Gen Z & Millennial Females’ 10 Favorite Beauty Brands

Millennial research, Millennial insight, Millennial marketing, Gen Z research, Gen Z marketing, Gen Z insight, youth research, youth marketing

Who’s the fairest of them all? Ypulse’s youth brand tracker results reveal the favorite beauty brands of Gen Z and Millennial females…

To be at the top of the beauty market, capturing young consumers is essential—because Millennials and Gen Z consumers are actually buying makeup more than Boomers. The makeup industry has seen a surge in recent years as chasing the latest makeup trends and shopping for products supported by fan-favorite influencers have gained traction with young consumers. The Financial Post reports that Ulta Beauty has seen sales surge from $3.9 billion two years ago to $5.9 billion in 2017, while Sephora revenues “have doubled since 2011.” Not to mention upstarts like Kylie Cosmetics, which raked in $420 million in 18 months, mostly via organic marketing courtesy of founder Kylie Jenner and her 99 million followers. Social media has leveled the playing field between indie upstarts and major brands, and these days one appealing product can kickstart a fledgling retailer and attract major retailers like Sephora to partner up for a product launch.

In the face of heightened competition from indies, big beauty brands are doing everything they can to attract young consumers, from incorporating GIFs and Instagram Stories into online marketing to featuring all natural products. Drugstore beauty wants to dethrone the cult brands, and according to Fashionista, from CoverGirl to St. Ives, drugstore staples have taken a new tack to reach young shoppers by switching up slogans, introducing “[M]illennial-friendly packaging,” and hosting experiential pop-ups. After Fenty Beauty’s groundbreaking inclusive line launch, CoverGirl introduced foundation in 40 shades. This year, after augmented reality became a major trend in beauty marketing, L’Oréal bought Modiface, an augmented…

 
 

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Quote of the Day: “Most social media is an echo-chamber for immaturity.”—Male, 30, MD

Violent video games don’t cause violent behavior, according to “one of the most definitive [studies] to date.” At a time when several states are considering tacking on extra taxes to violent video games, the Oxford Internet Institute’s study found that playing content considered violent did not cause 14-15-year-olds in the U.K. to act more aggressively. The study’s co-author says that previous studies have been influenced by “researcher biases” that led to studies that gave “undue weight to the moral panic surrounding video games.” (GamesIndustry.biz)

A new rosé brand is winning over Millennials with its Instagrammable bottle. The Wonderful Company, known for brands like Fiji Water and Pistachios, brought a new wine brand to market just in time for Valentine’s Day—and it’s already outselling their other labels. JNSQ (an acronym for the French phrase “je ne sais quoi”) sells rosé and sauvignon blanc that come in glass containers designed to look like retro perfume bottles. Influencers and a national marketing campaign helped propel the brand. (Adweek)

Minecraft for mobile made more money than ever in 2018. According to Sensor Tower, the gaming sensation’s mobile version raked in $110 million last year, rising 7% from last year. In addition, 48% of that revenue came from the U.S., followed by just 6.6% from Great Britain. All eyes may be on Fortnite, but the Minecraft Effect still has a hold on young gamers, and Gen Z & Millennials still rank the game as one of their favorites. (Venture Beat)

Nostalgic Millennials can soon set sail on a Golden Girls-themed cruise. The experiential, adults-only cruise will include themed activities like a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party,” a game of Ugel and Flugel, and a costume contest for fans dressed up as the main characters. There will also be plenty of trivia, bingo, and cheesecake on this five-night experience aboard the Celebrity Infinity. This isn’t the only cruise ship catering to adults recently; Virgin’s first cruise ship is 18-and-up-only and even has a tattoo parlor on board. (People)

Daquan, the meme account with 12 million followers, is teaming up with All Def Media for a slate of original content. The premium videos will signal a departure from what Daquan is known for: gritty, homemade content that ranges like blurry SpongeBob SquarePants screenshots transformed into memes via clever captions. The new videos will debut across All Def Media and Daquan’s social channels, which include Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, IGTV, and YouTube. (Tubefilter)

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