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  • Published In : Jun 2024
  • Code : CMI1447
  • Pages :117
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  • Industry : Consumer Goods

Market Size and Trends

The premium cosmetics market is estimated to be valued at USD 185.15 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 309.17 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Premium Cosmetics Market Key Factors

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The premium cosmetics market is expected to witness significant growth going forward. Key factors such as rising disposable income and changing lifestyle patterns have bolstered the demand for premium cosmetic brands across the world. Additionally, the increasing inclination of young population towards grooming and appearance enhancement products is also augmenting the market expansion. Further, growing influence of digital media and celebrity endorsements is making premium cosmetic brands more aspirational for consumers. Escalating demand for organic and natural cosmetic products is another factor driving more customers towards premium ranges. However, availability of cheaper alternatives from local manufacturers may hinder the premium cosmetics market growth to some extent over the forecast period.

Rising Influence of Social Media

The premium cosmetics market has seen strong growth in recent years driven by rising disposable incomes and greater exposure due to social media influencers. There has been a shift towards more specialty high-end cosmetic products focused on unique ingredients, innovative formulas, and vivid palettes that help users showcase their self-expression. Leading beauty gurus and lifestyle bloggers with millions of followers have showered attention to premium brands, often receiving products for free or discounted rates in exchange for reviews and sponsored posts. This has highly influenced younger consumers who consider recommendations from social circles more so than traditional advertising. Brands have also recognized the power of visual media and started investing substantially in visually appealing packaging, product photography and video tutorials. Strategic collaborations with famous makeup artists and models have expanded their reach globally. Even niche brands from different regions are gaining recognition this way. Social platforms allow consumers to experience premium products virtually through high resolution images and videos, swaying their preferences. User generated content where ordinary customers share their makeup looks using certain brands have become as important as celebrity endorsements. This social proof fuels desire for premium and luxury items seen as status symbols among peers.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Premium Cosmetics Market Concentration By Players

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Thriving Niche and Indie Brands

Along with established luxury brands, the independent premium cosmetics market has been thriving of late due to increased specialization. Consumers are seeking highly personalized options aligned with their unique style and specific requirements related to ingredients, formulations for certain skin/hair concerns or occasions. Startups by expert formulators with niche themes have found a ready customer base who appreciate attention to finer details.  Crowdfunding platforms have also made it easier for indie brands to get off the ground by pre-selling products to gather funds. Those who succeed build loyal followings through Facebook groups and subreddits where people engage in discussions. With the first mover’s advantage, some of these smaller brands go on to become quite successful by carving out their space. Others get acquired by larger companies wishing to strengthen their portfolio. This encourages greater innovation as everyone strives to stay relevant, ultimately increasing choices for consumers. Overall, both social media marketing and the rise of indie brands have been driving premiumization of the cosmetics market. Consumers now expect highly personalized products and experiences at par with luxury goods. This ever-evolving landscape will continue reshaping consumer preferences in favor of niche expertise and specialized formulations.

Key Takeaways of Analyst:

The premium cosmetics market continues to experience steady growth driven by increasing disposable incomes and growing fashion and beauty consciousness among consumers globally. Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest growing regional market owing to rising spending power in developing countries like India and Indonesia. However, fluctuating costs of key raw materials remain a challenge for premium brands to maintain profit margins. Meanwhile, the mature markets of North America and Western Europe are nearing saturation which can affect their future growth trajectories.

Premium cosmetic companies must fiercely compete for market share as customers have greater options than before. Brands need to focus on enhanced formulations, innovative product lines, customized offerings for millennial and Gen Z shoppers as well as immersive in-store experiences to differentiate themselves. The industry could see more consolidation activity as large corporations look to strengthen their premium portfolios and distribution. At the same time, the natural and clean beauty space presents a major opportunity for brands aligning with current health and sustainability trends among consumers.

Success in e-commerce will be a major determinant of future growth as online channels continue expanding their share of beauty and cosmetics sales globally. Premium brands must focus on optimizing their digital engagement, promotions, and interactive services to capture this fast-growing customer segment.

Market Challenges: Economic slowdowns

The current global economic slowdown is posing significant challenges for the growth of the global premium cosmetics market. With high inflation and uncertainties arising from geopolitical tensions, consumers are becoming more cautious in their spending. They are prioritizing essential items and cutting back on discretionary purchases such as premium beauty products. This change in consumer behavior is negatively impacting sales volumes and revenues for premium cosmetic brands. According to data from the World Bank, global retail sales growth is projected to slow down to just 2.8% in 2023 compared to over 8% annual growth in previous years. Personal care categories that rely more on aspirational purchases are facing sharper deceleration compared to those addressing basic hygiene needs. Premium cosmetic companies catering to the luxury segment are witnessing sales declines in mature markets of North America and Western Europe.

Market Opportunities: Emerging markets

Emerging markets in developing countries present a huge growth opportunity for the global premium cosmetics market. As incomes rise in populous nations like India, Indonesia and Brazil, more consumers are able to spend discretionally on high-end beauty and personal care products. According to World Bank data, the middle class in these emerging economies is expected to expand rapidly over the next few years. By 2030, nearly 3.3 billion people are projected to be part of the global middle class, up from around 1.8 billion people in 2020. Most of this growth is anticipated from developing regions of Asia, South America and Africa. With greater spending power and aspirations for premium lifestyles, this burgeoning middle class presents a significant captive market for luxury cosmetics brands. 

Premium Cosmetics Market By Product Type

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Insights, by Product Type: Increasing focus on aesthetics

In terms of product type, makeup is expected to contribute 38.8% share of the market in 2024. Makeup has been one of the fastest growing segments within the premium cosmetics market. Women are increasingly leveraging makeup products not just for special occasions but also for regular everyday use. There is a rising popularity of innovative makeup products that help enhance natural beauty in a subtle yet effective way. Cosmetic companies have been introducing a wide variety of products ranging from base makeup to advanced color cosmetics that cater to different skin tones and shades. In particular, products offering natural coverage with long lasting formulations are gaining high traction.  Another key factor driving makeup growth is the rising influencer culture. Social media platforms are filled with makeup tutorials and reviews that induce trials among younger consumers. Popular entertainers and digital stars have further normalized the use of advanced makeup. This has simultaneously boosted product experimentation as well as the do-it-yourself trend even for professional-grade aesthetic solutions. Additionally, growing disposable incomes allow women to regularly invest in premium makeup items that deliver high performance. With companies launching more options across different price points, the category is further expanding its reach.

Insights, by Distribution Channel: Tangible shopping experience

In terms of distribution channel, offline is expected to contribute 76.6% share of the market in 2024. While online retail is gaining global prominence, the offline channel continues to lead in the premium cosmetics space. Being an evaluation and experience good, consumers still prefer to test and understand products before purchase. Educated sales associates and dedicated beauty advisors in physical stores address all queries patiently and help users find the right match. This personalized attention makes the offline journey more informative. Moreover, brick-and-mortar stores arrange trials, free samples, and interactive sessions, making it easier to visualize actual outcomes. Many outlets also offer on-spot mini-makeovers using premium brands. This encourages instant gratification and same-day buys. The social aspect of shopping with friends and family in physical environs further bolsters the offline experience. Additionally, brick-and-mortar presence allows new launches, limited edition series, and holiday gifting packs to be prominently marketed. With e-commerce still not replacing the advantages of touch-and-feel completely, offline dominance in premium beauty is likely to continue in the near future.

Regional Insights

Premium Cosmetics Market Regional Insights

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North America has established itself as the dominant region in the global premium cosmetics market. The region is expected to account for 34.6% of the market share in 2024. The large population and high per capita spending on personal care and beauty products has made the U.S. the key market driving growth. Advanced lifestyles and rising prominence of beauty and skin care trends have propelled the interest of consumers towards premium and high-end cosmetics. Notable presence of leading brands, such as Estee Lauder, L'Oreal, MAC, and Clinique, has ensured the wide availability and choice for consumers across categories. The awareness around new launches and marketing spends by companies further adds to the demand.

Asia Pacific has emerged as the fastest growing regional market. Countries like China, South Korea, and Japan are displaying a strong appetite for premium beauty brands. The aggressive expansion of retail chains aided by convenient shopping experiences has boosted the accessibility across major cities. Rapid economic development along with rising affluence in the middle class has increased the discretionary spending capacity. The growing influence of western beauty standards and advent of social media is convincing more consumers to try new premium products. The region also acts as an important sourcing hub, with countries having strategic advantages for manufacturing and exports.

Market Report Scope

Premium Cosmetics Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 185.15 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 To 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 7.6% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 309.17 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S. and Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, and Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, and Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa: South Africa, GCC Countries, Israel, and Rest of Middle East & Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Product Type: Skincare, Haircare, Makeup, Fragrance, and Others
  • By Distribution Channel: Online and Offline 
Companies covered:

Shiseido Company, Kao Corporation, CLIO COSMETICS, Coty, Inc., LG H&H Co., Ltd. , the SAEM International Co.,Ltd., Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Ltd, COSMAX. INC, PROYA COSMETICS CO., LTD, KOSÉ Corporation., Kibi Raw Minerals, L'Oréal S.A., LVMH, Solskin Beauty Labs, Greenleaf Cosmetics Australia Pty Ltd., Oriflame Cosmetics Global SA, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Revlon, Inc., INIKA Organic Australia, and Seven Seas Cosmetics

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising influence of social media
  • Thriving niche and indie brands
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Economic slowdowns
  • High prices of premium products 

Key Developments

  • On June, 5, 2024, Coty launches Adidas Sports Fragrances and Kylie Cosmetics in India
  • In May 2024, Kiehl’s launches in the Amazon Premium Beauty store
  • April 2024, Clinique expands brand reach with US Amazon Premium Beauty store launch
  • In 2023, EO Naturals launches its Premium Skin & Body care range in India


The premium cosmetics market consists of high-end, prestige beauty products that are marketed to consumers seeking luxurious formulations and packaging. These cosmetics aim to enhance one's appearance through the use of expensive, high-quality ingredients, and advanced technologies. They are sold at premium price points, often several times more than drugstore brands. Customers attracted to this market desire products created by elite brands with an emphasis on artistry, science, and innovation in skin care, makeup, fragrance, and grooming.

Market Segmentation

  • Product Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Skincare
    • Haircare
    • Makeup
    • Fragrance
    • Others
  •  Distribution Channel Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Online
    • Offline
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East & Africa
      • GCC Countries
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East & Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • Shiseido Company
    • Kao Corporation
    • Coty, Inc.
    • LG H&H Co., Ltd.
    • the SAEM International Co.,Ltd.
    • Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Ltd
    • KOSÉ Corporation.
    • Kibi Raw Minerals
    • L'Oréal S.A.
    • LVMH
    • Solskin Beauty Labs
    • Greenleaf Cosmetics Australia Pty Ltd.
    • Oriflame Cosmetics Global SA
    • The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
    • Revlon, Inc.
    • INIKA Organic Australia
    • Seven Seas Cosmetics

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of the global premium cosmetics market is projected to be 7.6% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising influence of social media and thriving niche and indie brands are the major factors driving the growth of the global premium cosmetics market.

Economic slowdowns and high prices of premium products are the major factors hampering the growth of the global premium cosmetics market.

In terms of product type, makeup is estimated to dominate the market revenue share in 2024.

Shiseido Company, Kao Corporation, CLIO COSMETICS, Coty, Inc., LG H&H Co., Ltd. , the SAEM International Co.,Ltd., Nippon Menard Cosmetics Co., Ltd, COSMAX. INC, PROYA COSMETICS CO., LTD, KOSÉ Corporation., Kibi Raw Minerals, L'Oréal S.A., LVMH, Solskin Beauty Labs, Greenleaf Cosmetics Australia Pty Ltd., Oriflame Cosmetics Global SA, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., Revlon, Inc., INIKA Organic Australia, and Seven Seas Cosmetics are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global premium cosmetics market.

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