After Clarisonic: Device Brand’s Founder Primes Opulus For Launch In New Beauty Tech Era
This fall, Robb Akridge’s Opulus Beauty Labs will be launching stripped-down, “peak potency” skin-care formulas in the form of Opoules that users warm and blend in an Activator appliance, providing fresh, single-dose treatments. The system bears similarities to Swiss startup Réduit’s Hairpods and applicator device, as well as L’Oreal’s AI-powered Perso, slated to debut in 2021.
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The decision to close Clarisonic follows a €234m impairment charge recorded in 2016 and comes as L’Oreal faces tough strategic decisions in a global economy ravaged by the COVID-19 crisis.
OTC drug, supplement and beauty firms are spreading into digital health devices showcased at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show as technological advancements help consumers reach health and wellness goals. Colgate debuted a smart toothbrush that detects biofilm build-up while L’Oreal introduced AI-powered skin care.