Which Expensive Makeup Product is Worth the Money? Survey Result

expensive makeup productsLast night I was reading a Jan 2008 article in Hindustan times reporting statistics from Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) about cosmetics and toileteries market in our country. The report said that India’s per capita consumption of cosmetics and toiletries for well-known branded products stood at 0.68 dollars as against 40 dollars in Hong Kong, 10 dollars in Malaysia and Taiwan, 12 dollars in Japan and 1.5 dollars of China. Not only that, The penetration level of international cosmetics brand in India was also reported as low. International brands accounted for only 20% of the cosmetics market. The Remaining 80% use low-cost cosmetics and toiletry products. The main reason for low penetration of foreign brands in India is the price differentiation. India is a price-sensitive market.

Of course it is. As if we didn’t know it already. πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, the price factor is something which is often not in control of the foreign brands. The cost of importing products to India for the foreign brands is very high: the average import tariff on cosmetics is 40 per cent, but can rise to 65 per cent after other taxes. Well, you can set up a manufacturing unit as L’Oreal did in Pune, but you have to negotiate that with the Drug Controller of India (DCI).

Not only that, abundance of natural and Ayurvedic ingredients in India has given burgeoning growth to natural cosmetics sector providing cheaper natural alternatives to standard beauty products and foreign brands.

Also, low awareness about skin care, cosmetics ingredients, personal groomming etc. tend to dissuade most Indians from buying expensive foreign products as they cannot differentiate between these products and their cheaper alternatives.

However, most of the cosmetics companies are optimistic about India growing as a strong market for cosmetics and toileteries. The various reports that I read pin down the growth of this market to somewhere between 20% and 25% per annum. Most foreign cosmetics companies also predict growth of their market share because of the following:

  • Jump in high-income levels of Indians in a rapidly growing economy.
  • Growing percentage of working women and hence increase in paying capacity of women.
  • Increase in awareness about personal grooming and appearance.

Well, how big a market the foreign brands capture, still remains to be seen. Right now, let’s have a look at the expensive cosmetics products that are popular with our readers. Ladies! Here are the results of our ‘Which Expensive Makeup Product is Worth The Money?‘ survey:

Please Note: We have not edited the comments to keep their flavor intact. πŸ™‚
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71 thoughts on “Which Expensive Makeup Product is Worth the Money? Survey Result

      1. er..this isn’t instrumental Rati!! πŸ˜› me sang it sometime back..khikhikhi!! πŸ˜›

        Me will start playing piano again once I am back to good health..kal raat toh fever ho gaya tha bhaut zyada!! :((

        1. awww!! you get well soon cali. take rest. drink your fav gingi tea.. Rauni also fell ill. πŸ™ guess it’s the weather. :((


          1. yeah..its crazy weather here Rati..morning its hot hot hot..I sweat a lot and then evening and night it becomes soo chilling…The weather is driving me crazy!! :spank: :headbang:

            1. I know… bt abhi toh it’s going to rain here.. it seems. My mom samjhaaoing samjhaoing my maid pata ni kya kya.. hihihi I am totally siting quiet. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

          1. OMG calii you toh :jaiho: you have sucha nice voice and sur also.. My mom sings so well bt i toh sing even ” saaaaa” so besura. :preen:

            was someone saying “wah wah” in background kya?

                1. ha ha ha…. πŸ˜› πŸ˜› I love this song so much..but they’ve put tooooo much of unnecessary music in it to create drama..I don’t like all that..so will create my version of this song now!! πŸ˜›

  1. Fever Cali…got wet in the rain kya :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: its raining here in hyderabad :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

    1. Jomollll!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

      it’s about to rain here. how were your chuttis. i talked to uncle and aunty in your absence. :toothygrin:

      you didnt shop too much na :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

        1. Cali :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: yeah I told you that day na…..nahin Cali…I will buy the Piano from here only….I took a good look at the pianos……it was quite large…….but I will buy one asap….I want to buy a rudraveena too….wondering where I can get it… :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt:

              1. Sanjeevji :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :tremble: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: :wilt: aapko kaise maloom :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: …..I was working on the treadmill at my sister’s place for 2 days…third day, I folded it up and used it to sukhao aarohan’s kapde :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

                1. I can understand Jomol…kahan aap ye treadmill ke chakkar mein padi hain.. Piano khareed kar layiye, uske andar daroo cabinet banwayiye..music ka music, jaam ka intjaam bhi πŸ™‚

  2. Yeah, just now read your mail…..my dad and mom dig on you completely :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: I was unpacking from yesterday….taking a look at what all I got :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: :shy:

  3. Ayyo………..Cali…take care………no piano for today na :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle: :struggle:

    1. Noppee….. kal se I am just sitting cosily on couch and reading loads of stuffs….. πŸ™‚ I find it best thing to do when ill! πŸ˜€ apart from sleeping!! πŸ˜›

  4. Hey, I bought a lot of books myself from flipkart….but all enid blyton’s :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:

      1. I also lovvveeee enid blyton books. πŸ˜€ I could never red mills and boons. they never appealed to me even during college days :struggle:

        1. Even I wondered about the mystery behind M&B…the girls at my college were crazyyyyyyyyy….they’d bring the book at dining hall to and eat while reading ..I was like baba re..itna concentration..and then they’d walk back to their room reading M&B!! 😐 😐

        1. Me never read M&B Donkey jee..but it always held a mystery for me coz the gals who’d never even enter library for anything would read M&B like a worshipper…I am still baffled!! πŸ˜›

  5. Cali…you fell sick at the correct time….look at the so sleepy sleepy yawny yawny weather :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:

  6. Welcome back Jomolayyy
    Cali – get well soon dear
    And I was a huge fan of emission blyton and then mills and boons in college. Abhi maybe I won’t but in sweet 16 ….. U know….. Lol

  7. M&B….hmmmm…used to read before in college…..still I love romantic stories….but M&B was more of fantasy…..in that guy is always well-built with muscles, super-rich, has tall height and has right brains and hollywood-handsome or he is hard-working, stubborn, muscular and still heads-over-love with the girl. The girl is always vulnerable at first, then rises up in career a bit, then again faces insecurities and then there is happy ending!

    Nowadays also I read more romance than other books….I was also a fan of law mystery kind of books, thrillers…..my favorite being books by Sydney Sheldon. I also love to read autobiographies of people who made it big in corp world, or how they use strategies to swim to the top in thier fields.

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