula’s Choice, announced on Monday. This signals the continuation of Unilever’s buildout of prestige brands, as Paula’s Choice will join the company’s prestige family alongside notable skin care brands, such as Dermalogica, Murad, and Tatcha, among others. The substantial online visibility of Paula’s Choice, alongside its clinical-grade ingredient focus and accessible price points, has been a key success factor for the brand in recent years. Under the new ownership, it is anticipated that the brand will leverage these strong suits while further expanding its reach in the market through new distribution partners and product innovation. For additional brand and skin care insights, follow our Cosmetics & Toiletries USA report.
What could have been a dismal year for the U.S. beauty market in 2020 turned out just as we predicted. After analyzing 20 different product categories, five trade classes, and the performance of hundreds of brands, we have found that the overall beauty market declined by a mere 0.2% in 2020 to $77.8 billion, essentially flat with 2019 sales. Continue reading
The market for beauty devices is poised for another year of growth, with expected increases of mid-single digits in the United States and an even stronger double-digit rate in China. And while last year’s category gains were undoubtedly driven by the COVID-19 pandemic, sustainable growth seems likely. To boost sales even further, marketers are expected to embrace the following key areas:Continue reading
The subject of intimate beauty is becoming less intimate—and the market is seeing substantial increases as a result.
At one time, the topic of intimate beauty was considered taboo, and products were limited to mass retail aisles. But the U.S. market started to gain significant momentum in the last few years, and now, against the pandemic backdrop, intimate beauty products are expected to record a 13% increase in 2020, according to Kline’s soon-to-be published Intimate Beauty Care: U.S. Market Assessment and Opportunities. Encompassing bikini care, such as hair removal and ingrown hair prevention products; intimate cleansers, including washes and wipes; and intimate moisturizers, such as personal lubricants and external moisturizers for the intimate area, all product categories are forecast to influence growth.Continue reading
There’s nothing pretty to say about this: The U.S. cosmetics and toiletries market is on track to experience the sharpest decline ever recorded in the 60+ years Kline has been tracking the market due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the 0.8% drop in 2009 during the last recession is the biggest market dip ever reported by Kline. The only other time Kline noted a market decrease was a 0.3% falloff in 1991 amid another recession.Continue reading
We were recently invited to present on the latest developments taking place in the professional beauty sector at the second edition of Cosmoprof India in Mumbai. It was an amazing experience to see how the event expanded from its premier edition in 2018—not only in terms of space and time but also in the form of exhibitors and attendees.
What caught our eye in particular was the wide presence of international exhibitors who gathered from 23 countries, according to organizers. Coming mostly from Europe and Asia, these marketers were looking to form alliances with Indian distributors and expand their global presence by entering the Indian beauty market. Among these are Eldan Cosmetics, Mediterranea Cosmetics, Italcosmetici, LookX International, Sifarma, and Yuya in Europe and Doosun Cosmetics, Beyond Cosmetics, Misocos, Natural Korea, and S.C. Artistry Company Limited in Asia.Continue reading
Driven by advancements in facial skin care, the beauty market maintains its steady growth into 2018. Our recently published annual flagship report, Cosmetics & Toiletries USA, finds strategically positioned indie brands to be influencing trends across product classes and categories. Male grooming products also play a key role in advancing the market, despite a significant slowdown in sales in some categories.
Indie brands, such as Beautycounter, Juice Beauty, and Glossier, contribute to the strong growth of facial skin care. These brands use their innovation and unique positioning to carve out a niche segment of the market, often appealing to millennials or clean beauty enthusiasts. Many also look to expand into other categories, such as makeup, with new launches and may help in rebounding the struggling product class. Tatcha launches The Silk Canvas in 2018, bringing its skin care expertise to the makeup class via the primer.Continue reading
Last week, we attended CEW’s Product Demonstration, where hundreds of products and brands showcased their newest innovations. While the sold-out event demonstrated overall themes across beauty categories, such as sustainability, wellness, and personalization, here are some fundamental trends that caught our attention.Continue reading