According to The NPD Group’s BeautyTrends report, sales prestige beauty products in U.S. department stores, totaled $2.4 billion for the second quarter of 2013, a 2% increase over the same quarter in 2012.
Fragrance sales remained flat, accounting for 25% of prestige beauty dollars. Skin care and makeup both grew low single digits. Skin care, which represents 36% of prestige beauty sales, grew 4%, while makeup— the majority of the prestige beauty business at 39%—grew 3%.
“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. 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,” said Karen Grant, vice president and global industry analyst, The NPD Group, Inc.—and a member of Beauty Packaging’s Board of Advisors.