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Physicians Formula appoints Jeff Berry to board of directors

BY Antoinette Alexander

AZUSA, Calif. Cosmetics company Physicians Formula has appointed Jeff Berry to its board of directors. Berry replaces James Lawrence, who stepped down due to the demands on his time as the new chief financial officer of the Unilever Group.

The company also announced that current board member Zvi Eiref will assume Lawrence’s role as chair of the audit committee.

Berry is currently vice president and treasurer of Del Monte Foods. He started his career with Bain and Co. and spent six years with McKinsey and Co., where he advised several consumer products and retail clients in the areas of strategy, branding and marketing.

“Jeff is a very strong addition to our board and brings a wealth of public company and long-term planning and strategy experience with branded consumer companies. We look forward to his input as we continue to build upon our distribution platform,” stated Ingrid Jackel, chief executive officer of Physicians Formula. “I would also like to thank Jim for his valued guidance and contribution over the past year and wish him all the best in his new position.”

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L’Oreal launches two HIP eye products

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK L’Oreal Paris has launched for fall two new eye products for its HIP High Intensity Pigments collection, a collection known for its intense color.

New to the line is HIP High Intensity Pigments Color Truth Cream Eyeliner, a long-wear, cream eyeliner that features an angled brush so users can define eyes with thin, subtle lines or create bolder, thicker lines. The eyeliner glides on for smooth lines and can be smudged for smoky effects. It is available in five color shades from carbon black to teal. The suggested retail price is $12.

Also new is the Color Rich cream crayon. Unlike traditional powder shadows, the cream crayons deliver pearlescent color effects in an easy to apply formula that can be worn across the entire lid or sharpened to use as an eyeliner. It is packaged in a twist up, crayon-like tube with a built in sharpener. The suggested retail price is $10.

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Revlon releases Q3 results, announces 2008 product launches

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK Revlon posted a double-digit gain in third-quarter net sales and a narrower net loss thanks in part to its restructuring efforts in 2006 and early 2007, and ongoing cost control. It also announced several product launches for early 2008, including a new longwearing minerals collection.

Net sales for the quarter ended Sept. 30 rose 11 percent to $339.7 million compared with net sales of $305.9 million in the year-ago period. Third-quarter 2006 sales were reduced by about $15 million from Vital Radiance.

Net loss was $10.4 million, or 2 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $100.5 million, or 24 cents per share, in the year-ago period.

Operating income was $20.7 million during the quarter versus an operating loss of $57.2 million in the year-ago period. In the third quarter 2006, Vital Radiance, executive severance and restructuring expenses reduced operating profitability by $72 million and adjusted EBITDA by about $64 million. Third quarter 2007 included restructuring expenses of $0.5 million.

Last year, the beauty company discontinued its Vital Radiance cosmetics line for mature women less than one year after its launch and cut about 250 jobs in the United States as part of the restructuring.

Looking to 2008, Revlon announced that it will introduce a new product line up for Revlon and Almay color cosmetics. The launches include differentiated and unique offerings for the mass channel, innovations in products and packaging and new technologies for the franchises.

Under the Revlon brand, first half 2008 cosmetics introductions include:

  • ColorStay Minerals: The first-ever longwearing minerals collection in the mass market, according to the company. The collection includes foundation, baked blush, bronzer and eyeshadow.
  • Custom Creations Foundation: A first-to-market foundation packaged in a bottle that delivers five different custom shades at the turn of a dial.
  • Limited Edition Collection, which includes new cross-category introductions in face, eye and lip.

For Almay, first-half 2008 launches include:

  • TLC (Truly Lasting Color) Foundation: A long-wear makeup that incorporates skin care benefits.
  • Intense i-Color Play Up Collection: This is a relaunch of the Intense i-Color Collection with new Play Up shadows, liners and mascara with a molded brush. The products are coordinated to intensify naturally eye color.
  • Almay Makeup Remover: This is an enhanced formula with improved packaging. It contains a botanical blend of ingredients to condition skin.

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