In 2017, the global make-up sector was valued at $47.4bn, and is forecast to reach $55.9bn by 2022. There are a number of factors set to contribute to this growth, including improving economies and the rising number of women in the workforce. Working women have increased purchasing power, and brands have been quick to target the demands of these busy shoppers across all regions, tapping into the image-conscious trends driving growth and incorporating convenience features into pack designs.

In the current market, convenience, simplicity and single-use packaging features are key focus points for brands as these elements continue to gain popularity in the make-up sector. Manufacturers are also incorporating tools, such as applicators, into the packaging design to allow users to apply the product uniformly. This is particularly useful for time-scarce consumers who prefer fast and fuss-free touch-ups on-the-go.

However, in the upcoming GlobalData report, ‘Opportunities in the Global Make-Up Sector’,  analysts forecast that the consumer desire for high-functionality and convenience will fuel innovation in makeup packaging, with new formats, designs and value-added features that enhance the user experience appearing on the market. But functionality is not the only trend influencing packaging innovation in the global make-up sector, as high demand for eco-friendly packs such as bamboo and recycled cardboard is pushing manufacturers to invest in sustainable packaging that can reduce the damaging environmental impact of packaging waste. Using findings detailed in GlobalData’s full make-up report, we explore how packaging can be used to target opportunities offered by high growth economies.

Product claims and labelling

Functionality claims, such as ‘long-lasting’, ‘water-resistant’ and ‘quick’ are increasingly appearing in the make-up sector as brands look to target busy consumers seeking rapid results. ‘Vegan’ and ‘cruelty-free’ have also become popular claims for brands to position products as animal-friendly, which is likely to appeal to vegan consumers and those who are concerned about the use of animal testing in the development of make-up products they choose to purchase.

Alongside highlighting functionality claims, brands are likely to target the clean label trend, as the movement drives interest in product formulations that carry ‘organic’ tags. Make-up offerings that highlight ‘organic’ claims can appeal to eco-conscious consumers as such products are generally perceived to use sustainably sourced, high-quality ingredients.

Consumers worldwide are becoming increasingly knowledgeable about their health, paying close attention to product ingredients. While this trend may be more apparent in food and drink choices, the clean label trend extends to the cosmetics and toiletries section, and consequently, it is important that brands provide accurate ingredient lists, allergen information and the quantity of contents to ensure the product is used safely.

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The desire for products with clearly communicated on-pack information will likely gain momentum as the demand for simple and clean labelling progresses. This may manifest in a variety of ways, such as using easy to understand language or swapping out scientific names for recognisable ingredient names. For instance, replacing Tocopherol with Vitamin E is likely to appeal to consumers.

Eco-conscious consumers will drive interest in green cosmetics

Growing consumer awareness about the ecological impact caused by packaging waste is driving demand for eco-friendly products, which in turn is putting pressure on brands to demonstrate corporate social responsibility.

This emphasis on eco-consciousness, coupled with the rise of mandatory regulations prioritising resource conservation and climate change, means that manufacturers are now expected to implement sustainable business practices, while also enhancing the performance of packaging by increasing recyclability and minimising the amount of wastage that ends up in landfills. The wide array of refill eyeshadows and pressed foundation powders sold in paper envelopes from Canadian manufacturer Pure Anada is a prime example of how brands can use more ‘green’ packaging materials to appeal to environmentally aware shoppers.

However, while the consumer demand for more recyclable packaging is high, shoppers are not always willing to pay more for the extra production costs often required for brands to comply with sustainability regulations. Consequently, balancing product pricing against rising production costs is a challenge for manufacturers, particularly if a brand aims to remain profitable in a highly saturated and competitive market.