Millennials & Gen Z’s 10 Favorite Beauty/Personal Care Brands

What’s the one beauty/personal care brand that rules among both males and females 13-34-years-old? We found out…

Did you know that Millennials spend more money on self-care than any generation before them? NPR reports that 18-33-year-olds spend twice as much on self-care as Boomers, and in 2015, more 18-42-year-olds made commitments to personal improvement than older consumers. The obsession coincides with the rise of the Internet—Google gives endless info on health and beauty through a simple search, with self-care searches reaching a five-year high in 2017.

While some of this care is internal, with the rising interest in mindfulness, meditation, and mental health, of course they’re also spending a ton on beauty and personal care products as well. According to our newest finance and spending tracker, 24% of 13-17-year-olds and 52% of 18-34-year-olds are spending on personal care/beauty products monthly—while 35% of 18-34-year-olds are spending on personal care/beauty services monthly as well. Our recent survey on beauty and personal care products found out where they’re buying them, what labels are making them more likely to purchase, who’s influencing their shopping, and more—including their favorite products. We asked 1000 13-34-year-olds, “What is your favorite beauty or personal care brand you purchase in a store or online?”*—and one brand ruled for both males and females. Which was it? Here are their top ten lists, according to gender:

*This was an open-end response question to allow us to capture the full range of beauty/personal care brands that Millennials and Gen Z like best—without our preconceived ideas shaping their responses. As with any qualitative question, the responses include those that are top of mind and those that are most popular. The list is ordered according…

 
 

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“It[‘s] only about the music for me, nothing else dictates what I listen to, I either like it or I don't.”—Male, 28, WA

A new app is getting teens’ attention as it rises through the ranks of the new social apps to know, even surpassing Houseparty’s popularity—but the catch is it’s “piggyback[ing]” on Snapchat. Polly allows users to create anonymous surveys that they can send on Snapchat (there's that anonymity allure again), meaning many users may not have actually downloaded the Polly app, so they “could slip away if friends stop posting questions.” For now though, the app amassed 20 million users and 100 million answers last month, proving it’s one to keep an eye on. (TechCrunch)

Designers are taking to social media to “shame” the retailers ripping off their work. When Zoila Darton spotted a Forever 21 shirt eerily similar to the one she helped create to benefit Planned Parenthood, she posted a tweet to let the brand know their copycat didn’t go unnoticed—and quickly gained attention from fashion editors and others. This isn’t the first time pieces have been copied by Forever 21, but designers have a hard time taking legal recourse against the powerful company. Instead, social media posts are often their best bet. (NYTimes)

BeautyCon is continuing to take “Sephora and Coachella and smash it into one thing” to appeal to young consumers. At the latest L.A. event, 20,000 beauty fans came to meet their influencer idols and try out the latest makeup trends, surrounded by empowering slogans and messages—true to the brand’s idea that “beauty can be something beyond a concealer culture.” Of course, brands were there “to win over the new generation”—ChapStick Duo offered cotton candy while Rimmel London’s “slayground” gave attendees a chance to set down their makeup and enjoy a jungle gym and swing set.
(The New Yorker)

It turns out saving money might not be cord cutters’ top reason for switching to streaming. Instead, a recent Magid Associates survey found that “the attractions” of SVOD programming (aka their content) is their top reason for making the move, followed by the overall decline of TV-viewing among 18-24-year-olds. Cable companies are trying to reel The Post-TV Gen back in by offering lower-cost cable bundles (so-called “skinny bundles”), but stepping up their shows might be a better first step to reversing the “accelerating” trend of cutting the cord. (TheStreet)

Pokémon is reaching out to a new generation of trainers with its first app for preschool-aged kids. Pokémon Playhouse follows in the wake of the massively successful augmented reality app, Pokémon Go (which was so popular that we put together an entire infographic on it) but won’t be AR-based. Instead, Playhouse will tap into the collectibles trend by featuring favorite characters like Pikachu for kids to collect by completing activities. There will also be puzzles and more in the app’s “interactive park.” (Kidscreen)

“I'm literally listening to music any time it is socially acceptable.”—Female, 28, MN

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