Prestige skin-care and makeup sales are on the rise, while fragrance remains flat, according to the NPD Group’s most recent Industry Pulse report, which revealed the total prestige beauty category totaled $2.4 billion for the second quarter of 2013, a 2 percent increase over the year before.
According to NPD, growth came predominately from the skin-care sector — representing 36 percent of prestige beauty sales — which was up 4 percent from the same time last year. Color cosmetics, 39 percent of the prestige beauty business, increased 3 percent, while fragrance, 25 percent of prestige beauty, remained even.
“Face sets and hair drove the second quarter’s growth in skin care, but despite the increased focus on sun protection, sales of sun-related skin care declined slightly as we entered the summer months,” said Karen Grant, vice president and global industry analyst for NPD. “Individual lip and eye products and sets were the driving force in makeup, as consumers continue to focus on color and eye definition. Thanks to premium offerings and larger juice sizes, the fragrance market held steady.”