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US The Millennial Beauty Consumer market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the The Millennial Beauty Consumer market, its consumers and the major players who make up that market.

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Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Margie Nanninga, a leading analyst in the Beauty and Personal Care sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Millennial women are highly engaged in their beauty routines, using a broad variety of products, spending more time than average on their appearance, and reporting strong skill levels and frequent experimentation. Interactive shopping experiences and YouTube tutorials provide avenues for reaching this tech-savvy generation, while advertising themes that focus on authenticity and self-expression also resonate. Margie Nanninga
Beauty and Personal Care Analyst

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Definition

This Report covers a broad range of products within the beauty market. For the purposes of this Report, Mintel has defined the beauty market as follows:

  • Haircare
  • Facial skincare
  • Color cosmetics
  • Nail color and care
  • Fragrances
  • Hair appliances
  • Skincare devices

Excluded from this Report are personal care products that are used for regular hygiene and grooming such as:

  • Soap, bath, and shower products
  • Hand and body care
  • Shaving and hair removal products
  • Antiperspirant and deodorant
  • Oral care

Mintel has also broken out the Millennial generation into two subgroups as follows:

  • Younger Millennials: internet users aged 22-29 when survey was fielded in 2016
  • Older Millennials: internet users aged 30-39 when survey was fielded in 2016

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Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Definition
      • Executive Summary

        • Who is the Millennial beauty consumer?
          • Diversity and an open mindset define Millennial generation – And their beauty needs
            • Figure 1: Generations, by race and Hispanic origin, 2016
          • Millennials are more engaged in their beauty routines
            • Figure 2: Beauty routines – Ever do (net)*, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
          • They prefer the natural look – To an extent
            • Figure 3: Select attitudes toward appearance, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
          • Reaching the Millennial beauty consumer
            • Results come first, ethical claims set products apart
              • Figure 4: Purchase influencers, any rank, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
            • Omnichannel shopping important, interactive shopping experiences keep them engaged
              • Figure 5: Interest and usage of interactive shopping experiences and apps - agree, December 2016
            • YouTube and social media satisfy the need for research
              • Figure 6: Research habits and YouTube usage – Agree, December 2016
            • Themes of authenticity, self-expression resonate
              • Figure 7: Attitudes toward self-expression and standing out, among Millennial women, December 2016
            • What it means
            • The Market – What You Need to Know

              • Make-up, haircare, and skincare comprise most beauty sales
                • Category comprised of three segments: Beauty Enthusiast, Occasional Beauty, and Basic Beauty
                  • Millennials are open-minded but feel misunderstood
                    • Women aged 22-39 increasingly spend more on beauty, shop online
                      • Diversity, student loan debt define Millennial generation
                      • Market Breakdown

                        • Make-up, haircare, and skincare make up most beauty sales
                          • Figure 8: Share of total US retail sales of beauty products, by segment, at current prices, 2016*
                        • Larger segments drive growth
                          • Figure 9: Percent change of US retail sales of beauty products, by segment, at current prices, 2016*
                      • Beauty Segments

                        • Beauty Enthusiast, Occasional Beauty, and Basic Beauty segments
                          • Beauty Enthusiast
                            • Occasional Beauty
                              • Basic Beauty
                                  • Figure 10: Millennial beauty enthusiast profile, December 2016
                                  • Figure 11: Millennial occasional beauty user profile, December 2016
                                  • Figure 12: Millennial basic beauty user profile, December 2016
                              • Millennial Attitudes and Opinions

                                • Millennials’ self-perceptions at odds with how they think others see them
                                  • Figure 13: Millennials’ perceptions of themselves, their generation, and how they think others perceive their generation – Correspondence analysis, February 2016
                                • Methodology
                                  • Millennials are more open-minded than other generations
                                    • Figure 14: Millennials’ views on society – All issues, index to all, February 2016
                                  • Millennials identify a need to disconnect from devices
                                    • Figure 15: Attitudes toward being connected, index to all, February 2016
                                  • Humor catches their attention, authenticity is important
                                    • Figure 16: Seventh Generation + Maya Rudolph | Vajingle, June 2016
                                    • Figure 17: Marketing preferences, indexed to all, February 2016
                                • Millennial Spending and Shopping

                                  • Women aged 22-39 increase spend toward BPC over the past three years
                                    • Figure 18: Mean spend toward beauty segments in the past three months, by segment, April 2013-June 2016
                                  • Online shopping preferred, reviews critical
                                    • Figure 19: Attitudes toward shopping, index to all, February 2016
                                  • Premium products indicate quality, local products increasingly important
                                    • Figure 20: Perceptions of quality, index to all, February 2016
                                • Millennials by the Numbers

                                  • Millennials make up one quarter of the US population
                                    • Figure 21: Share of US population by generation, 2012-21
                                  • Millennial generation more diverse than older generations
                                    • Figure 22: Generations, by race and Hispanic origin, 2016
                                  • As Millennials cut costs elsewhere, beauty can be an inexpensive splurge
                                    • Figure 23: Median household income, by age of householder, in thousands, 2014
                                • Key Initiatives – What You Need to Know

                                  • Millennial-focused brands, interactive shopping, natural looks are “in”
                                    • Products not riding the natural trend, mass and direct sales brands are “out”
                                      • Brand extensions, diversity, new lifestages shape Millennials moving forward
                                      • What’s In?

                                        • Brands promoting authenticity, fun, self-expression reach Millennials
                                          • Figure 24: Usage of other brands of select beauty products among women aged 22-39, April 2011 – June 2016
                                          • Figure 25: Usage of M.A.C. products among select beauty segments by women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                        • Apps, interactive shopping experiences resonate
                                          • Ethical and natural claims help set products apart
                                            • Figure 26: Sales of Burt’s Bees, Jason, Kiss My Face, and yes To, rolling 52 weeks 2015 and 2016
                                          • Millennials prefer the natural look – To an extent
                                            • Figure 27: Select attitudes toward appearances, December 2016
                                        • What’s Out?

                                          • Products not riding the natural trend fail to reach Millennials
                                            • Figure 28: Select product usage, by all women and women aged 22-39, April 2015-June 2016
                                          • Direct sales, mass brands struggle amongst sea of competitors
                                            • Figure 29: Usage of select mass and direct sales brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                        • What’s Next?

                                          • Trending brands capitalize through expansions
                                            • Open-minded, diverse generation demands brands represent them
                                              • Millennials’ beauty needs are changing as they age
                                              • The Consumer – What You Need to Know

                                                • Usage of beauty staples is widespread, Millennials overindex
                                                  • Special occasions require more complex routines
                                                    • Millennials more engaged than average in beauty, but still seek simplicity
                                                      • Millennials are results-driven, but consider ethical claims
                                                        • Research important to purchase process, interactive shopping resonates
                                                          • Samples and recommendations drive trial, social media makes an impact
                                                            • Natural looks resonate, but Millennials still want to look good
                                                            • Product Usage

                                                              • Usage of beauty staples is widespread, eye make-up usage rising
                                                                • Figure 30: Usage of select beauty products, by women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                              • Millennial women overindex for usage of most beauty products
                                                                • Figure 31: Beauty product usage, by all women, Millennials, younger Millennials, and older Millennials, April 2015-June 2016
                                                            • Beauty Routines

                                                              • Millennials more engaged in their beauty routines than other generations
                                                                • Figure 32: Beauty routines – Ever do (net)*, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
                                                              • Weekend looks can be more complex
                                                                • Figure 33: Repertoire of beauty routines, weekday routine and weekend routine, December 2016
                                                                • Figure 34: Beauty routines, by ever do (net)*, weekday routine and weekend routine, December 2016
                                                              • Millennials are more beauty-involved on special occasions
                                                                • Figure 35: Beauty routines, by ever do (net)*, special occasions, and evening/going out routine, December 2016
                                                                • Figure 36: Repertoire of beauty routines, by evening/going out routine and special occasion routine, December 2016
                                                              • Six in 10 beauty enthusiasts take 10+ steps
                                                                • Figure 37: Repertoire of beauty routines – Ever do (net)*, by beauty segments, December 2016
                                                              • Hispanics more likely to have complex routines
                                                                • Figure 38: Repertoire of beauty routines – Ever do (net)*, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                            • Time Spent, Skills, Experimentation, and Brand Choice

                                                              • Millennials more engaged in beauty routines, but still seek simplicity
                                                                  • Figure 39: Time spent on beauty routine, skill level, experimentation, and brand type, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
                                                                • Time, skill, experimentation, and brand engagement shape segments
                                                                  • Figure 40: Time spent on beauty routine and skill level, by beauty segment, December 2016
                                                                  • Figure 41: Experimentation and brand type, by beauty segment, December 2016
                                                                • Hispanics spend more time on beauty, more likely to experiment
                                                                  • Figure 42: Time spent on beauty routine and skill level, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                                  • Figure 43: Experimentation and brand type, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                              • Purchase Influencers

                                                                • Millennials are results-driven, ethical claims a secondary consideration
                                                                  • Figure 44: Purchase influencers, December 2016
                                                                • However, ethical claims are more important to Millennials
                                                                  • Figure 45: Purchase influencers, any rank, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
                                                                • Beauty enthusiasts prioritize results, basic beauties seek ease of use
                                                                  • Figure 46: Select purchase influencers, any rank, by segment, December 2016
                                                                • Hispanics overindex for consideration of ethical claims
                                                                  • Figure 47: Purchase influencers, any rank, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                              • Shopping Behaviors

                                                                • Multichannel shopping key to Millennial purchase process
                                                                  • Interactive shopping experiences pique their interest
                                                                    • YouTube more influential than apps
                                                                      • Figure 48: Shopping behaviors – Agree, December 2016
                                                                    • Younger Millennials more invested in research, interactive shopping
                                                                      • Figure 49: Shopping behaviors –Agree, by older and younger Millennials, December 2016
                                                                    • Beauty enthusiasts are engaged shoppers
                                                                      • Figure 50: Shopping behaviors – Agree, by beauty segment, December 2016
                                                                    • Hispanics highly engaged in shopping for beauty
                                                                      • Figure 51: Shopping behaviors – Agree, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                                  • Purchase Drivers

                                                                    • Samples, recommendations encourage Millennials to try something new
                                                                      • Figure 52: Purchase drivers – Any rank (net)*, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
                                                                    • Online influencers more important to younger Millennials
                                                                      • Figure 53: Select purchase drivers, by older and younger Millennials, December 2016
                                                                    • YouTube drives purchases among Beauty Enthusiasts
                                                                      • Figure 54: Select purchase drivers, by beauty segment, December 2016
                                                                    • Social media inspires Hispanics’ beauty purchases
                                                                      • Figure 55: Select purchase drivers, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                                  • Attitudes towards Appearance

                                                                    • Natural looks resonate, but Millennials still want to look good
                                                                      • Figure 56: Attitudes toward appearance, by all women 18+ and Millennial women, December 2016
                                                                    • Older Millennials concerned about aging, younger Millennials focus on self-expression
                                                                      • Figure 57: Attitudes toward appearance, by older and younger Millennials, December 2016
                                                                    • Beauty Enthusiasts see their appearance as a big part of their identity
                                                                      • Figure 58: Select attitudes toward appearance, by beauty segments, December 2016
                                                                    • Natural look not resonating as much with Hispanics
                                                                      • Figure 59: Attitudes toward appearance, by Hispanic origin, December 2016
                                                                  • Appendix – Data Sources and Abbreviations

                                                                    • Data sources
                                                                      • Consumer survey data
                                                                        • Consumer qualitative research
                                                                          • Abbreviations and terms
                                                                            • Abbreviations
                                                                            • Appendix – Key Initiatives

                                                                                • Figure 60: Base sizes for women aged 22-39 brand usage, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 61: Usage of facial cleansing brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 62: Usage of foundation/concealer brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 63: Usage of blusher/bronzer brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 64: Usage of eye make-up brand usage (net)* among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 65: Usage of mascara brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 66: Usage of lipstick & lip gloss brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 67: Usage of shampoo brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 68: Usage of hair conditioner brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 69: Usage of hairspray brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 70: Usage of hair styling product brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 71: Usage of nail polish and nail care brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 72: Usage of perfume brands among women aged 22-39, April 2011-June 2016
                                                                            • Appendix – Consumer

                                                                                • Figure 73: Millennials’ generational perceptions, February 2016
                                                                                • Figure 74: Types of professional services used, by all women aged 18+ and women aged 22-39, April 2015-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 75: Product usage, by women aged 22-39, April 2015-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 76: Product usage, by all women, Millennials, younger and older Millennials, April 2015-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 77: Millennial product usage, part 1, by race and Hispanic origin, April 2015-June 2016
                                                                                • Figure 78: Millennial product usage, part 2, by race and Hispanic origin, April 2015-June 2016