Aussie consumers picking up cosmetics like groceries

By Michelle Yeomans

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Aussie consumers picking up cosmetics like groceries
According to Roy Morgan Research, in the last six months, more than one quarter of 4,791,000 Australian shoppers popped make-up into their shopping trolley just like any other grocery item.

The market researcher reports that the year to June 2014, 25.6% of women bought their make-up from a supermarket in any given six-month period, while one in every five (20.0%) purchased theirs from a chemist.

Both figures are up on the same time in 2010: supermarkets, especially, have made strong inroads over the last four years (up from 20.9%).

Make-up shopping at discount stores such as Target, Big W and Kmart declined in this time (from 14.1% to 12.0%), as has the percentage of women buying their cosmetics at Priceline stores in an average six months (from 15.4% to 13.6%).
Where Australian women buy their make-up

At 11.8%, the proportion of women who buy their make-up at Myer is the highest it has been since May 2011. David Jones, meanwhile, remains static around the 5% mark.

According to the market researcher's general manager of consumer products, Geoffrey Smith; "Although it might at first glance seem odd, supermarkets have been the leading channel for purchasing cosmetics for more than a decade."

For women with busy lifestyles and multiple commitments, buying their make-up at the same place as their groceries cuts out the need for a separate visit to another shop and saves them precious time.

Accounting for the vast majority of women who buy their cosmetics at the supermarket, Woolworths and Coles stock a wide range of stores’-own and big-name brands. Both chains stock Covergirl and Rimmel cosmetics as well as Australia’s top-selling make-up brand, Maybelline.

Coles also offers a selection from upcoming Aussie brand Nude by Nature, while Woollies has cult brand ModelCo.

“Myer is attracting a higher proportion of make-up shoppers than it has for some time; in fact, Myer CEO Bernie Brookes recently identified cosmetics as one of the department store’s strongest categories," says Smith.

“Bearing in mind that value for money is the factor most women consider important when buying make-up, retailers that offer cosmetics at a reasonable price have the advantage in this crowded and competitive market,​” he concludes.

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