Neutrogena's slow and careful strategy of building its cosmetics portfolio with only a few technologically focused items each year is being recognized by retailers as chains expand space the brand owns on cramped cosmetics walls in 2008.
This year Neutrogena has grown from 3-foot sets to 4-foot sets in most drug and mass stores, and continues to hold its 8-foot sections in Target and Wal-Mart units, despite an increasingly competitive environment. Leela Petrakis, general manager for Neutrogena's cosmetics business, said the additional space is attributed to a repositioning by retailers as they phase out slower-moving items, as well as to Neutrogena's new strategy of launching products in January and in the summer instead of just once a year in January.
Petrakis, who joined Neutrogena 20 months ago from L'Oréal USA when the firm's makeup business transplanted to New York from Los Angeles, said the cosmetics market is "much more saturated [now than when it first launched to market in 1999]. And with really big companies that have 15 or 16 or 17 percent of the market, for us to compete we have to provide technology with benefits, new delivery systems and packaging that is created in a way that is simple for consumers to understand, but also pretty sophisticated." Industry sources estimate Neutrogena's cosmetics dollar share is less than half of those numbers.
This year also marks Neutrogena's big push into color, as face makeup has traditionally been its bread and butter. In January, the brand launched Nourishing Eye Duos, which use formulas that are "loaded with soy" so as to condition the eye's upper lid, said Petrakis. The duos, available in eight shades, sell for $8.49 each. There is also Healthy Volume Mascara, for $7.99, which claims to build lash volume by 400 percent and is formulated with olive oil. Neutrogena also expanded its minerals franchise to include a compact foundation in eight shades, selling for $11 each.
Summer items, a first for Neutrogena, include several line extensions, such as a new liquid mineral foundation, Mineral Sheers Liquid Makeup, packaged in a vial with a brush on one end for application. The foundation is available in 12 shades and "is one of our bigger lines, and is why the retailers expanded our space," Petrakis said. There's also a new shade of 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes with SPF 20 for $9.99, and new shades of MoistureShine Lip Soothers and MoistureShine Lip Sheers.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)