According to the Allure Beauty Index, an online survey of 1,088 readers of Allure magazine conducted on its Web site in April, 75% of respondents said they would give up other indulgences before they would stop buying their favorite beauty products.
What’s more, 84% of those surveyed said they felt beauty “is a necessity in life.” We know, we know, it is a little bit cringe-inducing, y'know, given what's happening in Myanmar right now, and I don't know, immigrant refugees being burned alive in South Africa. But this is the U.S. peeps, where it's OK to put beauty, and fashion, first. After all, many of our basic needs are met, or at least so the popular media tells us. Plus, there's that big news event of that big big big movie coming out now, guys! It's so big even the international press is getting Carried away. (We promise, no more SATC references. God knows we've had enough of them!)
Sorry, we're getting off track today. More to the point for marketers, 65% agreed with the statement that “you can't put a budget on beauty,” which means charge whatever the f*ck you want for those not-tested-on-animals powders, creams and compounds.
When asked where they would look to cut back their spending, those surveyed ranked the affected categories as follows:
• Dining out: 69% • Home goods 44%
• Jewelry/watches: 59% • Clothing: 37%
• Electronics: 58% • Automobile: 30%
• Entertainment: 51% • Beauty products: 16%
• Vacation: 45%
Not that Starbucks hasn’t recently been hit with enough ugly financial news, 79% of respondents said they would “eliminate afternoon Starbucks’ runs” in order to be able to afford their favorite beauty products. In addition, 56% said they would alter their vacation plans to free up funds for their beauty needs.
The survey did have good news for some food retailers: 61% said they would save money by switching to
lower-priced “generic” food brands at the grocery store. That means, like, buying 365 Organic at Whole Foods, right?