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What’s Next: Product innovations from Makeup in New York

BY Lonni Delane

 

What’s Next is a new feature of DSN written by consumer beauty blogger Lonni Delane. The goal is to help give beauty merchants the cutting edge they need to stay ahead of the latest and greatest beauty trends. Feel free to share your thoughts either here on drugstorenews.com or email senior beauty editor Antoinette Alexander at aalexand@drugstorenews.com.

They make the makeup that women wear every day. They come up with the breakthrough product formulations and create the sleek, stylish packaging. Their name is not Estee Lauder or anything you’ve ever heard of — and they aim to keep it that way. A big part of their business model is doing their work without fanfare, letting their clients take all the credit. In the multi-billion dollar industry that is cosmetics, there are the companies that make the products and the companies that brand them and sell them.

At Makeup in New York 2014, the cosmetics manufacturers had their moment in the sun. This was the place to see the new, now, next of cosmetics while it was still just an idea — before the flashy, big name brands took an interest and made them your new favorite product or a smaller brand found the cool inventive product that would put them on the map. It was all wrapped into a two-day show in September in the Chelsea district of New York City. If we could take a crystal ball and see into the future of makeup, these are the new products we have a feeling we’d see there.

CTK Cosmetics Spinning Gasket Gel Eyeliner

CTK has developed a packaging innovation to end one of the biggest frustrations of women who love to wear eyeliner — the dried out pot. Considering that some high-end brands will charge as much as $40 for a mere fraction of an ounce, customers expect it to be good to the last drop, which sadly is often not the case. This beverage, airtight grade cap gives the product a one-tenth weight loss percentage compared with traditional foam lids. 

In 2014, IT Cosmetics launched its Liner Love Gel Crème Liner with a strikingly similar airtight lid. Whether it worked with CTK to develop the packaging is information as carefully guarded as any state secret, but Jacqueline Finnan, VP of brand development, was happy to report that the product has been a hit. “We’ve had a very low rate of return and many customers repurchasing,” said Finnan.

Northwest Cosmetics Hot Pour Primer


This is one makeup product where the less you see it, the better it is. It comes in either stick form or compact and the consistency could be likened to a gel-solid deodorant. The Hot Pour Primer succeeds where cakey powders fail with a weightless, non-thickening formula and active ingredients that inhibit sebum. This strangely antiperspirant-like product bears a major resemblance to the breakthrough Mally Beauty Poreless Face Defender. However, it is not wet pressed and can be developed for clients at a range of price points.  

 

Classic Cosmetics 100% Vegan Lipstick


There is a major push for sustainability and being eco-friendly in the cosmetics industry, and Classic Cosmetics combines this with a big trend for 2-in-1 lip products that deliver both excellent pigmentation and a healthy lip balm. This hydrating vegan lipstick can hold up to 200 times its weight in water. While there may be a few vegan lipsticks on the market, Classic Cosmetics do deliver superior products and excel in color with high concentrations of pigment in their formulas. 

 

ICC Nail Care Line and Thermo Colours Line

ICC has taken the multi-step approach of a skin care line and adapted it to nail care. The same way a skin care regimen will involve products to cleanse, tone, exfoliate, mask and treat, ICC has developed creams, oils and masks for the nails that work in conjunction to improve the length, strength and appearance of nails.

ICC also has the Thermo Colours line of nail polishes, which adapt to the body’s chemistry and change colors, having the effect of a mood ring for the nails. As body temperature changes from one moment to the next, the nail color changes with it.

 

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Ricky’s NYC founder unveils new venture

BY Antoinette Alexander

NEW YORK — Ricky Kenig, founder of New York City’s infamous beauty supply chain Ricky’s NYC, has left the company to start a new beauty venture. Enter Kenig + Alcone.

Kenig partnered with Alcone Co., a distributor of professional makeup, to open the shop in March 2014.

Located at 6th Avenue and 14th Street in New York City, the beauty curator shop blends Alcone’s professional makeup and brand name with Kenig’s expertise in hair.

“What I tried to do is think back to what I did 25 years ago [at Ricky’s]. And 25 years ago, you didn’t have social media and you didn’t have cell phones,” Kenig said. “… But [we built] a business by remembering the customers and making it so that when a customer came into the store, if we don’t have it, you don’t need it.”

With standout customer service at its core, the store is minimally decorated to let the products take the limelight. The two-story shop carries about 500 specially selected lines in hair and makeup, and also offers educational classes and events.

While Kenig works to fine tune the operation, he plans to open a second New York City location at some point, and eventually expand outside of the city, most likely to Miami’s South Beach.

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NSS brings Manuka Secrets brand to U.S.

BY Antoinette Alexander

ST. LOUIS — National Sales Solutions, a provider of sales, marketing and supply chain management for consumer packaged goods companies, has announced retail distribution for its client, Manuka Secrets. Manuka Secrets is now available at Ulta Beauty stores nationwide.

Manuka Secrets specializes in certified natural skin care created from New Zealand’s indigenous Manuka Tea Tree bush. Manuka Honey is known for many properties that can benefit skin, including its role in encouraging cell regeneration and fighting bacteria, inflammation and free radicals. These properties help smooth skin, diminish signs of irritation and improve the skin’s own ability to brighten and tone, reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

According to NSS, Manuka Secrets is the first complete skin care line made from Manuka Honey. Manuka Secrets is certified natural and environmentally friendly.

“Manuka Secrets is a powerful tool for shoppers seeking anti-aging skin care. And for those men and women who recognize the importance of natural personal care, Manuka Secrets offers a certified solution,” stated Angie Echele, EVP of NSS.
 

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