Maybelline

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For the Chuck Berry song, see Maybellene.
Maybelline LLC
Type Wholly owned subsidiary
Industry Cosmetics
Founded 1915
Founder(s) Tom Lyle Williams
Headquarters Chicago, Illinois, United States
Area served Worldwide
Key people David Greenberg (President)
Parent L'Oréal
Website www.maybelline.com

Maybelline is an American makeup brand sold worldwide and owned by the French cosmetics company L'Oréal.[1] Their slogan is Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline. [2]

History[edit]

The Maybelline Company was created by a 19 year old entrepreneur named Tom Lyle Williams in 1915. Williams noticed his older sister Mabel applying a mixture of Vaseline and coal dust to her eyelashes to give them a darker, fuller look. He adapted it with a chemistry set and produced a product sold locally called lash-in-brow-line . Williams renamed his eye beautifier Maybelline, in honor of his sister Mabel, who gave him the idea. In 1917 the company produced Maybelline Cake Mascara, "the first modern eye cosmetic for everyday use" and Ultra Lash in the 1960s, which was the first mass-market automatic.[3]

In 1967, the company was sold by Williams to Plough, Inc. (now Schering-Plough) in Memphis, Tennessee. The entire cosmetic production facility was moved from Chicago to Memphis over one week-end. In 1975, the company moved its factory to Little Rock, Arkansas, where it is still located. In 1990, Schering-Plough sold Maybelline to a New York investment firm, Wasserstein Perella. Maybelline Operational Headquarters remained in Memphis until being sold in 1996, when headquarters moved to New York City. The makeup factory moved to Brooklyn in 2000.[4]

Maybelline received a boost when the company hired Lynda Carter as the company's beauty fashion coordinator; she also appeared in several of its television and print advertisements. Josie Maran, Adriana Lima, Miranda Kerr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Melina Kanakaredes, Zhang Ziyi, Siti Nurhaliza, Fasha Sandha, Sheetal Mallar, and Kristin Davis have endorsed Maybelline products. The current faces of Maybelline are Julia Stegner, Christy Turlington, Jessica White, Erin Wasson, Kemp Muhl, Emily DiDonato, Lisalla Montenegro, and Shu Pei.[5]

In 1991, the company adopted its current advertising slogan, Maybe she's born with it. Maybe it's Maybelline. tagline. The company was acquired by L'Oréal in 1996. Acquiring Maybelline gave L'Oréal access to mass markets in cosmetics. L'Oréal also owns Garnier, Lancôme, Helena Rubinstein, BioMedic, Vichy, Biotherm, Shu Uemura, Kiehl's, Soft Sheen-Carson, Redken, Matrix, Kérastase, Giorgio Armani, Innéov, Sanoflore, CCB Paris, Dermablend, The Body Shop, SkinCeuticals, Ralph Lauren, La Roche-Posay, Urban Decay and Yves Saint Laurent.

Maybelline has released several new products, including 'Eye Studio' collection for eye products, 'Fit Me' collection for foundation/facial products, and new 'Color Sensational' shades for lips. Currently, Maybelline is the Official Makeup Sponsor of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.[6] Some more popular products are the simple 'Baby Lips', which are a tinted, moisturizing lip balm with SPF 20, or the "Dream Fresh BB Cream', which is a liquid foundation.

Criticism[edit]

Complaints that Maybelline products are tested on animals are not wholly unfounded.[7][8] During 1989 L'Oreal ceased to test finished products prior to their launch on the market and has committed to developing alternative methods.[9] Although according to a 2010 report is required by law within a certain number of countries to continue with animal testing.[10] On this continuation the company states that there is a commitment of "working with the authorities in these countries and sharing knowledge about alternative testing methods".

References[edit]

  1. ^ L'Oreal Profile - NYJobSourse
  2. ^ Lintas Advertising (STUART ELLIOTT September 5, 1991 - © 2011 The New York Times Company ) [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  3. ^ "Cosmetics and Skin Maybelline". Cosmetics and skin. Retrieved 8 February 2013. 
  4. ^ scribd.com
  5. ^ Maybelline Contracts SS12. models.com. Retrieved 2012-07-19.
  6. ^ whats-new (maybelline.com)
  7. ^ People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals - 501 Front St. - Norfolk, VA. 23510 - 757-622-PETA (7382) e-mail : peta@peta-online.org reocities.com [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  8. ^ Maybelline Animal Testing Policy
  9. ^ sustainabledevelopment.loreal. [Retrieved 2012-01-10]
  10. ^ Sustainable development report 2010 [Retrieved 2012-01-10]