Holiday Beauty. It’s Going to Be a Beautiful Christmas. Second City Style Fashion & Beauty Blog

December 7, 2007 • Beauty


Burberry London Gift Set $78 Sephora

As much as everyone is claiming it’s slow holiday shopping season this year, the prestige beauty business
seems to turning that theory on it’s axis. Surprisingly too.  According to an article in today’s WWD, retailers say some of the biggest gains are coming in
color cosmetics. However, there is also indication that
fragrance will have a strong holiday as well.

While December once was
chiefly devoted to fragrance sales, that trend is diminishing a bit,
with items such as high-end skin care capturing considerable business.
"I expect high-end skin care, limited-distribution color brands and
holiday color palettes to do well for the holidays," said Howard
Kreitzman, vice president of cosmetics and fragrances for

Several other retailers agree that color is on a roll, particularly MAC Cosmetics (check out the MAC’s
holiday set
). Additionally, the fact that these sets are not available at
any other time of year makes them a unique and exciting gift idea.


Laura Mercier Eye Color Palette $40 Sephora

"In color
cosmetics," said Jon Pollack, executive vice president and general
merchandise manager at Belk Inc., "our makeup artist portfolio has been
explosive, we see that continuing." Standout color brands include Bobbi
Brown, MAC Cosmetics, BeneFit Cosmetics, Laura Mercier and Chanel.

that’s not to say that fragrances aren’t important, Kreitzman added.
"Our best new fragrances have been Marc Jacobs Daisy, Prada D’Iris and
DKNY Delicious Night," said Kreitzman. Daisy and Prada D’Iris, in fact,
were often mentioned as strong sellers.


Marc by Marc Jacobs Daisy EDT/1.7oz $55 Saks Fifth Avenue

Gift sets have been selling very well, no matter what the category. The weak dollar makes beauty products and fragrances a better gift choice for most. It’s a small price to pay for a piece of luxury for many.

brands that have stood out for Saks Fifth Avenue so far include the Saks Fifth Avenue
fragrances produced by Bond No. 9, Chanel, Hermès, Sisley, Gucci,
Pucci, Jo Malone, Creed, Annick Goutal, Estée Lauder, Tom Ford and
Trish McEvoy.


Rodriguez for him EDT Spray/1.6 oz.
$54 Saks Fifth Avenue

On the men’s side, Sak’s hot sellers are Bond No. 9, Tom Ford, Narciso
Rodriguez and Dolce & Gabbana as standouts on the men’s side.

Read "Fighting the Tide: Holiday Beauty Sales Off to Strong Start"

See the Top Ten Summer 2016 Trends for Women Over 40

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