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Revlon challenge raises $2.75 million for women’s health orgs

BY David Salazar

NEW YORK — Revlon announced the results of its LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge this week, noting that charities on the crowdfunding platform raised $2.75 million for various women’s health causes since the challenge launched in September. The company donated $1.425 million over the course of the challenge, bringing the total distribution to $4.18 million. 
 
“We are extremely proud of the success of our LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge. By using competition to incentivize women’s health organizations to raise funds, we greatly increased the impact of our charitable giving, which was always our primary goal. It was particularly heartwarming to watch charities of all sizes embrace the spirit of the Challenge by creatively activating and engaging their supporter networks.”
 
The charity that raised the most money — more than $950,000 — was Cycle for Survival of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. As a result, it won the grand prize donation of $1 million from Revlon. 
 
“All of us at Memorial Sloan Kettering are delighted that Cycle for Survival has won Revlon’s “LOVE IS ON” Million Dollar Challenge, and we are grateful to Revlon and to our many supporters who worked together to put Cycle for Survival on top,” said Dr. Craig B. Thompson, Memorial Sloan Kettering’s president and CEO. “The entire million dollar prize will be used to fund research into rare gynecologic cancers here at the Center, supporting innovative studies that have the potential to make a meaningful difference in women’s lives.”
 
The Cancer Research Institute will receive $250,000 from Revlon for raising the second-largest amount of money — $700,000. Revlon will also be hosting a finale celebration in New York for Cycle for the challenge winner, CRI, and the other organizations in the top 10 for the challenge.
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Argan oil attracts beauty consumers

BY DSN STAFF

AZUSA, Calif. — Argan oil has been a huge ingredient story in hair and skin care over the past few years. Inspired by that success, Physicians Formula decided to add the coveted oil to its facial products. The result: Argan Wear, a collection of makeup infused with Argan Oil encompassing everything from a BB Cream to Argan Oil Blush. Retail prices range from $12.95 for Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Blush to $14.94 for Argan Oil Bronzer.

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“Argan Wear has been a consistent performer,” said a chain drug executive. “It helped us get higher pricepoints out of the business and brought some new shoppers into the category.”

Within six months of the launch, Physicians Formula’s Argan Wear Bronzer is already selling on par with its well-established mineral wear bronzer.

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Mass market readies for contouring

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Last June, Sephora’s CEO Calvin McDonald praised the success of contouring products in the specialty chain. He credited the uptick in interest to a Sephora app that taught women how to achieve the look made popular by Kim Kardashian.

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Contouring is a long-used trick of makeup artists to sculpture faces through optical illusions, but the app, combined with myriad how-to YouTube videos, opened the floodgates for demand for facial contouring makeup for non-professionals.

According to Sarah Jindal, senior innovation and insights analyst for beauty and personal care at Mintel, social media exposure ignited a 90% rise in the number of contouring items on the market. However, the majority of products — such as Clinique Chubby Sticks used for contouring, Smashbox Contour Stick Trip and Lancôme Le Duo — were relegated to prestige channels.

“The only mass options right now,” said one top chain drug store buyer, “are imports without a major brand name.”

But that’s about to change, and retailers are anticipating a sales bonanza.

Among the mass entries are:

  • Physicians Formula Super BB InstaReady Contour Trio Stick Blush or Bronzer that will roll out a stick with three shades in it, so a user can swipe the product. Retailers rank it one of the most promising;
  • L’Oréal’s entry called Infallible Pro Contour Palette in light, medium or dark;
  • Maybelline is rolling out Face Studio Master Contouring in two shades;
  • Revlon is readying its Highlight Palette;
  • e.l.f. offers a Contour Palette under its Studio logo;
  • Milani currently offers Matte Rose Powder Blush, which helps contour; and
  • Wet ‘n Wild will bring a value offer with its Mega Glow Contouring Kit.

While contouring is expected to remain a vibrant category, Ulta Beauty’s Julie Tomasi said the trend will be joined by highlighting and illuminating products, which are especially flattering for mature women. “Women today have access to more information and learn how to do these looks,” Tomasi said. “Highlighting works well to hide fine lines.”

And for those who need help mastering the tricks of the trade, such retailers as ShopRite are offering courses. At the newly opened ShopRite in Newark, N.J., beauty consultant Shanelle Smith said she’s planning educational sessions in contouring.

An added benefit of contouring: the process requires multiple items, especially the right brushes. Most makeup gurus recommend up to three brushes to accomplish perfect contouring — a cheek brush, a mid-size brush for eyes and a smaller brush for the nose.

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