Fenty Magnificence vs. Kylie Cosmetics: The Race to a Billion Greenback Model


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By Rachel Strugatz

We now know the worth of the Fenty Impact: 500 million euros.

That determine represents the gross sales generated by Rihanna’s Fenty Magnificence vary in its first full 12 months in enterprise, LVMH reported final week. The model, created in partnership with the French luxurious conglomerate’s Kendo Magnificence division, launched in September 2017, and the “Fenty Effect” was born. Fenty Magnificence’s 40 shades of basis (since expanded to 50) now act as a litmus check for the wonder business; Morphe’s basis (60 shades) was celebrated on its launch final month, whereas debuts from Tarte and It Cosmetics final 12 months that includes extra restricted ranges for girls of color have been topic to on-line pile-ons.

The cultural affect has been effectively documented. Let’s take a better take a look at what Fenty Magnificence means for LVMH, and its globe-spanning magnificence retail large, Sephora. Rihanna’s cosmetics launched completely at Sephora and did a reported $100 million in gross sales in its first 40 days (by comparability, white-hot manufacturers not fronted by a global pop star, like Huda Magnificence and Anastasia Beverly Hills, wanted years to hit that milestone).

Sephora wants a money cow like Fenty Magnificence greater than ever. LVMH acknowledged that the chain’s development slowed within the latter months of 2018 following a “tremendous” first half. Competitors from rival Ulta Magnificence and direct-to-consumer manufacturers is heating up.

Talking of competitors, LVMH lifting the curtain a bit on Fenty Magnificence’s financials will assist distance the model from its greatest rival, Kylie Cosmetics.

Kylie Jenner launched her magnificence line a few years earlier than Rihanna, in 2015, and as of November a collection of her lip merchandise entered all of Ulta’s roughly 1,200 places, the place it performs an identical function in driving each gross sales and buzz. Tara Simon, senior vp of merchandising at Ulta Magnificence, advised BoF that the retailer expects to up Kylie Cosmetics’ presence on-line and in-store with a broader choice this 12 months.

By the numbers, Rihanna is a step forward: its 2018 gross sales alone surpass the $420 million Kylie Cosmetics generated in its first 18 months, initially reported in a WWD article I wrote in August 2017, although Jenner’s gross sales figures predate her partnership with Ulta.

Rihanna is benefitting from what one enterprise capitalist described to me as “arbitrage 101” for LVMH, which owns each Sephora and the retailer’s best-performing merchandise. Fenty Magnificence can take Sephora’s gross sales information and use it to develop new merchandise, which the wonder retailer can then give prime publicity on-line and in shops. Jenner, who began out promoting her merchandise by way of her personal on-line retailer, can solely dream of that form of synergy.

In line with the identical WWD story, Jenner’s greatest gross sales day thus far was Nov. 21, 2016 when her e-commerce web site did $18,926,657.29 million in gross sales. That is proof that Jenner can equal Rihanna’s hype, however maybe hasn’t constructed as sustainable a enterprise – but. The previous relied on direct gross sales till getting into Ulta, which nonetheless solely carries an assortment of her product within the lip class, and doesn’t have Sephora’s world muscle behind her (Ulta has but to develop past the US).

However LVMH’s possession of Fenty Magnificence may additionally show to be golden handcuffs for the singer. Whereas Sephora is, effectively, Sephora, there are limits to how a lot one can scale whereas staying unique to a single retailer. One other one that works within the monetary area stated it may turn into “challenging” if Rihanna ever desires to develop past Sephora’s cabinets.

And whereas Rihanna’s gross sales could also be higher, Jenner might be getting richer from her magnificence line (even when calling her a billionaire could also be a stretch). Jenner owns 100 p.c of her model, having managed to get it off the bottom and even lining up a producer, Colourpop guardian Seed Magnificence, with out providing fairness. Rihanna’s stake in Fenty Magnificence hasn’t been publicly disclosed, however LVMH’s share is sizeable. It raises the query: is it higher to personal everything of a smaller firm or a share of a bigger one?

With Jenner’s wholesale distribution selecting up, there could possibly be a Kylie Cosmetics vs. Fenty Magnificence fashion showdown between Sephora and Ulta. We’ll simply have to attend and see.

Editor’s Notice: The earlier version of this text, revealed 29 January, 2019, misstated that Drunk Elephant’s asking worth for a sale is $1 billion. That is incorrect. Business consultants predict the corporate may promote for that quantity; the corporate itself has not floated this determine with potential patrons.


By Kati Chitrakorn

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced Okay-beauty to Congress. The vastly common Democrat has turn into the primary congressional member to place a cult magnificence development up for dialogue by revealing her skincare routine (it is closely influenced by Korean magnificence regimens). Okay-beauty has been making its approach into the American consciousness since about 2015. It entails unique substances similar to snail mucus and an emphasis on data of lively substances. The method has infiltrated the mass market, giving rise to sheet masks, serums, essences and different skincare merchandise.

Finances beauty manufacturers are the following massive factor. Because of low-price, premium-looking manufacturers similar to The Extraordinary and Magnificence Pie, it’s now cool to speak about prices, revenue margins and integrity. Transparency about pricing has turn into a major issue for savvy shoppers who’ve grown up anticipating extra for much less, and any stigma connected to grocery store and own-label manufacturers is fading. Sainsbury’s relaunched its Boutique line final 12 months with 109 merchandise, priced from £2; whereas Boots has launched label CYO, which options 200 merchandise together with eyeshadows beginning at £three.50.

Goal’s accelerator welcomes 10 new magnificence startups. As Goal continues to brush up on its magnificence choices, including extra strains from rising startups is one path to drive constant foot site visitors, a lot as its new non-public label strains have been. For younger manufacturers, the chance to work with Goal has the potential to get their product in entrance of 1000’s of mass merchandise customers. Previous manufacturers which have made the leap embody Woman+Hair and YUNI Magnificence. Oars + Alps, a pure skincare product line for males, will make its debut in February.

Magnificence manufacturers are serving meals. Glossier, Profit and L’Occitane are the newest manufacturers to develop their audiences with pop-up cafes. For Profit, it got here within the type of a vivid pink curler diner in Los Angeles, the place gadgets similar to its common forehead merchandise, new eyeliner launch and “BeneBabe” merch — a line of pink crop tops, tumblers and make-up baggage — have been bought. Glossier launched a pop-up store inside San Francisco’s Rhea’s Cafe, whereas a L’Occitane cafe opened in Singapore after profitable ones in Tokyo and London. It’s all a part of a wider development the place manufacturers are utilizing offline experiences to have interaction its present digital group.

Malaysia’s halal magnificence market is rising swiftly. With two-thirds of the world’s Muslim inhabitants in Asia-Pacific, the southeast Asian nation desires to be a worldwide halal hub. It’s a profitable enterprise: In 2017, the native halal business contributed roughly 7.5 p.c to Malaysia’s GDP. SimplySiti, based by singer Siti Nurhaliza, gives beauty, perfume and skincare merchandise which are halal-certified. Mainstream corporations similar to Clara Worldwide, Johnson & Johnson, Silky Woman and Wipro Unza have additionally jumped on the halal bandwagon. Halal cosmetics should be free from alcohol, blood and elements or substances from animals that haven’t been slaughtered, in line with Islamic practices.

The Enterprise of Magnificence desires to listen to from you. Ship suggestions, ideas, complaints and compliments to our correspondent in New York, Rachel Strugatz (rachel.strugatz@businessoffashion.com), and in London, Kati Chitrakorn (kati.chitrakorn@businessoffashion.com). 


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