‘Moving At e.l.f. Speed’: First-To-Mass ‘Dupe’ Beauty Specialist Powering Through Pandemic
Despite so many COVID-19 uncertainties, e.l.f. Beauty has the confidence of a company that posted 6% net sales growth to $283m for the 2020 fiscal year ended on 31 March and is seeing its value proposition for "prestige-quality" cosmetics resonate even more powerfully with consumers in today’s volatile economic climate.
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The Oakland, Calif.-based firm is cautiously projecting net sales declines of 4% to 8% in fiscal 2020, but is confident about its strategic redirection, which prioritizes packaging redesigns, first-to-mass items and “fewer, bolder product stories” under new marketing leadership brought on board in February from Shiseido.
China’s newly adopted Cosmetics Supervision and Administration Regulation could mean less animal testing and speedier approval of new ingredients, according to Francine Lamoriello of the Personal Care Products Council. Coming implementing regulations, standards and guidances should help to provide needed clarity, she says.